Yangebup mum goes from race track to runway for Mrs Galaxy Australia

Michelle Dolan. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491480 communitypix.com.au.
Michelle Dolan. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491480 communitypix.com.au.

YANGEBUP’S Michelle Dolan is all about breaking stereotypes.

For much of the last 12 years the 28-year-old drag racing enthusiast could often be found on the Perth Motorplex track, where she has worked for the Chapman Brothers Racing team since she was a teenager.

But, in a bid to show women and girls that they do not need to be pigeonholed into stereotypes, Ms Dolan will swap the race track for the runway next month as one of 10 finalists in the Mrs Galaxy Australia competition.

She said drag racing had always been a male-dominated sport but that the perception of women in the sport was changing.

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“Having names like Emma Begley, Kelly Bettes and Michelle Davies becoming so extremely successful in their driving careers creates such a positive influence for the up and coming females of the sport,” She said.

“As someone who struggled in such a male dominated industry to get a apprenticeship in the field of mechanics and having to move to Perth to be successful, I hope that I can give hope to other girls and young women not to give up, that you can be passionate about something that’s outside of the box.

“You just have to find the right avenues of support, and luckily there is lots out there these days.”

The mother of three said she hoped her inaugural foray into pageantry would inspire her young daughters not to conform to stereotypes.

“I can’t wait to get on the stage and to show all the hard work I’ve been putting in for the last few months from coaching to charity appearances, planning the perfect outfits and showing my beautiful young daughters that anything is possible if you are dedicated and put in 100 per cent,” she said.

“I think women and girls these days have such pressure on them due to social media to look and act a certain way.

“Having daughters who are eight and six year old and are easily influenced, I hope that I can be the role model that they would be proud of.

“I don’t want my girls to think that they are singled out because of their love for drag racing, they can have the best of both worlds combined.

“Miss 8 is already extremely keen to enter a pageant as soon as she hits her teenage years but is just as eager to jump into a junior dragster and race down the quarter mile.”

The Mrs Galaxy Australia final will be held on April 29.