Name: Jenna Kelley
Pursuit: Individual Recipient - Rally Co Driver
Jenna’s dream is to become an Australian Champion Co Driver. Sitting beside the driver, reading instructions about every bend, crest or junction, at high speed on gravel requires nerves of steel and a huge amount of trust in the driver and one mistake by the co driver can put an end to the rally for the team and end in a spectacular crash. Rallying is an expensive sport with the cost of entry fees and specific clothing required for events, it is also a sport heavily dominated by men. Jenna’s strong character, her infectious enthusiasm and dedication along with the experience she has with top level teams hold her in good stead to achieve her dreams.
When did you start?
I am a Victorian co-driver originally from Perth. My passion for co-driving came to life in, of all places, Antarctica! When I returned home to Australia, I researched more about rallying and how to get into the sport. I posted an email on the Vic Rally e-group about wanting to navigate. I really wanted to drive, but there was no way I could afford a car and maintain it, so this was the next best thing.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
2003 Victorian Club Rally Series - Champion Novice Co Driver • 2004 Victorian Rally Championship - Champion GpN Co Driver • 2005 Asia Pacific Rally Championship - 10th outright and 1st Australian Privateer. We rallied in the company of legends such as Toshi Ari, Katsu Taguchi and Cody Crocker.
What is your dream?
To win the Australian Rally Championship and stand on the podium to inspire other women in motorsport.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
My Dad and Possum Bourne (dec.)
Any other special talents?
I've just published my first novel called "Wild Winds" which is fiction based on fact about Antarctica. I am a Level 1 NCAS PC Equestrian Coach (for 12 years) and a Division 13, CFA HQ Brigade, Operations Volunteer (for 7 years).
I love all types of music, from pop to rock. Anything I can dance to is great!
The King's Speech.
Favourite TV Show?
Any gluten free vegetarian pasta.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
I will use my grant to fly to and from events around Australia. I would also love a new Alpine Stars black and hot pink driving suit to update my image.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Whatever you can do, or dream you can ... begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. (William Blake) My dreams come true because I believe in them.