Five time Olympian and a World, European and Commonwealth medallist, Jo Pavey MBE joins the Aintree Grand Women’s Summit panel alongside Aintree Ambassador Sam Quek MBE and Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby Centurions, Vicky Gosling OBE on Ladies Day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Friday 13th April.
Jo Pavey is the only British runner and track athlete to have competed in five Olympic Games from 2000 to 2016 and during her career as a long-distance runner has secured medals at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. In 2014, Jo won 10,000m gold medal at the Europeans in Zurich, ten months after giving birth to her second child and becoming the oldest female European champion in history at the age of 40.
Jo will be joined by Aintree Ambassador and Rio Olympic Gold Medallist Sam Quek MBE who will be back following her excellent insight into her world of sport at 2017’s event and Vicky Gosling OBE. Vicky is Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby Centurions and the Strategic Advisor for the UK Delegation for Invictus Games, having been both the CEO Invictus Games 2016 and the Executive Military Lead for the Inaugural Games in 2014. Vicky will bring extensive and interesting insights into her roles in sport and the military
The fourth Aintree Grand Women’s Summit, in partnership with Women in Racing, will be hosted by Sally Nugent, from BBC Breakfast and will include an exclusive Grand National course walk after the panel discussion.
Jo Pavey said: “I’m really excited to attend my first Grand National Festival and looking forward to joining the panellists at the Grand Women’s Summit to discuss prominent topics in sport. It’s important to encourage more women to play their part in sport at every level and to be able to share our passion for sport at one of the world’s biggest sporting events is fantastic.”
Aintree Racecourse and Women in Racing are delighted that the 2017 Grand National Winning Trainer, Lucinda Russell and eight-time Champion jockey, Peter Scudamore will be leading the course walk with the most successful female jockey in Grand National history and Aintree Ambassador Katie Walsh. Former Champion National Hunt Lady jockey, Carrie Ford, National Hunt trainer Lawney Hill and Aintree historian, Jane Clarke will also lead guests around the iconic course.
Following the course walk guests will return to the Paddock Lodge for a well-earned glass of Moet champagne and two course lunch. The Paddock Lodge will be available for use for the rest of the day as the action-packed afternoon of top class jump racing gets underway from 1.40pm.
Sam Quek said: “It’s an honour to be part of the Grand Women’s Summit and the Randox Health Grand National Festival for a second year. The Summit is a fantastic initiative to bring women’s sport to the forefront and even better on the world class stage of Ladies Day. Aintree always delivers as a spectacle for all and I can’t wait to see what the ladies of Liverpool deliver this year as the fashion spotlight shines on them once more.”
Vicky Gosling OBE is a passionate sportswoman and dedicates most of her spare time promoting sport across various sectors. She is Chief Executive for the Rugby Centurions and is also the Armed Forces Councillor for the Lawn Tennis Association and works closely with the Tennis Foundation, widely promoting Wheelchair Tennis.
Vicky Gosling said: “I’m thrilled to join the panel for the Grand Women’s Summit alongside Sam and Jo. Being from Liverpool I know how important the Grand National is to the local community but also the sporting landscape of the UK. So, for Aintree to host this debate on Ladies Day of the Grand National Festival is fantastic and I look forward to meeting like-minded people and discussing women in sport and business.”
John Baker, Regional Director for Aintree Racecourse, said: “We are delighted that the Aintree Grand Women’s Summit has become a sell-out event and over the years has attracted sporting superstars such as Dame Sarah Storey, Beth Tweddle, Maggie Alphonsi and Judy Murray. I’m delighted that Sam Quek, Jo Pavey and Vicky Gosling will make up the panel this year and we’re thrilled to have them all sharing their sporting success stories.”
Julie Deadman, Chair of Women in Racing, said: “I am delighted that the Grand Women’s Summit will be returning to the Randox Health Grand National Festival in April 2018. The Summit goes from strength to strength and it is very rewarding to be able to continue our involvement with Aintree Racecourse and Jockey Club North West. It is very exciting that Sam Quek will be returning and we very much look forward to hearing from Vicky Gosling and Jo Pavey as part of another excellent Grand Women’s Summit”.
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