ARL: business winners, and fabled fun
Members and suppliers are happy after last week’s ARL sports division conference in Melbourne, reports general manager Terry Dopper.
All went well and most of the 155 members attended the four day event, held at Crown Promenade, with the first days devoted to get togethers, with Monday for catalogue buying and state meetings and then Tuesday and Wednesday set aside for the trade fair.
Dopper says, “Our suppliers reported they were happy with the fair, although it is early days in drawing conclusions on products and trends from results. Apparel brands were especially happy with the response from members.”
A highlight of the get-together was the awards dinner with the theme of fairy tales and fables with most members and suppliers getting into the mood in their usual enthusiastic manner.
Store of the year award was presented to Michael and Gail Pimm of Sports Power Bundaberg, with state winners named as Sportspower Armidale (NSW); Sportscene Port Pirie (SA); Sportspower Burnie (Tasmania); Sportspower Warrnambool (Victoria); Sportspower Geraldton (WA); and Sportspower Bundaberg (Qld).
Selection of top store is made on several criteria, reports Dopper, including growth in sales, participation in the group’s activities and being willing to share their successes and experience with other members.
Supplier of the year awards were presented to Russell Athletic for apparel, ASICS for footwear and the equipment award to GPI Sports & Fitness, all for the second year.
State rep of the year awards went to Leigh Taylor (Vic, ASICS); Brenton McKay ( SA/NT Russell Athletic); Joel Freshney (Qld, Nike); Shelley Brett (Tas, ASICS); Derek Williams (WA, Russell Athletic) and Noel Moig (NSW, Kookaburra).
• Sportslink’s sales manager Lisa Hendry attended the trade show and took these pictures:
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