Gal­lop­ing into new role

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT -

RAC­ING: New Sun­shine Coast Turf Club CEO John Miller is rel­ish­ing the role, af­ter tak­ing the reins from long-serv­ing Mick Sul­li­van.

The 41-year-old has set­tled in at Cor­bould Park af­ter a previous ten­ure at Al­bury.

“I’m lov­ing it. It’s a big move from where I’ve come from. It’s a dif­fer­ent life­style and I’m just re­ally en­joy­ing it,” he said.

“The club’s been fan­tas­tic. I’ve been blown away by the qual­ity of the fa­cil­ity we’ve got here.”

While he’s largely ac­cus­tomed to run­ning a club, there are some things he’s had to get used to at Caloundra.

“Down south most clubs prob­a­bly race 20-30 times a year and this club races 71 times a year, so that’s the big dif­fer­ence but I’ve ac­tu­ally en­joyed that,” he said.

“You get to roll from one meet into the next quite quickly and we’ve got some great staff here and every­one sort of knows their roles and rou­tines and it runs re­ally well.”

Miller spent some time at the club be­fore Sul­li­van re­tired at the end of Au­gust.

He’s look­ing to con­tinue the good work al­ready es­tab­lished there, while con­sid­er­ing new ideas which could at­tract more race­go­ers.

He’s also set to have fur­ther talks with key per­son­nel about the cush­ion track there.

“Our (the turf club’s) view is that it will, hope­fully, be up­graded and we’ll see some rac­ing on it,” he said.

“It’s such a good fa­cil­ity that it prob­a­bly should be used a bit more.”

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

LIFE­STYLE CHANGE: Sun­shine Coast Turf Club’s new CEO John Miller.

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