Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing (WiR) are delighted to announce the Grand Women's Summit will return on Ladies Day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival for a third year, with local Olympic Gold Medalist, Sam Quek, named as the first panellist.
Sam, from Wirral in Merseyside, is also revealed as a Ladies Day Ambassador for the Festival which takes place from Thursday 6th– Saturday 8th April 2017. Sam was part of the successful Great Britain Hockey Team who won Gold at the Rio Olympics and also has a passion for promoting women in sport and encouraging young girls into playing hockey and sport in general.
Sam Quek, said: “I have always been a big horse racing fan and lover of fashion which makes the Grand National Festival a stand out date in my diary every year. I am honoured to have been asked to be the Ladies Day Ambassador and as a local girl, this makes this role doubly exciting for me. Aintree always delivers as a spectacle for all and I can't wait to see what that Ladies of Liverpool deliver this year as the fashion spotlight shines on them once more.”
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.
Sam will join a panel of leading figures from horseracing, sport and business, focussing on gender balance and diversity in sport from participation to corporate and board level. Further panellists will be announced in the coming months.
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: