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Hard work finally pays dividends

TIME TO REFLECT: Greyhound trainer Sonia Kempshall is Senior Sportsperson of Month. PHOTO: Adam Hourigan
TIME TO REFLECT: Greyhound trainer Sonia Kempshall is Senior Sportsperson of Month. PHOTO: Adam Hourigan

SONIA Kempshall admits she didn't think it would work when she and

husband Warren Kempshall moved to Sandy Crossing in the Pillar Valley.

Four years ago they "sold everything" in Townsville, including their greyhounds, and moved to the Clarence Valley - at great expense - with 10 kids.

After working hard to get established, the greyhound training couple have enjoyed a breakthrough 12 months. Sonia was officially named 2013/14 Grafton Greyhound Trainer of the Year in July and as a result has been named Jetts

Fitness Senior Sportsperson of the Month.

"We came here with nothing," Sonia said.

"We had a bit of trouble and I didn't think it'll ever work. As soon as we'd start to get going we'd get flooded out, plus I've been in and out of hospital.

"But now the dogs we've bred ourselves are coming through. It's been a lot of hard work.

"Some of the kids are interested in the dogs, which helps."

Already the Kempshall kennels have shot towards the front of the standings for the 2014/15 Grafton trainer's premiership.

The Kempshalls have five dogs in action at Grafton tomorrow starting with Molly McGrath in race one box one at 3.49pm.

Nominate now for August by sending a brief explanation and photograph to sport@dailyexaminer.com.au.

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