The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-04T04:53:16Z ECAL on the rise, and joins HyperKu group of companies. 2020-08-04T04:53:16Z ecal-on-the-rise-supports-global-live-sport-and-events-industries-throughout-covid FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 2020 ECAL on the rise, and joins HyperKu group of companies.  HyperKu acquires ECAL and fuels global growth At a time that is proving difficult for most Australian businesses, ECAL’s global calendar communications and marketing platform is thriving, having been acquired by Singapore start-up HyperKu, and securing $1M in additional capital to fuel growth. ECAL’s calendar communications and marketing platform enables any event-based organisation to deliver rich, dynamic content, straight to their audience, via their personal digital calendar. With the onset of COVID, their clients were quick to develop new and interesting ways to keep fans engaged using ECAL’s adaptive technology. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and English Premier League (EPL) both launched highly successful eSports tournaments, whilst Formula E organised a 9-week ‘Race at Home Challenge’ simulator series, featuring professional drivers up against the best Sim racers and celebrities. Closer to home, the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) season restarts have faced huge challenges, with constant interruptions and continual rescheduling due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID outbreak. Performing Arts organisations are also turning to ECAL for solutions, such as The Australian Ballet with the launch of their ‘Digital Season’. The importance of the ECAL platform in engaging and activating fans is what made them attractive to co- founders, Patrick Barrett and Remon Gazal at HyperKu. “The ECAL acquisition makes perfect sense for us at this time. Some of the biggest event brands in the world are turning to ECAL to manage customer communications through this period of great disruption”, said Remon Gazal, former APAC President at Brightstar. HyperKu’s capital partners for the ECAL acquisition include a Singapore-based Family Office who invest in high- growth technology platforms, some of which have already signed partnership agreements with ECAL. “We have entered a new era of digital engagement and entertainment, with a blending of exciting new digital events, and traditional live events. Uncertainty and change are the main constants, and the power of ECAL’s smart, dynamic communications for events is proving to be critically valuable - in sports, entertainment, media and beyond,”, says Patrick Barrett, who is also the CEO of ECAL. During this COVID period, ECAL has won new business in eSports, virtual conferencing, and streaming services. Payments are also a major focus, with the recent announcement of a partnership with payments orchestration company PayDock, and impending announcements with two other key strategic partners in the marketing and events space. “The new ownership structure for ECAL will provide the capacity for continued growth into new industries and territories, as well as a support network of people, portfolio business and capital to help make it all happen”, says Barrett. “This is an exciting time for us. Already, we have announced the appointment of sports media executive, Alex Peebles as Chief Revenue Officer, who will lead our Asia expansion and help us go deeper into media. We expect to share more exciting news in the coming weeks.” For further information, please visit https://ecal.com About ECAL: ECAL is world-leading calendar communications, marketing and data platform, used by 300+ major brands globally across sports, entertainment, media, ticketing and payments. Headquartered in Melbourne, with a presence in London, Los Angeles, Manila, Delhi and Singapore, ECAL’s smart ‘sync to calendar’ technology enables rich, dynamic, event-based communications straight to calendar, for better business outcomes. About HyperKu: HyperKu is a Singapore based start-up, co-founded by Patrick Barrett and Remon Gazal, and the owner of ECAL. They are currently seeking similar post-revenue enterprise platform businesses that have proven use cases, clear product differentiation and robust technology, and are ready to scale. ENDS STACK SPORTS LANUCH GAMEDAY EVENTS 2020-08-02T22:29:29Z stack-sports-lanuch-gameday-events Stack Sports (SportsTG), the leading provider of digital solutions to Event Providers, international, national, grassroots and professional sporting organisations across the globe has today announced the launch of GameDay Events. GameDay Events is a completely new event registration, ticketing and admin solution for managing every event, from the smallest digital seminar to one-off club nights to the largest mass participation fun-run or city marathon. GameDay puts the event organiser in control and able to manage everything from branding and theming custom websites, the look and feel of online registration, through ticketing and running the event itself. General Manager of Stack Sports said “We really love this new product and are excited to get it into the hands of our events partners and customers. GameDay Events complement perfectly our existing GameDay club and association membership and GameDay website solutions and we expect Events to be a great support, and cost saver, for event organisers as they re-establish the events programs in the coming year.” GameDay Events is free to use for free events, and comes with the lowest cost and most secure payments technology in the industry. With a clear range of price options, there are no hidden costs for organisers that choose to Events for their next big occasion, event businesses and sport associations just need to visit our website mygameday.app to access GameDay Events. Stack Sports (SportsTG) has been providing next generation technology solutions to sports since 2001 across Australia, New Zealand APAC and EMEA. We support secure affordable and full featured membership, competition, event and ticketing solutions and related website, engagement, e-commerce and fundraising solutions to sports communities worldwide. ESL Australia And Psyonix Partner For New $225,000 USD Rocket League Tournament 2020-07-29T06:58:56Z esl-australia-and-psyonix-partner-for-new-225-000-usd-rocket-league-tournament Sydney, Australia – Wednesday, July 29 -  Today ESL Australia and Psyonix announced the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship, a new online tournament series that will offer players across the Oceanic1 region the chance to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Set to run until April 2021, each match of the tournament will be broadcast live from the ESL Studios, Sydney, to Rocket League fans across the world.  