MOTORSPORTS: Drag racing for Shannon Josefski is merely a hobby and an outlet to feel the wind flow through her hair, but she also has a serious side when the competitive juices start to flow.
Shannon has been competing in motorbike drags for the past four years and thrives on the adrenaline, like most people attracted to two wheels.
"My husband (Jamie) bought me a bike for our wedding anniversary and I haven't stopped - I love it,” she said.
"When I met him 10 years ago he always had bikes, so I finally got up the courage and wanted my own.”
"I started off on a little (Kawasaki) KTM Ninja 300 to learn on and then stepped up to the bigger bike when I could and I've been doing it ever since.”
The mother of two now rides a modified Harley Davidson 883 Iron (1200cc), which she hopes can carry her up the standings in the CQDRA Championships.
She currently sits in seventh place in the CQDRA Twin Cylinder Bikes standings after four rounds of competition.
"I don't really start looking at the standings until closer to the end of the year because that's when it starts getting serious,” said Josefski, who has finished third overall for the past two years in the Twin Bike category.
"I need to start winning more now if I want to get myself back up the top.
"It's definitely getting to the business end and hopefully I'll have a good weekend.
"I had a shocking run last meet, but I plan to concentrate a bit better and have my game face on.”
While the motorbike influence came from her husband, Josefski, whose sister is Australian Jillaroos (rugby league) player Kody House, used the sport as an outlet after nearly losing her life giving birth to her daughter in 2010.
"I had a really life-changing event; I got diabetes with my kids and really had to step my game up,” she said.
"I got a bit of a shock and nearly carked it, so I decided I needed to do something for me that's different, fun and the drags was it.
"I had gestational diabetes - when my daughter was born I was rushed into ICU and was very, very sick.
"Then they found out I had normal type 1 diabetes so I had to change my whole lifestyle - my weight, my eating, everything - even my mental outlook on everything.
"I didn't have a hobby before that so the drags was something for me.”
Round 5 of the CQDRA Championships takes place at Benaraby Raceway tomorrow with qualifying beginning from 12pm.