Meet Our 2024 Aintree Group Sponsorship Recipients

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Meet Our 2024 Aintree Group Sponsorship Recipients!

We are very proud to introduce recipients of Aintree Group Sponsorships in 2024-25!

Part of upholding our values of being courageous custodians of our community includes sponsoring local charity events, athletes, artists and fundraising campaigns. This is a way we can directly and tangibly support our wider community and make a difference. 

We open up applications between 1 November and 1 February each year to applicants who wish to receive Aintree Group sponsorships for the upcoming financial year. Now that submissions are closed and our Culture Champion team have chosen our 2024-25 Sponsorship recipients, we wanted to officially introduce them to our community…

Tristan Carter

Tristan Carter

Canoe Slalom Athlete | 2024 Olympian & Australian National Team

Tristan is an Australian canoe slalom athlete, specialising in Men’s C1, which he’ll be representing Australia in at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

He has been paddling since 2006, when he followed his older sister (Aintree Group team member, Chelsea Scarlett) into the sport. He is now a four-time Australian Open gold medalist, two-time Oceania Champion and has qualified for the Australian National Team for the World Cup and World Championships five times.

His best recent international results including first place at the 2023 ICF Ranking Race in France and fourth at the 2023 World Cup in Slovenia. Locally, he won the 2024 Australian Open, which secured his place in the Olympics.

Kaylen Bassett

Canoe Slalom Athlete | 2024 Australian National Team

Kaylen is an Australian canoe slalom athlete, specialising in the Men’s C1 category, which he’ll be representing Australia in at the 2024 World Championships and World Cup races across Europe.

Starting the sport at 16 years of age he has already seen some success being selected into several Australian National teams.

Kaylen was the first canoe slalom athlete to receive Aintree Group sponsorship and it’s been a pleasure to see him grow as a paddler in the years since.

Kaylen Bassett
Ben Ross

Ben Ross

Canoe Slalom Athlete

Ben has been paddling since he was 12 years old, starting out in the Ivanhoe Grammar school team.

He was selected for his first Australian Junior Team in 2020 and has since qualified for the Under 23 Team in 2022 and 2023, placing third at the 2022 U23 Ivrea ECA Slalom Cup.

Sophie Perry

Australian Triathlete

Sophie has always been an enthusiastic sport competitor and attended College in America on a track scholarship. Upon returning to Australia she began to steer her attention away from track running and towards triathlons.

In 2023 she placed third in the Sunshine Coast Ironman 70.3, 4th in the Tasmania Ironman 70.3 and 5th in the Geelong Ironman 70.3.

This year Sophie is turning her sights towards international events, in particular the 2024 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Taupo, New Zealand.

Sophie Perry

Preston Bullants Amateur Football Club Women’s Team

Local Football Team

Preston Bullants Amateur Football Club (PBAFC) has gone through many different divisions and iterations since being originally founded by Colts players from the Preston Bullants Junior Football Club in 2008.

In 2018, the club expanded to welcome their inaugural Senior Women’s football team, opening the doors to women and girls in the local community to play.

This Senior Women’s team progressed to the Grand Final in their first year, and then won their first premiership in their second season in 2019 – a fantastic achievement in such a short amount of time.

The values PBAFC play by – Care, Communicate, Connect and Commit – closely align with our own values at Aintree Group – Courageous, Custodians and Community. Our ongoing relationship is build on the foundation of these aligned values, and we are #ProudToBePreston at Aintree Group!


Not-For-Profit Organisation

Footscape assists disadvantages people who are experiencing debilitating foot problems.

Since 2009, Footscape has:

  • Delivered pro bono Podiatry services for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre members.
  • Distributed 90,000 pairs of shoes and socks.
  • Distributed 4,000 foot care kits to people experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers and First Nations People to promote foot health.
  • Distributed 400 pairs of orthotic devices, predominately to financially disadvantaged children encountering foot problems.
  • Participated in several international foot care projects.

Aintree Group offer sponsorships on a Financial Year basis. To help manage the large volume of applications we receive, we open up sponsorship applications during a specific window from 1 November to 1 February. Find out more here.