Cassie McColl

For this year’s International Women’s Day, we’re featuring six new interviews from inspirational women who are carving out extraordinary careers in motorsport.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m Cassie McColl and I run Human Performance at JOTA.

Originally from Australia, I moved to the UK and started working in motorsport.

I have previously worked with many high level athletes including ballet dancers, gymnasts, football and rugby
athletes.

Could you tell us a little about the role that you do?

My job involves lots of different aspects. I develop all the training protocol for pit stops in World Endurance Championship (WEC) and GT World Challenge Europe. This involves choregraphing, technique training and skill development of the team’s mechanics.

In addition I analyse all stops to identify areas of the pit stop that needs an increase in performance or crew members who might be at risk of an injury. I also develop all the exercise training programs for the crews members at the workshop and away at an event.

What did you study?

I completed all my studies in Australia, which is a little different to the UK. I completed an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science. I went on to complete a masters of Exercise Physiology, where is worked in multiple clinical settings with spinal cord and musculoskeletal injuries. Then I decided I wanted to study further and completed a Masters of Research specialising in Biomechanics.

Did you do any extra-curricular activities/work experience?

During undergraduated studies I completed certifications in sports massage and sport therapy.  I also volunteered as a student in many research projects that my university professors were completing.

Who is your favourite woman in motorsport?

That’s a tough question, I don’t have one particular woman.  I do really appreciate walking around a paddock and seeing the vast amount of different women in different roles.  From mechanics, PR, team management, physios, and journalists.  I want all women in motorsport to be celebrated.

What’s the best thing you did to get you to where you are today?

The best thing I found to succeed is to give everything a go and take any opportunities that are offered.  I volunteered a lot of my time to research projects, clinic work and sporting teams to develop my specific skill set.  This allows me to perform many jobs that would need different people for and be an asset to my workplace.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is pushing the boundaries of sport science in an area that is not really seen in the field.  Plus I do also get to travel with the team which I really can’t complain about either.

What’s been your highlight so far?

The highlight of my job is when our team cars enter the pitlane behind a direct competitor, and leave in front of said car due to our pit stops being completed faster that the other team.  It is a fantastic boost for the team and also shows the innovative work we are doing at JOTA is pushing the sport forward.

What would you say to girls who aspire to work in motorsport one day?

For a girl/woman that wants to enter motorsport, develop the skill set needed for that particular career.  Volunteer to gain experience, there are always teams that can use an extra person around.  Develop connections and make yourself an asset to a team.

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