Curtin Business School’s top graduate for 2008, Sian Hughes never thought that her love of horses would become her career.
The Maylands resident, who completed her internship at the WA Trotting Association, is now their sales and promotions coordinator.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to land a job in an industry I’m passionate about,” she said.
“I’ve always had a passion for horses and I get this from my dad who has trained trotters his whole life.
“It’s a dynamic industry and getting to meet a variety of people keeps things interesting and fun.”
The management and public relations graduate was awarded with the Fremantle Football Club prize for academic excellence at the recent CBS awards ceremony.
“It’s an honour to be recognised for my hard work. I owe a lot to the dedicated CBS teaching staff. They really helped steer me in the right direction,” Ms Hughes said.
In the short term, the avid saxophonist said she would like to see harness racing have an identity facelift.
“I would like to give the sport a fresher, more appealing image to a new generation of people. Attracting new people into the sport is crucial in making it sustainable,” Ms Hughes said.
“I also own a share in a one-year-old colt that my dad and I bred. He’ll start breaking him in to learn how to race in the next few months. Hopefully he’ll be a superstar.”
In the long term, Ms Hughes hopes to be involved in the marketing and promotion of the Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival.