Recently retired Brisbane Lions champion Jonathan Brown will use his extra time to concentrate on his great passion of greyhound racing with Racing Queensland recently signing him as an ambassador.
Brown – who was an ambassador for Greyhound Racing Victoria for a number of years – was unveiled as a Queensland greyhound racing ambassador at a special event at Albion Park today, where he met one of the sunshine state’s most famous greyhounds – Glen Gallon.
Brown kicked 594 goals in his glittering career that was highlighted by three premierships in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
He has been a passionate greyhound participant for almost his entire life having grown up in Warrnambool where he would help his uncle Kevin Mugavin Jnr with the dogs.
Today, Brown commented that he was thrilled to meet Queensland greyhound racing royalty Glen Gallon.
“I’ve met Usain Bolt, Tom Jones and Olivia Newton John and today I got to meet Queensland great Glen Gallon,” Brown said on Thursday.
“I certainly didn’t need an introduction when Glen Gallon arrived. To win that much money ($618,000) and the races he did (31), he is an absolute champion of the sport and anyone would love to have a dog like him.
“Buying a dog is a great way to get a few mates together and become involved, particularly with the prize money increases kicking in yesterday. If you have never had a night at the dogs, you’re missing out.
“I have been around greyhounds through my mum and dad since I was young. I have owned some myself and now my wife and my children have developed a love for them too.
“For me, it’s a great sport to be involved with, it’s fast and exciting, but above all, you just can’t beat that feeling of watching one of your dogs get home.”
The ambassador role also encompasses the Queensland Greyhound Adoption Program, which is something that Brown and his family are very passionate about.
PIC: Jono Brown with champion Queensland greyhound Glen Gallon.