Girl in the Fast Lane

Garima Av­tar, 38, Mo­tor­sport, UP/Pun­jab/Himachal

India Today - - COVERSTORY -

SUC­CESS STORY One of the very few women mo­tor­sport driv­ers in the coun­try, Av­tar, who is based in Noida but fre­quents Pun­jab and Himachal Pradesh for dif­fer­ent ral­lies and au­tocross events, started burn­ing rub­ber eight years ago. Also a trained clas­si­cal singer, she per­forms at Kaf­feine in Hauz Khas Vil­lage, Delhi. TRACK RECORD Av­tar has proven her met­tle in the women’s cat­e­gory in ma­jor ral­lies across the coun­try

in­clud­ing The SJOBA Thun­der­bolt TSD Rally 2012 (all women's team, first po­si­tion), Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2013 (all women's team, first po­si­tion), In­dian Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship 2014 Rally, Coim­bat­ore (Cat­e­gory: 1600 CC Ex­treme and has won the all women’s team tro­phy) be­sides win­ning po­si­tions at sev­eral au­tocross events in Lud­hi­ana, Delhi and In­dore.

WOMAN POWER The ral­ly­ist feels that par­ents have a ma­jor role to play in en­cour­ag­ing girl chil­dren to take up ad­ven­ture sports and mo­tor­sports. Talk­ing about the lack of gov­ern­ment sup­port Av­tar says, “There is no aid from the gov­ern­ment in the form of sub­si­dies or grants which en­cour­ages peo­ple to give mo­tor­sports a shot as a ca­reer.”

FAST FOR­WARD Want­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the pres­ti­gious Dakar Rally (held in South Amer­ica) and be the first In­dian driver ever to rally in the car cat­e­gory, Av­tar says, “I know

I have the req­ui­site skill-set to com­pete at an in­ter­na­tional level but par­tic­i­pa­tion in such events re­quires a lot of plan­ning, which is pos­si­ble only with the right kind of fund­ing and that's my next agenda.”

“Par­ents play a ma­jor role in en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to take up sports.” Garima Av­tar, ral­ly­ist

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