The tournament will be broken up into three ‘splits’ (‘stages’) played across August 2020 - April 2021, with each split offering up a prize pool of $75,000 USD between the top 8 teams of each event. The top teams from each split will also earn qualification points towards the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) X Majors and the Rocket League World Championship, the pinnacle of Rocket League competition involving the world’s best Rocket League teams. “Rocket League has always been a leader in the esports space, so the opportunity for us at ESL to partner with Psyonix here in the Oceanic region was something we jumped on.” said Ben Green, Publisher Development Manager at ESL Australia. “As the future of sport turns towards online platforms, we will look to deliver the evolution of digital competition, starting with the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship.”Players will be able to sign up to the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship from early next week, on ESL Play. 1. ‘Oceanic’ Countries include: Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu. Media Contact:  Alex Blaikie, PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group http://about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia/. Press assets: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1w_af1vZsNryh0p2VElph8Pbu-o7jMbn_ ECAL Appoints Alex Peebles as Chief Revenue Officer 2020-07-22T05:00:18Z ecal-appoints-alex-peebles-as-chief-revenue-officer Melbourne, Australia / Singapore: ECAL, the leading provider of smart calendar communications and marketing, has announced the appointment of Alex Peebles as its Chief Revenue Officer. Based at ECAL’s new Singapore office, Peebles is a key pillar in the company’s global expansion strategy.   Before joining ECAL, Peebles was SVP Southeast Asia at sports streaming service DAZN, and prior to this held various senior executive roles at Perform Group in Australia and the UK, including Managing Director of the Perform NFL Partnership.   “At this time of unprecedented change and unpredictability, the power of ECAL’s smart, dynamic communications solution for events-based content is proving to be critically valuable - in sports, entertainment, media and beyond,” says ECAL CEO, Patrick Barrett. “It has also fast-tracked growth in relatively fresh areas such as streaming, conferencing and payments. So we are thrilled to have someone of Alex’s experience and talent join us, to support our global expansion.”   At ECAL, Peebles will be responsible for all revenue generating operations, with a focus on scoring transformative strategic partnerships, growing enterprise licensing, and productising ECAL’s data and insights business.   “ECAL is already a fantastic business and I'm delighted to come on board” says Peebles. “There is now a significant opportunity to both develop the solutions we offer and develop the breadth of our partner set. Further announcements will soon follow!”   Peebles has a proven track record of new product and territory growth, together with a strong commercial acumen, invaluable industry experience and a welcome, partner-based approach to business relations.   Peebles joins ECAL following recent announcements of strategic partnerships with SportsTG (Stack Sports) and fast-growing payments orchestration platform PayDock. The opening of the Singapore office further highlights the company’s global ambitions.    ECAL is a world-leading calendar communications, marketing and data platform, used by 300+ major brands globally across sports, entertainment, media, ticketing and payments. Headquartered in Melbourne, with a presence in London, Los Angeles, Manila, Delhi and Singapore, ECAL’s smart ‘sync to calendar’ technology enables rich, dynamic, event-based communications straight to calendar, for better business outcomes. Stack Sports partner with World Bowling for Next Generation Platform 2020-07-20T11:01:31Z stack-sports-partner-with-world-bowling-for-next-generation-platform Stack Sports (SportsTG), the leading digital provider of sports organisations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, today signed an agreement with World Bowling the international governing body for the sport of Tenpin, Ninepin and ParaBowling. The agreement affirms that Stack Sports will provide GameDayTM, its next-generation membership and events platform, to service World Bowling’s many sanctioned events throughout the world. Stack’s system will simplify and digitise the registration and administration process for all members and competitors, across World Bowling’s portfolio of events starting from October 2020. As part of the partnership and in line with World Bowling's post COVID-19 strategic Initiatives, GameDay will be made available to all five continental zones and the current 114 member federations. The partnership allows one of the world’s biggest infrastructure and participation sports to capitalise on the global connectivity of over 200,000 bowling lanes and 160 million bowlers annually. With the launch of QubicaAMF partnership, ParaBowling World Cup and IBX Tour in 2021, GameDay offers the functionality to World Bowling to optimise the tournament data from individual athletes and their member federations with defined ranking and career tracking throughout each event and year. Andy Graham, General Manager for Stack Sports – APAC/EMEA, said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with World Bowling at such a key time for the sport. Our aim every day is to simplify sporting administration and management; to let communities communicate, engage and come together to enjoy sport. With World Bowling one of our first major customers to join us on the new platform, we are excited for the opportunity to show-off all of GameDay’s potential and build with World Bowling something very unique.” Andrew Oram, World Bowling’s Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the partnership by saying "Stack Sports provides us with the catalyst to start a new era of how we represent our member federations and athletes. Bowling