The Port Lincoln Racing Club has earned recognition for the progress it has made in the last few years with an award from Thoroughbred Racing SA.
The club was recognised with the Most Outstanding Achievement Award by a Club at the Thoroughbred Racing SA Industry Awards held at Morphettville Racecourse last Saturday.
The award was in recognition of the club turning around its fortunes by overhauling its policies and procedures in 2013 and since then recording three consecutive profitable years.
The club has also continued to upgrade and improve its facilites.
Port Lincoln Racing Club president Greg Fitzgerald said clubs across the state were aware of the club’s troubles but also about the efforts made to correct them.
“The recognition is in relation to the contributions that a number of partners to the club have made over the last few years,” he said.
Mr Fitzgerald said these partners have included local and visiting trainers as well as the club’s sponsors.
Recent winners of this award have included the Penola, Bordertown and Port Augusta Racing Clubs.
Mr Fitzgerald said the win put Port Lincoln in with some good company.
“It’s significant that the clubs that won the award in recent years are country or provincial towns,” he said.
“One of the characteristics we all have is a strong volunteer culture, the work the volunteers do and the contributions the clubs can make to the community.”
The win comes as the racing club prepares for the beginning of the Port Lincoln racing season which begins on September 23.
With the announcement of an increase in prize money for country and provincial clubs in July, Port Lincoln will receive an extra $329,000 as one of the six provincial clubs in South Australia.
Maiden races which had a $10,000 prize pool last year will have $12,000 this year and other races that had $11,000 last year will have $15,000, except for the Port Lincoln Cup prelude on February 19 and Port Lincoln Cup Day races on March 3.
There will also be fashion fundraising days on October 2, November 25 and January 29 with a designated charity for each one.
Winners from fashion parades on each day will go into a Trackside Trendsetters final on Port Lincoln Cup Day, entrants will also be able to enter the Fashions at the Races parade.
Mr Fitzgerald said the club was excited for the season ahead and was confident it would have another profitable year in 2017.