Winners’ podium for 3rd year in a row for Fremantle Business students

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Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 24-9-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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Success was once again achieved by Fremantle business students as they competed against 11 teams selected from The University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University in this year’s Deloitte Australia’s 2009 Dream Team competition.

Team members, Erica Lampropoulos, Leon Delpech, Mathew Kasanga and Tim Pidhirnyj kept up the high standard of their predecessors’ narrowly missing first place.

Deloitte Australia, a leading international accounting firm, holds the competition every year. It aims to give Western Australian commerce students the opportunity to apply knowledge to ‘real world’ situations, gain insight into the type of work performed by the Deloitte practice and meet with industry experts.

Partner at Deloitte, Mr Richard Thomas, said that he has been very impressed with the quality of the students from Notre Dame over the past three years.

“Obviously the judges have also been impressed as the teams have finished 1st, 2nd and 2nd against stiff competition from the other universities.

“The Dream Team competition is excellent simulation of the professional services environment, so I’d encourage other Notre Dame students to have a go in the future,” he said.

Executive Dean of Business, Associate Professor Sonja Bogunovich said that she was delighted with their achievement.

“The Deloitte Dream Team competition is a rigorous, yet rewarding opportunity for all students participating. I would like to commend our Notre Dame students on their obvious commitment to both each other as a team and the event. They have certainly risen to the challenge that was set by the 2007 UNDA Dream Team. A 2007 first place, followed by a 2008 second placing (missing out by only one point) and now another second place in 2009 is certainly an amazing outcome, and is testament to the excellent calibre of staff and students we have at the Notre Dame Business School,” she said.

Student Leon Delpech said, “The Dream Team competition is an intensive team exercise full of fun. A life experience that I’ll never forget.”

Mathew Kasanga added, “The competition was intense, challenging, engaging and lots of fun. It cemented my appreciation for the knowledge and skills I have learned from Notre Dame. I would encourage all students to take every opportunity given to you, you never know where it might lead.”

Business lecturer, Professor Derek Parkin supported the team throughout the competition and was delighted with their performance.

“Three consecutive years in the winners’ circle says something about the School of Business and our University when it comes to relevance. Full credit goes to Erica, Leon, Mathew and Tim for not only putting in the time, but producing the great results!” he said.

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