Oban racer’s drive to make a dif­fer­ence sees her recog­nised in New Year’s hon­ours list

The Oban Times - - News -

AL­MOST 1,200 peo­ple re­ceived an award in this year’s New Year Hon­ours list, in­clud­ing Oban’s Susie Wolff, writes David McPhee.

The hon­ours recog­nise the achieve­ments of a wide range of ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple across the UK.

This year’s list in­cludes fa­mous faces such as Andy Mur­ray and Mo Farah, who both re­ceived knight­hoods for their ser­vices in their re­spec­tive sports, as well as Vic­to­ria Beck­ham who re­ceived an OBE for her con­tri­bu­tion to fash­ion.

Oban’s Susie re­ceived an MBE for her ser­vices to women in sport. The 34-year- old rac­ing driver re­tired from the sport last year, how­ever, not be­fore she es­tab­lished a Dare to be Dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tive, which aims to in­crease fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in all ar­eas of rac­ing.

She said: ‘I am hum­bled to re­ceive an MBE in recog­ni­tion of my ser­vice to women in sport.

‘Like any fe­male com­peti­tor, I sim­ply as­pired to com­pete on a level play­ing field and was able to chase that dream thanks to the never- end­ing sup­port of my fam­ily and all those who backed me along the way.

‘This is a recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts as much as my own. Now my fo­cus is on pass­ing that sup­port and be­lief to the next gen­er­a­tions of young women who dare to be dif­fer­ent in chas­ing their mo­tor­sport dreams.’

Three women from Ar­gyll were hon­oured with a BEM.

Mar­garet Ann Wors­ley from Tiree re­ceived the hon­our for her vol­un­tary ser­vice to the com­mu­nity of the is­land.

Sheila McCallum from Lochgilp­head also re­ceived a BEM for her ser­vice to mu­sic in Mid Ar­gyll, as did Mar­jory Macken­zie Jag­ger, the man­ager of Skye and Lochalsh Young Car­ers Ser­vice, for her ser­vice to young peo­ple and the com­mu­nity in the In­ner He­brides.

John Camp­bell of Glen­rath Farms, who is orig­i­nally from Stra­chur, re­ceived a knight­hood for his ser­vices to farming and char­i­ta­ble ser­vice to en­trepreneur­ship.

For­mer Wil­liams driver Susie Wolff re­ceived an MBE for her ser­vices to women in sport.

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