Mark Wallis, Racing Committee
Name: Mark Wallis
Current Position/Interest in the sport: Professional Trainer (Champion 2005, 2008, 2009).
Local Track: Yarmouth.
Favourite Track: Walthamstow.
How did you get involved & how long have you been involved in greyhound racing:
Over 25 years, firstly following my father's dogs and then my first kennelhand’s licence with Linda Jones in 1990 at Imperial Kennels, full time there from 1994 (my own permit licence in 1993/94), head kennelhand 1994 -97, assistant trainer 1997 - 2004 and then taking over the trainer's licence in 2005 from Linda (retired) and the business with my wife Sarah (Linda's daughter).
Favourite dog: Ace Honcho, Discreet Cat (old), Kinda Ready (current).
Current dogs owned: Lil Magic, Goldcrest Lord (with Evan Herbert), Mint Bulb (Sarah's), Bourne Masons, Scintillas Jesse and a couple of pups in Ireland - Discreet Cat (on our sofa at home lazy sausage!) and a few retired at the kennel.
Best moment in Greyhound Racing: Winning the Derby in 2009 with Kinda Ready.
How can greyhound racing be improved and what, in your opinion, are its main problems:
The GBGB's lack of vision while the domination of our sport by the bookmakers is a worry, the ever-decreasing prize money and some stadia that are not fit for us to want to take guests to amongst many other problems
Why did you join GOBATA: At last a chance for all practitioners to unite to try and improve the sport.