Pair make 40 Under 40 finals
■ Blanche Bar’s Bart Parsons and Fair Games WA’s John Van Bockxmeer have been selected as finalists in the annual 40 Under 40 Awards held in Perth on March 9.
The awards recognise the 40 leading business achievers in the State under the age of 40.
Mr Parsons took out the award for his efforts in hospitality and cultural events around the Pilbara such as Beats in the Heat.
“(I am) humbled that someone from as far out as the Pilbara can be recog- nised but also, in the same light, very pleased that business people who think and work outside the box are recognised for their hard work,” he said.
Mr Van Bockxmeer has worked as an emergency doctor in Port Hedland for seven years and started up the notfor-profit organisation Fair Games WA, which provides recycled sports equipment to communities around WA.
“I was very excited to be a finalist, and then finding out that I’d won on the night was extremely exciting as well,” he said.