Details of new committee members Susannah Gill and Hollie Watts are below and manifestos for candidates wishing to stand for election in 2014 are welcome at any time. Please send your details to membership secretary Alicia Aldis.
The second Annual General Meeting for Women in Racing (WiR) took place at the Northern Racing College on 22 May where we were delighted to welcome Susannah Gill and Hollie Watts to the committee.
To pick up a copy of the Racing Post leaves you in little doubt that the politics of racing remains the preserve of men. From Levy negotiations, prize money and fixture lists through to the recent delegation of British Racing’s representatives to China, it’s clear men are the rule and women the exception.
Yet when you scratch the surface of the sport it’s very often women who are doing the vital roles that actually get the show on the road. From the day-to-day running of racecourses, events, hospitality, PR and marketing, through to charities, trainers’ yards, riding and ownership women are indispensable to racing in Great Britain.
The scope of the contribution made by women is too often not recognised, which I believe is a missed opportunity for both women and racing. Women need to be braver and push for promotion rather than being content to stay in familiar and comfortable roles. In return the racing world should be better geared to allow this to happen, as should the business world more generally.
I believe we need to highlight the work women are already doing in order to try and ensure an environment is created where more women have the skills and opportunities to reach the higher echelons of the sport. I would be thrilled to be elected to the Committee of Women in Racing in order to be able to help make this happen. I believe this would be good for women, but crucially also good for racing.
My interest in Horseracing stems from my grandfather, who was a Jockey under both codes; consequently I have developed an immense passion for racing and would love to have a future career in the industry in a more senior role, as a Clerk of a Racecourse. Therefore I am currently in my second year studying a degree in the Horseracing Industry, through the British Racing School and shadowing various Clerks of the Course.
As well as working race days at; Market Rasen and Nottingham Racecourse on a commercial basis and at; York, Doncaster and Cheltenham on the Owners’ & Trainers’ desk I also work for the Arab Racing Organisation as a Judge.
I have completed work experience at; Weatherbys, the Racing Post, Timeform radio, several Racing yards and for TurfTrax at Aintree and Cheltenham Racecourse. Furthermore, I was on the Parish Council for five years and was the first Youth Council in Lincolnshire.
As I am only 20, developing new opportunities in the industry is a subject very close to my heart, as I am currently trying to gain experience in this traditionally male-dominated area. This is predominantly why I am exceedingly keen to take up a position on the Women in Racing Committee. I am also extremely enthusiastic about enriching racing and even more so regarding the encouragement of women into the sport I adore.
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