OUR JUDGES THIS YEAR
Jump by WRC Judge Kate Lindsey
Kate Lindsey

Kate has been in her role as Operations Manager at the Warrnambool Racing Club for just over 12 months. After growing up in Warrnambool, and spending over 6 years in Melbourne Kate knew the time was right to move back home with her family, including fiancé Craig, fur child Freddie and young son Billy.

Kate is passionate about the Warrnambool Community, having just joined the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee, this volunteer role looks to provide strategic advice and direction in relation to Warrnambool economic development and tourism matters and to act as a conduit of information between stakeholders and the Warrnambool City Council.

This role will tie in nicely to her role at the Club and she looks forward to injecting herself back in the Community.

The Charity Partner Initiative has been Kate’s most memorable project to work on since joining the Racing Club and said the 2020 recipients really opened her eyes up to the wonderful work many individuals and organisations are doing to support the Warrnambool Community.

Kate encourages all local Charities, Clubs & Community Organisations to submit.

Jump by WRC Judge Kate McLaren-Ryan
Kate McLaren-Ryan

Kate has been a proud member of the Warrnambool Racing Club (WRC) Committee since 2018. During these years the Committee has develop and executed a sales and marketing plan to compliment the overarching WRC Strategic Plan.

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, and is passionate about representing the Warrnambool Racing Club’s member base and fostering community engagement. We have a very unique offer in Warrnambool with a strong racing industry located on the beautiful coastline of Victoria; with the rich tradition of the May Race Carnival and jumps affiliation.

The Warrnambool Racing Club has been a part of the South West community since 1848, providing a place to gather and enjoy racing and entertainment. Recent developments; including the Matilda Room upgrade and the Jericho Cup has open our doors to new members and visitors to our region.

The Charity Partner Initiative is a wonderful way for the Warrnambool Racing Club, its members and participants to give back to the community that we operate within.

The past two years, has provided an amazing opportunity to partner with a range of organisations which are having a strong impact in supporting our community. Seeing the tangible impact of financial grants which charity partners have received, and the opportunity to support community group messages and networking during race club events has been a highlight of the Charity Partner Initiative.

Jump by WRC Judge Laurisa Walther
Laurisa Walther

Laurisa has been a committee member of the Warrnambool Racing Club since 2019.  Having graduated from Deakin University, Laurisa has worked as an Accountant at Sinclair Wilson for the past 21 years. Together with husband Brandt, Laurisa has three children who are all keenly involved in Netball, Football and Pony Club.

The WRC is committed to engaging with its community and in 2020 launched the Charity Partner Initiative to provide cash financial grants to local organisations in need of support. As a member of the Warrnambool Racing Club, Laurisa was involved with the Charity Partner initiative in 2020 which saw funds donated to 11 various organisations in our local community.

This initiative was not only a great means of giving back to the community financially but was also a great platform to be able to bring together various groups within the community who could then support each other. With the restrictions that Covid has enforced on our everyday lives over the past 18 months, many of these organisations have not been able to run events to fundraise as they normally would have, so the Charity Partner initiative is a great way to supplement the lost income for these organisations to continue to offer the fantastic services they provide.

Laurisa is again looking forward to being involved in the WRC Charity Partner initiative in 2021 and encourages all local organisations to apply.