At RichardsF1.com, we’re always on the lookout for aspiring and professional writers who would like to contribute to amazing tapestry of the over 6,000 motorsport articles that we’ve published to-date, and we’re thrilled to welcome a new writer to our family: Yassmin Abdel-Magied!
Yassmin will be taking over the reins of our already very popular V8 Supercars coverage from our journalist Geoff Burke, who will be freed up to assist in more Formula 1 feature article writing.
Additionally, Yassmin will also contribute a host of feature and media review articles for RichardsF1.com, which she will be looking to share with our many readers worldwide.
“Ever since I was about 12 or 13 years old, I have had an interest and passion in motorsport, particularly F1,” she told RichardsF1.com.
“I remember going to the library and borrowing ever single book that I could find on F1 and cars and trying to absorb all of their contents – it was a world that fascinated me.
“My parents always thought it was a phase – no one else in the family is remotely interested in cars – but it grew into a passion and eventually a career.”
Yassmin wanted to turn her passion into a career in motorsport. She began by studying engineering after she left high school, and she has since graduated with first class honours as a Mechancinal Engineer from the University of Queensland.
“It was a great experience, and being Team Principal [a role she took up in 2011] really gave me an insight into all the different parts of running a team!
“Although I did have the dream of becoming a driver, the more reachable and realistic dream is to now be a designer or an engineer in the industry. We’ll see how it goes!”
Long-time readers of RichardsF1.com will recall that we interviewed Yassmin last year, just ahead of UQ Racing’s involvement in the Formula SAE Championship event. Since then, we’ve kept in regular contact with Yassmin, who has now been appointed to the RichardsF1.com team as our lead V8 Supercars journalist.
“As soon as I discovered RichardsF1.com, I became a regular reader and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the site grow into a true motorsport community,” she adds.
“I really looking forward to adding something different to the site; my writing style is definitely conversational and asks a lot of questions so I look forward to having readers’ input! It is a real honour to be able to be a part of the team and it will definitely be a ball!”
Outside of her passion for motorsport, Yassmin is a significant member of the Australian community, and has been widely recognised and honoured for her community work.
At the age of sixteen, she founded the NGO ‘Youth Without Borders’, a youth-run community project coordination organisation that facilitates development, links, networking and support for youth and their wider communities internationally.
She was also named the Young Muslim of the Year in 2007 and won the Young Queenslander of the Year Award in 2010, the year before she was named as a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards.
We are thrilled to have Yassmin join our team – please make her feel welcome!