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16.06.17

RTM joins industry to take part in Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2017

Last week, a team from Rail Technology Magazine competed in the second annual Big Rail Diversity Challenge which took place on 7 June.

Held at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, the event aims to promote diversity in the rail industry by having teams with equal numbers of men and women compete in a range of challenges.

The event is described as “a crossover between ‘It’s a Knockout’ and ‘Krypton Factor’”, and the challenges are as diverse as the people taking part in them.

There is a mix of mental challenges, like pub quizzes, to physical events, such as Zorb ball football – and topped off by some more bizarre challenges like Duck Herding.

BRDC duck herding

After the final whistle, one of HS2’s six teams present emerged victorious with 218 points, while RTM came a respectable fifth place with 210 points.

Organiser and head of Women in Rail Adeline Ginn told RTM that the event gave people in the industry “the chance to network, the chance to have fun, and the chance to demonstrate that diverse teams work much better together”.

“This year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge was a great success,” she added. “Over 450 rail colleagues took part and each tackled the challenges with great spirit, good attitudes and fantastic teamwork. 

brdc team challenge

“We have wonderful people in the rail industry and this event has shown once more that women and men can work effectively together.”

And Roy Rowlands, business development director at RTM, said: “I would like to congratulate Nimble Media and the team on an amazing event – the activities were extremely enjoyable and really well put together. I’m looking forward to next year’s already.”

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Comments

Juliet   28/06/2017 at 13:16

Is this a joke? Was the irony of this headline and picture lost on your editors? l would assume that you failed in the diversity challenge?

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