New manager looks to steady ship
A new general manager of the Albany Racing Club has been appointed, with experienced chief executive Tony Marwick starting in the position last week as he looks to steer the club in a new direction.
Marwick comes into the role with significant experience as the president of the Northam Race Club for 13 years along with a four-year stint as WA Provincial Racing Association president.
A breeder and owner of horses, Marwick takes over from outgoing general manager Jack Young who has been in the position since late 2017.
Marwick said his first major challenge was finding some stability at committee level, with the club going through a tumultuous period with a third president in the space of 12 months.
Annette Crump is the interim ARC president after Mark Nelson and Nigel Ryde held the title in the past year.
“I come in with a managing director or, managing chief executive background,” Marwick said. “My first job is to get some credibility back in the club, and from a governance point of view that is extremely important.
“We need to be a respected organisation in the Albany and wider Albany community.
“Clearly there are some challenges, so now we’ve got to get on with business.”
Marwick spoke about the need for a significant upgrade to the ageing track surface at Percy Spencer Racecourse. “Another priority is a track and irrigation upgrade,” he said.
“It hasn’t been upgraded in years and is a depleted asset.
“The racing industry in Albany is at the point where it needs considerable effort to bring it to prominence.
“We need to get some support politically and at (Racing and Wagering WA) level.”
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