Meet our committee

Brooke prince

Chairperson

Brooke joined the committee in 2019, quickly became the Vice Chairperson in 2021. At the 2022 AGM Brooke was voted is as Chairperson, a role she has hit the ground running in. Brooke was exposed to horse racing from a young age. She has fond memories of spending time as a child in her grandparent’s regional Victorian TAB, and seeing horses adorn the walls of their living room. From here, it didn’t take much for Brooke to fall in love with horse racing in her early 20s. After attending the races for many years, Brooke became the 2019 Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival Ambassador, and in the same year purchased a share in her first horse. Since then, Brooke has become a co-owner of several racehorses across the NT and interstate. Brooke has served on the board of the Darwin Turf Club.

Hannah West

Vice Chairperson

Hannah threw her hat in the ring to join the Women in Thoroughbred Racing NT committee after first becoming a member, and quickly wanting to do more. Hannah currently works in Media and Communications for the Northern Territory Government. She has a background in corporate communications, sports administration, and event management across a range of industries, before moving to Government in 2019. In 2021 Hannah was the Darwin Cup Carnival Ambassador, and in 2020 became a part-owner of her first racehorse. A regular at racing days across the Territory, Hannah has lived in the Northern Territory for over nine years and considers the Territory home.

Nerissa Calkin

Treasurer

A member since 2018 and committee member since 2020, Nerissa is currently WTRNT’s secretary. She initially joined to get into horse ownership and has since found WTRNT is so much more than this!    

“I have made some great friendships through WTRNT.  I love that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, where you have come from or what you do, these four legged animals bring us together almost every weekend!  And not just down at the track!  We love a good movie or a boat cruise at times too!” 

“There really is something about having your girlfriends all together watching your horse cross the finish line first!” 

Nerissa looks forward to being a part of WTRNT’s growth into Alice Springs and other States in the future. 

ROBYN LACEY ​

Public Officer

Moving to the Territory in 2004 from South Australia Robyn had previously been involved in a number of horse syndicates and enjoyed the social side of horse racing in South Australia. After being a member of WTRNT for a number of years Robyn joined the WTRNT Committee in 2020. 

 

Robyn is very passionate about celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of Women in the NT Racing Industry and enjoys the opportunities that WTRNT provide for members to get involved from social events to horse syndicates and her new favorite activity, nights at the stables. 

 

Robyn loves the dry season racing period and loves nothing better than packing a picnic, finding a spot on the lawns in front of the mounting yard to watch the horses, admire the fashions and enjoy the fabulous weather. 

Kerry McPhee

Membership Officer

Kerry is a long- term Darwin resident and has been member of WTRNT for 10 years. Her involvement in WTRNT arises from an interest in the pursuit of welfare of horses, trainers and jockeys.  Kerry has a particular interest in advancing and supporting appropriate education for female trainers and jockeys to that end. The social interaction and networking with like-minded women of all ages has been a joy. Kerry has taken on the role of Membership Officer of the WTRNT and encourage new members to get on board and join the fun and excitement, across the Northern Territory and even interstate.

Stephanie Berlin

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Stephanie is an experienced Management Professional with a strong marketing and business development background. As the current Chief Executive Officer at the Energy Club NT. Stephanie has a wealth of experience in delivering successful events along with stakeholder and relationship management across government and private sectors across Northern Australia. Stephanie has previously been involved in the promotions and modelling industry bringing national and international pageants and modelling opportunities to young women (and young men) to the Top End. Stephanie has also participated on judging panels for Darwin Cup Carnival FOTF and recently, the NT Young Achiever Awards. Building on Stephanie’s passion for the racing industry, between herself and her fiancé they share ownership of 14 horses across Australia.

Michelle Graham

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Michelle is a long-term members, supporters and committee member of Women in Thoroughbred Racing NT.  Arguably one of WTRNT’s most decorated members, Michelle was the inaugural Chairperson, sitting from 2010 to 2018 in the position. She was inducted as a life member in 2021. Michelle was also a Darwin Turf Club board member for 14 years. A long-term Darwinite, Michelle arrived in the Top End from Adelaide in 1987 and professionally has over 27 years of management experience in the tourism and hospitality sector. Michelle has been the manager of Elsey on Parap Serviced Apartments since 2017. From a racing perspective, Michelle loves all facets of the Racing Industry and passionate about the future of the Darwin Turf Club and the continued success of Women in Thoroughbred Racing. She says it is such a great feeling being involved with the WTRNT Ladies when our horse crosses the finish Line – First!

Sue-Ellen Biddiscombe


COMMITTEE MEMBER

Sue-Ellen has been a member and on the committee of WTRNT since 2016 and currently holds the position of Treasurer. She is very passionate about Thoroughbred Racing in the NT and the opportunities for women within the industry. Sue-Ellen believes WTRNT is a special group that all share a common interest in the thoroughbred racing within the NT and also has some fabulous fun together on and off trackside. From the horse syndicates, the WTRNT luncheon, the glitz & glamour throughout Darwin Cup carnival to our annual Christmas party. Sue-Ellen looks forward to catching up with our WTRNT members at our events throughout the year.

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Tracey Marris

Committee Member

Tracey is originally from the UK but has lived in Darwin for the last 32 years. Day-to-day Tracey is a lawyer who specialises in the Family law space. She became a member of WTRNT when she bought the last share in a horse called Alert the Jeweller in 2012. From here, Tracey’s involvement with WTRNT only increased when she joined the committee, on which she sat until 2019. Tracey threw her hat back in the ring for committee nomination at the 2022 AGM, and during her time with WTRNT has most enjoyed being part of a number of syndicates. Tracey’s favourite WTRNT moment is Darwin Cup Day 2012 when Alert the Jeweller won his race. The syndicate went mad and one reporter said it was like being at a Justin Bieber concert it was so loud. Gai Waterhouse even photo bombed the group photo. Tracey has made so many good friends since becoming a member of WTRNT and there is nothing like the thrill you get on a race day when your horse wins.

Raelene Olsen

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Raelene has lived in the Northern Territory for over 40 years and during that time has experienced life in Darwin, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.  Raelene and her previous partner owned numerous Restaurants and bars in Darwin.  As a child, Raelene’s weekends were spent at the local race track in Queensland with her parents and then later, as an owner of horses in the Northern Territory.  It is during this time that Raelene developed a love of racing.  It is pleasing now that she gets to experience this daily in her role as Chief Executive of Alice Springs Turf Club.  Raelene is excited about her role as a committee member with Women in Thoroughbred Racing Northern Territory and looks forward to engaging more females into racing in the NT.   

Michelle Graham

LIFE MEMBER

Michelle was a founding members of WTRNT. Having been a member since inception, Michelle also sat as chairperson from 2010 until 2018. She re-joined the committee in 2022, and brings with her a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for progression of women in racing in the Northern Territory.

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Wendy Watkinson

LIFE MEMBER

Wendy joined WTRNT in 2012 and in her time has fully embraced the ethos of the group. Wendy was an outstanding secretary while she sat on the committee until she retired in late 2020. A truly great organiser and contributor across many WTRNT events, Wendy was given life membership in 2021.