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Beatthe Heat Victoria - Senior Constable Dani Richardson and Rachael Ralph

Senior Constable Dani Richardson and Ararat Car Club Member Rachel Ralph will be attending Drags School at the Perth Motorplex in February.

The ten-day training is run by Sergeant Mike Pearson and Detective Sergeant Chris De Bruin of Beat the Heat WA. Richardson and Ralph said they hope their participation in the WA Drags School will encourage other women and girls to get into motorsport.

Richardson is a member of Beat the Heat Victoria, which is the off duty police youth motorsport mentoring program. Its cars are often displayed at Ararat Auto and Ag and Ararat Tyre and Auto.

Rachel is a member of Ararat Car Club and has a passion for cars and community motorsport, volunteering and competing at Ararat Hill Climbs and working in car related employment. Both women are mentors for young people involved with Beat the Heat Victoria.

“We have a great car and motorsport friendly region, there are lots of opportunities for community members and youth to get involved," Senior Constable Dani Richardson said.

"It’s a great hobby for girls to get into, and starting off is as simple as volunteering at some community events or joining a car club. There are even Automotive subjects on offer through the secondary schools in our region.”

“Motorsport is not all about the boys, chicks can drive too! You’ll learn a lot about yourself and develop confidence in your driving," Ralph said.

"It also brings families into community events, and you will make new friends. You will also learn about car maintenance for your everyday drive. There is healthy competition between males and females out here, but we need more women to be involved!”

“We describe our Drags School training as a High Octane Confidence Refresher!” Sergeant Mike Pearson, of Beat The Heat WA, said.

To follow the progress of Dani and Rachel, check out the Beat The Heat Victoria facebook page for updates. 

Story courtesy of Beat the Heat Victoria

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