Greyhounds just the ticket for trainer Isles

MANY years ago, one lucky raffle ticket launched Bundaberg greyhound trainer Lorraine Isles into the exciting world of dog racing.

Isles has been training greyhounds for the past 20 years and fell into the sport by accident.

"My husband and I bought a raffle ticket and we won a greyhound puppy,'' Isles said.

"That dog never won anything but that is how we got started.''

Isles' favourite dog, Sarina (race name, Institution), comes from a litter of very successful dogs.

"The five out of this litter have all won races,'' Isles said.

"And they are only two years old.''

Isles and her husband Dennis have had a lot of past success with their dogs, with other litters bringing home the bacon for the family.

"We have won a fair few races,'' Isles said.

"In the past 12 months every week we have won prize money - we need to as it costs a lot of money to train the dogs.''

Like most people involved in sport, winning is the ultimate goal for Isles but the process is also thoroughly rewarding.

"I love all of it,'' Isles said.

"My husband and I start at 5.30 in the morning and go until nine at night.''

Training for the dogs involves regular walks and sprints.

"We take a couple of them walking and then bring them back,'' she said.

"Then we take them to sprint up the straight track.''

Isles tries to spend as much time as possible with all of her dogs, however Sarina is her favourite.

"The whole lot are really friendly,'' Isles said.

"You hear they are such a vicious animal but I don't think mine have bitten anyone.''

Greyhound racing is a sport mostly occupied by men, but Isles has never been put off by this.

"There are a couple of women but there are more men,'' she said.

"But my husband Dennis is a big part of this.''

The Isles have raced their dogs in Brisbane, Rockhampton and at the Gold Coast.

They are currently training their dogs up to race in the upcoming Young Guns in Bundaberg.

If you have a women in sport story or event telephone Megan Cunneen on 4153 8508.

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