JOCKEY Club general manager Michael Buckley is stepping up a class, and is now a member of the Tamworth Junior Business Chamber committee.
It hasn't taken the 31-year-old long to join, having only arrived from South Australia earlier this year.
No stranger to backroom roles, he has been involved in the management of sporting clubs for much of his life.
"I think I've always been community-minded, ever since I grew up in a small country town in the Adelaide Hills I've always been involved in local football clubs and sporting clubs," he said.
"So I think naturally going forward, and having a position such as mine at the Tamworth Jockey Club, I wanted to give back to the community and engage with them as well."
Joining the business chamber will be a new experience for him, but he believes it is the perfect time in his life to do it.
He also hopes to be able to learn in the role and make some connections around town that will prove beneficial to both him and future chamber initiatives.
"Given the junior business chamber was for young people aged up to 35, and I'm going to be 32 next month, I thought that now was the perfect time to dip my toe in," he said.
"I think it's just a good opportunity to network and get to know the people of Tamworth."
Mr Buckley is hoping his presence on the chamber will also help promote the racecourse to people around town and provide an opportunity to include the community in more events at the track.
He has already become a well-known face around parts of the city, especially within the Aussie rules community given he signed up for the minor premiership-winning Tamworth Kangaroos.
It has been a long but interesting journey for Mr Buckley to wind up where he is.
Originally destined to be a surveyor, his passion for horse racing got the better of him 18 months into a university degree, causing him to drop out and move to Geelong for a year to work at Makybe Stud.
Following that he returned to SA where he worked in the racing industry in administration and as a trainer.
However, given the state's racing industry is smaller than in NSW, he decided to move and joined the Newcastle Jockey Club. After more than four years there, he made the move to Tamworth where he is looking to make a long-term impact.
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