is a digitally versatile sport due to the level of technology that exists already in the sports centres. Our elite events are a showcase for the sport and Stack Sports starts the process of how we will evolve our engagement with federations, our athletes and our fans." About Stack Sports - Stack Sports have been providing next generation technology solutions in the Australian market since 2001 and have extended the key markets they work in to include Europe, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Other Stack Sports partners in the European region include Basketball England, The Rugby Football League, Run for All, Basketball Ireland, GB Snowsports and the Toronto Wolfpack Foundation. Stack Sports provides membership, competition and event management platforms and various digital website, e-commerce and fundraising solutions to the sports community. About World Bowling - World Bowling is the International governing body for the sport of Tenpin, Ninepin and the newly formed ParaBowling representing five continental zones and 114 member federations. World Bowling was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1979 as the world governing body for the sport of Bowling and by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2019 for ParaBowling. DORON POZNIAK JOINS SILVER TRAK DIGITAL 2020-07-08T22:21:05Z doron-pozniak-joins-silver-trak-digital As part of the company’s continued expansion into new markets Doron Pozniak, one of the sports and event marketing industry’s best-known and respected professionals, has joined Silver Trak Digital as corporate sales executive.   Pozniak is known as a highly accomplished and performance-focused sales manager with over thirteen years of proven successes in delivering a wide range of live distribution, archive and production services for high profile media organisations.    Most recently Pozniak enjoyed considerable success as sales manager with IMG Media where he was solely responsible for managing sales of IMG Media live broadcasts and their programming catalogue for events and organisations including Wimbledon, The English Premier League, English FA Cup, Italian Serie A soccer, The Open Championship, Rugby World Cup and the Olympic Archive.   He also played a major role in negotiating and concluding the Football Federation Australia six year live rights agreement and set up Silver Trak’s own Media Room asset management system within IMG in order to deliver critical broadcast files to clients around the globe.   Silver Trak COO Christian Christiansen said, “Doron has a proven track record of marketing and selling sports archives, driving business growth and forging strategic alliances with key sporting federations throughout the world. He is widely recognised for his commitment, integrity and focus on achieving consistently outstanding results. He is a great asset and addition to the Silver Trak team.”   Having launched Media Room version 3, a great tool for sporting organisations, events and codes wanting to take increased control of their own content so they can monetise it and engage with their audience in new and exciting ways, Pozniak’s appointment comes at a key time within the sports industry.   As a result Pozniak’s new role at Silver Trak sees him working alongside Chiristiansen to nurture relationships, develop new opportunities and promote Silver Trak Digital solutions - in particular the highly-acclaimed Media Room 3 - through his global sporting club and association network.   On his new appointment Doron Pozniak said, “Silver Trak Digital are game-changing trailblazers in the world of digital content management and distribution and Media Room 3 is a simply brilliant asset management solution. Joining Silver Trak now at this time when the sports media technology landscape is changing at a rapid pace is not just exciting but an incredible opportunity.” Grandad Inspires Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom on 3-month road trip 2020-07-06T12:26:39Z grandad-inspires-aussies-to-bounce-back-to-freedom-on-3-month-road-trip A BUNDABERG grandad has come out of retirement after 11 years to inspire Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom after Covid-19 with a road trip from Bundaberg to Darwin from July 13 to October 25, 2020. Author of 7 books, Hans Jakobi, 66, has gone from being suicidal and surviving multiple tragedies, including three serious bushfire threats to his home and an eight-year drought, to being a successful businessman and funding his own retirement at 55. Known as The Lifestyle Entrepreneur, he and his wife of 41 years, Colette, have travelled to more than 70 countries since then and now will hit the road on a Bounce Back To Freedom Tour. On the tour, he will interview and film Australians who have lost their jobs or businesses to find out what they are doing to recover from the crisis and what strategies they have worked out to prosper from the turmoil. “The way people have panicked in this crisis has had a deep impact on me and I feel compelled to spread a message of hope, opportunity and support to replace the narrative of fear,” Mr Jakobi said. He said the best and most secure way to prosper from this crisis was to start an online home-based business. “I want to inspire ordinary, everyday people, encourage them and give them hope to embrace this crisis as their opportunity to start their own online business and profit despite the crisis,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some people who will have benefited from the crisis because they’ve adapted to the opportunities created and will be loving it, while others will have a lot of stress and anxiety.” Mr Jakobi will hit the road with his latest book, Why You Need to Start Your Own Online Business Now! “My mantra is that you can build and run a business from anywhere in the world with just a laptop computer, a mobile phone and an internet connection,” he said. To walk his talk and also inspire his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, he and his wife will make the 12,000km return trip in a 2008 Sunland 24 foot caravan to Darwin and document his journey as he inspires locals, films their stories and builds a new online business from scratch. “People learn more from what they see than what you say so I want to inspire people. In the next 10 years, I will give it my best, keep traveling, support my children, mentor my grandchildren and others about business,” Mr