Susan Muwonge – Super Lady
In 2011, Ugandan motorsport driver Susan Muwonge became the first woman to win the National Rally Championship. This was the culmination of six years of competing in a field dominated by men and wealth. Dubbed “Super Lady” by her fans, Muwonge began her racing career in 2005, but had difficulty finding sponsors until she started winning. With both local and international competition victories now under her belt, she has seen her success attract more women to motorsport, both as fans and participants.
A teacher by trade, Muwonge is a graduate of Makerere University Business School. She has four children with her husband, Lawrence, a businessman who has helped finance her racing career. In 2012 she became only the second woman to be honored with the Uganda Sports Press Association’s Sports Personality of the Year award. Though she took a much-needed break from the rigors of the racetrack that year, she has recently returned to the sport, finishing fifth in the 2013 Shell VPower Pearl of Africa Rally.
Though Muwonge placed a respectable eighth in the International Drivers Association’s World Women’s Rankings for 2012, making her the highest-ranked African driver on the list, she hopes to do even better this year by competing in more international races sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
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Daily Monitor. Susan Muwonge, the Super Lady. 29 September 2012. Retrieved from http://www.monitor.co.ug/SpecialReports/ugandaat50/Susan+Muwonge++the+Super+Lady/-/1370466/1519090/-/hlgmjz/-/index.html
New Vision. Susan Muwonge sets sights on continental events. 15 January 2013. Retrieved from http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/638918-susan-muwonge-sets-sights-on-continental-events.html