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Our Chaplains

The Rev Colin Watts (Sydney, Provincial & Country tracks)

The Rev Colin Watts (Sydney, Provincial & Country tracks)

Colin Watts is ARCC's full-time chaplain to Sydney racing. His lifelong interest in horse racing stems from growing up on his family's harness racing stables at Cabramatta and Fairfield. Colin has been an ordained Anglican minister since 1992. Colin joined ARCC as a board member in July 2007 and was subsequently appointed as the honorary Anglican chaplain to the AJC in April 2008. He was appointed as Sydney's first full-time racing chaplain in June 2009.

Brother Dan Stafford OAM (Sydney)

Brother Dan Stafford OAM (Sydney)

Brother Dan Stafford is a well-known figure in the horse racing industry, having been a Catholic chaplain in three different states over a period of twenty-five years. In August 2008, Brother Dan was the inaugural recipient of the Industry Recognition Award, presented by the NSW Racehorse Owners Association to honour an outstanding contribution to the industry.

The Rev Paul Bayliss (Sydney)

The Rev Paul Bayliss (Sydney)

The Rev Paul Bayliss has been involved as a racing chaplain for over 20 years, beginning when he was rector of Harris Park Anglican Church near Rosehill racecourse. Paul is a trustee of the National Jockeys Trust, which seeks to provide financial assistance to jockeys and their families, particularly where need arises from serious injury, illness or death of a jockey.

Vicki Walker (Chaplain-in-Training, Sydney)

Vicki Walker (Chaplain-in-Training, Sydney)

Vicki grew up around horses and is very much at home on the racecourse.  Her father, Kerry, still trains horses on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.   Vicki works full-time but typically attends race meetings on a Saturday, and is part-way through theological studies at Mary Andrews College in Sydney. Vicki' s main role is to provide chaplaincy support to female jockeys and stablehands.

Mark Bartimote (Dubbo region)

Mark Bartimote (Dubbo region)

Mark is chaplain to the Dubbo Turf Club and Dubbo Rugby Club. He lives near Dubbo and has strong connections to the Dubbo and Western region community. He is credentialed with the Australian Christian Churches and has extensive pastoral care training and experience.

Bob Prior (Canberra, ACT)

Bob Prior (Canberra, ACT)

Bob was the chaplain to the horse racing industry in Canberra for many years, and returns to this role after a two-year hiatus ministering to those recovering from drug & alcohol addiction.

Pastor Wayne Trompp (Perth, WA)

Pastor Wayne Trompp (Perth, WA)

Pastor Wayne Trompp is Senior Minister of Sonrise Christian Life Centre in Perth, WA. He is married to Tammy and they have five children. Wayne has served in Christian ministry with the Assemblies of God Churches for 25 years and previously worked as a bookmaker’s clerk and held a strapper’s license.

The Rev. Phil Zamagias (Darwin, NT)

The Rev. Phil Zamagias (Darwin, NT)

The Rev. Phil Zamagias is Rector of Fred’s Pass Anglican Church. He has a long history of engagement in the Top End including roles for The Bible Society and the Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Phil has served as Sports Chaplaincy Australia Chaplain to motor racing since 2004 and is also accredited to serve the horse racing industry. 

Brendon and Fran Hotschilt (Ballina, Far North Coast, NSW; Gold Coast, QLD)

Brendon and Fran Hotschilt (Ballina, Far North Coast, NSW; Gold Coast, QLD)

Brendon and Fran live in Lennox Head and are members of the Ballina Bible Centre. Fran works for Queensland Health as a Welfare Officer with a speciality in substance abuse. Brendon previously worked for the NSW Dept of Sport and Recreation, has been a LifeLine Counsellor and has also worked in the racing industry for a number of years. Together Brendon and Fran manage Camp Drewe at Lennox Head.

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Father Tom Stevens (Sydney)

Father Tom Stevens (Sydney)

Father Tom Stevens is assistant priest at All Saints Catholic Church, Liverpool. He is an avid racegoer (and long term member of the Australian Turf Club).  In 2017 he conducted the annual Sydney Racing Fraternity Mass at Royal Randwick.

​Philip Woolford (Melbourne, VIC)

​Philip Woolford (Melbourne, VIC)

Philip has a background in the agricultural sector, particularly the dairy industry. He has extensive experience in Christian ministry, especially in leadership roles, training and pastoral care. Phil is a member of Crossway Baptist Church in Melbourne and lives close to Pakenham racecourse.

The Rev Ross Ellwood (Hobart, TAS) - from 2017

The Rev Ross Ellwood (Hobart, TAS) - from 2017

Ross is Rector of Glenorchy Anglican Church, which includes Elwick Racecourse (Hobart) in its parish boundary. He is a former racehorse trainer and saddler from Ballina, so brings to the role a good understanding of racing. Ross also has extensive formal pastoral care training, holding a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry from the Adelaide College of Divinity and a Certificate in Suicide Prevention from Wesley Life Force. He has previously worked as a volunteer chaplain in aged care situations. Ross is expected to commence as a racing chaplain in early 2017.

The Rev Heather Turner (Devonport, TAS)

The Rev Heather Turner (Devonport, TAS)

Please note that Heather has resigned from being an ARCC Chaplain for personal reasons.  We wish Heather all the best with her future endeavours.