LEGEND: Peter Flynn has been calling races in the Maranoa for 40 years, and has no plans of slowing down.
LEGEND: Peter Flynn has been calling races in the Maranoa for 40 years, and has no plans of slowing down. Tom Gillespie

Race calling comes natural for the legendary Peter Flynn

FORTY years may be a milestone for most people in their careers, but for resident race caller Peter Flynn it's a sign that he's still got it.

Having been a race caller since 1972 in south-west Queensland, Mr Flynn said he took to it at the early stages in his career.

"I'd had an interest in race calling for quite a while, so it was natural that I took to it," he said.

"It's a pretty limited job. Not many people have the opportunity to do it, so I was pretty lucky to land the job whilst I was on 4ZR."

Mr Flynn is already something of a local entity, having owned Maranoa Travel for thirteen years and spent over 40 years as the secretary of the Roma District Rugby League Club.

In 2007, he was nominated as the Downs representative of the Queensland Country Racing Committee (QCRC).

But Mr Flynn's tenure as the vice president of Roma Turf Club has been the highlight of his career, bringing him across the region to various races.

"It's one of the hardest jobs you can do in life; you get very nervous when you have to stand up and make the race calls," he said.

"Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I want to make sure I get everything right."

Mr Flynn said he had high hopes for Craig Smith's horse Performia and local gelding Oggie.

But most of all, he is looking forward to the local talent on offer.

"It will be good to see another local victory," he said.


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