Acclaimed Formula One television presenter, Lee McKenzie, has confirmed that she will become the latest ambassador to join the high-profile motor sport initiative, Dare To Be Different.
The announcement comes in the same week that sees Lee becoming the first ever female to present the Autosport Awards, motorsport’s most prestigious and celebrated annual honours which take place this Sunday at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane.
Lee joins a number of prominent women who are already supporting Dare To Be Different. Founded last year by Susie Wolff MBE in association with the Motor Sports Association, this ground-breaking non-profit initiative has swiftly established itself as the ideal platform to celebrate female talent, through encouraging and inspiring women of all ages and backgrounds to consider motor sport as a career – thus increasing their participation not only on the track, but in all aspects of the sport and industry.
Best known for her key role on Channel 4’s renowned F1 coverage, Lee began her career as a written journalist at the age of 15 before joining Border TV as a trainee. Since then she has gone on to cover the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon, 6 Nations Rugby and Olympia for BBC as well as the Paralympics for Channel 4. She was also the first female recipient of the Jim Clark Award in recognition of her achievements within the world of motor sport and the motoring industry.
Lee will stand alongside Susie Wolff and fellow ambassadors: Claire Williams, Rachel Brookes, Ruth Buscombe, Louise Goodman, Nathalie McGloin, Tatiana Calderon, Carole Brackley, Dr Clare Morden, Dr Kathyrn Richards, Alice Powell, Cristiana Pace, Maria Costello, Jenny Tinmouth, Charlie Broughton and Victoria Guppy – all of whom have exceptional experience in their respective and diverse motor sport fields.
Lee McKenzie says: “It is a pleasure to be part of Dare To Be Different. I get asked so much about what it is like to be a woman in motorsport, I like to think I am defined by my ability to do the job as opposed to being a woman. I have worked with many young journalists and media-trained many drivers, so to pass on my experience in an official capacity will be very rewarding.
She continues, “Susie Wolff and I have been great friends for a very long time and travelled the world speaking together at Women in Business events, so I can’t wait to share in her project and vision.
“I have been lucky enough to work at the biggest sporting events in the world from Formula One to the Olympic Games to Wimbledon to name just a few. I started writing for newspapers at the age of 15 and worked hard to get where I am now. I am really looking forward to helping create the journalists of the future and have some fun too!”
Susie Wolff says: “I am very proud to have Lee on board with us at Dare to be Different – she’s absolutely at the top level of her profession, and an inspiration to women who want to forge a career in the media side of our sport.
“Lee has an amazing depth and breadth of knowledge that she’s gained by working hard in her career as both a journalist and a TV presenter and we are delighted that she’s keen to join us and share her experience with the next generation of girls.
“We really want to shine the spotlight on women like Lee who have made such an incredible success in motor sport and show that this industry has a myriad of opportunities for women and girls to achieve whatever they want to.”
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