Nathan harnesses his future
“What I have learnt throughout the course has set me up for a bright future in harness racing.”Nathan Rothwell
A driving force to become a harness racer saw Nathan Rothwell and his family make the move from the Sunshine State to Drouin in 202, so he could study his Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver) at Community College Gippsland. In the past year, the 18-year-old has hit his straps both as a student and a harness racing driver.
Despite never having driven horses before his arrival at the Gippsland Harness Training Centre (GHTC), Nathan now holds B Grade race driving and trainers’ licences, has two of his own horses in training for racing, and has driven in five races.
Recognising Nathan’s commitment to his studies, his resilience and his willingness to take on board criticism in the pursuit of what can be a physically dangerous occupation, GHTC manager, Jenni Lewis, nominated Nathan for the Brian Clarke Award.
“To say Nathan has been brave is an understatement. There aren’t many arenas that an ambulance follows you as you do your job but for a harness racing driver this is a way of life!”
Dedication, enthusiasm and sheer hard work have been the hallmarks of Nathan’s time at the GHTC, ensuring he has progressed through the ranks with speed and a growing sense of self-confidence.
Jenni added that “Nathan embraced his studies, quickly becoming the standout student.”
He gained his licence early following a tough panel interview and, under the scrutiny of the stewards at a metropolitan race track, a practical assessment, where he won the trial. He has volunteered with local trainers, put his hand up for many early starts and late nights to attend race meetings around the state and is quickly becoming a face to watch in the industry.
Congratulations on the award, Nathan!
Established to honour the late Brian Clarke, this award recognises innovation in rural studies, in particular students who demonstrate spirit, adventurism and innovation.