Welsh Young Driver Of The Year 2003

Christina Way


24-Year Old Laboratory Technician Wins A New Daewoo Matiz For A Year

Christina Way from Tonyrefail in Mid Glamorgan was the clear winner in the 2003 Welsh Young Driver of the Year competition held at the South Wales Police headquarters in Bridgend.

‘I only entered so that I could have a go on the skid pan,’ said a delighted Christina who was presented with the keys to a new special edition Daewoo Matiz Cymru by Denis Chick, Manager of Public Affairs at GM Daewoo UK. Christina, a 24-year old laboratory technician with Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, was a very nervous finalist in the competition, which drew an entry of 329 young drivers in the 17-25 age group in this nationwide Welsh event. ‘I even had to buy a new Highway Code so that I could brush up my knowledge,’ said Christina, as the entry form included a number of questions on driving theory.

Christina entered the competition after seeing it announced in the Western Mail. As a test on the skid pan was a part of the final selection process, she entered and was surprised to be chosen as one of the 12 finalists. ‘I was really nervous on the day and absolutely amazed when I won,’ said Christina.

The Welsh Young Driver Award is organised annually by South Wales Police with the support of major sponsors GM Daewoo who provided the Matiz for a year, Admiral Insurance who cover the vehicle’s insurance costs for a year and the Rotary Club of Bridgend-Ogmore who help to run the finals. In addition for 2003, local Daewoo retailer Bridgend Daewoo awarded the winner with £250 worth of petrol. Further support at the final came from local members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The competition included questions on driving theory, driving assessment with a computer-based test and the skid pan, and a dexterity test.

Sergeant Nigel Whitehouse, Community Safety Officer for South Wales Police and the Award’s champion said, ‘It’s always a pleasure to congratulate the winner of this Award. Christina sets an example that should be followed by all young drivers. We look forward to seeing even more entries in 2004.’

The winning prize was the use of a Daewoo Matiz for a year provided by GM Daewoo UK. For 2003, the car was one of a very limited number of Matiz Cymru special edition cars from another local Daewoo retailer, Cardiff Daewoo.

Details of the event for next year will be announced in early 2004.

Published 4 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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