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  • Sports Psychologist Aodhagán Conlon – Bath
  • Plumbing and Heating Engineer Anthony Freeman – Warwickshire
  • Racecourse & TV Presenter Adele Mulrennan – Yorkshire

The three finalists for The Jockey Club Achievement Award have been selected by the judging panel for this year’s JETS Richard Davis Awards.  The winner and runners-up will be announced at a special presentation ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 17th November along with the winners of the IJF Progress Award winner and the BHA Current Jockey CPD Award.

Aodhagán Conlon, Anthony Freeman and Adele Mulrennan were shortlisted for this prestigious Career Development Award, acknowledged across the sporting industry for the profile and recognition it gives its winners.

Aodhagán Conlon began pursuing his career as a Sports Psychologist whilst still riding as a Jump jockey when he started studying for a degree at Bath Spa University.  His passion for this aspect of sporting performance and mental well-being has seen him continue his studies for five years building up his practical experience alongside his academic qualifications.  He works with athletes across sport and is a Performance Consultant for the PJA.   Anthony Freeman also went back to studies, gaining a range of qualifications required to become a Plumbing and Heating Engineer.  He has used many of his racing contacts to build up his own business in Warwickshire.  Adele Mulrennan has overcome issues with her confidence to pursue her dream of working in the racing industry and is now a successful Raceday Presenter for Go Racing in Yorkshire.  She has built up experience working on high profile racedays and across a range of media which has led to her being offered a role for ITV Racing in 2020.

Lisa Delany, JETS Manager, said, “Every year we’re impressed with the quality of entries for these Awards.  All of this year’s finalists have shown immense dedication to their chosen second careers, boosting their skill set in a range of different areas and showing complete commitment to developing themselves to their full potential.  This has led them all to having great success and it is clear how rewarding they find their post riding lives.  We are delighted to recognise their achievements and they are great role models for the career development of jockeys.”

The three Richard Davis Award categories are:

The Jockey Club Achievement Award is worth £3,000 to the winner and is designed for those jockeys who have significantly achieved in pursuing their new chosen careers.  Two runners-up receive £500 each.

The IJF Progress Award, worth £2,000, rewards the early progress of those jockeys who have more recently started out on a new career/training path.

The BHA Current Jockey CPD Award, worth £1,000, was introduced in 2017 for currently licensed jockeys who have shown real commitment to their CPD (Continued Personal Development) whilst riding or during injury time out in order to enhance their development as a jockey or to assist with their dual career development.

With thanks to JETS for the copy.

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