Club heading for good days
By MITCHELL DALE
ONE month into her new role as chief executive officer of Coffs Harbour Racing Club, Sherryn Tutt believes the organisation is ready to gallop ahead towards a new era of prosperity.
The club has had a chequered past ? most notably when administrators were appointed last year amid a financial crisis ? but Sherryn believes the club has now straightened and is heading for better times.
"I'm very confident we have got through the bad days," she said.
"We have really moved forward in the past 12 months and now we want to consolidate that.
"Our major goals are to continue building up sponsors, functions and racing days."
After serving a three-year apprenticeship for the top job, working as the club's office manager, Sherryn says she is ready to step into the breach left by departing CEO Martin Henderson.
"It was a difficult decision to apply for the job because of family commitments," she said.
"But I've had good support from my family and everything is going very well.
"I knew what I was getting myself in for because we work as a team in the office and a lot of jobs cross over, so I have done most of the (CEO's) tasks before."
Sherryn, who was the Nambucca River Jockey Club secretary for eight and a half years from 1995, started her new post on April 4 and has since been under the whip organising the 2005 winter racing carnival, featuring the $100,000 Coffs Gold Cup in August.
"The next carnival will see us really moving forward," she said.
"It is shaping as a great carnival and should be as good as last year.
"So far (the CEO position) has been very hectic, but I've had a great reception from our partners.
"Since February our main priority has been the carnival. We have a (race) meeting on May 13, then nothing in June or July until the start of our carnival."
While Sherryn doesn't mind a day at the races, she prefers the office to the betting ring.
"I was part owner of a racehorse once," she said. "He won once but I missed that.
"I would prefer the organising side of things at this stage."