Bankstown Paceway harness racing club committeemen Megan Lavender and Andrew Ho have expressed both astonishment and gratitude at being nominated for the 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Volunteer Appreciation Award.
‘Ms Lavender – whose family has been associated with the Sydney harness racing club for more than half a century – was first elected to the committee of the Bankstown Harness Racing and Agricultural Society in 2008, while Mr Ho has served on the Paceway’s board since 2010,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley told Harnesslink.
‘Together, the pair has worked to raise the profile of harness racing within the competitive Australian sporting market – engaging with government, business and community organisations to create charity race days, community festivals and musical extravaganzas. Some of their initiatives have included establishing the Australasian Harness Racing Art Prize, Sydney Camel Races and Seniors Scooter Speedway,’ Mr Bentley said.
‘While it is indeed an exceedingly humbling experience to even be considered for such an auspicious accolade, Bankstown Paceway has always been a close knit community of hard working volunteers – and a garland bestowed upon any one of us rightly belongs to each and every one of the members who have worked tirelessly for our race club over a multitude of years,’ Ms Lavender told Harnesslink.
‘Any glory, laud or honour is the product and the consequence of a concerted team effort by Bankstown Paceway members and staff for whom harness racing is not just a sport, a business or a hobby, but, in fact, a quintessential part of the Australian way of life. For they are the true heroes of harness racing – and we salute them,’ Mr Ho told Harnesslink.
The 2012/13 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards will be presented at a gala awards dinner at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel tomorrow night (Saturday, October 26th, 2013).