Emily Suvaljko 18 and Madeleine Young 24 are the 2019 Ambassadors for Team Teal proudly representing the WA wing of Team Teal in raising funds and awareness for the Womens Cancer Foundation.
The campaign is a nation-wide initiative supported by harness racing controlling bodies, harness racing clubs and sponsors, to raise awareness for the Womens Cancer Foundation which supports the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group.
Both Miss Suvaljko and Miss Young have taken part in the campaign in previous years through wearing the teal coloured pants while racing, however this is the first time they have also been ambassadors.
Miss Suvaljko said she was proud to be an ambassador for Team Teal as it is making a valuable contribution to the research of ovarian cancer, while at the same time promoting women in the harness racing industry.
“I haven’t been impacted directly by gynaecological cancer but I know it’s important to raise awareness of the disease through my role as an ambassador of the team,” Miss Suvaljko said.
Miss Young said it’s an honour to represent Team Teal WA to raise money and awareness of Ovarian Cancer and to try to help the Women’s Cancer Foundation as much as we can.
“Raising awareness is important because ovarian cancer affects up to 1400 women every year and there is no standard or routine screenings so detection relies on being aware of the signs and symptoms if they develop,” Miss Young said.
Other drivers taking part in the WA Team Teal to support the campaign are Courtney Burch, Tonia Stampalia, Jocelyn Young, Lauren Jones, Deni Roberts, Cheyenne King-Davies and Susan Roberts.
Between 1 February and 10 March 2019 Racing and Wagering WA, through Community TAB, will donate $200 to the Womens Cancer Foundation each time a race is won by a WA Team Teal driver.
Last year over 240 female drivers across Australia and New Zealand wore Teal Pants during the campaign raising approximately $200,000 for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.