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International Women’s Day

Every 8 March we recognise International Women’s Day. The theme this year is ‘Inspire Inclusion’.

In recent years, the number of women involved across all sectors of motorsport has increased – but we want to see more women involved at all levels of the sport. Motorsport is more diverse and accessible than you might imagine! It offers equal opportunities at all levels, with many different ways to get involved behind the scenes as well as behind the wheel.

Susie Wolff, former Scottish professional racing driver and current managing director of F1 Academy, once said, “Your gender becomes irrelevant when you are in a performance-based environment.”

We are fortunate to have many incredible, talented women in Scotland at all levels and within all disciplines.

We have competitors, including (but certainly not limited to) Hannah Chapman, Chloe Grant, Logan Hannah, Ashleigh Morris, Emily Easton-Page, and Kerrie MacGillivray – they are all at the top of their game and making huge progress in their respective disciplines.

We have many volunteer marshals and officials undertaking a wide range of roles – medics, rescue crews, recovery crews, event secretaries, radio controllers, scrutineers, timekeepers, and safeguarding officers.

They all continue to break barriers and inspire change.

From the governing body down, we’re looking at how we get more women involved in the sport and how we manage talent and our culture.

Days like International Women’s Day can spur us on to be bolder: from challenging inappropriate behaviours to increasing our participation at all levels of our sport because that’s how we establish sustainable environments where everyone can thrive. The work has begun and there’s more work to do.

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Jon Bolton

Jon is our Regional Training Coordinator, and also our Communications and Publicity Manager.
He went on his first rally at the age of 5 when his uncle was marshalling the Cropton Forest stage on the Lombard RAC Rally. That was in the days of Roger Clark and the all-conquering Escorts. The sounds and smells of rally cars have never lost their appeal. As an adult, working on an ambulance crew covering Cadwell Park in the mid 90s, he frequently encountered drivers who had come to an abrupt stop somewhat sooner than they had anticipated. Jon is a licensed rescue team member and Motorsport UK Trainer. He sits on Motorsport UK's Training Working Group and their Rescue and Recovery Working Group, as well as being a member of Motorsport UK's national training team for Safeguarding.

He is a STEM Ambassador and a Scottish Regional and UK National Judge for F1 in Schools, a not-for-profit social enterprise aiming to change the perception of STEM-related subjects through global competition.