Glossop karting ace Alisha Palmowski is looking at combine her two great passions – motorsport and dogs – in 2022.
After becoming the second female to win UK junior motorsport's most prestigious prize, the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, she has been made an ambassador of national assistance dog charity, Support Dogs.
The 15-year-old is very happy at the new role given to her by Chequered Flag Motorsport, the charitable arm of UK motorsport.
“When I found out I’d been made an ambassador for Support Dogs, I was over the moon – it’s a perfect match for me,” says Alisha, who has a pet dog, a Shih Tzu called Pip.
“I love dogs. I was given Pip on my sixth birthday. He’s not the brightest though and could never be able to do all the amazing things that support dogs can do!”
Support Dogs trains assistance dogs for children and adults with autism, epilepsy, and a variety of medical conditions, including MS and cerebral palsy, enabling them to lead safer, more independent lives.
A Year 10 pupil at St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy, Alisha has already visited the charity’s Sheffield training centre to meet some of its dogs and staff.
She is looking at potential fundraising and awareness-raising events such as a corporate karting day and a no uniform day at her school and the 25 others that form the multi-academy trust, St Ralph Sherwin.
“I’m really looking forward to next year and doing everything I can to help Support Dogs raise more funds, and to boost its profile.
“It’s early days yet but I’m hoping to be able to promote this fantastic charity throughout next year as I take my racing career to another level,” says Alisha.
After beating 60 other young drivers to the Junior Ginetta Scholarship, Alisha is moving from karts to cars, at circuits like Brands Hatch and Silverstone, with driving speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Danny Anderson, fundraising manager of Support Dogs, said: “We’re delighted that Alisha is going to be an ambassador for us in the world of motorsport, especially as she is such a big dog lover. We can’t wait to start working with her.”