Founder of Motocross Ladies uses Skype to overcome the sport’s gender barrier

Makenzi Wassenaar, founder of Motocross Ladies, has hurdles to overcome both on the race course and off. “Currently, the motocross industry isn’t oriented toward female riders at all,” she says. “Many don’t even consider us to be real athletes – but we’re out to change that.” And she’s using Skype to do that.

In just a few years, Wassenaar has built Motocross Ladies into a No. 1 women’s interactive motocross team and a go-to online community. The 22-year-old Dallas native has relied on her creative use of technology to make this happen while also holding down a full-time job and completing her bachelor’s degree at University of North Texas, writes Quinn Hubbard in a Skype blog post.

“Now Motocross Ladies is an important online community and represents a 10-member team of strong young women who are pushing the sport forward,” Wassenaar says. “I use Skype to meet face-to-face with sponsors in Southern California or riders in Canada. And when I need to call land lines and mobile phones, I can call anywhere in the world with Skype credit.”

To learn more, head over to the Skype Play Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff