Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group named new major sponsor of West Coast Fever

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group named new major sponsor of West Coast Fever

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group has stepped in to become the major sponsor of the West Coast Fever just weeks after Gina Rinehart dropped a sponsorship deal with Netball Australia.

Fever CEO Simone Hansen said the club was excited to welcome Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) as its new principle partner.

“Our club has a long association with the WA mining industry, and we are excited to be partnering with a values-driven company like Fortescue,” she said.

Last month Gina Rinehart withdrew Hancock Prospecting’s $15 million partnership with Netball Australia after a controversy over a logo on the Diamonds uniform.

In a further blow to netball in WA, Ms Rinehart announced Hancock Prospecting subsidiary Roy Hill would also be pulling out of a $2 million deal with Netball WA and the Fever, the 2022 Super Netball premiers.

Gina Rinehart withdrew her $15 million deal with Netball Australia after a controversy over players wearing the Hancock Prospecting logo.(Supplied/AAP: Darren England)

As part of the partnership, the Fever were set to receive $500,000 a year for four years, money that was going to be spent on high-performance systems and the players. 

The dumping of the contracts came after Indigenous Diamonds player Donnell Wallam expressed concerns about wearing the Hancock logo on her dress due to offensive comments made by the company’s founder, Lang Hancock.

Ms Hansen said under the terms of the partnership with FMG, Fortescue would also support Netball WA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation and Pathway program.

FMG director and global ambassador Elizabeth Gaines said it was Fortescue’s vision that communities they operated in benefited from their success.

portrait of Elizabeth Gaines
FMG’s Elizabeth Gaines wants to boost involvement of Aboriginal people in the sport.(ABC News: Rachel Pupazzoni)

“As Australia’s most popular female team sport, we are extremely excited about the future of netball in WA, and we’re pleased this partnership will help ensure the sport continues to thrive,” she said.

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