Tom Pay will make a return to the Harness Racing NSW Rising Stars later this month, honouring a former member of the industry while continuing his development in the gig.
Dubbo’s Pay, now based in Bathurst, was part of the series in 2016 and this year the campaign has been named after Nicholas Dewar, the Young-based driver who passed away following a car crash earlier this year.
The Nicholas Dewar Memorial NSW Rising Stars series starts in Young on June 26 and further heats will be held at Bathurst, Bankstown, Newcastle and Menangle.
“These young people are the future of our sport and I am certain they recognise the privilege it is to be selected to compete in the series,” HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said.
“The week of activities outside of the race diving will be educational and entertaining for the divers.
“A significant component however is the opportunity for these Rising Stars to bond in the Series in a sport in which they have a demonstrated passion.
“Also this is a truly special year as the harness racing fraternity respects and pays tribute to Nick Dewar, a young man tragically gone who had an absolute passion for our sport perhaps unequalled.”
Ten competitors will be involved in the series with defending champion Ellen Rixon returning while Pay is also joined by fellow Western Districts driver Justin Reynolds, of Oberon.