ATTENTION SPORTS EDITORS
Hedgal crosses the Rubicon of rallying
Nairobi, Kenya, April, 9, 2018–The WRC Safari Rally Project Event Secretary Helen Shiri will be the Clerk-of-Course for the Rallye Sports Club round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC4) in June 2018. She becomes the first African woman to hold such a high, prestigious though demanding position in motorsport eight years since joining the rallying fraternity as a student of Abdul Sidi Rally Academy (ASRA).
This is another milestone for Helen in her journey towards becoming an accomplished rally administrator and technical expert only a few years since becoming a member of the National Sporting Authority (ASN) Motorsport Council in her capacity as the secretary of RSC for the last 5 years and a club representative at the Council level.
Helen is also a member of the Rallies Commission, a body that is tasked to oversee the adherence of rules and regulations in the sport. She also served as a Competitors Relations Officer (CRO) in a number of KNRC races in 2016.
She became the first ASN Steward for a round of the KNRC_the KMSC Rally last January_ and she will also be serving in the same capacity in KNRC round 3 which will be hosted by KMSC in May 12-13, 2018.
Helen will be deputized in the KNRC round 4 by George Mwangi who mentors her through the complexities of technical aspects of rallying.
George first took her out in the route back in 2011 when surveying for the Safari Rally with Wambui Kiiru who also doubles up as Secretary of the Stewards in the Rwanda Rally and also the Safari Rally 2018 (ANOTHER STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY).
Shiri undertook an FIA Stewards Programme training in Geneva, Switzerland early this year besides overseeing the successful hosting of the 2018 Safari Rally. She is also the Chairperson and representative of Kenya at the FIA Women in Motorsports, after being inducted through a training programme she attended in 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal
As WRC Safari Rally Project Event Secretary, Helen has been tasked together with the rest of the team headed by Phineas Kimathi as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to offer and deliver a slick organizational framework requisite of a WRC by 2020. She runs the secretariat together with head of PR and Media Peter Njenga and Mwangi, the Driver’s Rep at Organising Committee (OC).
Helen is also an accomplished rally driver and was the first indigenous to finish a rally out of the country in Pearl Uganda in 2013 navigated by Tuta Mionki where they finished 18thposition overall in a Subaru Impreza.
Helen started as a navigator for the all- ladies team of Warembo Bila makeup until 2013 when she acquired the Impreza and traded this with the driver’s seat. She is currently on leave of absence to concentrate on delivering the WRC 2020 vision.
©Peter Njenga, www.safarirally.co.ke
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