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From the perspective of - Emily Holden

Racing club administrators are essential in keeping clubs moving forward and providing a great race day experience for the general public.

This week we speak to Port Augusta's, Emily Holden, who is an integral part of the club.

Tell us about your role within the racing industry.

I am the Secretary/Manager for the Port Augusta Racing Club. There is quite a bit that falls in to this role, but overall I am responsible for the management of race day information (ticketing, sponsorship, and event specifics etc).

It is a very rewarding job, and it's a great feeling on race day seeing everything come together, and having everybody enjoy their time at the club.

Why should people plan a day out at the Port Augusta Races?

A day at the Port Augusta Races is the perfect way to spend your day.  Who wouldn’t want to spend a day with friends watching live racing on a sand track with the most breathtaking view of any racetrack in Australia, the magnificent Flinders Ranges.

There is plenty of space for the kids to be kids, and our newly built playground is another thing for them to enjoy. You can bring your own picnic rug or enjoy the facilities with ample tables & seating provided.

Amazing volunteers support the club and there is a good barbie cooked up by the local Lions and Rotary Community Clubs, and there is always a cold drink thanks to the staff in the Pastoral Hotel Saloon.

The course enjoys 'all abilities access' from the moment you step inside the Main Gate, with facility improvements continuing thanks to an extremely dedicated group of volunteers and the generosity of sponsors. You do not have to be a race-goer to enjoy the day and the facilities, as we all know, any live event is a thrill to be a part of.

What is the best part about working for the PARC?

There are so many reasons why I thoroughly enjoy working for the Port Augusta Racing Club. The Committee are a progressive group of people, who share a great passion for continually improving facilities and events. I cannot speak more highly of them and the extended group of dedicated volunteers.

We have a great number of sponsors who are extremely generous with their commitment to support the club both financially and through contra arrangements, as without them the club certainly would not survive and thrive. The people who attend race days, members, racing staff, trainers, owners, locals & visitors, are all that make my role within the club extremely rewarding. 

It is my absolute pleasure to work for the PARC.

Outside of the PARC, what is your favourite country racing track to visit, and why?

Since beginning my role with the club, it has been on my wish list to attend a number of country racetracks. However, my life outside of work is surrounded by family & my children. Weekends very much involve attending sports & other commitments. There will come a time when I do have the opportunity to visit and thoroughly enjoy a day at the races, which I certainly look forward to.


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