The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-10T23:59:11Z LCO Welcomes DoorDash As Inaugural Naming Rights Sponsor 2021-06-10T23:59:11Z lco-welcomes-doordash-as-inaugural-naming-rights-sponsor Sydney, Australia, June 11th — League of Legends Circuit Oceania today announced a partnership with leading on-demand delivery platform DoorDash, which will see the company become naming rights partner of the DoorDash League of Legends Circuit Oceania (‘DoorDash LCO’) for the remainder of 2021. The partnership marks a first for the league, which was watched by over 750,000 viewers for its first season in 2021. The partnership will enable DoorDash to connect with the hard-to-reach audience of young, tech-savvy gamers & esports fans. A high potential, but still fairly untapped market by brands in Australia and New Zealand.  Strategy for the partnership is to integrate DoorDash as authentically as possible. Giving players and fans alike a reason to like and engage with DoorDash, and most importantly try DoorDash, if they haven’t already.  As part of the deal, DoorDash will be featured across the DoorDash LCO broadcast in new segments, including the DoorDash #sendit Replays, and the Players That Delivered, activating during key moments of the twice-weekly broadcast. DoorDash will also integrate into the LCO’s social media channels, which reached an audience of over 2 million users over the course of its inaugural season. “We are elated to be partnering with DoorDash. They’ve been greatly supportive of our vision for the league and I’m excited to see what we can do together in both the short and long term.” said Graeme Du Toit, Head of Commercial for the DoorDash LCO. “Convenience is critically important for our audience, and we’re looking forward to leveraging DoorDash to improve the LCO experience for our fans. Hopefully that spills over into DoorDash making their lives more convenient outside of match days too.” Given the nature of DoorDash’s high-level convenience offering, the partnership between DoorDash and LCO is a no-brainer. Michael McCash, Senior Manager Consumer Marketing - Australia said: "We're really excited about sponsoring the League of Legends Circuit Oceania. Gaming and on-demand delivery go perfectly together. DoorDash prides itself on it’s high level convenience offering for food, groceries and alcohol - perfect for players and spectators that are often engrossed in long gaming sessions." “DoorDash is also excited to have recently expanded to add DashPass, Australia’s most valuable food delivery membership. At just $12.99 a month, members are able to access unlimited $0 delivery fees - perfect for those regular gamers who are chasing a quick refuel.” * * * The LCO is owned and operated by a joint venture between ESL Gaming Australia and Guinevere Capital. ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at https://about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia/  ABOUT GUINEVERE CAPITAL Founded in 2016, Guinevere Capital is an advisory and investment firm focused on high growth segments of the sports and esports industry, bringing together performance, commercialisation, media and management to create leading global organisations. For esports, Guinevere aims to develop competitive ecosystems in emerging markets and have focused their efforts on Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Guinevere was responsible for the launch of the Esports High Performance Centre at Sydney Cricket Ground, one of the most iconic sports grounds in Australia and the first esports facility to launch in the country and his since followed up with a sister facility in New Zealand's Eden Park Stadium.   ABOUT DOORDASH DoorDash is a technology company that connects consumers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 4,000 cities and all 50 states across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Founded in 2013, DoorDash enables local businesses to address consumers’ expectations of ease and immediacy and thrive in today’s convenience economy. By building the last-mile logistics infrastructure for local commerce, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at www.doordash.com MEDIA CONTACTS: Alex Blaikie PR Manager, ESL Australia a.blaikie@eslgaming.com Sharko documentary drops Sales Trailer and calls on support 2021-06-10T00:37:11Z sharko-documentary-drops-sales-trailer-and-calls-on-support-1 SHARKO the feature documentary drama about New Zealand Rugby League legend Mark Graham told through the eyes of his filmmaker son, Luke has released its Sales Trailer in the lead up to production commencing from July along with a crowdfunding campaign. https://t.ly/il88 Sharko’s Sales Trailer   The Sales Trailer was made with assistance from The Post Lounge, The Solid State and Screen Queensland whom have supported SHARKO from its conception.   SHARKO is the second feature length rugby league film by Luke Graham. BROKE was released in 2016 and became an international festival gem and theatrical success story throughout Australian and New Zealand, far outshining its micro budget.   “The idea for SHARKO began over a conversation with dad. There was so much of his life that I wanted to know. I also wanted to celebrate his career and the game of rugby league” Filmmaker Luke Graham.   The documentary has drawn the support of screen funding bodies, state and local government alongside grants from businesses and organisations. Now the production team are engaging their supporters to assist with the final part of the production budget as the project moves towards filming for next month.    “The project has been in development for the past five years and I am very excited to take the next step alongside our partners and supporters” Luke Graham.   A crowd funding campaign has been setup through the established platform Indiegogo, where backers can receive perks including VIP tickets to its premiere, limited edition t-shirts and Posters, they can also be an extras or act in one of the many drama scenes. For those studious supporters they can receive an impactful credit as an Executive Producer or Producer. Businesses can also get involved and have their branding onto the screen and the projects ever growing audience.   Creative Partnerships Australia will also match the first $5,000 received by the campaign through their Matchlab initiative.    The filmmakers have also setup an option for those supporters looking for a tax deduction through Documentary Foundation Australia.   “We have a valuable opportunity to get this project over the line with our first $5,000 matched including some great incentives and even tax deductable donations for those who wish to support the project” Luke Graham.   The project has already received funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, grants from Gladstone Regional Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund amongst others and also has the support of key rugby league clubs and greats of the game.   SHARKO will be the culmination of a person who grew up with footy in their blood. As a young boy, Luke would run up and down the sidelines as the North Sydney Bears ball-boy while his famous dad would put his body on the line, week in and week out to the game he loved, rugby league. Now a father himself, SHARKO will be a love letter his hero and will be about footy, family and fatherhood.   “SHARKO looks at the human side behind one of the world’s most brutal sports during its golden era, the 80’s. Most importantly it will be about my idol, my Superman” Luke Graham.   You can support the project through its Indiegogo campaign here: https://igg.me/at/sharkofilm   Also keep up to date with the film’s journey via its official site:  www.sharkofilm.com  and social media pages https://www.facebook.com/sharkofilm and https://www.instagram.com/sharkofilm/.   END - For more information please contact:  Luke Graham 0414999813 or lukeg@scopered.com HIGH RESOLUTION PRESS RELEASE IMAGE https://www.dropbox.com/t/xEcTc0es6mpOY67x Horses, Safety and Riding on the Roads 2021-05-31T05:44:53Z horses-safety-and-riding-on-the-roads Safety on the roads and pathways for horse riders Supported by Commonwealth government funding Horse SA is educating horse riders and road and path users so that everyone may stay as safe as possible. At some point horse owners will need to ride or carriage drive on the road, whether it’s to reach an off-road path, or to connect one path to another.   As society becomes more and more urban and our population increases, it’s important to know how to be safe on our roads with horses.   All horse riders and handlers on roads are legitimate, yet they are ‘vulnerable’ users, meaning there is no crash protection in the case of an accident compared to a motorised vehicle. In 2015 published findings from a survey found that over half of all riders (52%) reported having experienced at least one accident or near miss in the prior 12 months[1].   Vehicles, like horses, can be unpredictable on our roads, which is why it’s so important to follow the rules when riding or leading a horse on the road. A guide has been released to educate horse riders and other road users to significantly reduce the chances of collisions or casualties on roads so everyone enjoys a safe and fun experiences with horses.   “Horses help to build self-esteem and self-confidence, and they inspire people to pursue their goals and aspirations”   Horse safety on the roads in Australia   In conjunction with understanding the Australian Road Rules, it’s important to understand how to prepare for riding on the roads and make informed decisions that will contribute to the safety of all road users.   A guide has been released for horse riders Horse Safety on the Roads in Australia and a short guide for road and trail users How to safely share roads and paths with horse riders.   Digital copies can be found on the Horse SA website. [1] Thompson K, Matthews C. Inroads into Equestrian Safety: Rider-Reported Factors Contributing to Horse-Related Accidents and Near Misses on Australian Roads. Animals (Basel). 2015 Jul 22;5(3):592-609. doi: 10.3390/ani5030374. PMID: 26479376; PMCID: PMC4598696.   ESL Gaming and Intel® Announce Biggest Brand Partnership Celebrating 20 Years of Esports Collaboration 2021-04-28T23:15:44Z esl-gaming-and-intel-announce-biggest-brand-partnership-celebrating-20-years-of-esports-collaboration ESL Gaming and Intel® to each invest in three-year partnership totaling more than USD $100m  Historic renewal to commence in 2022 and include IEM Katowice 2025 Cologne / New York / Stockholm – April 28, 2021- ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, has announced the renewal of its long-standing partnership with Intel® in what is the biggest brand partnership deal in esports history to date. Commencing in 2022, the renewal will see the brands invest over $100m in esports over three years up to and including IEM Katowice 2025, and marks 20 years of collaboration between ESL and Intel® – extending the longest running partnership in the esports industry. ESL and Intel® have been building esports from the ground up for two decades, bringing world-class esports experiences to fans and players globally in that time. The partnership started with ESL’s early events in Germany before turning into a global arrangement in 2006 when Intel® became the official title sponsor of the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM). Since then, ESL and Intel® have taken esports to all corners of the globe with live events spanning across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Australia. To date Intel and ESL have executed 82 IEM events in a total of 15 seasons, and that number will continue to grow with the partnership renewal now in place. The renewal is a continuation of the 2016 agreement in which Intel® became ESL’s Global Technical Partner powering some of the world’s most prestigious esports tournaments and pioneering stadium events worldwide, and which introduced one of the most prestigious accolades in CS:GO, the Intel® Grand Slam. Through the partnership and the success of the flagship IEM product, Intel has cemented their position as a key player in professional esports globally. The extension will see the two brands continuing to deliver technology solutions that will power all pro-level tournaments and events, and will enable both to look towards an exciting future in which the growth of esports continues. It will also break new ground for Intel and ESL, with the partnership now expanding to include DreamHack Open and DreamHack Festivals for the first time. The US $100m+ investment will bring further product innovations and improvements for fans and players alike, and guarantees that ESL and Intel will continue to take esports to all corners of the world. Reflecting both parties’ commitment to bring top-level esports to the fans, all non-league ESL Pro Tour circuit CS:GO tournaments will now be unified under the legendary Intel® Extreme Masters brand, including ESL One Cologne which is now transitioning to Intel® Extreme Masters Cologne (IEM Cologne). Ralf Reichert, Co-CEO at ESL Gaming, said: “After 20 years of building something hand in hand it’s hard to consider Intel as merely a partner. The two-decade journey has forged a bond that has no parallel in the world of esports and we are excited to be extending it with a commitment of this magnitude; the next three years will be the greatest esports fans have seen yet.” Marcus Kennedy, General Manager of Gaming and Esports Segment for Intel, said: “When we joined forces with ESL two decades ago, we never imagined just how powerful this partnership could be. We’ve shaped the esports landscape together, collaborated on some of the most spectacular events in the world, and brought the very best esports experiences to millions of fans around the globe. As a leader in PC gaming, we at Intel are excited about this next step in our successful history together and to elevate esports to an even higher level.” For more information please visit eslgaming.com and keep up to date with all the news by following ESL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com. Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Galaxy Racer Announce Record Prize-Money for Independent Fortnite Tournament 2021-04-14T17:28:47Z galaxy-racer-annound-record-prize-money-for-independent-fortnite-tournament eSports company Galaxy Racer is announcing the launch of Australia’s largest independent Fortnite competitions for April 18th, with prize money of $10,000. The tournament will boast many of the OCE’s top 20 professional trios, as well as the chance for 10 amateur teams to win the right to challenge them!   Galaxy Racer is renowned for driving change in the rapidly growing industry. They have championed females in eSports, content creation in the Arab world and own the leading teams in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia and now are set to invest heavily in growing the Australian gaming market.   “Australia is generally underrepresented in eSports, but it has enormous potential. Australians are a culture of sports lovers. To generate interest, we are staking the largest independent prize pool ever offered to Australian amateurs!” said CEO of Galaxy Racer, Paul Roy.   “With this event, Galaxy Racer is officially announcing its entry into Australia, but not just with Fortnite. We are investing in the entire esports ecosystem of Oceania, just as it did in the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe, building some of the biggest teams and players worldwide...” said Mr. Roy.     Amateur Qualifier Event Normally high-profile tournaments are restricted to professional teams. The Galaxy Racer tournament however will reward 10 teams the right to qualify to play against the professionals.     The qualifier event will be run on April 18th. To register for the event, players can visit twitter.com/galaxyracerdxb. The entry instructions are on the pinned tweet.     Key Event Dates   18th April: Open Public Qualifiers - Top 33 Teams get into Semi-Finals - NOT STREAMED   20th April: Semi-Finals - Top 33 Teams will compete for 10 Spots in Finals - STREAMED   21st April: Grand Finals:  STREAMED LIVE -        Top 10 teams from public + top 20 invited teams     How to Watch The competition is free to stream on Galaxy Racers Twitch Channel - https://twitch.tv/galaxyracerdxb     Tournament Commentators Popular online personalities Aussie Antics & Coach Timmy are commentating the event, bringing expert comments to the highly knowledgeable fans, and making it more accessible and understandable to those viewing for the first time.   The tournament is also supported by Cano Scrims who is promoting it within the Australian gaming community.     eSports is booming during COVID-19 eSports has boomed during the pandemic, with Twitch & YouTube seeing over 20% growth in viewership hours. The eSports industry is worth $1.1 billion and is projected to increase to $1.8+ billion by 2022.   Money is flooding into the emerging industry, fueling the rapid expansion. In 2019, the worlds top five Dota 2 players earned more than Novak Djokovic ($3.1 Million v.s 3 Million)!   Rank Game Overall Prize Pool (Millions) 1 Dota 2 223.3 2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 95.5 3 Fortnite 85.2 4 League of Legends 74.6 5 StarCraft II 32.8 6 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 21.7 7 Overwatch 21.6 8 Hearthstone 21 9 Heroes of the Storm 18.1 10 Arena of Valor 14.6     Future Investments “Watch this space!” said Paul Roy, CEO of Galaxy Racer. “This is the first investment of many in the Oceanic region. Galaxy Racer are committed to growing the Esports ecosystem in the Oceanic region”     About Galaxy Racer Galaxy Racer are pioneers of eSports within the changing entertainment landscape. They heavily invest in growing the sport by funding teams, developing talent and content creators.   Committed to the game, dominators of the field, inspiring creators – Galaxy Racer (GXR) is not only one of the fastest-growing Esports organizations around the globe, but also has the biggest content creator presence in the Arab Speaking World and Asia. Spread across a diverse international roster of 12 teams and 20+ Content Creators with over 70 Million Reach, boasting professionals from 22 countries, GXR strives to be the central hub for all manner of gamers. Since its introduction to the competitive gaming scene in 2019, the team has already established top global ranking status across in the biggest games of the scene, including CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, and PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, Rocket League and Fortnite. Police Credit Union kicks goal with new grassroots community football partnership 2021-04-01T03:43:33Z police-credit-union-kicks-goal-with-new-grassroots-community-football-partnership Police Credit Union has been announced as Naming Rights Major sponsor of the Hills Football League, known now as the Police Credit Union Hills Football League. The major partnership bolsters the financial security of one of the largest Australian Rules Football leagues in South Australia, which supports more than 3,000 players belonging to 19 clubs that span an area from Kangarilla to Kersbrook and Blackwood to Callington. Police Credit Union CEO, Costa Anastasiou, welcomed the opportunity to support the popular community-based sporting organisation. “Football is one of our greatest recreational past-times, and it’s fantastic to be able to get behind the League to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be involved in a sport that reinforces the value of teamwork, teaches new skills and helps players to grow their confidence and ability,” Mr Anastasiou said. “It makes perfect sense for us to get behind the Hills Football League because we share a common goal of supporting the local community,” he said. League President Don Cranwell, said the partnership with Police Credit Union was cause for celebration. ‘There’s no doubt that plenty of sporting bodies have been doing it tough because of the pandemic and economic uncertainty. Add into the mix the impact of devastating fires across the Hills, it has been a really challenging time for the local community. Our football league is an opportunity for people to spend time together and enjoy the experience of playing in a competitive local league or supporting a loved one that does,” Mr Cranwell said. “Our league has a long-standing history of being a proving ground for many talented footballers, with a number progressing through to the SANFL and the AFL and enjoying a very successful career thanks to the skills learnt in their early career.” The newly-named Police Credit Union Hills Football League will continue to see clubs divided into Division One (larger towns in the hills) and the Country Division (consisting of the smaller towns). Both divisions have their own minor round and finals programs. Most clubs within the league field teams across: Junior Primary (under 8s, 9s, 10s & 11s), Mini Colts, Junior colts, Senior colts as well as Senior A and B grades, with some clubs also fielding C Grade players. Female football is also growing in popularity, with an Under 16 competition and an open age (over 16) competition already being proudly established as a part of the league.  In addition to being naming right sponsor, the Police Credit Union logo will appear on uniforms, signage, as well as the league’s website and Facebook page. With the League’s head office based at 27 Alexandrina Road, Mt Barker, participating clubs will be well serviced by the Police Credit Union branch at Mt Barker. The new partnership complements Police Credit Union’s existing Adelaide Footy League sponsorship and support of the CFS Foundation and Crime Stoppers SA. ###       About Police Credit Union Formed in 1970, Police Credit Union is proudly South Australian based and headquartered, boasting a 93.8% Member Satisfaction score, an employee engagement score of 92.6%, total assets exceeding $1.174billion, and delivering Better Banking services to over 40,000 customers. As the most recognised credit union brand in South Australia, Police Credit Union is firmly committed to building enhanced capability in the delivery of both traditional face to face branch banking and local call centres, and innovative, convenient and secure digital architecture. Supporting better communities and reducing our environmental impact represents an intrinsic pillar of PCU’s corporate strategy. A strong sense of corporate social responsibility spans initiatives both large and small, including a long-standing partnership with the Police Association of South Australia, Major Sponsorship of Crime Stoppers SA, the CFS Foundation, Adelaide Football League, Hills Football League and a 23-year commitment in bringing the Credit Union Christmas Pageant to the streets of Adelaide, representing but a few examples of the organisation’s community investment over its 50-year history. Police Credit Union has helped thousands of South Australians and Territorians achieve their financial goals and aspirations, with competitive and high value Better Banking products and services. The multi award-winning, values-driven, Member-owned organisation offers a full suite of market leading loan and investment products, 24/7 Online, Mobile and App banking, Fast Payments, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, and branches across SA and NT. 1300 131 844 I policecu.com.au   Police Credit Union Ltd ABN 30 087 651 205 AFSL/Australian Credit Licence 238991. ®Registered to BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Osko services will be issued by over 50 BPAY Scheme members. The BPAY Scheme is managed by BPAY Pty Ltd (ABN 69 079 137 518). Contact your financial institution to see if it will offer the Osko services and to get the terms and conditions. Any financial product advice provided by BPAY Pty Ltd in relation to Osko services is general advice only and has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on such advice, you should review the terms and conditions and consider whether the Osko service is appropriate for your personal circumstances. Apple Pay: Apple, the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google Pay: Android, Google Pay, and the Google Logo are trademarks of Google LLC. Samsung Pay: Samsung Pay is a trademark or registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. AOC Partners With ESL to Bring VALORANT Esports to ANZ 2021-03-09T02:48:31Z aoc-partners-with-esl-to-bring-valorant-esports-to-anz Sydney, Australia — ESL Gaming Australia, local division of the world’s largest esports company, and global LED monitor manufacturer AOC, today announced a new VALORANT tournament for the Australian & New Zealand market, the VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC. Featuring the largest prize pool of any VALORANT tournament held in Australia & New Zealand to date at over $24,000AUD in cash and prizes, the tournament aims to find the best VALORANT team in the region. The VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC will feature three open qualifiers across March 27, April 10, & April 17, with all Australian & New Zealand amateur VALORANT teams encouraged to compete. Registrations for the tournament can be found at the official tournament website, at https://au.aoc.com/tournament. Following the qualifiers, a 16-team swiss bracket will be held across May 8-9 & 29, where the top four (4*) teams from each qualifier will join four of ANZ’s top VALORANT teams that have been invited to compete in the league - ORDER, Mindfreak, Wildcard, and Dire Wolves. Following the group stage, playoffs will take place across May 30 & June 5-6, with finals on June 5-6 broadcast from the new ESL Studios in Sydney, on twitch.tv/esl_australia, where the champion of the VALORANT Rising Heroes ANZ presented by AOC will be crowned. “Working together with AOC, we’re looking forward to bringing a VALORANT tournament of this scale to the region” said James Fletcher, Product Manager at ESL. “We want to develop our region, and hero some of the bright stars that are currently playing VALORANT in ANZ - VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC gives us the platform to do that, with a hyper-competitive, 3-stage tournament, with a massive prize pool.” ‘’AOC is proud to partner with ESL, and look forward to a strong and enduring relationship in the year ahead,’’ says Jay Huang, Sales Manager at AOC Australia. ‘’Over the years, AOC has developed a range of premium gaming products and was the No. 1 top-selling gaming monitor brand in 2020. We are excited to continue actively supporting the development of Esports at both domestic and international levels.’’ The VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC first place winners will take home an AG273FZE AGON III gaming monitor, featuring a 240Hz refresh rate and 0.5ms response time. The monitor also features HDR technology for brighter lights, darker shadows and more vivid colors. AOC Light FX surrounds the monitor with ambient lighting, meanwhile, the Screen Shield detachable hood ensures the exceptional image is not affected by room lighting, or any other distractions while competing. AOC World-Class Gaming Monitor Optimized for the Most Immersive Gaming Experience For those who enjoy gaming, AOC has unveiled another winner in its G3 series of impressive gaming monitors. AOC’s 34" IPS-panel U34G3X display features 21:9 Ultrawide Quad HD resolution (3440×1440 pixels), Wide Colour Gamut and HDR10 for greater colour depth and contrast. It provides a captivating gaming experience, immersing you in the gaming world with stunning visual quality. Suitable for games of all genres, this world-class gaming monitor is equipped with Adaptive-Sync anti-tearing technology, 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. To ensure users have the most enjoyable and efficient experience, U34G3X includes advanced features like simultaneous dual-input PIP/PBP, and is mounted on an ergonomic adjustable stand. Prize Pool: First (1): $8000AUD, 5 x AOC AG273FZE Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Large Wolfie PlushieSecond (2): $4,000AUD, 5 x AOC C24G2 Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast MicrophoneThird (3): : $3,000AUD, 5 x AOC G500 Gaming Keyboard & Mice, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Goodie bagsFourth (4): $2,000AUD, AOC Goodie BagsFifth (5) / Sixth (6): $1,000AUD, AOC Goodie BagsSeventh (7) / Eighth (8): $500AUD, AOC Goodie Bags * * * ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia/.   