Sports turf managers from around Australia, as well as some from India and New Zealand, attended Toro’s 5th National Sports Fields and Grounds Forum held at Wesley College’s Glen Waverley campus, Victoria from 10 to 12 April.
Toro’s Senior Marketing Manager – Equipment Elise Willemsen said the event had been designed to assist customers in the preparation and presentation of sports grounds. “Our customers are able to see our equipment and irrigation product range first-hand, speak to our experienced staff and try a variety of products for themselves”, she said.
Feedback has again been great from attendees. “Customers really enjoy being able to mix and socialise, and share ideas with people from different sized sports grounds, ovals, racecourses, schools and turf maintenance companies”, according to Willemsen.
Day 1 of the event included a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Groud by Michael Salvatore, and a welcome dinner and round of lawn bowls at the City of Melbourne bowling ground. A great way for all participants to get to know each other.
Day 2 and 3 included product rotations training, product updates and an open forum. An official dinner was held at AAMI Stadium and included a very entertaining “Night on the couch” with industry icons Tom Parker and Kevin Mitchell.
For the first time the national winner of the STA Graduate of the Year award was announced during the forum. Mark Paterson-Hill, the STA New South Wales finalist from HG Sports Turf took home the coveted award and prize trip to the USA.
Also in attendance at the forum was industry partner Syngenta – along with The Toro Company’s Senior Marketing Manager EMEA, Anthony Nadalin. Nadalin talked about product development at Toro and said customers’ feedback was crucial. “The input from our end users ensures we’re incorporating all their needs and developing products to meet global needs”, he said.
Chris Dalton, Sports Turf Manager, AFL Queensland commented that he really liked the idea of Toro not only providing information, but also looking for feedback: “I thought it was well done. The event was really well organised and delivered”.
David Sandurski, Grounds Manager at The Gabba, said: “Everything from flights, accommodation, transport, and content was spot on and really reflects well on the professionalism and dedication to improvement that Toro have for the industry”.
Toro Australia would like to sincerely thank Syngenta and the Sports Turf Association for being partners in this event. A big thank you also goes to Rob Savedra and his team from Wesley College for hosting the Sports Fields and Grounds Forum and to Michael Salvatore, Kevin Mitchell and Tom Parker.