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Frances Nelson QC appointed Vice Chairman of Asian Racing Federation

In what is another major compliment to the local racing industry, Thoroughbred Racing SA Chair Frances Nelson QC has been elected as one of two Vice Chairmen of the Asian Racing Federation.

Not only is Ms Nelson the first South Australian to be appointed to this position, but she is also the first woman to be elevated to such a role.

Ms Nelson was elected Chair of Racing Australia, the body which represents Australia’s eight principal racing authorities, in April 2017 and has served on the TRSA Board since 2007, the last seven years as Chairman.

The Asian Racing Federation has 21 Full and five Associate/Affiliate member countries throughout the Asia, Australasian, Arab and South Africa region including major racing jurisdictions, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, South Africa and the UAE (Dubai).

Ms Nelson was elected to the Vice Chairman position at the conclusion of the Asian Racing Federation’s Executive Council meeting being held in conjunction with the 37th Asian Racing Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

TRSA CEO Jim Watters said he was “delighted” Ms Nelson had been recognised with the appointment.

“Frances has been a strong leader for South Australian and Australian racing, and it is great to see this recognised at an international level,” he said.

“Frances has brought a vast legal knowledge and racing experience to Racing Australia, which is equalled by her advocacy of the interests of the everyday worker and participant. She is strongly representative of the grass roots of our industry and the smaller racing jurisdictions.

“This is a richly deserved honour for Frances and importantly is also a mark of esteem for racing in this State.”

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