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Club member recognised with inaugural service award

Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club member Shane Flink was presented with the inaugural Connie Miller Club Service award at last Sunday’s race meeting at Tara Raceway.

It was during the week of last year’s Mount Gambier Cup that long-time local greyhound racing stalwart Connie Miller passed away after a long illness at the age of 76.

The timing was significant given that she still remains the only trainer to have won consecutive Mount Gambier Cups – in 1987 and 1988 with Durafi and Mitchell Boy.

But from a local greyhound racing point of view, Connie’s contribution certainly went much further than training a couple of cup winners out at the Glenburnie track.

Shane Flink receives the Connie Miller Club Service award from Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president Noel Perry.

In 1983-1984 she assumed the role of secretary of the South East Greyhound Racing Club, later to become the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing & Coursing Club Inc. With the exception of 1996-1997 she filled the position until 2002-2003.

Connie received Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life membership in 1994 and was also recognised by the SA greyhound racing industry with an Outstanding Service to the Industry award.

Shane Flink’s involvement in greyhound racing has been long and varied. It started when he was 16 years old and living in Adelaide with one of the sport’s local identities in Veronica Talbot.

Later, he moved to Bernie Rogers’ greyhound property at Tahara in Victoria before relocating to Mount Gambier close to 10 years ago.

And he still holds fond memories of Connie Miller.

“When I first moved over here Connie took me under her wing and made sure I was looking after myself,” he said. “Believe me, I will always treasure this award.”

Shane, 58, has raced a few “Gypsy” dogs – Gypsy Shane one of his favourites. By Addis Boy out of Camo’s Prinny, winner of the 2013 Mount Gambier Anniversary Cup for Rogers, he raced on 91 occasions for one win – a maiden in 2018 at Tara Raceway.

These days living only a stone’s throw from the Tara Raceway track, Shane assists trainers with handling and catching duties on race and trial days. Always one of the first to arrive on race days, he also helps out around the club.

The Connie Miller Club Service award was instigated by the Miller family – at Tara Raceway at the end of March for the running of a race in her memory that was won by the David Peckham owned and trained Captain Rosie.

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