Cynthia O’Brien gained her owner/trainer/public trainer and breeder licence in 1975 and has been a driving force in the industry ever since.
Born in Wangaratta, she was clearly a very keen sportsperson, spending much of her time playing netball and tennis.
While greyhounds have always been in the background, she has also worked in administration for the Department of Education, Forestry Commission Victoria and Victoria Police.
In 2003 she started her greyhound administration career at the Healesville Greyhound Association and went on to be the CEO of Canberra Greyhounds and Manager at Shepparton. She returned to Healesville in 2012.
Cynthia is always keen to learn and upskill, working with Australian & New Zealand Greyhound Association and the National Coursing Association and Greyhound Clubs Australia committees. She also has Life Membership at the Healesville GA.
Reflecting on what gets her out of bed every morning, Cynthia is adamant.
“A passion for the sport,” she said. “A passion to add new ideas to the industry and to be involved in decisions that will provide better racing opportunities for people and their dogs.”
Cynthia secured SKY Chanel coverage for greyhound racing and a Cup Carnival racing event at Canberra, introduced racing Carnivals at Healesville including the National Straight Track Championship in 2019, which included interstate clubs Capalaba & Murray Bridge.