Chin­chilla Race Club wel­comes new pres­i­dent

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THE re­turn home of Chin­chilla busi­ness­man Don Critch has been a coup for the Chin­chilla Race Club.

Critch’s in­ter­est in rac­ing started in his teens when he worked as a sta­ble­hand/work rider in Chin­chilla be­fore mov­ing to Rockhampton where his horse­break­ing skills, mixed with suc­cess as a thor­ough­bred trainer, were well recog­nised.

At the club’s re­cent AGM of­fi­cials found it dif­fi­cult to fill ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions to en­sure the vi­a­bil­ity of the 70-year-old club, but Critch was only too ready to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by long-term pres­i­dent Terry Ste­wart’s de­ci­sion to stand down.

Critch said that while he had long been in­ter­ested in the sport his move into ad­min­is­tra­tion rep­re­sented a “whole new ex­pe­ri­ence”.

Of­fi­cials wel­come the young busi­ness­man’s de­ci­sion to head up one of Chin­chilla’s im­por­tant events or­gan­i­sa­tions, part of the town’s so­cial fab­ric.

“It’s good to see Critchy step­ping out of his com­fort zone to be part of one of Chin­chilla’s im­por­tant events or­gan­i­sa­tions,” said one com­mit­tee mem­ber.

The club un­der Critch will be struc­tured to in­clude the nor­mal four ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions, strength­ened by an ad­di­tional three co­or­di­na­tor/ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions: Race­day, Track and In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, all of which will have the back­ing of sub-com­mit­tees.

It’s hoped the re­vised struc­ture will en­cour­age club sup­port­ers to as­sist in some small way with the work load in­volved in run­ning what of­fi­cials de­scribe as “a so­cially con­nected and vi­brant club”.

Per­sons in­ter­ested in the sec­re­tary and/or trea­surer’s po­si­tions that are still to be filled should con­tact Don Critch.

The first of the CRC’s four race meet­ings in the 2018/19 sea­son will be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

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