Horses And Courses – Race Day Hailed A Success

The third annual race day was bigger and better than ever with thousands flocking through the gates at Sydney’s iconic Royal Randwick Race Course to raise much needed funds and awareness for Surf Life Saving.

Despite the sweltering conditions there was a sense of fun in the air as lifesavers swapped patrol caps for formal wear and prepared to enjoy a full racing program.

A team of volunteers walked through the crowd stopping to talk to racegoers about the work they do on our state’s beaches while there was rescue equipment on hand for a more practical demonstration.

Attendees at the Surf Life Saving NSW Ballroom luncheon participated in a live auction alongside plenty of prestigious prizes up for grabs in a raffle. Race Day ambassadors included Ironman legend Shannon Eckstein, Olympian Naomi Flood, Beach Sprint champ Katie Williams and 2016 Lifesaver of the Year Kane Hughes who all mingled with the crowd and drew the lucky raffle-prize winners.

Although there was plenty of action on the turf one of the highlights of the day was of the two-legged variety.

A group of Nippers from Coogee and Clovelly SLSCs across Sydney raced down the home straight in what was a memorable experience for them. An Olympic track it was not, but when they return from their school holidays they will be able to regale their classmates with a story or two.

NSW Acting CEO Adam Weir said it was a successful event that was enjoyed by all those who attended.

“This is the third occasion that we have staged an annual Race Day and it continues to grow each year and is a fantastic opportunity for a social occasion to kick off the summer,” said Mr Weir.

“I would like to thank the Australian Turf Club, the staff at Royal Randwick who helped make this day possible and to all our volunteers who spent the day assisting with fundraising and spreading awareness about what we do.

“Although it is a fun day there is also an important message and that is to raise awareness and promote the outstanding work that our valued volunteers do on our beaches each summer,” he concluded.

Tue 20 Dec 2016