About AOC AOC is a global leader in monitor display technology. For more than 50 years, AOC has delivered an exceptional viewing experience to millions of loyal customers worldwide. Today, the company offers a wide selection of stylish monitors for home, office and gaming in more than 120 countries. AOC is a brand of TPV, the world’s largest LCD monitor manufacturer. To match increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC has developed a range of dedicated gaming monitors. In addition to embracing the latest technologies in product design, AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming includes sponsoring leading Esports events and teams – actively driving the growth of gaming as the global profession it has become today. Find out more at au.aoc.com   # # # ESL PR Contact: Alex Blaikie, PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com +61 401 947 878 LEAGUE OF LEGENDS CIRCUIT OCEANIA LAUNCHES THIS FEBRUARY 2021-02-05T00:05:42Z league-of-legends-circuit-oceania-launches-this-february OCE WILL NOT BE SILENCED Sydney, Australia, 5th February 2021 - Today the League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO), a new 8-team League of Legends (LoL) competition was unveiled by ESL and Guinevere Capital, as the premier LoL esports tournament in the Oceanic region.   Starting on Tuesday, February 23rd, Oceania's top League of Legends players will take to the Rift to compete in a new format for the region. Over the course of 8 weeks and 19 playdays, eight of the region’s best teams: ORDER, PENTANET, CHIEFS, DIRE WOLVES, LEGACY, MAMMOTH, AVANT and GRAVITAS will compete in a double round robin format, where eight teams face off against each other twice over the course of five weeks. At the conclusion of Regular Season, the bottom three teams will be eliminated. The remaining five teams advance through to a Double Elimination Playoffs running on March 30th-31st and April 6th-7th. Finals will take place on April 10th, where they will fight for the title of inaugural LCO champions and a place at the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). “Raise your koalas, because competitive Oceanic League of Legends is back. We’re excited to build up the LCO and create the strongest and most entertaining League of Legends competition that the region has ever seen,” said Peter Du, LCO League Manager and Senior Project Manager at ESL Australia. “This is a new opportunity for Oceanic League of Legends talent to step up and begin their pathway to the world stage, while playing in the sort of competition that every LoL esports fan wants to watch” “While it’s been great to see Australia and New Zealand talent competing in other regions over the past few weeks, we are looking forward to having this region's homegrown competition back on February 23rd,” said Dave Harris, Managing Director of Guinevere Capital.  “It’s taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage and we really want to thank all the players, teams, brands and fans who are ensuring 2021 is Oceania’s biggest year yet for competitive LoL.”   All matches of the LCO will be broadcast live on multiple platforms including Twitch.tv/LCO from ESL’s new, purpose-built esports studios in Sydney, with some of Oceania’s top commentators and analysts joining the broadcast team both on-site and remotely. A full lineup of broadcast talent will be announced in the coming weeks, but fans can expect a mix of familiar faces and newcomers to the desk. For the latest updates, fans can follow the LCO on social media, at: Twitter - @LoLCircuitOCE Twitch - /LCO Facebook Instagram Web - lco.gg Press Assets, including Launch Trailer, can be found here Media Contact:  Alex Blaikie, PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com +61 401 947 878 About ESL Gaming ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com.   About Guinevere Capital Founded in 2016, Guinevere Capital is an advisory and investment firm focused on high growth segments of the sports and esports industry, bringing together performance, commercialisation, media and management to create leading global organisations. For esports, Guinevere aims to develop competitive ecosystems in emerging markets and have focused their efforts on Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Guinevere was responsible for the launch of the Esports High Performance Centre at Sydney Cricket Ground, one of the most iconic sports grounds in Australia and the first esports facility to launch in the country and his since followed up with a sister facility in New Zealand's Eden Park Stadium. Guinevere is also widely known for their investment in the leading British organisation Excel Esports and the creation of the teams performance center and headquarters the XLHQ at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby, and the teams application into the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), Europe’s most viewed tournament in 2019. In 2020 Guinevere also became involved with the London Spitfire in the global Overwatch League. ESL Opens New Esports Studios In Australia 2021-02-02T06:39:33Z esl-opens-new-esports-studios-in-australia Sydney, Australia, February 2 — ESL Gaming Australia, local division of the world’s largest esports company, has today unveiled three new purpose built esports studio spaces in Sydney’s west, and unveiled details of the first esports league that will be broadcast from the new facility, the ESL ANZ Champs. The new esports studio spaces can facilitate a remotely operated broadcast in the event that staff are required to work off-site, with complete flexibility to scale from small, in-studio shows to global productions for tournaments including the ESL Pro League and ESL One, patching in guests from around the world. Each space has been created to fulfil different broadcast requirements, as follows: A large, casual broadcast studio space including couch setups, video wall for analysis segments and studio ensuite room for additional live content. An Audio-Visual heavy traditional esports broadcast studio, with a custom built commentary desk that can host up to three talent.  A third flexible broadcasting space featuring adaptable digital branding to fit shows of all shapes and sizes. With a 2020 that saw ESL ANZ Champs broadcasts accrue over 3 million views, and ended the year as Australia & New Zealand’s most watched Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league, the new season is set to kick off on March 8th, with qualifiers for CS:GO starting on February 13th. All matches of the new season will be broadcast from the new studios, with fans able to watch on twitch.tv/esl_australia. “Coming into 2021, we’ve been working on what is the biggest change to the league since its inception in 2015.” said James Fletcher, Product Manager, ESL ANZ Champs. “We see the ANZ Champs as the place where all CS:GO and StarCraft 2 fans can come; whether it’s to watch their favourite teams compete, or simply take part in an interactive broadcast. We’re talking less of the stiff, ‘Sports Show’ vibe and more Twitch chat, memes, and content.” For the full 2021 calendar and more information, visit pro.eslgaming.com/anz. Fans can look for updates on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. ESL ANZ Champs 2021 Presskit & Logos: http://esl.gg/2L3So0W  * * * ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at http://about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia MEDIA CONTACTS: Alex Blaikie PR Manager, ESL Australia a.blaikie@eslgaming.com PADI IDC on Australia's Sunshine Coast 2020-12-23T23:17:03Z padi-idc-on-australia-s-sunshine-coast Dive Instructor Academy now offers PADI Instructor Development Courses in Port Douglas, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. Sunreef, the award winning dive company operating from Mooloolaba on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, has joined forces with PADI Course Director Kai Steinbeck to bring PADI Instructor Development Courses and Instructor Exams to the Sunshine Coast. Not only will the PADI IDC program be conducted at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, but PADI has scheduled PADI Instructor Examinations for the Sunshine Coast as well. Kai, originally from Germany, began his diving career at a young age in the Caribbean and has been a PADI member for over 25 years working as a PADI professional in Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia. As a Course Director, Kai is the founder of Dive Instructor Academy and has successfully run Instructor Development Courses in Cairns, Port Douglas and Indonesia. Kai’s extensive knowledge of the dive industry is what sets him apart from the rest. As a PADI professional for over 25 years with a business degree, a skippers qualification (master class 5), fluent in three languages and having worked for some of the worlds largest dive companies as dive instructor, course director, operations manager and marketing manager, Kai brings more than just diving to the program and prepares you for the real world. The PADI IDC program offered is far more involved than the minimum standards required with extra training days to ensure candidates are well prepared. In order to start the Instructor programs off to a great start we spend the first day diving on the incredible HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef is one of the few dive operators who have access to this incredible wreck which was sunk in 2005. The Ex-HMAS Brisbane is one of the world's best wreck sites, and this decommissioned guided missile destroyer that now serves as a lively artificial reef is located just 2.9 nautical miles off the Sunshine Coast. What’s included above and beyond the normal IDC: ·       PADI Instructor exam pass guarantee ·       Nitrox instructor specialty rating* ·       Introduction to free diving ·       Marine life knowledge course ·       Ocean conservation donation ·       Ongoing support Whilst the training is extremely thorough and we are very confident that each candidate is ready for the Instructor exam, anyone could have a bad day. For that reason, the IDC program includes an Instructor exam pass guarantee. This means that if a candidate fails the IE, we will pay for the second IE fee. Being fluent in English, Spanish and German, Kai will be able to offer Instructor Development programs with language assistance for those that require it.  Kai’s vision is to offer access to more training above the required PADI curriculum and develop a full suite of Dive Centre Management modules, which will be second to none in the dive industry and will include sales training, marine life knowledge, compressor understanding, reservations, pricing of stock and more. Sunreef is a leader in diver training and we have big plans for the GO PRO program to develop it to the highest standard. We see instructors trained by Sunreef to be dive professionals being sought after and capable of working in any environment. For more information on the Dive Instructor Academy IDC programs visit our website https://www.diveinstructor.com.au or email Kai Steinbeck direct on kai@diveinstructor.com.au For more information on diving the HMAS Brisbane with Sunreef from Mooloolaba or all dive courses, whale watching and other activities visit the website at www.sunreef.com.au For email enquires on any dive trips please contact us at dive@sunreef.com.au The Ultimate Primate Announces The 74 Toughest Ultramarathons Around The World 2020-11-22T23:47:04Z the-ultimate-primate-announces-the-74-toughest-ultramarathons-around-the-world Sydney Australia -- 23rd November 2020 -- The Ultimate Primate, a health & fitness based website has recently updated a list of the most popular ultramarathons around the world. The whopping list includes 74 Ultramarathons that are based on mountains and trails.  If you're wondering what an Ultramarathon is then prepare to sink in your teeth. As The Ultimate Primate quotes: "An ultramarathon is any race that goes longer than the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles. It’s a true test of courage, guts, and grit in which only the strongest survive.". Typically, a lot of Ultramarathons go for up to 100-miles but there are some such as the Moab 240 which spans 240 miles. And remember, this is all done on foot.  Marko Rakic, the lead writer from The Ultimate Primate has stated the following: "I've done a marathon once in my life so far and that's 26.2-miles, or just shy of 42.2km if you're reading from Australia. It was very excruciating, and I have nothing but respect for these amazing athletes that are able to take it a step further." In regards to the curated list of 74 Ultramarathons around the world, Marko said: "We wanted to bring more awareness around this amazing sport, and to spread the message that there are amazing athletes around there doing insane races which sometimes don't get as much respect as other athletes." When speaking about how someone can get started on training for an Ultramarathon, Marko stated "It's all about consistency. There are amazing people running out there. Older people, and that's just really inspiring. But at the end of the day, you need to be consistent and constantly increase your mileage as you run weekly. Make sure you rest enough and have a proper diet as well. You don’t need much other than running shoes for a beginner to start." You can find the list of these marathons, along with their ticket websites on The Ultimate Primate by going to their page, the 74 most popular ultramarathons on trails and mountains around the world. GLOBAL GAMERS TO COMPETE IN JBL QUANTUM CUP 2020-11-19T01:02:55Z global-gamers-to-compete-in-jbl-quantum-cup NOVEMBER 18, 2020 – Today, JBL announced a first-of-its-kind global gaming tournament that puts consumers at the center of the action: The JBL Quantum Cup. JBL has partnered with ESL, the largest esports organization in the world, to bring to life this cutting-edge experience.  