L-R Chris Edwards (Board Member HRNSW), Wayne Rosser and Rob Parsons (Vice Presidents) and Geoff Cole (President) being congratulated by Danny Dwyer (Secretary, Treasurer).
Parkes breeder and owner, Geoff Cole was elected unopposed as President of the Western District Harness Racing Association at the Annual General Meeting held in Parkes last Friday.
Cole who is also President of the Parkes Harness Racing Club has more than two decades of experience in harness racing administration and first became involved around the time that his smart pacer, Rapid Frost won the Group one AG Hunter Cup in Victoria back in 1984.
Cole replaces another Parkes man, Craig Dumesny who held the position for the mandatory three year term.
In standing down, Dumesny expressed his appreciation for the support that has been given to him by the many district Club delegates who served under him.
Dumesny continued with his thanks to Secretary, Treasurer, Danny Dwyer and to Marianne Donnelly and Gemma Hewitt who assist Danny with the Association's administrative functions.
Peak Hill President, Wayne Rosser, Forbes President, Rob Parsons and Dubbo Club Board member, Jeff Costello were nominated unopposed to the Vice President roles while Danny Dwyer was again appointed as the Secretary, Treasurer.
Board Member with Harness Racing New South Wales, Chris Edwards attended the meeting to update the Association on current matters occurring within the industry.
Delegates particularly quizzed Edwards on where proceedings were up to in respect of the Green Light Scandal and Appeals from licensed persons whose horses had returned positive swabs.
Edwards explained the process involved to the delegates satisfaction.
Geoff Cole closed the meeting and encouraged all the Clubs within the Association to support each other in the coming season.