Business takes up Corporate Challenge

LIKE behemoths awakening from a summer slumber, Perth’s corporate giants are warming up for the start of the Corporate Challenge.

More than 70 teams from Perth’s Govern-ment and professional organisations are expected to take part in the volleyball challenge which kicks off at lunchtime on March 14.

Another two dozen teams are expected to take part in the croquet challenge starting at the same time.

As with all Corporate Challenge games, the rules for both volleyball and croquet have been modified to make the games quicker and allow people of all skill and fitness levels to take part.

Entries for the opening events close on March 7. Later in March, The Cycle to Work BikeWest Challenge happens.

To take part, companies need a team of three who will cycle to, or part of the way to, work. Last year more than 100 teams took part.

Corporate Challenge organiser David Meyer said Perth held the biggest corporate games of any Australian city. More than 90 companies are expected to field teams this year.

“Melbourne may be the best place for watching sport but Perth is certainly the best place for playing it,” Mr Meyer said.

JP Kenny made Corporate Challenge history last year by becoming the first private company to hoist the trophy. Its team also fielded Corporate Challenge Sports Star of the Year Jay Nguyen.

The Corporate Challenge Cup has been won by Government organisations since SGIO won the inaugural trophy in 1983.

Since then serial victors have included Crown Law, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Main Roads, which has been the Challenge’s most successful team.

Mr Meyer believes JP Kenny will mount a good defence of its title, although Transfield Worley could be the team to watch.

StateWest Credit Society is the main sponsor for this year and new sponsor Central City Physio will be conducting warm-up and stretching clinics at events.

Another event looming on the corporate sporting calendar is the KPMG Consulting Central Park Tower Stair Climb on July 7. Teams or individuals are challenged to climb the 1,236 steps in Perth’s tallest office tower. Funds raised from the event go to the Activ Foundation

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