Years involved in industry: 60
- Greyhound Racing Control Board of Victoria Member 22 years
- National Coursing Association Tresurer 18 years
- National Coursing Association President 7 years
- Geelong GRC Committee Member 12 years
- judge of Coursing Waterloo Cup 27 years
It has been said that Ron Nestor’s record as a volunteer in sports administration is like Bold Trease’s four Sandown Cups - it won’t be equalled. Between 1954-2001 Nestor held numerous administrative positions with the National Coursing Association [NCA] and he was also a Director of the Greyhound Racing Control Board [GRCB], which is now known as Greyhound Racing Victoria.
Nestor was also the judge of coursing’s premier event, the Waterloo Cup for 27 years, and he slipped and judged the open field coursing for a few years until it was ceased in 1964. He was also involved at club committee level with Geelong and as a Director of the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club.
“It was in Ron’s nature to volunteer his time, and it extended beyond greyhound racing”, Nestor’s wife, Anne recently explained. ”For instance, I was President of the local gardening club, of which Ron was never a member. However he would attend our meetings, mow the lawns and do all sorts of errands to help us out. Also, when our kids were younger he’d often be doing maintenance at the school.”
With a wife and five children to support, Ron did have to bring home a wage however, and he did so for many years in the police force. ”He was a policeman for 30 plus years and was a Senior Constable but he never had any ambition to go any higher than that. He did it to put food on the table but it wasn’t one of his passions”, Anne said.
Horse racing was one of Ron’s passions however, and he eventually quit the police force to work for esteemed thoroughbred trainer Colin Hayes. ”Ron and his brother Patrick started working for the Hayes stable at the same time. At first they would guard Colin’s horses at night time, and then Ron worked his way up and was handling horses during their morning track work which would involve him getting up at 3.20am each morning. He’d also handle the horses on race days and ended up working for Colin for over 20 years. In fact Ron owned a couple of horses along the way and was a part-owner of the 1972 Caulfield Cup winner How Now”, Anne said.
Another string to Ron Nestor’s bow was that he worked every September for 54 years at the Royal Melbourne Show. “He was in charge of the events in the “Arena” at the Royal Melbourne Show, whether it was the animals, or the cars or the grand parade. Policemen weren’t paid very well in those days and the money he made from this was our Christmas money”, Anne said.