When Nathalie was 16 years old she was was involved in a road traffic accident resulting in her breaking her neck at level C6/7. This has left her completely paralysed from the chest down. The accident never deterred her from driving and in 2015 Nathalie became the first ever female spinal injured driver to be granted her race licence in the UK. 2015 saw her complete her first race season in The Porsche Club Championship racing a hand controlled Cayman S.
Nathalie not only races cars but plays wheelchair rugby and is training to do her 1st marathon. Her quote sums her up to a T; "Anything is possible". Nathalie has a contagious love for life and is ready to take on any challenge. She is a true inspiration!
Anything is possible
Quite simply, because it is.
I'm currently renovating a house near Silverstone, and I'm building our charity Spinal Track that gives people who drive with hand controls the opportunity to drive on a race track all whilst competing in my most successful season of racing yet. Busy doesn't even come close!
To complete a marathon. To compete in and complete a 24 hour endurance race. To get on the podium in The Porsche Club Championship.
Live Forever - Oasis
Competing in my first ever race at Brands Hatch. I was so nervous, I think if I'd been able to, I would have physically got out of the car and run away just before we went out onto the starting grid! But as soon as those lights went out, all the fear went. It's hard to put into words what competing in that race meant and still means to me. Biggest achievement of my life and something I'll never forget.
FAVOURITE CITY AND WHY
Dubai - shallow I know! But the ridiculous nature of how ostentatious that place is just makes me smile (why wouldn't you have a Bugatti Veyron as a police car?).
THREE PIECES OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF
Failure is part of the journey to success, don't fear it. The lows of sport are definitely worth it for experiencing the highs. Don't judge yourself against other people, be content and confident with who you are.
Wheelchair rugby! If you don't know what is it, google it. It's the greatest sport ever!
MOST INSPIRING PERSON YOU'VE EVER MET
Laleh Sedigh, what an incredible woman. I met her at the FIA Women in Motorsport conference in October 2016. Laleh is an Iranian racing and rally driver who had to seek special dispensation from a religious ayatollah in order to compete with men. Due to the restrictions placed on women in her country, she faces daily social challenges to do what she loves but this only makes her stronger. She tells her story with such passion that I was completely blown away by her spirit and determination.
BRAVEST/SCARIEST THING YOU'VE EVER EXPERIENCED
The day before my first ever race, I was testing at Brands Hatch when I got turn one wrong and ran into the gravel trap. Because of the speed and the angle I went in, the left hand side of the car dug into the gravel and it went up onto two wheels. I was millimetres away from rolling the car onto it's roof. Luckily it didn't roll and it sat back down on all four wheels allowing me to drive away once freed from the gravel. Properly scary and not the best preparation ahead of my first ever race!