Chinchilla Race Club welcomes new president
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.