A 14-year-old girl from Derby who lost her
limbs after a battle with meningitis has spent time meeting motorsport’s most
inspirational racing team.
Isabelle Weall contracted bacterial meningitis at the age of six which resulted in the amputation of her arms and legs. After spending months in a wheelchair she was fitted with prosthetic limbs and has stunned medical experts and her family with her amazing recovery. She has launched her own You Tube channel where she demonstrates make up techniques and was crowned national champion in the disability novice category at the schools trampolining competition last year.
Having heard of her story, Team BRIT founder Dave Player made contact with her family to invite her to meet the team.
Team BRIT is a motor racing team of disabled drivers that is looking to become the first ever all-disabled team to race in Le Mans.
The team aims to normalise disability and has developed the world’s most advanced hand controls to allow their drivers with varying disabilities to compete on equal terms with able-bodied drivers.
Isabelle and her family were invited to meet the team’s drivers and crew at their race on Saturday at Oulton Park in the Fun Cup championship, and to see their revolutionary hand controls. Dave Player will be liaising with prosthetics expert Matthew Hughes at Dorset Orthopaedic Co Ltd to look at how a system could be developed that would allow Isabelle to drive.
The majority of the team’s drivers are military veterans, who have sustained serious injuries during their time in service. In September this year the team opened its doors to civilian disabled drivers too in an effort to widen opportunities into competitive racing.
Isabelle said: “I had a very good day on Saturday. It was very exciting to meet the team and sit in the car to see how the adaptations would work for me. I am really looking forward to getting the chance to see how driving could work.”
Team BRIT founder Dave Player said, “When we saw Isabelle’s story, we were all struck by her fantastic outlook and attitude to life. She is such an inspirational young lady who has dealt with her disability amazingly and is now proving to others that nothing is impossible with the right drive and determination.
“This is everything Team BRIT is about. We want to normalize disability and to show people that disability does not mean that you can’t compete at a high level in a range of sports.
“Our technology means that we can help amputees and drivers with a range of disabilities to enter competitive motorsport and I’m confident that we can develop the system we use to create something for Isabelle. Britain leads the way in all things disability and all things motorsport. Our pioneering technology brings this together and would allow Izzy to show the world what can be done.”
Further information on the Dorset Orthopaedic Company can be found at www.dorset-ortho.com