Thursday 13th December – Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing are delighted to announce Tracey Neville MBE will join the 2019 Aintree Grand Women’s Summit on Friday 5th April at the iconic Randox Health Grand National Festival.
On Ladies Day, Tracey Neville, Head Coach of the England National Netball Team will join Telegraph Columnist and bestselling author, Bryony Gordon, and other sports experts to discuss mental health and wellbeing; ‘Sport and mental wellbeing: A Powerful Relationship’.
Tracey, who returned from the Australian Gold Coast at the start of the year after winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games, knows first-hand the effects of mental wellbeing in elite sport both as a coach and a player.
England Netball Head Coach, Tracey Neville MBE said: “I am thrilled to have the chance to join the Grand Women’s Summit at what is a really exciting time for women’s sport. As Head Coach of the England National Netball Team I care passionately about the mental and physical wellbeing of athletes and I look forward to being able to share my experience and learnings over the years alongside the other panellists. It is really exciting to be part of such a special sporting occasion and such an important date in the calendar for Liverpool.”
Here Tracey Neville speaks about her involvement at the 2019 Aintree Grand Women’s Summit and the importance of the discussion topic.
Tracey will join Telegraph Columnist and bestselling author Bryony Gordon who will lead a panel of sports stars and experts on a discussion of mental wellbeing in sport.
The panel discussion
Under the title ‘Sport and mental wellbeing: 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 wellbeing
- The role of coaches, organisations and support mechanisms in promoting good mental health;
- Discussion and sharing of best practice across different sports.
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 further sports stars who will join Tracey Neville on the panel will be announced in the coming months.
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: “We are delighted Bryony and Tracey will be part of the Aintree Grand Women’s Summit. The event is going from strength to strength and next year’s event promises to provide guests with some fantastic insights into sport, as well as a unique way to be part of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. We look forward to announcing further panellists in the new year.”
Deputy Chair of Women in Racing Tallulah Lewis, said: “We are really excited to welcome Tracey to the panel for the Aintree Grand Women’s Summit. Her stellar career as both an athlete and a coach means she is perfectly placed to provide fascinating and unique insights into sport and mental health. We encourage everyone to get their place booked!”