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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James Van de Maat and Chloe Allan
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 on GRVextra, running the Punters Club and providing tips for the TAB. 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, with her partner Andrew, recently became the first person to win back-to-back Waterloo Cups in 100 years.
Healesville Greyhound Racing Association
Healesville Greyhound Racing Club 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.
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