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‘Keep our ‘grid girls’ on track!’

Thursday, 8 February 2018

‘Keep our ‘grid girls’ on track!’ thumbnailOrganisers of the North West 200 will review the use of grid girls. WK06030

THE decision to ban grid girls and promotional models from helping at high-profile sports events is an over-reaction and dashing the dreams of hundreds of women who love what they do.
That is the view of one 'grid girl' who started out working at Aghadowey Oval before making the switch to the British Touring Car Championship with Eurotech Racing driver, Matt Simpson.
Paula Currie told The Chronicle that many of her colleagues are avid car and bike enthusiasts, and while some of them are well paid, most are happy to attend events on a voluntary basis.
Week days, the 28-year-old works as a receptionist and during the British Touring Car season, which starts at Brands Hatch in April, spends her weekends with Simpson's team.
The row surrounding glamour women erupted last month when representatives from the Professional Darts Corporation agreed to ditch walk-on girls after holding talks with broadcasters.
Then, last week, Formula One bosses announced they would end the long-standing practice of using grid girls before the start of a race with this taking effect at March's Australian GP.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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