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Greyhound racing mainstay retires

Pat Griffin’s long-serving career in greyhound racing administration will draw to a close when she retires today.

Having started her career in greyhound racing with the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association at Olympic Park in the 1970s alongside the late GRV Hall of Fame inductee, Ken Carr, Pat ran the club from an operational perspective including managing the old greyhound totalizator betting system.

“Pat was basically second in charge in the MGRA’s halcyon days at Olympic Park,” recalled GRV’s  COO – Corporate Services, Robert Shaw.Whilst Ken Carr is regarded as one of the industry’s great administrators, he knew the importance of having good people under him. Pat was his go-to person and she did an enormous amount of work behind the scenes in making Olympic Park a fantastic operation.

After departing the MGRA in the early 1990s, Pat held key administration positions at the Sandown GRC and Geelong GRC before moving to GRV in 2004, where she performed a variety of roles including managing The Watchdog form service, Executive Assistant to the CEO and more recently in Human Resources.

“Pat has always been a reliable, efficient and hard-working person…someone who knows that it’s not only important to be at work, but when you are, you do the best job possible. Pat’s contribution will never be underestimated,” Shaw said.

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