Kerry O'Keefe had 320 guests in stitches during the Westlawn Sportsman's breakfast.
Kerry O'Keefe had 320 guests in stitches during the Westlawn Sportsman's breakfast. Rob Wright

O'Keefe stars at race breakfast

THERE were laughs a plenty and many race tips shared as Coffs Harbour racing and business community came together for the Westlawn Sportsman's breakfast to kick off the 2012 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Carnival.

Emceed by Mike Rabitt, the morning featured sporting tales from Balmain and rugby league great Paul Sironen, Former Australian test player and now ABC broadcaster Kerry O'Keefe as well as Ironwomen Courtney and Bonnie Hancock.

Coffs Harbour Racing Club Chairman Alan Johnson believed the sportsman's breakfast was the perfect start to a big two days of racing.

"This morning was a real success for the club," Johnson said.

"We sold 320 tickets which was a great result. 300 was the target so to beat that is a good sign for the rest of the Coffs Carnival.

"The Sportsman's breakfast is the perfect event to start the carnival and is always a popular event.

Star attraction O'Keefe stole the show with his oddball stories and zany quips leaving everyone in stitches of laughter.

"I had seen Kerry (O'Keefe) speak before and I knew I had to bring him to Coffs Harbour," Johnson said.

"Kerry was able to set the tone for what is sure to be an enjoyable two days of racing."   



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