Jaguar's Webber and Wilson in the spotlight 04 Nov 2003
2003 Jaguar drivers Mark Webber and Justin Wilson will both be the subject of media attention this week, away from the Formula One cockpit. Webber will be participating in his very own charity challenge in his native Australia, while Wilson has been nominated for an 'Achievement in Sport' award in his home county of Yorkshire.
Webber will be joined by a host of top Australian sports stars, including Pat Rafter, Steve Waugh and Cathy Freeman for the first Cadbury Schweppes Mark Webber Challenge, a gruelling 10-day trekking, kayaking and cycling event across the wilds of Tasmania to raise money for Australian children's charities.
Webber will be on hand for the event's official launch in Melbourne on Wednesday (November 5), before he and the other participants head to Tasmania's isolated West Coast for the start of the challenge on Friday. They will cover 1000 km of rugged terrain over the 10 days, travelling around the island and finishing on the Freycinet Peninsular on November 16.
Meanwhile, Webber's Jaguar team mate Wilson will be at Elland Road, home of English football club Leeds United, on Thursday (November 6) for the 11th Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, after being nominated to receive the 'Achievement in Sport' trophy.
Wilson, who scored his first world championship point at Indianapolis earlier this year, has found time in his busy post-season schedule to return to his native Yorkshire for the awards, which are open to people under 35 who live, work or were born in the county. All funds raised by the awards, which also include arts, education, IT and management and enterprise categories, go to a local children's charity.