Following the announcement yesterday by the Racing Minister Martin Pakula, newly appointed GRV Board Chair Peita Duncan has been quick to provide some insight into the matters the board will be addressing in the future.
Speaking to RSN’s Gareth Hall, Peita acknowledged former Chair Bernie Carolan, who she said was “fantastic in the reform journey, and a terrific board member.” The next phase will include a greater emphasis on growing the sport.
“I’ve been around greyhounds since I was eight years old. My grandfather was a professional punter and it was a regular thing – Monday nights at the dogs. That eventually turned into an invitation to join the Meadows board, and then the GRV board.”
Ms Duncan reflected on the current state of the sport in Victoria. “Integrity and welfare are the core of our sport, and I think in that regard we are the best in Australia, if not the world.”
Looking forward, Ms Duncan said the board was working toward greater returns for participants.
“The people in our industry work so hard; they are up every morning and working every day for their passion. We want to improve the returns they are getting for that effort, through increased wagering and therefore better prizemoney,’’ Ms Duncan said.
“We’re keen to attract more young people, and we’re looking carefully at how we can provide more facilities.
“Sandown is already building a rearing facility in Gippsland, The Meadows has just opened a galloping paddock, and GRV is examining just how we can help young people get properties.
“At the same time we want the existing participants to be doing what they love for the next 20 years and beyond.”
Ms Duncan isn’t shy about her approach. “I go faster than a Maserati. I’m very honest – what you see is what you get. I love getting amongst the action and staying in touch with the trainers and owners, because they’re feeling the joy and stress of this lifestyle. My door’s always open.”