UK’s only female spinal cord injury racing driver, Nathalie McGloin announced as Spinal Injuries Association Ambassador
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) has announced that Nathalie McGloin has become their ambassador. Nathalie, who is spinal cord injured, is the only female spinal injured racing driver to hold an Association of Racing Driver’s Schools (ARDS) in the UK, has taken her place on the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Team and is now racing in the Porsche Club Championship.
Nathalie was supported by Spinal Injuries Association through-out the early stages of her injury and found support through many of the services the charity provides, such as Advice Line, Peer Support Service and FORWARD magazine. Following this support, Nathalie has been a big advocate of the charity, featuring in an interview for FORWARD magazine and attending events for the charity.
Having experienced first-hand the impact that spinal cord injury can have, Nathalie wants to use her new role to ensure that spinal cord injured people have the support they need to live fulfilling and independent lives. Nathalie is keen to use her ambassador role to be a campaigner for the spinal cord injured community and to assist the Spinal Injuries Association with their work in keeping their needs at the forefront of public affairs and the general public as a whole.
Speaking about her role as an Ambassador Nathalie said:
“I am extremely proud to become an Ambassador for Spinal Injuries Association as they are very close to my heart. SIA are a lifeline to anyone who has sustained a life changed spinal injury and the work they do is vital to people living with a spinal cord injury. Without them, many of my friends with spinal injuries would not be here today.
When I was first injured, coping was difficult for my family and me. The strength I got from the SIA was unbelievable. Their Peer Support Team supported me in hospital, proving to me that there was life after an injury, and FORWARD magazine provided me with practical solutions for going back to school. Their services were helpful to both myself, and my friends and family, showing us that we were not alone and that there was hope. SIA supported through it all.”
Spinal Injuries Association’s Chair Michelle Howard said of the appointment,
“The Spinal Injuries Association is delighted about having Nathalie on board as a formal Ambassador for spinal cord injured people and for the charity. Nathalie is an advocate of life after spinal cord injury through her love for motorsport and her passion for making the most of out life is exactly what we strive to encourage.”
Nathalie has also been instrumental in the unveiling of the Spinal Injuries Association Motorsport Club, in partnership with Williams Racing. The club offers three membership tiers providing exclusive insights in to the inner-workings of one of Formula 1’s most successful teams and opportunities including tours of Williams museum and factory, to Paddock Access at the British Grand Prix.