Jakobi said. “I want to be around positive, aspirational people and then I will retire again.” For more details, visit www.BounceBacktoFreedom.com Technology enabled care - physiotherapy association recruiting for patient data pilot 2020-06-30T00:40:19Z technology-enabled-care-physiotherapy-association-recruiting-for-patient-data-pilot The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), are commencing a Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data pilot funded by the Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) with support from Macquarie University, to demonstrate the feasibility of data collection to guide better and more effective clinical decisions. A PROM is a scientifically validated questionnaire used to measure and quantify a patient’s condition from their own perspective. PROMs provide valuable data that help complete the feedback loop between treatments and outcomes, assist practitioners with the monitoring of conditions and help to inform treatment decisions. With current practice to collect PROMs data on an ad hoc basis, the PROMs data pilot is an innovative project that will collect PROMs data electronically and in real-time from patients with knee conditions who are receiving physiotherapy treatment.  Pilot study participants are able to subscribe to the latest dedicated technology for PROMs data collection, myscoreit™. myscoreit is a web-based PROMs collection platform that collects PROMs data digitally from patients whilst at home through a quick and simple questionnaire between appointments. Patients receive immediate feedback, are able to follow their own progress and engage in their own management. APA’s Vice President and Physiotherapy Research Foundation Chair, Jenny Aiken commented on the pilot “We are delighted to partner with the myscoreit platform to enable the APA to investigate the feasibility of digitally collecting PROMs in the private practice setting. myscoreit not only collects PROM data which can be used by the APA to gain insights into the effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention, it also guides the user to choose the right PROM to allow the practitioner to track patient progress and make informed clinical decisions.” Jenny added.  Unlike existing PROMs collection solutions, myscoreit has been designed and developed by sports physicians to focus solely on PROMs data collection. Not only does it assist practitioners with choosing the correct PROM for their patient, it also facilitates easy interpretation to help use clinical data with patients to inform treatment decisions. “Our aim was to design a platform that integrated seamlessly into existing clinical practice and was simple for both you and your patient to use.”myscoreit founder and Sport and Exercise Physician, Dr Louise Tulloh said. “The myscoreit platform has the ability to capture and compare data over time enabling you to track patient progress and treatment effectiveness from a dashboard in real time and bridge the gap between appointments. Collection of outcome measures can support remote monitoring, add value to telehealth consultations, and help to improve communication with referrers. This pilot will demonstrate the importance of value-based decision making and the role that technology can play in futureproofing the physiotherapy profession.” Expressions of interest for the pilot are now open, and through the support of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation, all physiotherapists have been given the opportunity to participate in this research. For more information about the pilot and to sign up to the myscoreit platform please go to physio.myscoreit.com or contact Shelley Crowther or Louise Tulloh via the contact details below. Australian Physiotherapy Association Shelley Crowther Deputy General Manager, Policy and Government Relations Shelley.Crowther@australian.physio myscoreit Dr Louise Tulloh Founder, myscoreit louise@myscoreit.com Launch of Sustainable Design Wetsuit Startup 2020-06-30T00:38:56Z launch-of-sustainable-design-wetsuit-startup Press Release Friday, 3rd July 2020 Launch of Sustainable Design Wetsuit Startup This is to announce that BlackGoat Wetsuits is launching a new style for surfers with a sustainable edge soon. The brand offers fashionable design surfwear using Limestone Neoprene, an eco-friendly alternative to the conventional Petroleum-based Neoprene.   The performance material and avant-garde designs make BlackGoat Wetsuits a new premium surf brand that stands out from the monotone surf crowd. The concept underlying this business is to develop practical, trendy, and durable wetsuits. Though, without a compromise on the environment.   Each wetsuit under the label offers improved performance over petroleum-based neoprene including super stretchiness for elasticity, flexibility, weight, and insulation. The brand is specifically eager to change the surfing landscape from all-black wetsuits to fashionable and cool styles.   BlackGoat Wetsuits is determined to enable fluid and liberated movement for the users. The business welcomes all surfing enthusiasts to join in this new wave by launching a Kickstarter very soon.   Founder, Marc Bohmann Mentions:   I am a sports enthusiast and surfer. I started my journey in Santa Barbara and South Africa and since fell in love with surfing. But, something about the conventional wetsuits was not right. And, that had to change.   About BlackGoat Wetsuits: Founder Marc is a traveler and surfer himself. Hence, the designs match the needs of travelers and surfers. As of now, the brand offers ten patterns created by designers from across the globe. Each pattern is bold and eye-catching. The number of options is bound to increase over time. After all, the brand is geared towards making waves all over the international waters.   For press inquiries: Media Contact: info@blackgoatwetsuits.com www.blackgoatwetsuits.com GYYMI exclusive Q&A with Steve Pettit, CEO of the Australian Institute of Fitness 2020-06-18T06:34:37Z gyymi-exclusive-q-amp-a-with-steve-pettit-ceo-of-the-australian-institute-of-fitness GYYMI had the opportunity to gain some expert insights into the Australian Fitness industry landscape with this very informative Q&A with Steve Pettit, CEO of the Australian Institute of Fitness. Focusing in on the reopening of gyms across Australia and what the future of our industry will look like for Gyms, Personal Trainers and their clients, we ask Steve for his views on the "new normal" and the short term and longer impacts it will have on the industry. GYYMI would like to thank Steve for his precious time and we hope you enjoy this exclusive Q&A.   