British Marine member, ThunderCat Racing UK, has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for Multi-Strand at the National Diversity Awards 2016.
Over 20,000 nominations and votes were received by award organisers this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide. The Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.
Founded by Vee Ganjavian with the assistance of Fiona Pascoe in 2004, ThunderCat Racing UK looks to transform high octane powerboat racing into an inclusive national and global environment, epitomizing community wellbeing and championing issues around discrimination, rehabilitation, equality and inclusivity.
The pair’s dislike to the idea of separating disability in sport was paramount and through team building, encouraging personal development and self-confidence, they ensured everyone on and off the water had the opportunity to challenge themselves.
Running a non-profit sport, ThunderCat Racing UK, has been financially supported by Microlink and received free office space and volunteer’s time to help turn it into a global initiative.
Today over 18 countries compete at international status and the UK’s largest one class series. This has seen individuals from all walks of life join together with the help of social media and positive interaction.
Fiona Pascoe, Organiser of ThunderCat Racing UK, comments: “We are so excited and proud to have gotten this far, we want to show nationally how within our unique sporting community, recovery through sport changes lives both on and off the water.”
Fiona further explains: “It’s so easy to judge a book by its cover. A supermodel, beautiful and elegant, perfect in every way, or an ultra-fit military soldier, strong and powerful. But behind their visual persona there can be issues of PTSD, anxiety, anger, depression, bipolar and chronic illnesses.
“For the past twelve years Microlink has been the backbone of ThunderCat Racing UK, enabling the global series and community to grow through its financial support and commitment. Our principles are the same, to champion issues around discrimination, rehabilitation, equality and inclusivity.”
Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on 16 September 2016 to find out the winners of this year’s National Diversity Awards.
Full British Marine Article can be found here: http://britishmarine.co.uk/News/2016/July/ThunderCat-Racing-UK-shortlisted-for-the-UKs-largest-diversity-awards
Full RYA article can be found here: http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/thundercat-racing-uk-shortlisted-for-national-diversity-awards-2016.aspx