The annual Clubs WA Industry Forum & Trade Expo kicked off in style at the Swan Yacht Club, as we were joined by our industry partners, industry experts, special guest speakers and our clubs. Clubs WA was excited to welcome our club members to this fun yet informative event. While similar to a lot of our past events, this year especially held more importance as we discussed the upcoming changes to the club industry for the following year.
The day started off with our expo, where we had over 22 exhibitors display their stands across the floor, each showcased their different promotions and benefits to our member clubs. The morning held exhibitors from hospitality, business and finance, law and government representatives, providing clubs and associations with information from all aspects of the industry. The expo ended with the ever-anticipated prize draw, with amazing prizes provided by our partners.
The Forum delivered insightful discussions and presentations from our guest speakers and panellists. With a welcome by our Treasurer Chris Richardson and Facilitator Michelle Hall, we started our Forum session of the afternoon. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe was our first guest speaker, who was then followed by Director of Policy & Programs Melissa Parry from the Road Safety Commission (RSC), who outlined the strategies and plans for the upcoming year and campaigns that the RSC are running to reach their goal of reducing fatalities on WA roads.
We were lucky to be joined by the young and talented Paralympic athlete Ben Popham, who discussed his heartfelt journey overcoming his struggles of diplegic cerebral palsy to reaching the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Ben gave us an insight into his hard work and dedication that he undertook for over a decade, in order to win two gold medals and one silver medal. There was no doubt that everyone at the Forum had goose bumps watching the recap of his gold medal-winning 100-metre freestyle swim. Ben concluded his presentation by touching upon the importance of club support that he received in his younger days and encouraged clubs to implement strategies in welcoming more disadvantaged people to their community.
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