GYYMI - At GYYMI, we have noticed that trainers are having to quickly adapt due to the COVID-19 restrictions, with more trainers using GYYMI’s “train anywhere” feature. What has been the biggest area the AIF has had to adapt to due to COVID-19?   STEVE - The biggest area in which the AIF has had to adapt would be with the temporary halt on our popular face-to-face teaching and the subsequent launch of our Master Trainer Online Plus+Program™. Although challenging, we were able to quickly innovate and launch a cutting-edge solution to cater for students who prefer a face-to-face learning environment, yet through virtual means. The other major change was moving to a work from home model, our team has been outstanding at embracing the move and it's given us the opportunity to consider what the best combination of working from home vs on campus will be when restrictions ease.   GYYMI - What has been the biggest impact of COVID-19 on the AIF and your customers?   STEVE - When the traditional fitness industry was switched off overnight that obviously had a significant impact on the AIF. We pride ourselves on providing qualifications that lead to careers in fitness. When it was unknown what a future in fitness would look like or when Gyms and Fitness Studios would reopen it created some uncertainty in the market. With the recent announcements that the Fitness Industry is once again open we have seen an increase in the number of students wanting to enter the fitness industry as there are going to be a lot of opportunities. From a customer perspective our face-to-face students quickly needed to adapt to an online mode of learning and we were very appreciative of their understanding and support.   GYYMI - There is a lot of talk in the business community surrounding the need for businesses to innovate to stay alive and remain relevant. How have you had to change how you operate both in the short and long term?   STEVE - Despite the COVID-19 period being a very difficult one there will be a lot of learning and opportunities created. I don’t think a business's need to innovate is anything new, the need has simply been intensified by recent events. We continue to look at ways of improving our student and team experience through the use of integrated systems that are underpinned by seamless integration. As long as businesses have their customers at the centre of their decision making they will remain relevant and better prepared to innovate in the right direction.   GYYMI - Have you seen any positives that have come out of this shut down period for your business and indeed the industry itself?   STEVE - For the AIF we have been able to swing to a full online business, it has given us the opportunity to reassess our strategy and ensure we are offering a balanced mix of online and face to face education. We were very happy to run the ‘ Upskill During Downtime ’ Campaign through the AIF and Network where our goal was to positively impact 10,000 fitness professionals by offering free education. It was a nice way to give back to our Industry and the passionate professionals within it.We have also had the ability to engage our expert coaches on some special projects with less on campus delivery, and their input is creating some exciting developments in our key programs!   For the Fitness Industry it has forced a number of providers to look at complementary technology solutions to support their members, never before has there been such a high uptake of virtual fitness supported by a new wave of training options.   GYYMI - What major changes do you see happening with regards to the Gym / Trainer relationship as Gyms look to reopen their doors?   STEVE - There will be 2 groups of PTs, those that can’t wait for the doors of their Gym’s to reopen and those that have identified an alternate way of conducting sessions to service their clients. A number of our partners are offering some great re entry incentives to their PT teams to give them the opportunity to reestablish their client base within Gyms and Fitness Studios. PT’s have always been a really important group as they assist member retention through offering expert advice, it will be interesting to see what creative ways PT’s and their gyms can come back together as they assist their members and clients to achieve their health and fitness goals.   GYYMI - Do you see any changes to the traditional pricing and membership models in which gyms and fitness studios have survived on up and until now?   STEVE - Yes, however this isn’t different to any other period. The Fitness Industry and gyms / fitness studios within it have remained viable through evolving their business to remain contemporary in the prevailing market conditions. As the Fitness Industry gets back to work new trends will materialise, the use of physical facilities vs virtual fitness will continue to adjust and technology will continue to provide consumers with additional options. Gyms and Fitness Studios that have a balanced approach between onsite workouts and virtual workouts will be best placed to balance their offering to find the right mix for their members. What a member is prepared to pay will simply be an outcome of the value of the service offered.   GYYMI - At GYYMI, we have developed an App that connects Gyms and Trainers, offering a new model of “gym rental by the hour” to Trainers and their Clients. This new model has no lock-in contracts – Do you think the Australian Fitness Industry is ready to adopt such a flexible model?   STEVE - I believe the Fitness Industry is ready for innovation as evidenced by some great technology that is complementing our traditional services. The importance of flexibility has been a huge theme during COVID-19 restrictions and gyms and trainers have had to be flexible and adapt to the changing environment.   GYYMI - Do you think there is a chance that qualified trainers, who have previously left the industry, may be enticed back, even on a part-time basis, if they have a more flexible “pay-by-the-hour” gym rental model?   