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Published 31 March 2011

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Rod Fabricius wins lifetime achievement award

A wealth of entrepreneurial talent was recognised in style at the fourth annual Observer and Gazette Business Awards|. The black-tie event saw nearly 30 awards handed out to some of our area’s brightest industry hopes who vied for the fiercely-contested honours. The event which took place last Friday night was attended by more than 270 guests representing the nominated firms from across the area. As an ever-genial host, Fred Dinenage was on fine form as compere by delivering some trademark banter and sporting anecdotes as the accolades were dispensed to an expectant audience. 

We were delighted that the lifetime achievement award went to Rod Fabricius, the former Managing Director of Goodwood Racecourse. Rod has worked here in many roles over the past 30 years and has made a major impact on the racecourse.

Delighted with his award, he said: “I was gobsmacked. You don’t expect to be honoured in a way like this. In a sense I have only been doing my job.

“It was a job that was a passion and a hobby. I was only a part of a team.

“I’m going to continue to be involved in supporting Goodwood going forwards.

“It’s a very challenging marketplace. Goodwood is a great brand and I am absolutely confident horseracing as a sport and leisure attraction is going to go forward and Goodwood is going to be at the forefront of the racing game for many years.”

This is Rod’s second lifetime achievement award, after winning the George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement at the annual Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association Awards in December.

Rod, along with all the other winners of the Observer and Gazette Business Awards will now go forward to the Southern Business Awards to be held later this year.

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