Starting December 11, consumers will be able to watch the top names in esports face off in three of the hottest battle royale and shooter games: Fortnite, Valorant and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Unique from other esports competitions, consumers can compete during qualifying rounds of the global Fortnite challenge for a chance to advance to the finals of the JBL Quantum Cup and play against the pros. And that isn’t the only way consumers can win during the tournament. While fans watch the world’s best streamers go head-to-head, they will have the opportunity to win multiple prizes to enhance their at-home gaming set up. There has never been a better time to be a fan or a player, or both! The three-day JBL Quantum Cup event will bring together gamers from across the world, all vying for the championship title. WATCH: Spanning three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – the JBL Quantum Cup will create a unique global gaming event, featuring a stacked roster of streamers and shoutcasters. As the official global gaming headset partner of premium lifestyle brand and gaming organization 100 Thieves, viewers can catch 100 Thieves’ Valorant and Fortnite teams competing using their favorite JBL Quantum headsets for a shot at the $200,000 prize pool and the honor of being crowned a JBL Quantum Cup Champion. There will also be in-stream appearances by regional JBL Quantum Ambassadors Ali “SypherPK” Hassan and Jay “Sinatraa” Won. “Knowing how important sound is for competitive gaming, our teams are extremely excited to partner with JBL and participate in the first-ever JBL Quantum Cup to show the top names in esports how much of an edge the JBL Quantum headsets give us in competition,” said Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, 100 Thieves Founder and CEO. “We’re looking forward to playing alongside our fans during the stream and showing the strength of our Valorant team – led by Hiko – as well as our successful Fortnite teams.” For consumers looking for even more action, the JBL Quantum Cup will stream on the following platforms:  For the Regional Finals:  Live commentary from shoutcasters including Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, Chris “Puckett” Puckett, Arten “Ballatw” Esta and Lauren “Pansy” Scott will be available on JBL’s Twitch channel from December 11-13 IGN’s Sydnee Goodman will provide commentary during the JBL Quantum Cup finals on IGN’s homepage and YouTube channel ESL’s online and social platforms will also provide coverage across their Twitch and YouTube channels Additional details surrounding the JBL Quantum Cup and timing for the Finals can be found at https://esl.gg/jblquantumcup. PLAY:  For the ultimate competitors looking to show their skills on the global gaming stage, the JBL Quantum Cup invites 1,200 consumers across the globe to participate in the global Fortnite tournament, with regional qualifiers kicking off on December 5. As one of the most popular titles in gaming today, the global Fortnite challenge will be broken into regional qualifying rounds in North America, Europe and Asia. This first-of-its-kind consumer regional qualifier will include three rounds of competition, with the top 10 duos in each region advancing to the regional finals to battle with the best professional teams and influencers. Interested consumers can register at https://esl.gg/jblquantumcup now through November 30.  “Esports is growing faster than anyone expected, so being able to unite pro streamers with fans for the first time ever in this unique three-day tournament is a huge moment for us,” said Ralph Santana, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at HARMAN. “With billions of people regularly tuning in to simply watch gaming tournaments, JBL is changing the game with the first competition that puts viewers at the center of the action.” WIN: Throughout the JBL Quantum Cup, consumers will have three ways to win. Consumers that advance through the Fortnite regional qualifier rounds the weekend of December 5 will be eligible to win from a total prize pool valued at $200,000 during the JBL Quantum Cup finals and be crowned a JBL Quantum Cup Champion. JBL Quantum Cup Champions, as well as 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the tournament, will take home part of the cash prize pool and a gaming prize pack featuring a JBL Quantum headset, JBL Quantum DUO computer speakers and a Samsung Galaxy Book Ion. Those tuning in to the stream will also have a chance to win every hour during the live Twitch broadcast to help equip them for future gaming victories and more. Giveaways will include JBL Quantum headsets, JBL Quantum DUO computer speakers and autographed gear from 100 Thieves. Throughout the event, consumers can visit https://esl.gg/jblquantumcup to learn more about the line-up and share why sound gives them the competitive edge in gaming for the chance to win the same prize pack as the JBL Quantum Cup Champions.  ABOUT JBL JBL creates the amazing sound that shapes life’s most epic moments. From iconic events like Woodstock and concerts at Madison Square Garden, to games at Yankee Stadium and weekend road trips, JBL elevates listeners’ experiences with award-winning audio that lets them make the most of every moment. Used by some of the world's greatest musicians and elite athletes in basketball, baseball and esports, JBL has unmatched professional credentials and over 70 years of delivering industry leading innovation. JBL is the authority in engineering superior sound. ABOUT HARMAN HARMAN International (harman.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co, LTD., designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  ABOUT ESL GAMINGESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com. Press Assets: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12JMTNDLNMAdSXiadKOl9uuyxsNOOoSqK?usp=sharing Buy Premium Quality Exercise Equipment 2020-11-02T06:05:35Z buy-premium-quality-exercise-equipment Sports and fitness are the two most important physical activities that every individual must care about, especially when it comes to purchasing the right kind of shoes, clothes, equipment’s, etc. While we look into such aspects, the first store that comes in mind is the Sportsman Warehouse.  In Australia, Sportsman Warehouse is one of the very store’s which offer premium quality products at very affordable prices. Sportsman Warehouse was founded in the year 1983, and since then, they have been in the market providing with exceptional products which last for years together. They believe in high standards when it comes to brand selection at their store.  Sportsman Warehouse has a distinguished range of products for every age category. And also it makes it easier for their customers, they have ensured to sort their products as per the requirements. For example, if you are looking for sports shoes, they are differentiated as running, walking, casual, training and so on. This helps in saving the time of the buyer; also, it does not confuse an individual while purchasing items. The bestseller designs are available in the one-piece swimsuit section for women. They are simply amazing when it comes to fabric quality, and at the same time, it gives a very classy look. Similarly, the Exercise equipment’s that are available at Sportsman Warehouse are sturdy enough to be used for many years to come. They are built in such a way that even the healthiest people can use them without any balancing fear.  The brands which are available at Sportsman Warehouse are Nike, Adidas, Speedo, etc. These are some of the globally accepted brands that have a long life and are very comfortable while using it. And when it comes to knowing their success stories, it is best explained by their customers itself on their website. Undoubtedly there is a huge competition when it comes to sports products, but Sportsman Warehouse has effectively made its way through the market and achieved its name countrywide.  