World Greyhound Racing Federation
an international forum for the interchange of information, new technology and other developments to improve greyhound racing globally.
The WGRF is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Jan Wilson as President of the WGRF, effective January 01, 2007. The current Chairman of Greyhounds Australasia (GA) and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV), Jan will become the first woman to fill this prestigious position.Mrs Wilson came to greyhound racing in the State of Victoria, Australia, after a long and successful career in politics and business administration.
Appointed by the Victorian government to the Board of GRV in 1999, she became Chairman of that organization some six months later. In 2002, she was elected President of GA, the organization that represents the jurisdictional controlling authorities of all of the Australian States and Territories, as well as New Zealand.
Born in Scotland, Mrs Wilson has lived in Australia for the past 40 years and has Australian citizenship. She attributes the success of GRV and GA to all of the various people who actively contribute to the industry. "We are only as successful as our people. We have employees, people who serve on committees of clubs and volunteers who complement the dedicated commitment of our breeders, trainers and owners" she said. "I think it is important to ensure that the industry is inclusive in its recognition of all stakeholders and know that as all participants are a vital part of the whole industry, they are all expected to fulfill their roles to the very best of their abilities".
"At GRV, I have encouraged Board members to visit clubs and industry facilities on a regular basis, and owners and trainers know they can come to us on those occasions and talk about whatever is on their mind. This ear to the ground approach means we can pre-empt many of the issues that might occur in various parts of the greyhound industry".
In regard to the Presidency of the WGRF, Mrs Wilson says "I believe the WGRF has an obligation to address a number of important matters that have the potential to affect all of our member countries. For instance, the need for an international frozen semen data base, where vials of semen or "breeding units" from a particular stud dog can be tracked anywhere in the world. The other matters that we need to resolve urgently are our collective stance on animal welfare issues and our ability to share information about it, around the globe. In today's borderless world, what is done in one country has the potential to be damaging to others. With modern technology, information is passed around the world so quickly; the WGRF needs to have uniform policies and protocols in place concerning these major issues".