Thursday, January 17, 2019
In recent years, Ian Sims’s involvement in greyhound racing mainly centred on being at Tara Raceway every January – ever-conspicuous in his bucket hat – for the running of his parents’ memorial, the Val and Col Sims Maiden.
There was a time, though, when it went much further than that, helping out his father with his large team of dogs at coursing meetings, at Glenburnie when track racing commenced and later at Lake Terrace East where this year’s Val and Col Sims Memorial final will be run on Sunday afternoon.
He also raced greyhounds, no doubt one of his favourites being the aptly named Colin Ian who won the final Mount Gambier Cup run at Glenburnie in 1996.
As president of the Mount Gambier and District Coursing Club, his involvement at Mil Lel meetings was significant and saw him awarded life membership of the club in 1994.
His death last week at the age of 61 came as a shock to all who knew him.
However, while the 2019 Val and Col Sims Memorial final will be tinged in sadness, members of the extended Sims family will congregate at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the running of one of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s time-honoured events.
And that’s what Ian Sims would have wanted.