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Couple on a winner

Friday, 8th March, 2019

Jason and Charyne Bradley decided a few years ago to volunteer with the St Pat’s Race committee after many years of attending the races. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Jason and Charyne Bradley decided a few years ago to volunteer with the St Pat’s Race committee after many years of attending the races. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

Regular attendees of the St Pat’s Races, Jason and Charyne Bradley, decided it was time to give back to the club.

The pair are teachers at Broken Hill High School, have been married for 25 years and have two children.

They perform in a band together and in amongst all that found time to join the St Pat’s committee.

“Jason comes from Parkes and I’m from Broken Hill, I left to go to Newcastle to study after my HSC,” Charyne said.

Charyne said for many years they had been regular St Pat’s attendees, taking part in the revelry and fun.

“We quite regularly attended St Pat’s and we love the atmosphere.”

St Pat’s is the premier race meeting in outback NSW. 

Often there will be crowds of up to 5,000 flocking to the Broken Hill Regional Events Centre for the eight-race program.

On track attendees can find a hotly contested Fashions on the Field competition, TAB facilities, gourmet food options, as well as a variety of entertainment.

But before the day even gets underway there is a calendar of events to celebrate the biggest event on the local calendar.

From high teas, raffles, greyhound and harness racing - there is something for everyone.

The lead up to St Pat’s provides the ultimate outback experience without traveling too far off the beaten track.

It is this energy that drew Charyne to joining the committee to lend a hand.

“I joined around three years ago and Jason joined two years ago,” she said.

“I joined to initiate a new event with Lindy Robins which is the Broken Hill Talent Quest.”

The Talent Quest was first held three years ago. The night showcased singers, dancers and performers and took the place of the traditional St Pat’s Fashion Parade.

The change from fashion to performers is due to a number of reasons; including that it was becoming harder to fill a full fashion program.

Then it was suggested a Talent Night could encompass a wide selection of the community.

Jason is the Race Day Manager which involves ensuring the whole day runs smoothly.

“I was encouraged to do it; once somebody was already on the committee,” Jason joked.

“The last couple of years, the races have run quite smoothly.

“It’s a community event which is positive for the town.”

Charyne said she enjoys seeing the new ideas that are developed for the event and how motivated everyone is.

“We’ve created some new innovative ideas to run,” she said.

“The committee is motivated and focused on creating the best day for Broken Hill.

“We do a lot of things through the school, so it was exciting to do something for the town and give back.”

Jason said without the volunteers or the committee the high-grade event would not be possible.

“It’s a long-standing committee that supports the community in an amazing event for Broken Hill,” he said.

“People need to attend and join these committee to allow this to happen for many years again.

“It’s loads of fun and it would be great fun for more people to be involved.

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