Meet Paige: Our Participant Liaison Officer
07 Oct 2020
Our Participant Liaison Officer is the person who answers all our teams' questions about our event, regulations, applications, our Team Portal, payments, and more! But who is the face behind the email responses?
Meet Paige. This month we decided to help you get to know Paige a bit better by asking her some questions about herself. And her reponses are below.
Tell us about your role with the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
I’m essentially the first contact that teams have with the event – my role is to assist teams with questions leading up to the event, create the processes for team compulsory documentation and the team portal, and then manage the team registration process in Darwin. In 2021, I’ll also look after the Finish Line events.
What drew you to a job working in events?
As a country kid growing up in Port Augusta (a stop along the BWSC route), there weren’t a lot of opportunities to get involved with events. But I was lucky enough to be involved in the local motocross club for many years, where my love for motorsport events began.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love seeing the end result of all our hard work. Seeing teams enjoying themselves while experiencing the incredible Australian Outback is pretty special.
What is a random fact about you?
When I was 3 years old, I asked my parents if I could change my name to paige.com
What is your proudest moment whilst working at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?
Definitely the Awards Ceremony. Watching the highlights video, hearing the roar of the teams, and watching deserving team members accept their awards gives me a feeling like no other. So proud!
What is your favourite Bridgestone World Solar Challenge memory?
I’ve worked on two BWSC events. In 2017, I flew back to South Australia after the official start to be in Adelaide for the team arrivals. Watching the teams achieve the ultimate goal of crossing the finish line after a gruelling journey was definitely the best part of the event for me. In 2019, I drove the route in one of the event safety cars. It was great to experience what the teams experience along the way.
What is your best piece of advice to teams new to the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?
Be prepared and plan early! It’s all the little things – if you haven’t completed your online requirements, you’ll be behind for the in-person component of registration and scrutineering. Don’t be afraid to ask questions throughout the process – that’s what we’re here for. And most importantly… take time to enjoy the BWSC! It’s an incredibly stressful time, but the most rewarding experience.
What is your favourite thing to do in Adelaide?
I love a good Sunday drive in the Adelaide Hills. Visiting all the little towns along the way makes for a great day out.
What are your hopes for the future of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?
I’d love to see more teams entering in future BWSC events. The event is so popular and we see a large number of international teams registering each year. It’s such a unique event, which we all fall in love with once we experience it. I feel like more schools and universities from around the world should experience it too.
Got a question you want to ask Paige to get to know her better? Comment below and we'll have her respond!
And if you have a question related to our event, regulations, your team application, the Teams Portal and more, you can reach out to Paige at firstname.lastname@example.org