Greyhounds are My Life profiles some of the 17,000 people involved in greyhound racing across Victoria. They come from all walks of life, but are united by their common love of greyhounds and by how they put the welfare of the dogs and the integrity of the sport first and foremost.
Their stories also highlight their connections with their local greyhound racing clubs and how Victoria’s 13 greyhound racing clubs are part of their communities, creating jobs, social and professional networks and supporting local groups and causes.
Profiles are being released before each Club’s annual Cup, starting with the Sale Cup on Boxing Day.
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With a father who was a former President of the Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club and school principal, it’s not surprising that Stephanie Tyler became a greyhound owner, trainer and parade official at the Sale Club and a teacher at one of Sale’s largest primary schools. Proudly supported by her father Laurence and her husband Sam, Stephanie regularly races her greyhound, She’s A Collinda, at Sale and other local clubs. The family and work connections don’t stop there, with her mother Linda making the greyhound vegemite on toast for breakfast most days and Stephanie’s pupils cheering it on in class.
Thanks to greyhounds, Laurence Cameron now has quite a collection of paintings around his home in Maffra. When he was racing his dogs, Laurence would celebrate a good win by spending some of his prize money on an original work by a local artist, including landscapes of the Gippsland region where he was born and still lives now. A former President of the Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club and retired school principal, Laurence no longer races greyhounds himself but is still involved in the sport through the Sale Club and providing support and advice for his daughter Stephanie, herself an owner, trainer and school teacher.
Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club
Founded as the Sale Speed Coursing Club in 1935, the Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club is now one of Australia’s biggest regional greyhound racing hubs and very much part of the Gippsland community. The Club directly employs 60 full and part time staff and greyhound racing contributes around over $40 million to the Gippsland economy each year, providing hundreds of local jobs and a market for local goods and services.
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