STEVE - As the Fitness Industry has evolved we have seen a shift from fitness complementing a career to fitness becoming a career. If a PT was looking for a more flexible approach to work with a gym a ‘pay as you go’ type model could be appealing. This needs to be considered in the context of risk ensuring that the Gym / Fitness Studio, PT’s and Clients are all covered from an insurance perspective.   GYYMI - Now for the big question…What do you think the Fitness industry will look like upon reopening and when do you believe it will get back to ‘normal’?   STEVE - It will never look the same as it did pre COVID-19, the phased reopening will test the Fitness Industry as costs are turned back on and members are phased back into Gyms and Fitness Studios. More people than ever will be willing to invest in Personal Trainers with more trainers reaching more people in more contemporary ways. We have been reminded of how vital our health and wellbeing is, so I actually think the fitness industry will go from strength to strength.   GYYMI - Thank you very much Steve.   The Australian Institute of Fitness is the largest fitness training organisation in Australia with campuses located in and around every major Australian city.   For further information regarding The Australian Institute of Fitness, please contact info@fitness.edu.au or visit the website at fitness.edu.au GYYMI - for gyms and trainers - GYYMI is an Australian innovation and is the best personal assistant for your gym or training business. Built from the ground up, specifically for the fitness industry, GYYMI is a powerful smart phone app that helps you run your business and make your life easier. Fitted out with many exciting and practical features, GYYMI can help you get back up to speed in preparation for your gym or fitness business to reopen. GYYMI features include;       ·      Gym Search – get your gym on the map for Trainers to find you and book space instantly ·      Rent gym space by the hour ·      Earn extra income fast – offer gym space by the hour to Trainers and their clients ·      Contactless payments - Safe and secure powered by STRIPE. ·      Social Distancing calculator coming soon - Set and control your gym & studio capacity limits ·      Custom booking platform for instant bookings, outdoor or indoor sessions. ·      Plan sessions ahead of time by sending invitations and reminders to clients/members ·      Reduce Overheads - Trainer-client sessions paid on the app are automatically covered with Insurance for indoor and outdoor workouts. ·      Live Dashboard – watch your income grow – it’s addictive! ·      Look like a pro – instant, flexible and professional.   GYYMI is free to download on iOS and Android - Visit www.gyymi.com for details For further information regarding GYYMI, please contact ian@gyymi.com or visit the website at www.gyymi.com How an Aussie Start Up is helping the Fitness Industry get through COVID19 2020-06-11T13:19:29Z how-an-aussie-start-up-is-helping-the-fitness-industry-get-through-covid19 COVID19 in Australia affected many industries almost overnight. No bigger was when the Hyperbeat co-founders woke up to the news that the fitness industry were to shut their doors until future notice. Hyperbeat specialises in manufacturing custom activewear that businesses can brand with their logo, specifically for the fitness industry. In one night 100% of their customer base were shutdown. The Hyperbeat team called a crises meeting and got working on exploring how they could assist their customer base and still maintain a reliable order stream. The team struck gold when they re-purposed an online store option they had been testing during 2019. The concept was simple. The gym owner or fitness business sends in their logo and the Hyperbeat team does the rest, simple. They create the business owner a fully functional online activewear store to sell their own designs. All FREE of charge. Allowing the owner to mark-up the items with profits being paid out to the store owners account on a weekly basis. With the rush for trainers to get their business online, this was a hassle free and cost effective way to sell their merchandise and let their members support them. On launch Hyperbeat was inundated with over 100 store requests on the first day. The store owners averaging $542 in weekly profits. Income that went a long way during these uncertain times. Hyperbeat have reported 400% increase in orders since launch. So much so they have had to actually employee more staff to keep up with demand. So how does is all work? Well the secret to Hyperbeats success is their simplicity of use. The business owner doesn’t need to do anything. The team will create custom active wear designs on their own high quality active wear range that they manufacture. There are no minimum order requirements, which allows the fitness business owner to promote their store to their client base while Hyperbeat will fulfil the orders and send the owner the profits. Hyperbeat stated the free online store option has been so popular that international fitness businesses started requesting stores to be made for them. An innovative idea that has help many fitness business owners keep their doors open.   About Hyperbeat Hyperbeat is a custom active wear manufacture that services the wider Fitness Industry by creating high quality activewear that businesses can brand with own logo and sell to their member base. There are no minimum order requirements. They are an online start-up that has amassed a client book of over 1,500 gyms around Australia and quickly becoming the gold standard in the industry. Website: www.hyperbeat.com.au Email: info@hyperbeat.com.au Number: 0400141387 Co-Founders: Matthew Tait & Nicholas Tait   LUXE LOVE Collection by WRAPDRIVE 2020-06-03T06:34:02Z luxe-love-collection-by-wrapdrive-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3rd June 2020 Melbourne, Australia: We are currently living through a period of time that is unlike any other. Since the onset of COVID-19 many fashion houses have cancelled orders, reduced production, laid off staff, and sadly; many have closed. The lockdown means that more people are spending more time at home and obviously wearing casual clothing, but the virus also means that people are more focused on their health, and the demand for active wear continues to rise. As trends shift toward comfort driven styles, Luxe Love active wear is more popular than ever – even for non-athletes gravitating to athletic wear which is naturally more comfortable than suits, buttoned shirts, and even jeans. WRAPDRIVE’s Luxe Love founders