Nathalie McGloin – Walero Ambassador

“I love the Walero underwear; it’s so soft and comfortable to wear under my race suit. I race mostly in England where the temperature can fluctuate massively, but with Walero I never have to worry about overheating or getting cold as the underwear always keeps me within a comfortable temperature range.”

Nathalie McGloin – President FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission and Porsche Cup Driver

Nathalie McGloin - Walero Ambassador

In May 2015, Nathalie McGloin became the first female with a spinal cord injury to be awarded a race licence in the UK, and a few days later became the only female tetraplegic in the world to complete a race.

“We are very happy to have Nathalie on board; she is one of the most positive, vibrant and determined people we’ve met and she is a great asset to Team Walero.

We’re really please our products help Nathalie her achieve her goals both on and off the track.”

Fiona James – Founder and Owner, Walero Ltd

Undeterred by a major injury, Nathalie’s sheer determination to pursue a racing career is remarkable. Becoming a race driver wasn’t the first sport Nathalie wanted to ‘tackle’, as Nathalie confesses to being an adrenaline junkie and wanted to pursue a career in Wheelchair Rugby! In 2008, Nathalie set her sights on gaining a place on the national GB Wheelchair rugby squad and still takes this up as an activity.

Nathalie McGloin Walero AmbassadorThe journey to being the first female with a spinal cord injury awarded a licence in the UK began in 2013. A ye
ar later, in her Porsche 911 Turbo road car fitted with hand controls, Nathalie participated in a number of sprint and hill-climb events. She won her class in her first event and became the first woman with a spinal cord injury to gain a class win at an MSA sanctioned event.

In 2015, Nathalie was the first female with a spinal cord injury to be awarded a race licence in the UK; a few days later became the only female tetraplegic in the world to complete a race. She is currently still the only female tetraplegic to be competing in the world. Nathalie races a Porsche Cayman S PDK in the Porsche Club Championship, competing against able-bodied drivers.

Additionally, in this year, Nathalie and her partner Andrew Bayliss, went on to create the charity ‘Spinal Track’, enabling disabled drivers to enjoy track day experiences at Silverstone in a hand-controlled Golf GTI. Participants don’t have to pay a penny because the entire cost is covered by charitable donations. The charity is supported by Williams F1, and Claire Williams OBE attended the launch.

“I have the grey and yellow underwear which is instantly recognisable as Walero. As soon as I see another driver wearing it, we always end up spotting the great design and chatting to each other about how effective the products are.

It’s a great talking point too as other drivers will often comment on how good it looks and ask about how it works. Most will tell you that after wearing Walero, we couldn’t race in anything else.”

Nathalie McGloin – President FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission and Porsche Cup Driver

Nathalie McGloins PorscheNathalie is an ambassador for Dare to be Different. Founded by Susie Wolff and funded by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), this initiative aims to inspire, connect, showcase and develop female talent in male-dominated environments such as motorsport.

Nathalie is a friend of the spinal injuries charity Wings for Lifeand speaks at events as their representative. In October 2017, Nathalie was asked by Jean Todt to take on the role of President of the newly formed FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission. Not only is Nathalie the youngest FIA Commission President, but she also makes up one of only two female FIA Commission Presidents – the other being Michelle Mouton, FIA Women In Motorsport Commission President.

For the season of 2018, Nathalie entered the CSCC Championship in her Porsche Cayman S and finished her first ever race in the series with a third in class. So, how does the car operate? Well, the vehicle is fitted with radial hand controls that she pushes forward to brake, and down to accelerate. This system allows her to mix the accelerator and throttle for greater car control. The hand controls are mounted to the right of the steering column, leaving her left hand free to steer.

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