Racing NSW has been advised Bob Whyburn, former Executive Officer of the NSW Jockeys Association, Australian Jockeys Association Director and Trustee of the National Jockeys Trust passed away on Tuesday night.
Mr Whyburn grew up in Maitland and moved to Sydney in 1969, he made a great contribution to many areas he was involved in, not only racing, whether it be in law or representing some key unions such as the nurses over many, many years.
He was an ardent lover of racing and it was his involvement over a long period of time that led to better conditions and respect for jockeys in many areas both in New South Wales, where he was based, and nationally.
Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V'landys AM said Mr Whyburn's contribution to racing can't be understated.
"Bob Whyburn was a true gentleman and a pleasure to deal with, he possessed a great wit and understanding of the machinations of the industry,'' Mr V'Landys said.
"A passionate supporter of, he was a respected professional who always had the jockeys best interests in mind when representing them.
"He will be sorely missed.''
Tony Crisafi, CEO of the NSW Jockeys Association, said Mr Whyburn was an integral part of the State and National Jockeys Association’s for over 20 years.
“Bob worked tirelessly for the betterment of jockeys and was instrumental is securing improved conditions for jockeys, particularly in NSW,” Mr Crisafi said.
“When Bob ended his legal career, he transferred his skills to become the Manager of the National Jockeys Trust, helping jockeys who were in financial hardship caused by a serious injury on a racetrack.
“Our condolences go to Bob’s partner Tessa, his children and grandchildren.”