The summit, hosted by Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing (WiR), opened with a speech from WiR Chair Sally Rowley-Williams (download the speech here) followed by a panel discussion on gender balance across sport from leading figures within horseracing, football and gymnastics. Channel 4 Racing's Tanya Stevenson chaired panellists:
- Triple world gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle MBE
- Chairman of Aintree Racecourse Rose Paterson
- CEO of Everton Football Club (EFC) in the Community and Deputy CEO of EFC Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE
- British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Chairman Steve Harman
(Picture credit: Stephie Horrocks Photography)
During racing, on behalf of WiR, Katie also made a special bursary award of £600 to WiR member Eleanor Boden. The award will enable her to apply for and attend the "Transition to Racing" training course at the British Racing School, which will cover all aspects of racecourse procedures and rules. Eleanor is an Equine Lecturer at Myerscough College, in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire.
Following the summit John Baker, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses North West, commented: "With more than 100 guests supporting this first event it's a reflection of the appetite and importance of this topic. We are delighted to host this event with Women in Racing and look forward to developing the idea in the future."