Georgia Shiels from Preston, UK becomes ambassador at the World Youth Organization. Shiels is currently competing in the British Rallycross Championship, supported by LOCO Energy Drink. She has an impressive CV, having won 2013 Novice Forest Rally Champion and 2015 Jack Wills Young Brit.
Georgia began rallying at the age of sixteen after a chance meeting with the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge coordinator at Knockhill Racing Circuit Motor Show 2011.
The 21 year old aims to be the first ever World Rallycross Champion and we’re excited to be working with her all the way to the top.
“I’m really excited and honoured to be an ambassador for the World Youth Organisation. I met Kieran at the Jack Wills Young Brit semi-finals in 2015 and was instantly amazed by his big plans for WYO. I knew I had to be involved. I was lucky that I grew up with no barriers and began competing in a male-dominated sport at just 16 years old but I know most young people aren’t as fortunate. I, along with other young female drivers, are still affected almost weekly by a clear gender divide in motorsport. We still have a long way to go to reach gender equality but WYO is bridging that gap and I’m looking forward to working with them in the process.”
“The WYO Educate programme is something very close to my heart, having supported family members and friends who struggle with mental health. And they are not alone. I believe education in mental health is key for young people to allow them to live their desired lives as it has certainly allowed me to reach my goals in motorsport, in relationships and in life. It’s 2017. It’s time to shake up the world and offer young people the equal opportunities they need to build a bright future.”
Shiels will be an ambassador at the World Youth Organization alongside Gillian and Afton McKeith. If you want to meet Georgia in person – pop into one of our WYO events throughout this year.
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