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WATCH: What damsels-in-distress? The 'Spinderellas' are real-life princesses who burn rubber

2018-08-06 20:00

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Spinderellas are not damsels-in-distress who live in a fairy tale. These are women who burn rubber and manoeuvre supersonic vehicles for a living. 

Wheelz ‘n Smoke, a 100% BEE owned and managed motorsport company, is bringing SPINderella, a spinning event for women by women in SA. It was created to open the door for women in motorsport.

Aiming to get more women involved

With the theme, 'Power Under Her Foot,' the event aims to grow and enhance the level of participation from women and at various levels within the sport.

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Ayanda Mbele, the co-owner of Wheelz ‘n Smoke, expressed that the company has identified a number of opportunities within the local motorsports industry, particularly in car spinning, which need to be explored with the intention to celebrate those who have been the forerunners for female participation in spinning.

"It's these identified opportunities; together with the industry wide desire to contribute in the on-going 'women empowerment' dialogue which led Wheelz ‘n Smoke to the establishment of the SPINderella programme," she reiterates.

Wheelz ‘n Smoke sets to commemorate this significant day in motorsports history in the same week as National Women’s Day, to celebrate women’s freedom to participate in motorsport.

Uniting a nation

"National Women’s Day draws attention to significant issues SA women still face, such as inequality in society, the workplace, politics, as well as in sports.

"The SPINderella programme is one of the many ways in which we aim to eradicate this issue of inequality, by representing women who still aren’t recognised in the motorsport space," Mbele explains. 

"Woman such as Stacey Lee May. Tina Rossouw and Felicia Van Staden are pushing boundaries in spinning and making their mark.

"Therefore as leaders in the spinning industry, we want to celebrate these women who have contributed to the growth of female spinning and encourage more girls and women to take part in this growing extreme sport," she adds. 

"I feel that the establishment of Spinderella is a great opportunity for women in car spinning. It’s our chance to be heard and inspire other females outside of spinning to follow their dreams no matter what," says Stacey May of SPINderella.

"I’m super excited and even more honoured to be part of this event. To know that we are the stepping stone for future female spinners," Tina Rossouw of SPINderella.

The event has the backing of Motorsports South Africa (MSA), the governing body of four-wheel motorsport; who also have a social responsibility commitment to improve the future of women in motorsport.

Together with its sponsors and supporters, Wheelz ‘n Smoke hopes to raise awareness on the importance of women in motorsport and create a sports culture that facilitates and values their full participation.

The SPINderella event is set to take place on August 11 at the Wheelz ‘n Smoke Arena, from 12pm till late. Attendees can expect to experience women power like never before.

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