2008 Distinguished National Service Award from Harness Racing Australia.
One of the industry’s longest serving harness racing administrators, in a career spanning 39 years, he performed many administrative roles before rising through the ranks to the Chief Executive role at the Western Australian Trotting Association (WATA) in the early 1990’s where he has been particularly successful in the areas of legislative reform and the establishment of many non-traditional revenue streams.
2012 Brian Hancock Distinguished Service Award from Inter Dominion Event Committee.
At a meeting of the Inter Dominion Event Committee it was unanimously decided to present the Brian Hancock Distinguished Service Award to Mr Rob Bovell for his outstanding service to the Inter Dominion.
“Rob has presided over three successful Inter Dominion carnivals during his period of time at Gloucester Park including the highly acclaimed 2012 event”. Mr Gary Allen, Chairman of the Inter Dominion Event Committee stated.
Rob retired from the position of Chief Executive Officer of Gloucester Park Harness Racing Club, having commenced there as a junior clerk in 1969. Other than for a period where he was the secretary of the Fremantle Trotting Club Rob has been at Gloucester Park for this entire period of time.
Rob has worked tirelessly for the benefit of harness racing both locally and nationally. He has successfully lobbied the WA Government for a better deal and recently oversaw the amalgamation of the Western Australian Trotting Association and Fremantle Harness Racing Club.
“Rob is of exemplary character and is a very fair and impartial person who will be missed by all involved in the industry” Mr Allen said.
A previous winner of a Harness Racing Australia Distinguished Service Award (2008) Rob has been a stalwart in the industry in Western Australia and it is fitting to add the Brian Hancock Award to his list of honours.
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