Formula One broadcasters Natalie Pinkham, Jennie Gow and Rosanna Tennant have today (15 March) confirmed that they have joined as ambassadors to the female motorsport initiative Dare To Be Different. Along with existing broadcast personalities Lee McKenzie, Louise Goodman. and Rachel Brookes, these high-profile women will continue D2BD’S mission to motivate, mentor and inspire young women looking to forge a career in motorsport.
Founded two years ago by Susie Wolff MBE in association with the Motor Sports Association, Dare To Be Different has swiftly established itself as an ideal platform to celebrate and encourage women and girls of all ages and backgrounds to consider motorsport as a career – thus increasing female participation not only on the track, but in all aspects of the industry.
Natalie, Jennie, Rosanna, along with Lee, Louise and Rachel, bring a wealth of experience to Dare To Be Different. Between them they represent the wide spectrum of broadcasting outlets Sky, ITV, BBC (radio and TV) Channel 4, ESPN and Formula One Management (FOM) further underlining the impressive prominence of successful women in the media side of the sport.
Best known for her pit-lane reportage for Sky F1, Natalie started her media career at the BBC before going to Radio 5 Live. Now juggling a young family, Natalie covers the European Formula One races as well as other sports for Sky.
“I’m determined and passionate about getting more women into motor racing in all capacities”, she says. “We need to continue to change the perception that this is a man’s world. Nothing precludes a female from any job within this industry, so I hope by the time my baby daughter is a teenager there will be even more women in this great sport.”
Jennie is a journalist and event host who presents and reports on Formula One for both the BBC and ESPN. “I’m delighted to have been asked to be an ambassador for Dare To Be Different,” she says. “I believe that although there are more women in the paddock than ever before, there is still a way to go until roles like engineers and mechanics are as well-represented as those of press officers and reporters. I hope I can inspire people and help to make this sport, which we all love, more diverse.”
Rosanna has worked as a broadcast journalist in motorsport since 2013. After a period presenting YouTube’s Pole Position, she now works with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to create videos about the team as well as hosting digital and on-event broadcasts on behalf of FOM.
Rosanna says, “Dare to be Different really strikes a chord with me; I believe that every child must feel that with hard work and perseverance they can achieve their ambition, whatever that might be. It’s strange that in this day and age, as a six foot one inch female, some opportunities in this industry have appeared to be out of reach!”
She continues, “I want to prove that theory wrong and help to show other girls just like me that whatever your sex, age or size you can pursue your ambition and do what you enjoy.”
Dare To Be Different’s founder Susie Wolff says: “I am very proud to have such an inspiring and successful group of media specialists in our Dare To Be Different ambassador line-up. Natalie, Jennie, Rosanna, Lee, Louise and Rachel are absolutely at the top level of their professions and a real inspiration to women and girls of all ages and backgrounds who want to forge a career in the media side of our sport.”
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