Welcome to On Track, Off Course, the brand new podcast from Racing Welfare in which we discuss all aspects of wellbeing, including everything from mental health and physical health to careers and money issues. We have an outstanding line up of racing personalities who will be talking to us about a range of issues that we rarely hear them discuss. We will also be bringing you stories from inside the industry as well as top tips, advice and guidance from experts.
SERIES TWO IS HERE!!
SERIES TWO – EPISODE FIVE – ADDICTION AND SUPPORT WITH KIERAN SHOEMARK
In this week’s episode, Lauren and Tina hear from jockey Kieran Shoemark who talks openly about his positive test for cocaine, his battle with alcohol addiction and his inspiring road to recovery. We also hear from Ruth Croft, a Youth Engagement Manager at Turning Point who tells us about the devastating impact that even recreational drug use can have on young people and families, including involvement in county lines. Jo Devereux from Care first, who partner with Racing Welfare to bring Racing’s Support Line to the industry, talks through what happens if you call the support line with an addiction issue. Jo gives reassurance around confidentiality and the support given to anyone struggling with addiction or anyone who is supporting an addict.
SERIES TWO – EPISODE FOUR – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK WITH CHRIS HUGHES!
Lauren and Tina are delighted to be joined by ITV Racing Presenter and Love Island star Chris Hughes to talk about his own mental health struggles and what helped him to pull through. He speaks with emotion about panic attacks, hypnotherapy, his love of nature and his passion for riding racehorses. Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Duncan Law of Changing Minds also joins the show to talk about why getting out in nature plays a significant role in looking after your mental health along with the ground-breaking wellbeing work being done with jockeys.
SERIES TWO – EPISODE THREE – STRESS AND RESILIENCE WITH THE SKELTONS
In episode three of series two Lauren and Tina are joined by husband and wife, Dan and Grace Skelton who open up about the pressures of work and family life when you are one of the countries biggest trainers. Dan is as forthcoming as you would expect and they were both incredibly open and honest during this conversation – it is definitely worth a listen!
Lauren and Tina also speak to Helen Brewis from Robertson Cooper, workforce wellbeing specialists, who have been heavily involved in an industry survey that has been launched to get baseline data on wellbeing across the industry as a whole. The survey will be used to inform the strategy of the industry’s wellbeing committee going forward and will be an incredibly important piece of work. You can take the survey HERE.
SERIES TWO – EPISODE TWO- WORKING FAMILIES WITH ANDREA O’KEEFFE
In this episode of On Track, Off Course, Lauren and Tina talk to Andrea O’Keeffe, co-director of Jedd O’Keeffe Racing. Andrea talks candidly about the stress and guilt of being a working mother and also explains some of the great flexible working practices she has put in place for their staff, particularly working mothers, to show that it can be done. We also speak to Dr Kate Clayton-Hathway who was a key member of the team who did the Racing Homes report with Women in Racing.
SERIES TWO – EPISODE ONE – ANXIETY WITH TOM STANLEY
On Track, Off Course is back with a new series for 2021 and Lauren and Tina were delighted to be able to start this new series with an incredible conversation with Racing TV broadcaster, Tom Stanley. Tom talks candidly about his unexpected experience of anxiety and also discusses his previous opinions on those suffering with anxiety prior to having experienced it first-hand . Tom was so open, this conversation is really worth a listen! Lauren and Tina also chat to Dr Will McConn Palfreyman who gives both a professional and personal insight into anxiety and techniques for managing it.
BONUS EPISODE!! – NATIONAL CAREERS WEEK WITH LUKE HARVEY
On Track, Off Course is back with a bonus episode for National Careers Week. Lauren and Tina chat to ITV Racing Broadcaster Luke Harvey about his life and career in the industry he loves. As ever, Luke is entertaining and informative and it is great to hear the passion he still has for the industry and its’ people. The brilliant Arvin Chadee also joins the podcast all the way from Australia and talks about his inspiring path from growing up in a non-horsey background in North London to now being in Australia on the Godolphin Flying Start programme. You will also hear about the bloodstock side of the industry from Yearling Sales Organiser, Hetty Keyes and learn more about Racing Welfare’s Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS) from the CATS Project Lead Sarah Fanning.
EPISODE SIX – HAYLEY TURNER ON LONELINESS & A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREAT
Group 1-winning jockey Hayley Turner joins us on the final episode in the first series of On Track, Off Course and Furlong Factor winner, Lara Telfer, provides a festive treat as she sings us out with a beautiful rendition of a Christmas classic. Lauren and Tina shine a light on loneliness which has never been more prevalent than during a national pandemic and Hayley opens up about times when she has felt lonely as a jockey. Regional community executive, Adam Ferguson, speaks about the initiatives Racing Welfare have introduced to combat loneliness and isolation and Welfare Officer Sarah Monkman gives her top tips for coping with loneliness and remembering loved ones at Christmas.
