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The Creek welcomes Bethany Browne to the Board

Albion Park Harness Racing Club has welcomed a new Director, with Bethany Browne appointed to the Albion Park Harness Racing Club board.

Bethany was raised in a harness racing family, working and training horses from a young age with her father, Leigh Smart.

She gained her harness racing driver’s licence at the age of 16, continuing to drive for more than a decade. As a junior driver, Bethany represented Queensland on several occasions though the Young Bloods Association.

In 2004, she graduated from university with a Bachelor of Education (secondary) and commenced her teaching career with a two-year stint in the Torres Strait. Since returning to Brisbane, Bethany has worked at Albany Creek High School and is now an experienced senior teacher.

Albion Park Harness Racing Club Chairperson Brad Steele confirmed Bethany’s welcome addition to the Albion Park Harness Racing Club board.

“With her passion for horses always at the forefront, Bethany has remained closely aligned with the harness racing industry”, Mr Steele said.

“Following her father Leigh’s retirement from training, the family continued to own horses and Bethany became the spokesperson, representing the family at numerous awards nights and trophy presentations.

“Recently, Bethany was asked to join the Harness Racing Advisory Panel which is a testament to her involvement in the industry.

“She has a wealth of experience within the industry and brings enthusiasm and ideas to the table.

“Having been closely associated with the industry for over 25 years, she is keen to see it evolve and prosper for the next generation.”