Healesville Greyhound Association
Healesville Greyhound Association offers the only straight track in Victoria, located at the Healesville Showgrounds and Sporting complex among the picturesque hills of the Yarra Valley and is famed for its family-friendly picnic atmosphere. The club holds around 80 races annually on Fridays and Sundays including the Healesville Cup in September.
The Healesville Greyhound Association is committed to managing its operations with the community in mind and organises and hosts many events to support good causes and give local groups and residents opportunities to meet, raise funds and enjoy themselves.
The club directly employs a number of permanent and casual staff and greyhound racing contributes more than $63 million to the Outer Melbourne region, providing hundreds of local direct and indirect jobs and a market for suppliers of goods and services.
The Great Chase
This annual event raises money for community groups that work with the aged and disabled and gives their clients a great day out at the races. Since 2003 the Healesville Great Chase Community Days have donated around $20,000 to local community groups.
James Van de Maat and Chloe Van de Maat
As a young boy, James discovered he wanted to be a race caller while playing horse racing games on his Play Station. This early practice paid off and he is now one of Australia’s leading greyhound race callers, working at RSN while also presenting race previews through his podcast ‘Green Light On with James Van de Maat and providing tips for numerous providers. When Chloe met James, she knew little about greyhounds but now is as passionate about them as James. Together they are breeding and training a new generation of racers and planning to develop a significant greyhound facility for the future.
Ashlee attended her first greyhound race meeting when she was three days old and grew up surrounded by greyhounds, thanks to her father Keith, a well-respected member of Victoria’s greyhound racing community. When Keith passed away, Ashlee decided to become a greyhound trainer herself and worked as a kennel hand and attendant before getting her trainer’s license at 18. Today Ashlee is widely regarded as an up and coming talent in the sport and recently became the first person to win back-to-back Waterloo Cups in 100 years.
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