Greyhound racing administrator and historian Neil Brown was awarded the Ken Carr Medal at the 2017/18 Victorian Greyhound Awards at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
Named in honour of the late Kenneth Russell Carr, a leading Victorian greyhound racing administrator, the Ken Carr Medal is considered the highest award for excellence within the Victorian greyhound racing industry.
Neil’s contribution to greyhound racing in various roles over a 50 year period is almost unparalleled, including his current positions as Publicity Officer for Greyhound Clubs Australia and the Chairman of the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club.
Neil was shocked to be announced as the recipient of the Ken Carr Medal.
“I’m never lost for words but my family have kept a great secret here. I’ll steal a word from the late Ron Nestor who said he got more out of the sport than he ever put in, and I feel the same.”
Brown recalled his first introduction into greyhound racing being at Olympic Park almost 50 years ago.
“I was waiting to buy footy finals tickets outside MCG, and a friend I was with said let’s go across to Olympic Park and have a look at the races. From that moment I was hooked and, living near Sandown Park, I began going there every Thursday night, which I still do today.”
Neil ventured into breeding and training greyhounds, Neil went on to hold the position of CEO at Greyhounds Australasia.
His passion for greyhound racing and knowledge of the sport has led him to participate as a member of the Victorian Greyhound of the Year Panel, the original Topgun Panel and, still today, GRV’s Hall of Fame Committee.
Neil also called the coursing at Lang Lang and has been a regular contributor on Melbourne’s airwaves, providing greyhound form analysis, selections and news to Radio Sport 927AM listeners for the past 21 years.
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