Racing Repays Anne’s Dedication
Anne Hall (left) is presented the Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award by Caroline Searcy (co-host) and Bob Pavitt (Chairman, Racing NSW Country)
One of the big winners during last month’s NSW Country & Provincial Racing Awards night was Anne Hall from Gilgandra, who picked up the prestigious Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award. Anne has been a tireless worker in and around the Central & Western Racing Districts for around three decades and was the recipient of the award given to a person that has gone above and beyond in their efforts to improve and develop country racing in New South Wales. Ben Walker, from the Dubbo Liberal, reported that Anne Hall currently serves as Secretary-treasurer of the Gilgandra and Mendooran clubs, is Secretary of the Western Racing Association (WRA) and has been a swabbing steward since 1992. “I've been involved with racing since 1985 and I have loved every minute of it,” Anne said. “I have always loved horses but when the Western Racing Association office shifted to Gilgandra, I hounded John Smith to give me some work. “John's training taught me so much and I’m just lucky that I’ve been able to be involved since then. I wish I had started earlier because you meet so many good people. “That's why I love the swabbing, because you meet people and I still get to work with the horses as well. I’m 69 this year so I’m going to scale back a bit, because I have some things I want to do and spend some more time with my family.” Anne’s award was received on the same night that her close friend, Gilgandra racecaller Bob Foran, was given a special achievement award in honour of his 60 Gilgandra Cup calls, and Greg Ryan was announced as the Country Jockey of the Year. Anne said, “We've been going to the awards for a number of years now and when they read my name out I was speechless. It’s a pretty prestigious award and I didn’t think I was worthy of winning it, but someone obviously did and nominated me. I’m still over the moon about it to tell you the truth.
“To receive an award on the same night as Bob and Greg were recognised and won their awards was a great thrill as well. We're all very proud of Greg and what he has achieved and Bob is a wonderful gentleman. “He was not well on the night and his daughter Bobbie was there to accept his award.”
THE NSW COUNTRY & PROVINCIAL RACING AWARDS DINNER ACKNOWLEDGES THOSE THAT HAVE MADE
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO COUNTRY AND PROVINCIAL RACING