Greyhounds are My Life profiles some of the 17,000 people involved in greyhound racing across Victoria. They come from all walks of life, but are united by their common love of greyhounds and by how they put the welfare of the dogs and the integrity of the sport first and foremost.
Their stories also highlight their connections with their local greyhound racing clubs and how Victoria’s 13 greyhound racing clubs are part of their communities, creating jobs, social and professional networks and supporting local groups and causes.
Profiles are being released before each Club’s annual Cup.
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Looking for some part-time work as a young mother, Di Pyers joined the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club as a typist one evening a week and with no background in the sport. Over the next few years, Di took on more and responsibilities, eventually becoming Club Treasurer and then Manager at Ballarat, one of the first female club managers in Victoria. Then, and by now well involved in greyhound racing, Di decided on a change in career and is now one of Victoria’s senior greyhound racing stewards, travelling around the State to make sure race meetings are run with integrity and animal welfare as the highest priorities.
Daryl and Colin Brennan
Daryl and Colin are twin brothers who run a plastering business but their real passion is the greyhounds. They’ve had many good wins over the years, supported by their father Clive who discovered the sport through them and got right into the dogs too. On their 150 acre property just outside Ballarat, they’ve built from scratch a greyhound breeding, rearing and training facility that takes full advantage of its beautiful bush setting. Here they care for both their own dogs and others they’ve taken in to revive their racing careers, working on the principle that “a happy dog races happy and races well.”
Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club
Formed in 1935 in one of Victoria’s great gold rush cities, the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club was originally located at Broadway Park, Creswick Road, Ballarat. In the 1970s, the Club built a racing complex at Morshead Park which hosted its first race meeting in December 1978. Today, the club holds over 100 race meetings every year, including the Ballarat Cup in December, and is one of only three clubs in Victoria that offers qualifying trails.
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