Melbourne experienced one of its coldest days for years last Saturday; however there was much warmth in the room at Sandown from the passion and the enthusiasm of those who attended the workshop on improving the racing career of greyhounds.
The workshop was MC’d by James Van de Maat, the face of greyhound racing in Victoria, who gave tremendous energy to proceedings. As usual, the day began with a welcome speech from GRV’s CEO, Alan Clayton, who set the context for the panel discussion and working groups. Stuart Laing, GRV’s General Manager of Racing, Wagering & Business Development then gave an insightful presentation around the question: ‘What can be done to increase the number of greyhounds making it to the track to race and to ensure that those greyhounds have a prolonged racing career’. There were many learnings from that.
Following Stuart’s presentation James put questions to the panel: Kel Greenough, Trevor Whitford, Gerard O’Keeffe and Dr Ray Ferguson, who all had penetrating and interesting points of view, based on many years of experience involved in the sport.
It was another lively workshop which threw up many fantastic ideas, and achieved good outcomes for the next steps in the process.
The workshop scheduled for this weekend (2 July) has been moved to 6 August because of the Federal Election.