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Press Release 30th October 2018 Aintree


Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing are delighted to announce Bryony Gordon will host the 2019 Aintree Grand Women’s Summit.

Telegraph Columnist and bestselling author Bryony Gordon will lead a panel of sports stars and experts on a discussion on mental health in sport.

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Sport and mental health

Under the title ‘Sport and mental health: A Powerful Relationship’ the discussion will be shaped around the following key themes:

  • The challenges professional sport presents to mental health;
  • How professional athletes can look after their mental health – and any learnings for the wider population;
  • The benefits of sport for mental health
  • The role of coaches, organisations and support mechanisms in promoting good mental health;
  • Discussion and sharing of best practice across different sports.

Bryony will be joined by a panel of current sports stars and experts on mental health issues. Details of panel members will be announced in the coming months.

Telegraph Columnist and bestselling author Bryony Gordon, said: “I am really excited to be hosting the 2019 Aintree Grand Women’s Summit, as part of the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse. Mental health is a topic close to my heart and the event will provide a unique opportunity to discuss it with a special panel of sporting stars and experts. I look forward to meeting everyone and leading what will be an insightful and fascinating discussion.”

As with previous Aintree Grand Women’s Summits the audience will be encouraged to be part of the debate and discussion.

Details of the day

For the 2019 Aintree Grand Women’s Summit guests will be welcomed to The O’Sullivan facility at the racecourse from 8:30am with refreshments and pastries on offer before the discussion of sport and mental health commences at 9:00am.

Once the discussion has concluded guests will have the chance to go on a course walk of the famous Grand National fences. Guests will split into small groups, each of which will be led by a well-known racing figure offering real insight into what it is like to ride around the Grand National. Retired jockey and Ambassador Katie Walsh, Aintree’s historian Jane Clarke, trainer Lawney Hill and ex-jockey Carrie Ford will lead groups on the course walk.

Guests (ticket/package dependent) will then return to Paddock Lodge for an exclusive VIP champagne reception and a buffet lunch before enjoying the afternoon of sporting action.

John Baker, Aintree Racecourse’s Managing Director, said: “The Aintree Grand Women’s Summit is going from strength to strength and we’re extremely excited for the 2019 renewal. We’re delighted Bryony Gordon will be hosting the discussion, her passion and knowledge of the topic alongside a talented panel of guests will make for a compelling Grand Women’s Summit.”

Deputy Chair of Women in Racing Tallulah Lewis, said: “Women in Racing is delighted to once again have the chance to partner with Aintree Racecourse on what promises to be the best Grand Women’s Summit yet. Mental health is a crucially important topic for us all and we hope the Grand Women’s Summit can help continue to open up the discussion, while providing guests with a unique way of enjoying the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

About Women in Racing

Women in Racing aims to develop the profile of women within horseracing and provide support to women wishing to secure appointments from grassroots through too senior and board level in the sport. Its objectives also include attracting more women into horseracing, strengthening connections, collaborating on approaches to help promote the health of the sport and to enhance its reputation as an attractive sector in which to build a career.

Since it was founded in 2009, it has achieved significant milestones including a successful mentoring scheme and a Bursary fund alongside a busy calendar of educational and social events

The full timetable for the 2019 Aintree Grand Women’s Summit:

Date: Friday 5th April 2019
Location: Aintree Racecourse, The O’Sullevan facility
8.30am: Arrival with refreshments and pastries
9.00am: Grand Women’s Summit to begin with welcome from Rose Paterson, Chair of Aintree Racecourse and discussion hosted by Bryony Gordon and the panel
10.30am: Exclusive Course Walk of the famous Grand National course with leading figures from horseracing, including Katie Walsh, Jane Clarke, Lawney Hill and Carrie Ford.
From 12 noon: Paddock Lodge for an exclusive VIP champagne reception, buffet lunch and afternoon of racing (for those booking the full package – details below)

Ticket packages

Package one: £125.00

  • Grand Women’s Summit in O’Sullevans (Refreshments and Pastries on arrival)
  • Hospitality in Paddock Lodge (including champagne arrival, buffet lunch)
  • Exclusive Course Walk
  • Lord Sefton Terrace badge


Package two: £80.00

  • Grand Women’s Summit in O’Sullevans (Refreshments and Pastries on arrival)
  • Exclusive Course Walk
  • Lord Sefton Terrace badge


Women in Racing members will be offered a reduced ticket price, please get in touch with the Deputy Chairman for more information.


Photograph credit: © Clara Molden / Telegraph Media Group Ltd.


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