This was underlined by a smaller than normal audience on Sunday - the WGOA membership had fallen to just under 100, compared to a high of 300.
We're all so proud that she has won this - our thanks go to the WGOA for putting this occasion together."
"Any prize-money not won on the night by a member of the WGOA
will be donated to Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare, as well as funds raised during the evening from competitions and games."
I would also like to offer a special thanks as well to the chairman of the WGOA
, Bob Boswell, his wife Paula and to Jackie Thomas for all the hard work they put in, also a big thankyou to all the sponsors and nominators which made this evening such a success.
chairman Bob Boswell is seeking sponsors for a forthcoming fundraiser in aid of retired greyhounds at Wimbledon.
Jim Boothby, the WGOA
chairman, announced that he was stepping down, citing personal reasons involving the health of his wife.
The plight of Wimbledon's owners, who have suffered a dual effect of Fund and stadium cutbacks, is also being reviewed (see WGOA
AGM story, below).
A bar to come under the direction of the WGOA
is being studied, and Kennedy is hopeful that an AGM of the owners on Wednesday September 24 can take things further.
The exact route of the march was confirmed yesterday by Barrie Clegg, chairman of the Walthamstow Owner and Welfare Association (WGOA
), and heavily involved in the SOS campaign.
Barrie Clegg, chairman of the WGOA
, said: "Look inside.
"I think most of us felt it was a fait accompli, and the WGOA
have been busy making provision for those greyhounds that might not continue their careers elsewhere and would be forced into retirement," he said.
At this moment, we have 218 members in the WGOA
. I dread to think how many owners we will lose.