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Greyhound racing post could be Steve Noyce’s greatest challenge

He was the chief executive officer when Wests Tigers memorably won the 2005 NRL premiership.

Steve Noyce played a pivotal role in that success and now, almost 15 years later, he has taken on another challenge, perhaps the biggest one in his 30 year career as a sports administrator.

The long time Campbelltown resident has just been appointed general manager of the NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association (GBOTA).

Mr Noyce, who starts work in his new role from next week, told the South West Voice in Macarthur today that he was looking forward to it.

“The industry and the people in it have gone through some difficult times in recent years,’’ he said.

“But we will work together, look forward and be positive that we can achieve success in the future.’’

This new posting is the second time Noyce has worked in the racing industry, having spent five years at the helm of Sydney Turf Club during the 1990s.

Noyce’s next chapter took him to the Wests Tigers and that fabulous grand final victory over the Cowboys in 2005.

Steve Noyce in 2005 at the helm when Wests Tigers won the NRL premiership.

 He was then recruited to the Sydney Roosters during a time that saw great success including the delivery of their premiership in 2013.

He was then appointed by the NRL to oversee the Cronulla Sharks in the wake of the ASADA peptides episode.

GBOTA chairman Joe Cotroneo is confident that in Steve Noyce the association have the right man to lead them to renewed success.

“Having someone of Steve’s background and acumen in financial management and sports administration to lead the GBOTA sends a message to all involved in our great sport that the association is very committed to facing both the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for its members and the sport of greyhound racing in NSW,’’ Cotroneo said.

“We undertook a thorough and transparent search to assess available talent in the market place from all over Australia and are delighted to see Steve come out on top as our preferred candidate.

“The board is excited about what lies ahead under the leadership of Steve and we are aiming to have him on board by mid June.”

The NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners & Trainers Association was first formed in 1939.

The association, which currently boasts 1,200 members, has two prime functions; membership and racing operations.

It operates greyhound race meetings throughout NSW, including at the State’s premier greyhound track Wentworth Park, the sole Metropolitan venue in NSW. TAB operations include Bulli, Bathurst, Gosford, Lismore and Maitland, as well as Non-TAB operations at Gunnedah and Temora.

Appin Way, located not far from where Steve Noyce lives in Campbelltown, is also utilised as a training facility.

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