Ann's off and racing
SOMETHING which Ann Cameron has been missing for the past 12 years is about to race back into her life.
She cannot wait for it to happen just quietly either.
You can also probably back her for being one of the first through the gates at the Maryborough Showgrounds this Sunday.
The Wide Bay Harness Racing Club is hosting Maryborough’s first trotting meeting since 1985 on Sunday and Cameron couldn’t think of a better way to start the New Year.
Well, harness racing has always been in her life.
She grew up on a farm in New Zealand, a farm where trotters were bred and trained.
She also went to trotting meetings regularly in Dunedin and carried on that tradition when she moved to Australia.
For 26 years Cameron went to meetings at Parkes in New South Wales and her love for the sport didn’t stop when she moved to Sydney.
Harold Park was a regular feature on her calendar every Friday night for 12 years or so.
Now she’s thrilled Maryborough can deliver what she’s been craving for since she moved to the Heritage City.
“I just love the trots so when I moved here and saw the trotting track I thought “wow”,” she said.
“I was so disappointed when someone told me it had been closed for years and I couldn’t believe my bad luck.
“Now that disappointment is a thing of the past and hopefully this meeting will be a huge success and prove to be the first of many more to come.
“I am all set to go and I cannot wait.”
But why does Cameron love the sport so much?
“It’s fantastic entertainment and I don’t think there’s nothing better or more beautiful than seeing a trotter in full flight with all four feet off the ground,” she said.
Ask for picking a winning, well, Cameron’s advice is simple.
“Just ask a driver,” she laughed.
Sunday’s meeting will feature seven races with the first at 12.30pm.
Two bookmakers will also be trackside for those keen to have a punt.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children aged between five and 17 while children under five are free.