The name Lachie Poulter may not be familiar with the greyhound community, but his legacy will be.
At 25 years of age, Lachie suffered a heart attack and passed away following a game of AFL at his local football club in Dunnstown.
It was in the weeks after that Lachie’s family created the Lachie’s Legacy foundation to share his passion for AFL with all children, despite financial, demographical or social factors.
Lachie’s Legacy is also the name of one very special greyhound who is racing in memory of the young man who lost his life too soon.
On 27 July 2019 – round 15 of the Central Highlands Football League, a crowd of thousands packed the Dunnstown Football Oval in Sydney Swans red and white, Lachie’s favourite AFL team to remember him.
“Today is a healing day,” Nola Poulter, Lachie’s mother said.
“It’s about helping the club with the traumatic memory from last year. We may have lost him, but we aren’t the only ones.”
“To lose our beautiful son, but to turn it around into something positive is a hell of a journey for us as a family but we couldn’t do it without the support of Dunnstown.”
On a day of sadness there was a shining light, the four-legged Lachie’s Legacy who also sported a red and white outfit.
“The syndicate is a group of mates and Lachie was the glue between them all and with a bit of luck he will run alright like the big fella himself,” Nola said.
Lachie’s Legacy is a son of Worm Burner and Strongbeth who is bred by Hall Of Famer Norm McCullagh and is trained by one of the kindest men in greyhounds, Drouin’s Mark Johnson.
GRV and Crocmedia’s Off The Bench TV captured the Lachie’s Legacy round and the moment the Poulter family met Lachie’s Legacy the greyhound for the first time.
This one’s a tear-jerker. The emotion from the day was immense but watching Nola embrace the greyhound who is racing in memory of her son was something I will never forget.
So now when you watch Lachie’s Legacy on the track for trainer Mark Johnson and owners The Canine Crew, remember to live, laugh and love for Lachie Poulter and his family.