About Sportsman Warehouse, Australia- Sportsman's Warehouse, est. 1983 in Canberra Australia, is “serious about sport” and has been successfully operating since 1983, initially as a chain of bricks & mortar stores and since 1 July 2019 as an online site with 4 affiliated bricks & mortar stores in ACT and NSW. They also have a specialist team wear and corporate sales team based in Canberra, Australia.  Sportsman's Warehouse presents an exciting range of branded products and information to inspire sporting and fitness endeavors in a one-stop online environment to help everyone feel good through physical activity. Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride 2020-11-01T04:08:25Z tasmania-circumnavigation-100-charity-ride With COVID-19 creating boundaries for event holders, the organisers of Australia’s only 100% Charity ride, refused to be halted in their quest to raise much needed funds for two great Australian organisations. In its 3rd edition, the ride is termed as ‘100% Charity’ as 100% the funds raised by participants goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries. In addition, staff and volunteers DONATE 100% of their time over a two-week period and Maglia Nera Tours covers all their costs including transport, accommodation, meals etc. All running fees are absorbed by Maglia Nera Tours with the assistance of DONORS. The event DOES NOT deduct or expense anything from the monies raised. Official Website: https://tasmaniacircumnavigation.com.au/ ROUTES & DISTANCES The event has three ride distances to choose from:1. Full Map: circumnavigating the entire island in an anti-clockwise direction over 1040km2. West Map: riding the west coast from Launceston to Hobart over 585km3. East Map: ride the east coast from Hobart to Launceston over 455kmNEW EVENTS In 2020 there are three event options on offer for both riders and non-riders (under the age of 18): 1. Lap TAS Live!: for those lucky enough to be in Tasmania & have some time up your sleeve, they can physically cycle one of the ride distances, on their own (self-guided) between the 7-29 November 20202. Lap TAS Virtual!: for those located outside of Tasmania, anywhere in the World , they can virtually cycle one of the ride distances & challenge themselves close to home, between the 7-29 November 20203. Lap TAS Junior!: a non-cycling event for young Under 18 year old’s travelling in Tasmania, more on this program will be released soon,  starting in December 2020. THE BENEFICIARIES StGiles in Tasmania: specialists in early childhood intervention and NDIS disability support services. They can help at every stage of an NDIS support program. StGiles provide a wide range of services for people with disabilities. Their multi-disciplinary therapy and support teams have earned Tasmania’s trust and respect for more than 80 years. Fortem Australia: a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australia's law enforcement, national security, and first-responder communities. Fortem is independent of Government and works directly with current-serving individuals, and their families, to have positive impacts on overall wellbeing. TECHNOLOGY PARTNER: GOCYCLE APP The cycling events will be tracked by the Australian made GoCycle App, who have worked well above their expectations, in assisting cycling charity events. To meet this year’s challenge of creating a virtual event, GoCycle tirelessly developed an add-on, to their already highly functional app, at NO CHARGE. There are no words that can express the enormity of such GENEROSITY and the cost savings this produces. The Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride will be the FIRST fully operated charity ride to use GoCycle. This add-on can be used by ANY charity organisation in the WORLD who wish to run a virtual cycling event. GoCycle Website: https://www.gocycle.com.au Maglia Nera Cycling Tours announces technology partnership with Australian made ‘GoCycle App’ 2020-10-23T08:20:37Z maglia-nera-cycling-tours-announces-technology-partnership-with-australian-made-gocycle-app The GoCycle App was launched in January 2020, at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia. It captured the eye of Maglia Nera Tours Director, Yvette Fuser, who identified the App’s potential immediately. Joining forces, the two businesses have extended the app’s capabilities, to include a ‘Charities’ functionality, allowing the running of ‘Virtual’ events during the COVID-19 period and beyond. The result is a new era for Charity Cycling Events – this feature can now be used by any charity organisation, around the world,  to run cycling events whether they be live or virtual, in a public or private manner. The first major charity to use this feature will be Maglia Nera Tours’ own ‘Tasmania Circumnavigation’ 100% Charity Ride^, which runs from 7-29 November. Entrants will have the choice of  three (3) different distances around Tasmania, that they can ride ‘virtually’, from anywhere in the world. GOCYCLE - EASY TO USE & GIVING BACK Developer of the GoCycle app, Jodie Van Elst, explained that the app was easy to use, effortlessly linking with Strava & Garmin Connect, to import rides directly to subscribers’ profiles, when subscribed to the ‘Pro’ version. GoCycle app initiator Greg Goodman said the app has many features that will appeal to both hard-core cycling enthusiasts and weekend bike riders. “It’s got something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have created an app that is encouraging new riders, both young and old to get involved’,” Mr Goodman said. “To help people stay active and mentally healthy during these challenging times, we’d like to give something back to the community.” The GoCycle App can be downloaded for FREE, using the ‘Lite’ version, where individuals can immediately manually record their rides and by default, begin tracking themselves riding around the Australian continent, some 18000+ kilometres.  Users can then upgrade to a paid ‘Pro version, which takes them to the next level, opening an array of features such as Challenges, Goals, linking with Friends, setting up Teams and Clubs, creating Events & connecting to Strava & Garmin Connect. It is also here that the ‘Charities’ functionality becomes available for any not-for-profit to use. MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser believes this collaboration is best described as  “collision of similarities… A collision of cycling passion - A collision for the love of outdoors - A collision of compassion - A collision to helping others” Note: ^Once a year, Maglia Nera Cycling Tours Staff and Volunteers join forces over two weeks to run the Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride. Staff & Volunteers donate their time and Maglia Nera Tours pays for their accommodation, transport, and meals. The result is Australia’s ONLY 100% CHARITY RIDE, where 100% of the monies raised goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries – there are NO administration deductions whatsoever.