have combine a common interest of health and wellbeing to bring their customers a fusion of durable fitness clothing for all body shapes. From the drawing board to your wardrobe, Luxe Love sources the finest active wear fabrics and manufactures from scratch; in order to make your workout session comfortable, reduce perspiration, and enable to you move effortlessly, whatever your level of fitness. Founded in 2019, their range has rapidly expanded to include performance wear which is tailored to suit all categories of fitness and healthy living. Luxe Love creates functional, stylish, high performance leisurewear that inspires women of all shapes and sizes to move with confidence and comfort. Their feminine designs focus on flattering cuts and superior support so you can enjoy wearing Luxe Love creations during and after workout sessions. Taking you from the gym to the school drop off, the grocery store, or coffee with a friend, and why not the office? The Aussie lifestyle is amazing… beaches, parks, mountains… and naturally we want to get out there and enjoy them. With this vision in mind, Luxe Love has created the perfect blend of premium active wear and ultra-comfort. At last, affordable, high-end Australian made active wear is now available in all shapes and sizes. About WRAPDRIVE (www.wrapdrive.com.au) Our vision is to create versatile performance apparel, with great attention to detail and eye for good quality, that helps one to reach their peak in the gym, on the running track, or any endeavour life throws. Being driven by fitness, we are, or now it is safe to say we were, working professionals having over a decade of experience in Accounting, public relations, retail. We spend a lot of time in the gym, out running, and climbing mountains during vacations. Stepping into this world of fitness, we are excited and motivated to help each one of us to be the best version of ourselves. We are wrapped with dedication towards creating a culture of fitness with style. So, to all those who are looking for an answer or excuse to be in the gym or outdoor running, lifting, climbing we are here for you and wants to be the part which will propel you into the world of fitness and new milestones. For any media enquiries please contact WRAPDRIVE: Vipin KC Head of Communications, WRAPDRIVE vkc@wrapdrive.com.au 0410 089 363 Stack Sports and Rosterfy announce partnership 2020-06-01T21:58:42Z stack-sports-and-rosterfy-announce-partnership Stack Sports (SportsTG), the leading provider of digital solutions to national, state, grassroots and professional sporting organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom has today announced an exciting partnership with Rosterfy, the leading supplier of technology for scalable volunteer and workforce engagement for organisations across the globe. During this current period Rosterfy’s venue attendance tracking module will assist grassroots sporting clubs and other sporting organisations manage attendance at training along with Sport Australia guidelines which requires a “check-in” and “check-out” process of players, coaching staff, officials and volunteers attending training sessions.Together with Rosterfy’s Venue Attendance Tracking Module and Stack Sports Match Day reporting which provides names and contact details of all players/officials (including parent and guardian details for juniors) who took part in a match together we have a combined solution that will assist sporting clubs across the globe, whilst meeting government regulations and guidelines on returning to sport. Andy Graham, General Manager for Stack Sports – APAC/EMEA, said: “Rosterfy’s offering compliments the existing features of our products and solutions. Stack Sports continues to evolve our business and product set and we are excited to have partnered with Rosterfy whose offering will now act as an extension of our offering, which will be very appealing to Stacks customers.” Bennett Merriman, co- founder and Head of Partnerships at Rosterfy said, “Having worked closely with Stack Sports for a number of years now we are really excited by the opportunity to further our offering to assist sporting clubs in navigating this unfamiliar territory. Together, I’m confident that our combined product offering will make a valuable impact for sporting organizations across the globe.” Stack Sports have been providing high quality technology solutions in the Australian market since 2001 along with working in other key markets including the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Stack partners with a large number of National Sporting Organisations including the AFL, Basketball Australia, Touch Football Australia, Hockey Australia, Basketball New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby League, Rugby Football League, and Basketball England. The technology Stack Sports provides assists in administering everything from national programme registrations to school holiday programs, week to week competitions to digital website solutions, and club sales and revenue-generating eCommerce platforms. Stack Sports will continue to partner with sporting organisations and other bodies to be the leading provider of sports digital ecosystems across the world.   Rosterfy exists to connect communities to events and causes they are passionate about through their workforce engagement solution, reducing the amount of time  managers spend in spreadsheets as well as increasing the retention, engagement and attendance rates of your volunteer & member database. Rosterfy’s scalable technology streamlines the previously manual process of workforce management for organisations all shapes and sizes from the Super Bowl to tin rattlers for local charities Click here to view the combined offering graphic. PATTY MILLS ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF THE TEAM MILLS FOUNDATION 2020-05-26T22:54:25Z patty-mills-announces-the-formation-of-the-team-mills-foundation SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (27 May 2020): Three-time Olympian, NBA Champion and proud Indigenous Australian Patty Mills announced today the formation of the Team Mills Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting and championing culture, diversity, women and underprivileged families and enacting positive change for the environment worldwide. Through innovative strategies and a creative approach, the Team Mills Foundation creates a new model for communities across the globe to come together, spark conversation and ignite action to achieve the ultimate goal of a brighter future for those who need it most.  