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VHHRC welcomes new secretary/treasurer

VHHRC secretary/treasurer Jacky Matheson

A NEW face has joined the team behind the state’s leading country harness racing club.

Jacky Matheson joined the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club in March, taking the reins from outgoing secretary/treasurer Ian Simmons.

The Easter Sunday race would have been Jacky’s first introduction to how the club operates on race day, but that will have to wait until the 2020-21 season dates are announced.

“I had been to the trots when I was a kid, but that’s about the only connection I have had with harness racing,” Jacky said.

Despite her limited harness racing background, the Goolwa resident has plans underway to help take the Morgan Park-based club to the next level.

Her background has been in administration and finance for the past 30 years, which will be a boost to the club, as the committee look to implement eftpos facilities, as an addition to the ATM facilities already offered, by its December races.

She is eager to help the club progress into the electronic world.

“The plan is to have an eftpos machine up and running at bar by December. We’ll start with the bar and work out from there,” she said.

“I’m familiar with the secretarial, administration and finance side, it’s what I have done for the past 30 years – this time, it’s just in an industry that I hadn’t been involved in before.”

Jacky said she was drawn to the secretary/treasurer position because it was similar to her previous work experiences. She had previously been on committees for several sporting and social groups so brings a lot of administrative and procedural knowledge with her.

Already a few weeks into her new role, Jacky has discovered plenty of Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club history at the grounds such as old race results and records.

“There’s draws and draws in the club room full of the Club’s history and race day records,” she said.

“The Club has been around a long time and there’s some interesting stuff there, it’s worth preserving.”

Presently, Jacky also works at the Goolwa Community Centre, doing “whatever needs doing”, which ranges from administration to craft classes.

“It’s a really nice positive inclusive atmosphere, catering to all members of the community including those that might be socially isolated or people that want to get out of the house meet new people and try something different,” she said.

Club president Lynton Bishop said the VHHRC was looking forward to utilising Jacky’s administration and accounting background to take the club into the electronic world.

“Jacky has a great extensive background we can use to further progress the club,” Lynton said.

“Country harness racing is the backbone of the harness racing industry. If we can provide a venue with great racing facilities for horses, trainers, and patrons, it will only help the industry thrive.”

Lynton thanked outgoing secretary/treasurer Ian Simmons for his work with the club.

“We thank Ian for his time and service to the club, it was greatly appreciated.”

The club also welcomed Tim Sander, from Lonsdale Sand and Metal, to the organising committee.

The next VHHRC race day will be Sunday, April 12 at Morgan Park.

It will feature the Lonsdale Sand and Metal Easter Cup, kid’s entertainment and the regular attractions including bookies, tab and bar facilities.

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