“I was delighted to join Lauren and Tina on the Christmas Special of ‘On Track, Off Course’. We have all been affected by loneliness at times. If anyone who works in racing is feeling lonely, especially this Christmas, please reach out to Racing Welfare who are there all year round on the end of the phone to help. That support can really help to change the lives of those struggling.” Hayley Turner.
EPISODE FIVE – RISHI PERSAD – TOTAL ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION HAS GOT TO BE THE AIM
In episode five Lauren and Tina talk to Racing TV presenter, Rishi Persad about the emotional impact of the backlash he faced after an interview he did on diversity in the racing industry. Rishi also discusses how talking to a life coach has helped him to deal with this backlash. We also hear from the Chair of the Sports Diversity in Racing Steering Group, Susannah Gill and from Elizabeth Oni-Iyioli from Inclusive Boards who are doing important work in helping organisations to improve diversity and inclusion at board level.
“I’ve learnt from him in conversations about emotions and suppression and what it can do to you. As a consequence, after the fallout from the interview, I was able to deal with it. I felt hurt and shame. I felt embarrassed, angry, afraid and upset.” Rishi Persad.
EPISODE FOUR – TRAINER SPECIAL – WITH RALPH BECKETT & JO DAVIS
Focussing on the specific pressures faced by trainers and their reluctance to speak out about their mental health Lauren and Tina talk to Classic-winning trainer and future President of the NTF, Ralph Beckett and National Hunt handler Jo Davis.
Sports psychologist Michael Caulfield also joins Lauren and Tina and provides some fantastic advice for trainers or anyone who wants to look after their own wellbeing.
“Racing Welfare does a fantastic job and is there for anyone who needs support. A more open dialogue on mental health among trainers can only be a positive step forward.” Jo Davis.
EPISODE THREE – FRANCESCA CUMANI – MEDIA, MOTHERHOOD AND MCCOY
ITV racing presenter Francesca Cumani joins Lauren and Tina to discuss the pressures of life in the public eye and the realities of being a woman in racing. Francesca talks about combining her work on television with being a mother and the guilt that can come with trying to balance the two, as well as talking about the pressures of being a woman in a male dominated industry.
“The podcast is a great initiative from Racing Welfare to get people in racing talking about subjects we sometimes find difficult to discuss, I’m sure it will help many people. I had a great time talking to Lauren and Tina and I hope you enjoy our conversation. I would encourage anyone in the industry who feels that they could benefit from support to contact Racing Welfare, they are always on hand to help.’ Francesca Cumani.
EPISODE TWO – GEORGE BAKER – COMING BACK FROM THE BRINK
During a frank and emotional conversation with Lauren and Tina, Classic winning former jockey George Baker talks about the impact of his career ending fall on the ice at St Moritz. He discusses rebuilding his life after such a traumatic head injury, having to learn to walk again and how he coped with intrusive and unwelcome thoughts.
“Racing Welfare is a fantastic charity and I was really happy to support them with this project which I’m sure will help many people. It was emotional and it’s not always easy to look back but I really enjoyed speaking to Lauren and Tina. Physical health support is so important for our wellbeing and is available to everyone in the industry. I hope this interview will encourage people to come forward for the help they need.” George Baker.
EPISODE ONE – BEREAVEMENT, GRIEF & COUNSELLING WITH LYDIA HISLOP
In this first episode, we talk to racing broadcaster of the year Lydia Hislop about the recent death of her mother, Margaret, and the impact this has had on both her personal and professional life. We cannot thank Lydia enough for being so incredibly open and honest on a topic that is often so hard to discuss and we hope you find our conversations helpful.
“We’re all increasingly conscious of the tangible impact that our mental health has on our lives and on those around us. Yet we still struggle to talk openly about those very issues that affect our health and happiness. In this, racing is no different from any other walk of life. Racing Welfare’s new podcast is a positive attempt to address this damaging reticence. Each week, Lauren and Tina encourage us to talk frankly about the human problems that we all grapple with by getting guests to share their personal stories and providing expert advice.
“Grief, with its isolating and debilitating consequences, was the subject I discussed in the opening episode of On Track, Off Course following the death of my mother earlier this year. However, it’s a feeling we all experience at some point in our lives and this conversation is perhaps more urgent than ever in the year of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I urge you to tune in weekly for this timely and courageous initiative. You never know when what’s said will be of help to you or to someone whom you love.” Racing Broadcaster of the Year, Lydia Hislop.
We have a fantastic line-up of guests over the next few weeks including Francesca Cumani, Ralph Beckett and Rishi Persad, so if you enjoyed episode one make sure you hit subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts and if you have any comments or suggestions on topics you would like to hear discussed you can email us at email@example.com