Staff take up Corporate Challenge

SYDNEY might be basking in the glow of a successful Olympics but Perth outshines the rest of Australia in corporate games.

Every week hundreds of people from Perth’s office towers make their way to the Esplanade, Wellington Square, Fairlanes City Bowl or a golf course during their lunch break and strut their stuff.

Played year round the games include volleyball, soccer, footy sixes, touch, netball, petanque, croquet, tenpin bowling, eightball pool and golf.

According to Integral Health and Fitness principal and StateWest Corporate Challenge coordinator David Meyer there were usually six rounds of events played throughout the year with games paired in each round so that participants could choose from a strenuous sport such as touch or a more relaxed game such as croquet.

The Challenge originated in 1983 and has grown to include more than 600 teams competing with more than 4000 participants from 90 companies and govern-ment departments.

Mr Myer said the heyday of the challenge was during the 1980s when “(Alan) Bond was king and everyone had long lunches”.

Employees participating in the challenge include those from Kaiser Engineering, Epic Energy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutsche Bank, Pretzel Logic, Newcrest Mining and Wesfarmers.

The StateWest Corporate Challenge is a Ministry of Sport and Recreation (MSR) program.

StateWest Credit Society has been the major sponsor of the Challenge since 1996.

Mr Meyer said StateWest Credit Society realised the value of supporting the Perth corporate community through sponsorship of the Challenge.

“The Challenge builds teamwork, workplace morale, and a sense of community between the participating companies,” Mr Meyer said.

“The extra benefits are team building, morale and worker fitness.

“The benefits go beyond the physical benefits and into the workplace. It creates an energetic atmosphere and a very beneficial interaction with the people you work with.

Companies compete for the StateWest Corporate Challenge trophy, presented to the best-performed company throughout the year.

Other awards are the StateWest Sports Star of the year, The Lord Mayor’s trophy for the best performing team, MSR Player of the Series awards, the participation trophy and trophies for more than 50 teams.

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