Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing (WiR) are delighted to announce Dame Sarah Storey will join the Grand Women’s Summit panel for the women in sport debate on Ladies Day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Friday 7th April.
Dame Sarah is a multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both road and track racing cyclist and swimming. Sarah became the most successful female British Paralympian of all time in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games by winning the C5 3000m individual pursuit final to bring her Paralympic medal total to an impressive fourteen golds. Sarah also has a passion for promoting women in sport and encouraging young girls into physical exercise and sport in general.
Dame Sarah Storey, said: “I am delighted to be joining the panel for the Grand Women Summit. The event is highly regarded for being informative and entertaining whilst allowing for great networking opportunities and I am looking forward to meeting other like-minded people on the day and being able to share our passion for sport.”
Hailed a huge success over the past two years with panellists including Judy Murray, Beth Tweddle and Maggie Alphonsi, the Grand Women's Summit will celebrate women in horseracing, sport and business and provide guests with an informative educational, career and networking opportunity, whilst experiencing one of the largest horseracing festivals in the world.
Sarah will join fellow Gold Medallist from Rio and Ladies Day Ambassador, Sam Quek on the panel with further leading figures from horseracing, sport and business who will all focus on gender balance and diversity in sport from participation to corporate and board level. Further panellists and host to be announced in the coming weeks.
Following the panel discussion in Aintree’s O’Sullevan facility, which overlooks Aintree’s world famous Parade Ring, delegates will also be treated to an exclusive course-walk around the iconic Grand National course with Irish Grand National winning jockey Katie Walsh and further figures renowned for their success in the world's most famous steeplechase - the Randox Health Grand National.
Additionally, Aintree and WiR will also be adding a champagne lunch and networking event in Paddock Lodge before the day’s racing starts. Further details will follow.
John Baker, Regional Director for Aintree Racecourse, said: “We looking forward to welcoming Dame Sarah Storey to the already impressive line-up for our third Grand Women’s Summit.
“Sarah is one of the best British athletes in recent years and with her extraordinary success and experiences in both cycling and swimming I’m sure this year’s debate will be exciting and informative for our guests – we’re thrilled to have her on board.
“With Sam Quek already announced and two more exciting panellist soon to be revealed, we look forward to a great debate on important topics in sport followed by a unique course walk around the Grand National fences with jockeys synonymous with the illustrious race.”
WiR is a network supporting the careers of women within horseracing in the UK from participation to executive and board level and co-hosted with Aintree Racecourse the first Grand Women’s Summit held last April. Since it was founded in 2009, WiR has achieved significant milestones including a successful mentoring scheme and a bursary fund alongside a busy calendar of educational and social events.
Julie Deadman, Chair of Women in Racing, said: "We are delighted that Dame Sarah Storey will be joining the panel at the Grand Women’s Summit.
As Britain's most decorated female paralympian, Dame Sarah will be an inspiring and eagerly anticipated panel member. It will be a privilege to welcome her on behalf of Women in Racing to Aintree."
Tickets for the 2017 Grand Women Summit on Friday 7th April will be priced at £89 and can be bought through www.randoxhealthgrandnational.co.uk or by calling 0344 579 3001. A ticket includes a Lord Sefton Terrace ticket for Ladies Day, a private facility in the Paddock Lodge after the panel discussion in O’Sullevans, a Grand National course walk by Katie Walsh, a champagne buffet lunch and the Grand Women Summit.
There is a reduced price of £75 for Women in Racing members and an early bird discount for Women in Racing members of £70 which is available until Friday 23 December. To purchase Women in Racing members tickets please visit www.womeninracing.co.uk/Events