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Absolute Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprentice gains Prestigious Award

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain is pleased to announce that 2018’s Betfred sponsored Kennelhand of the Year is Nathan Hunt, Assistant Trainer to Phil Simmonds, Romford.

The annual award is given to one exceptional kennelhand who shows incredible dedication to their work and who always goes that ‘extra mile’ for the greyhounds in their charge.

Nathan’s unwavering commitment was highlighted through nominations which praised his tireless work ethic and described his work as being clearly ‘more than just a job to him’. Nathan has recently demonstrated this dedication by enrolling as part of the first cohort of the GBGB sponsored Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship.

This year the judging panel comprised of broadcaster Tanya Stevenson, GBGB Welfare and Integrity Manager Duncan Gibson, Head of Greyhound Trust Harvel (Croftview Kennels) Cheryl Miller and GBGB Quality Manager Amanda Duplock. Judges were unanimous in their support of this year’s winner.

Nominations from those connected to the kennel described Nathan’s dedication to his work:

Nathan is a young lad with a bright future, on our visits it’s clear to see the link with dog and keeper – they are immaculately looked after.”

“He works tirelessly for Phil Simmonds but does so every day with pure love for the greyhounds and the sport.”

“He is so caring to all the dogs in his care and nothing is too much for him.”

2018 Betfred Kennelhand of the Year Nathan Hunt with Romford winner Dower Forgold

They also praised Nathan’s outstanding communication with owners, who he regularly updates with photos and videos, and the strong bonds he forms with the greyhounds in his care.

Nathan will be presented his trophy at the GBGB Awards on Sunday 27th January 2019.

Absolute Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprentice gains Prestigious Award