Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has confirmed the appointment of Old Paradian Glen Canty (1987) to the role of HRV General Manager – Racing, effective Monday, July 17.

Glen brings to the role his experiences as a racing administrator, having spent time in executive positions at both Greyhound Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club over the past 15 years.

Prior to his move into sports administration, Glen spent more than a decade working in the banking industry in Australia and overseas. He holds a Bachelor of Business and two Masters degrees.

“Most exciting for me is that whether the trots are regarded as a business, or a hobby, in both cases it is a passion. If we can harness that passion then this sport will thrive,” Glen was quoted in an HRV media release.

Glen said the trots in Victoria conjured pleasant memories of his childhood days.

“This is somewhat of a homecoming,” he said. “My childhood was spent at the trots. Dad bought his first horse with family members in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s and early 1980s that we had any real success. Mister Music had six wins at the Showgrounds among 16 overall, while Dunsinane won the Stawell Cup amid 18 career wins.”

HRV CEO David Martin said Glen’s racing and business background had him well positioned to guide HRV’s racing functions.

“Glen’s intimate knowledge of the Victorian racing landscape and the complexities our industry faces will certainly assist him in this role. I am very happy to welcome him to the team and I know he is looking forward to getting started,” he said.