New racing steward breaks new ground
Former Albany resident Alycia Brown is excited about undertaking a career as a race steward after the 24-year-old began her cadetship with Racing and Wagering WA late last month.
Brown will join the RWWA ranks as the only current female steward and one of only a handful of women to have ever undertaken the job in WA.
After moving to Perth permanently four years ago, Brown, who has always had a passion for the racing industry, said she found herself wanting to become a race steward and follow in the footsteps of her brother Chris.
“Racing is a passion of mine,” she said.
“I have always done hands-on stuff, I have ridden track work, worked at the barriers, been in racing offices and I was a club steward for one season in Albany.
“But I needed something long-term, I have just had knee surgery so I will not be riding again for a long time.”
Brown said becoming a race steward was an ideal way to forge a long-term career in the industry.
“I found this alternative, you can build yourself up through the ranks,” she said.
“Also being a female, you have a bit to prove.
“It will be different, being a steward is a completely different side of things.”
Brown said she would have different relationships with people in the racing industry.
“I will need to earn and give respect with people.”
RWWA chief steward Brad Lewis said it was fantastic to have Brown begin a cadetship in WA.
“We have had previous female cadet stewards but Alycia is the first female cadet for many years,” he said.
“There are a few female stewards in Victoria, and there is an increase in the number of females in the industry in Australia.
“Alycia has ridden track-work and she knows the industry well, she will be a great asset.”
Lewis said Brown’s two-year cadetship would involve a lot of practical components such as attending race meetings and trials, and sitting in on race inquiries.
He also said Alycia and her brother Chris could possibly be the first-ever brother and sister combination in history that are both race stewards.
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