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Nominate your Kennelhand of the Year 2013

At the Greyhound of the Year Awards on Sunday 26th January, human categories celebrated on the night include recognition of 2013’s Kennelhand of the Year. The winner(s) receive a trophy, £500 and accommodation at the Hilton. GBGB relies on owners, trainers and friends to nominate the person(s) they deem worthy of national recognition.

Event Organiser Lucy Dye said: “The bulk of nominations usually come from owners and trainers.  Of course anyone in the industry can forward their suggestion to us and we need a few lines explanation as to why, in their opinion the person is worthy of winning. Kennelhands are some of the hardest workers in the industry, with the long hours and late nights. But where there is exceptional dedication, then we want to hear about it.  Nominations must be received by Friday 10th January.”

A panel comprising a number of industry experts will meet to discuss the relative merits of each nomination.  Email with the subject line; ‘Kennelhand of the Year 2013’ or post nominations to GBGB, Procter House, 1 Procter Street, London, WC1V 6DW.  Please include your own contact details. 


Tickets are still available for the Greyhound of the Year Awards on Sunday 26th January at the Hilton, Manchester Deansgate. Priced at £70 each they include a champagne reception, three-course meal with wine and dancing until late to a live band. The annual gala evening recognises the achievements of greyhounds and their trainers, owners and kennel staff throughout the year. 

Lucy Dye added: “A reduced rate of £129 is available for twin and double rooms at the Hilton Deansgate including breakfast. To book rooms visit their dedicated booking page at Alternatively call the hotel booking line on 0161 870 1600 and quote GGREY. Reduced rate rooms are available until 12th January 2014 and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. It’s going to be another top class night so I’d encourage anyone planning on being part of it to book early, we’ve had to put the sold out sign up in December for the last two years!”

The Greyhound Writers’ Association will be voting for the various racing categories during December and nominees will be announced early in the New Year. Also picking up awards on the night will be the Trainer of the Year, Owner(s) of the Year and the persons who have made outstanding contributions to the sport and to retired greyhounds. The BAGS Track Champions will be officially presented with the trophy won at Sheffield on Grand Finals Day (Monday 23rd December).       

Awards tickets can be purchased over the phone by contacting Lucy Dye at GBGB on 020 7421 3770 or by emailing