Ellis claims writers’ award

GRAFTON Greyhound Club's Brad Ellis is the winner of the inaugural The Daily Examiner Sport Contributor of the Year award announced on Friday night.

Ellis (pictured), a regular contributor to our sport section with his outstanding write-ups and tips for all the local greyhound race meetings, was honoured to be the first recipient of the Joan Nelson Award.

The award was named in honour of Nelson who for more than 20 years contributed bowls reports for her beloved Grafton Women's Bowling Club.

Ellis also took home the first prize of a two-night accommodation package at the Angourie Rainforest retreat.

Fellow finalists Greg Brown, Robyn Anderson, Shane Sedger and Jon Winters were also recognised on the night and will be dining at the Naked Bean after each receiving $50 vouchers to the South Grafton restaurant.

"The night was designed to congratulate and thank all our great local sport contributors," The Daily Examiner sport editor Patrick Allen said.

"The publicity officers at the local sporting clubs are often unsung heroes, not just for their chosen sports, but for our newspaper as well."

To cap a successful weekend for Ellis and the Greyhound Club, star local chaser He Knows Uno won his heat of the Chairman's Cup at Sydney's Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Trained by Mick Patterson at Iluka, the dog, which has won more than $400,000 in prize money, is rated among the top 15 prize money earners in Australian greyhound racing history.

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