On Friday 9 June 2017, 450 rail industry personnel were welcomed from across the sector by Adeline Ginn, Founder of Women in Rail to compete in the second Big Rail Diversity Challenge.
The event was a complete sell out – with a staggering 50% attendance growth year on year. 45 teams entered from across the industry which in itself is testimony to the magnificent support shown by all for this amazing organisation.
The event achieved its aim by proving that gender-balanced teams really do work better together; whilst raising awareness of the business benefits attained when engaging an equal ratio of 50% female and 50% male.
A cross between “It’s a Knockout” and “Krypton Factor”, The Big Rail Diversity Challenge provided participants with an opportunity to network, team build and fundraise whilst undertaking fun gender balanced team challenges.
Teams took part in a physically and mentally demanding set of challenges, from Motorised Bathtub racing to Zumba, Hovercraft skills to mind boggling quizzes, duck herding to blindfolded baking, simulator racing experiences to space hopper relays and human table football to segway relays!
The event closed with a fun award ceremony and acknowledgement was paid to teams who stood out in individual challenges, taking into consideration the highest scores earned, team effort, collaborative working and communication.