Title

Fremantle's West End fires up for exciting Dash

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 3-14-2013

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Abstract

The streets of the iconic West End of Fremantle came to life on Wednesday, March 13, when The University of Notre Dame Australia's School of Health Sciences held their 10th annual West End Dash.

Cheering fans included local businesses, students, staff and tourists to Fremantle. All gathered to support the athletes participating in the annual event which has become a feature on the University calendar.

Coordinated by third year Health and Physical Education students as part of their unit on 'Sports Events Management for Teachers', the event featured several novelty races, staff and student relays and the men's and women's 110m sprints. The winner of the women's sprint was Brittanny Brymer, while Francesco Furfaro led from the start to claim the men's crown.

Third year Health and Physical Education student, Hannah Garrett, said the event was a wonderful opportunity for Health Sciences students to contribute to the Fremantle and University communities.

"There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into organising an event such as this, so it was wonderful to see so many students and staff participating and the large crowd cheering them on," Ms Garrett said.

"Coordinating an event such as the West End Dash has taught me and my fellow Health Sciences students valuable communication and organisational skills that we can apply in our future careers."

Health and Physical Education lecturer Benjamin Piggott said the philosophy behind the West End Dash was for students to have a practical experience in planning, implementing and evaluating sporting events.

"Students worked for more than six weeks on this event which involved organising sponsorship, developing risk management strategies, advertising and fundraising," Mr Piggott said.

"Since 2004, the event has grown into a West End tradition which has strengthened the ties between Notre Dame and the local community."

Other events Notre Dame's Health and Physical Education students will coordinate this year include the Bathers Beach Triathlon and the Fremantle Football Club Gala Day.

For more information about courses on offer at the School of Health Sciences in Fremantle, please contact the Prospective Students Office on (08) 9433 0533.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Ebbs: Tel (08) 9433 0610; Mob 0408 959 138 Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093