May 2015 2 Minutes
Walker Wayland rules in AFL sponsorship
Walker Wayland WA and Walker Wayland AMD took a bold step into sport sponsorship in May by supporting the National AFL Under-18 Youth Girls Championships held in Mandurah.
John Dorazio said part of the strategy was, on behalf of the entire network, to promote accounting as a career choice to ambitious young women.
The week-long tournament drew a crowd of about 3,000 people to watch eight teams, including the Woomeras, a combined indigenous team, competed through the week-long event. Victoria fielded two teams – metro and country – while Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland were represented. The remaining two were combined region teams, ACT/NSW and Northern Territory/Tasmania.
Dean Rob, Director of Walker Wayland AMD, presented Fairest and Best awards for the best individual player in each of the finals. Dean also presented awards to the two leading goal scorers from Pool A and B.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the community in which we work and to promote our brand,” he told the spectators and competitors. “A significant additional benefit for us is to encourage young women to look upon accounting as a valuable career opportunity. We need to attract bright young women to a rapidly changing profession.”
Alison Moore, Female High Performance Manager at the WA Football Commission and leading organiser of the tournament, said: “We were honoured and privileged to have the first ever sponsors for the national competition step forward in WA and hope that the support will grow in future years. ”
For the record, Western Australia went into the tournament as defending champions but managed only third place in Pool A, won by Victoria. Pool B champion was South Australia.
Dean Rob presents the Fairest and Best award for Pool A to Tayla Harris of Queensland
Dean with Pool B leading goal scorer Ashleigh Woodland (SA).
Dean and Pool A leading goal scorer Asha Price of WA.