JNN 20 Jan 2011 : Australia seems to be going through a number of firsts when it comes to Muslims,Yassmin Abedel-Magied dreams of becoming Australia’s first female Muslim Formula 1 driver.while previously Usman Khawaja became Australia’s first Muslim cricketer
Yassmin originally from Sudan is in the final year of an engineering degree at University of Queensland seems to have an amazing knowledge about fast cars so very best wishes on what clearly appears to be a ground breaking Muslim sister.
Now 19, and about to enter the final year of a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Queensland, she projects all the infectious – and at times daunting – enthusiasm of her generation.
The Young Queenslander of the Year in 2010, she coaches a soccer team for Muslim girls called “Shinpads and Hijabs”.
She is a member of the Queensland Design Council and at 16 set up a network for community-minded teens, Youth Without Borders.
“I never get eight hours of sleep at night,” she says. “But I’m all right with it, I enjoy being busy, I enjoy helping people … when you want to do things, you find time for it.”
Ms Abdel-Magied was born in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to parents who put a great store in education. Her father was an electrical engineer and her mother an architect.
But in Australia her parents’ professional qualifications were mostly not recognised, so it meant they had to start over. It’s an issue many new migrants must confront, Ms Abdel-Magied says.