We are proud to confirm that RichardsF1.com’s very own V8 Supercars journalist, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, will be one of the showcase presenters at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, which is on this week!

Yassmin will be presenting at two seminars during the Writers’ Festival:

For those of you who don’t know much about Yassmin, her story is quite incredible. Born in the Sudan before moving to Australia as a child, Yassmin is one of Australia’s few female mechanical engineers, and her passion for motorsport has led her to design the University of Queensland’s Formula SAE racer, and she graduated in 2011 as the valedictorian of her class.

Yassmin is also an advocate for greater youth involvement in the broader community, as well as being a champion of human rights and refugee issues around the world.

She founded Youth Without Borders at the age of sixteen, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work for positive change in their communities. Last year, she was named Young Leader in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Awards.

It's not always a glamorous existence being a famous writer (and highly-talented engineer!)...In 2007, Yassmin was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year, as well as being shortlisted as a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year awards.

Aside from writing exclusively for RichardsF1.com, her day job is spent in the very male-dominated Queensland gas rigs as an engineering specialist (pictured right).

Yassmin was also part of the audience on last night’s episode of the ABC’s panel show, Q&A, and even grilled the panel on the lessons of history from the west’s repeated invasions of Afghanistan.

For those of you in Australia who missed last night’s episode, you can watch the entire episode here (jump to 33 minutes into the recording to watch Yassmin in action), and for those of you outside Australia, tune into the Australia Network channel to catch a re-run of the episode when it airs.

Rumour has it that Yassmin will soon get a spot behind the desk on an upcoming episode of Q&A, and we will definitely keep you posted as soon as we know more!

We’re all super proud of you, Yassmin! Congratulations!

Youth Without Borders

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.