THE AINTREE GRAND WOMEN’S SUMMIT 2021
Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing were delighted to host the Aintree Grand Women’s Summit on Randox Ladies Day, Friday 9th April.
Hosted by ITV Racing’s Alice Plunkett and was joined by a stellar panel including:
Jade Jones – Taekwondo Olympic Gold Medallist
- Tennis coach, Judy Murray
- Three-time Olympic medallist, Pippa Funnell
- Head Physio to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, England Rugby, Eventing team, Kate Davis
The Aintree Grand Women’s Summit is now in its sixth year and is recognised across the industry as the key sports conference on the morning of Ladies Day, at the Randox Grand National Festival.
Aintree's Grand Women’s Summit focused on a discussion on mental health and well-being at summit hosted by Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing.
The panel discussed the challenges professional sport presents to mental health with this year’s event taking the title: ‘Sport and mental health: A Powerful Relationship’. The key themes throughout the discussion included how professional athletes can look after their mental health, the benefits of sport for our mental state, the role of coaches, organisations and support mechanisms as well as the challenges of the last 12 months and how it’s affected people and athletes from a mental wellbeing perspective.
In addition, this year we saw the launch of a new accolade, the Rose Paterson Award for a Sports Woman in the Community. The late Chairman of Aintree Racecourse passed away in the summer of 2020, and was a the driving factor in launching the Aintree Grand Women’s Summit, as well as the racecourse’s close work within the community. The award will be presented each year to a sportswoman in the local community.