Nicci Daly is a mechanical engineer, an international hockey player and a motorsport enthusiast who has recently established her own female racing team called FormulaFemale. She attempts to increase awareness and participation of females in motorsport.
Last year the country came to a standstill when the Irish women’s hockey team were the surprise runners up at the Women’s Hockey World Cup in London. After a magnificent tournament and an incredibly exciting homecoming the ladies are now preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Nicci Daly is not only an outstanding player on that hockey team; she is also a Mechanical Engineer who has worked hard to pave her way in another sport- motor racing.
She tells us about her passion for both sports and explains how a love of racing eventually led to a career in it. But more importantly, she explains the difficult path to becoming an engineer and how she almost quit several times, because of the challenges she faced.
“In school, I was told to stay away from STEM and when I went for my appointment with the career’s guidance teacher there was a big X on the sheet next to engineering, so I never picked a Science subject for Leaving Cert,” she says.