Years involved in industry: 60
Category: Committee / Official
- Warrnambool GRC President 13 years
- Warrnambool GRC Committee Member 52 years
- Trained Indian Fighter to win Warrnambool Cup
- Greyhound Racing Achiever Award in 1996
Legendary Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club administrator Stan Lake was the proverbial court jester – full of laughter and witticism.
However, Lake was thoughtful and earnest on matters involving the club in which he gave more than half a century of loyal and dedicated service.
Born on December 24, 1923, Lake attended Warrnambool GRC’s first meeting at The White Way (Botanic Park) in 1936.
But it was as an eight year old that he began ‘learning the greyhound trade’ from his brother Bill and “Skeeta” Whitten who were both local trainers.
In the early 1940s, Lake saw active duty for a couple of years with the transport division of the nation’s armed forces in Darwin. But his return from the war precipitated an amazing chapter in greyhound administration – 52 years on the Warrnambool GRC committee (1946-98), including 13 years as president.
“He was everybody’s friend, and treated people as equals. He didn’t hold any grudges,” said his daughter, Maureen Drennan, who was Warrnambool GRC manager from 1987 until 2005.” He was always happy, and had funny little sayings.” Maureen remembers as a kid playing ‘British Bulldog’ between races at the club.
“We all loved the greyhounds, including my mum (Connie) and two younger brothers (Ian and Ronald). We basically ‘grew up’ at Botanic Park.”