© Donnybrook Balingup Chamber of Commerce Inc. 2014
TRUE GRIT comes to Western Australia Supported by the Chamber
Australia’s premier, military inspired challenge kicked off its first ever event in Western
Australia at the Lazy G farm in Newlands on a specially prepared, grueling 10Km course
with the help of the Donnybrook Balingup Chamber of Commerce.
Well done to Gary McCorkell, chamber member and owner of The Lazy G Farm, for bringing True Grit to Newlands.
Donnybrook Balingup Chamber of Commerce worked closely with the True Grit event organisers and Sam Dixon at the
Donnybrook Shire to bring True Grit to WA. Four of our members also sponsored the event with advertising, Blackwood Tanks,
Bendigo Bank and GJ Freight sponsoring obstacles and Smallwater Estate sponsoring the grand finish line.
The Chamber achieved the following:
Worked with the Donnybrook Shire to facilitate sponsorship
Sponsored the event directly from Chamber funds
Promoted local businesses to supply services to the event
Worked with other member businesses to sponsor obstacles with advertising
Worked with the Donnybrook & Balingup Tourism offices to provide a presence on site during the event
The Chamber is pleased to be able to confirm that local businesses were contracted by True Grit including Covert Signs and a
large contract to Hastie Waste for the event which is all about engaging the local area. In addition a number of accommodation
businesses have been booked out including Donnybrook Motel and The Apple Tree Inn who also managed to serve over 140
meals on Saturday evening alone. Smallwater Estate was also flat out. A number of on-site vendors also utilised local businesses
including Trade Hire, Donnybrook Farm Service and Donnybrook Hardware.
In addition True Grit also made donations to the Donnybrook High School for volunteers for the event and of course a percentage
of the overall ticket sales goes to the very worthy Commando Welfare Trust and Legacy which support our injured armed forces.
The event was a great success with 3000 participants. The cream of the crop started first at 9am on the dot and completed the
10km, 31 obstacle course in an impressive 1 hour 8 minutes for the 3 fastest males and 1 hour 15 minutes for the fastest female.
The majority of the rest had a great time and enjoyed the achievement and satisfaction of completing the hardest obstacle course
WA has to offer.
Valuable lessons were learnt from this inaugural event, in particular, future events will be planned to avoid the long weekend so
that more accommodation will be available for the growing number of participants. This also has to be a time for Donnybrook
stores to consider being open all weekend as there were many people milling around the town with few places open to shop or
eat. Meanwhile Balingup was buzzing with the General Store having one of its busiest weekends and actually selling out of fuel!
The Chamber would like to thank the whole True Grit team in particular Todd, Adam, Matt & Joe. If you’d like to take part in next
year’s event then go to the True Grit Website to find more information and to enrol.
Gary McCorkell, owner of Lazy G interviewed about the venue
Sponsored Local advertising for obstacles