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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Margaret Thomas has long been one of the most respected and loved members of Victoria’s greyhound racing community. Introduced to the sport by her father, she has trained and raced many dogs over several decades, served as the President and Vice-President of Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club, is famed for her handmade presentation rugs and helped inspire the film Dalkeith about a Traralgon-based aged care facility that adopted a racing greyhound. She received the 2004 Ken Carr Medal, the Victorian greyhound racing industry’s highest award for excellence, is a member of GRV’s Hall of Fame and is still training champion racers today.
When Olivia’s husband bought a greyhound to race one day, she had little idea she’d end up breeding around 100 of them over the next ten years. Committed to finding good homes for her dogs once they retire, Olivia socialises them from birth with the enthusiastic help of her children and family cats and always offers to take back dogs she’s sold if they need re-homing.
When not looking after three children, two cats and dozens of greyhounds, Olivia, a former Traralgon Club committee member, works at the Club to help manage its daily operations and race and trial days.
Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club
Founded in 1972, the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club has been part of the Latrobe Valley community for more than four decades. Based at Glenview Park, the club hosts two race meetings a week, attended by around 11,000 people annually, including the Traralgon Cup, the fourth leg of the Gippsland Carnival.
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