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22 March 2023

Olympic Gold Medal winner, martial artist and champion boxer to join racing’s Alice Plunkett for 2023 Grand Women’s Summit

The Grand Women’s Summit will return on Ladies Day, Friday 14th April, during the Randox Health Aintree Grand National Festival.

Now in its 8th year, the summit will focus on themes of menstrual health in sport, parenthood and the menopause and will be sponsored by law firm Pinsent Masons.

This year, the event will be hosted by former England Olympic Gold Medal-winning field hockey player Sam Quek MBE, who currently also captains one of the A Question of Sport Teams on the BBC.

The 2023 panel will include ITV Racing’s Alice Plunkett, World Champion boxer and Aintree Ambassador Natasha Jonas and Liverpool-born mixed martial artist “Meatball” Mollie McCann.

Liverpool-born Jonas currently holds three championship belts – the IBF, WBC and WBO female light-middleweight titles and said of the event: “It was a terrific experience to be on the panel for the Grand Women’s Summit in 2022 and I am delighted to be returning this year.

“This year’s theme is something that is rarely talked about publicly but obviously of massive importance to women. I am sure the Grand Women’s Summit in 2023 will go some way to helping women involved in all sports and help to break down barriers.”

Samantha Livesey, Partner, Head of Commercial at Pinsent Masons, which is supporting the event, added: “The Grand Women’s Summit has established itself as an important annual event, highlighting and providing insight into key issues across sport.

“Its values, focusing on women within sport, are very much in line with our own, particularly in promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion. As a global business with a market leading sports sector advisory team, the international focus on this event and the opportunity it creates to give a voice to women within sport is something we are delighted to support.”

The Grand Women’s Summit will also see the second presentation of the Rose Paterson Community Sportswoman Award.

Launched by Aintree Racecourse in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside at the 2021 Randox Grand National Festival, the accolade is in memory of Aintree’s late Chair Rose Paterson, who sadly passed away in 2020.

It combines two of Rose’s passions, the community and the Grand Women’s Summit, and its aim is to recognise on an annual basis a girl or woman from Merseyside who is making a difference to grassroots community sport, either through participation or support.

The Pinsent Masons Grand Women’s Summit will take place in O’Sullevan’s Owners and Trainers facility and will finish with a course walk of the world-famous Randox Grand National course.

Open to the public, tickets for the Pinsent Masons Grand Women’s Summit can be purchased by visiting

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