The announcement of The Team Mills Foundation coincides with the start of National Reconciliation Week; a time for Australians to learn about the shared histories, cultures and achievements and strengthen the bonds with the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The theme for National Reconciliation Week for 2020 is “In This Together”, and much like the “All Hands In” mantra of the Team Mills Foundation, it represents how working as a collective can achieve powerful results. The Foundation is welded to the ideal of “community”, shared values and respecting traditions and is brought to life by Patty Mills’ passion and desire of giving back and thriving on the success and wellbeing of others. The mission for the Team Mills Foundation is simple: Make a positive, long-lasting impact on communities worldwide. “I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of Team Mills Foundation; an organisation built on taking courageous and ongoing action to bring long-lasting improvement to people’s lives.” says Patty Mills.  “Our Foundation is personal but relatable, as it reflects values that have been instilled in me by my previous generations and through our customs and traditions. Our vision is to make a tangible difference at the intersection of those values and people’s lives, shining light on critical issues as well as providing opportunities and pathways of success to empower and unlock people’s tremendous potential.”    “I play basketball, and I’m grateful for what the sport has provided for me and my family, but I’m even more appreciative for the voice and platform that has come along with it. It has allowed me to follow through with my successes on the court to inspire, support and make change in other people's lives, especially the ones who need it most.” “Striving for greatness in my field, to create history, to accomplish the unimaginable - sure, it's for me, but it turns out -  it isn’t. It’s for everyone and everything that will be directly impacted by this Foundation.” The Team Mills Foundation will strive to bring awareness and opportunities to the issues and causes that align with the six core values that the Foundation is built upon: FAMILY. Having a greater understanding of who you are, where you come from and appreciating the people that have helped you. Being the best person you can be so that you can support and inspire your loved ones. ENVIRONMENT. Doing our part by giving back to our environment to ensure our next generation understands the values of caretaking for our earth. This will also be a way to protect, preserve and keep traditional cultures alive through the knowledge and practices used by Indigenous peoples. CULTURE. Keeping the culture alive. Recognising, protecting and preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and traditions. Through a creative approach, constantly finding ways to bridge the gap between traditional and modern society.  PATHWAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES. Striving for greatness by creating pathways and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to excel in their given fields or interests.  EMPOWERING WOMEN. Giving women a platform and voice to feel empowered, confident, and strong by supporting them in that role.   MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSITY. Understanding and recognising multicultural diversity with the means to appreciate and learn from the differences, to celebrate and build on the similarities.  Through collaborative, community-focused partnerships and activations the Team Mills Foundation aims to work closely with local groups and organisations to put a spotlight on important causes and innovative projects and as well as put practices in place for long-term, sustainable solutions. In 2019, “The Community Water Project” was launched in partnership with Zero Mass Water and Australian Indigenous Basketball; an initiative aimed at providing clean, sustainable drinking water for six very remote drought-stricken Indigenous communities.  More recently, the #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive brought together the community of San Antonio to support eight local coffee shops who had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging the community to shop small, but think big. To further the campaign’s reach nationally and internationally, a “GoFundMe” page was set up to receive virtual coffee donations. The #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive raised over $100,000USD with all funds donated to the Family Violence Prevention Services - Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio, Texas. Putting knowledge in practise, The Team Mills Foundation are thrilled to partner with The Firesticks Alliance, a relationship that stemmed from a recent trip to Australia in March whilst visiting the bushfire-affected communities. Learning from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffenson and The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation, Team Mills Foundation aims to share the knowledge of cultural burning practices, and improved ‘reading’ of country, to help restore the land. By continuing to educate and spread awareness of these practices, there is much evidence that, if adopted, could greatly benefit not only Australians, but all people worldwide. More details surrounding this dynamic partnership will be revealed at a later date,  To learn more about the values and causes of the Team Mills Foundation and how to get involved, visit teammillsfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube using #TeamMillsFdn and #AllHandsIn. -ENDS- About Team Mills Foundation The Team Mills Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities around the world; from environmental and wildlife conservation efforts, to providing clean drinking water for communities, supporting women and children shelters and giving a voice to minorities through multiculturalism and diversity. No matter the challenge, The Team Mills Foundation are going all hands in on the things that hit home. Together, we can make a positive change and long lasting impact worldwide. Resupix launches to redefine how jobseekers create and manage their resumes. 2020-05-26T03:54:17Z resupix-launches-to-redefine-how-jobseekers-create-and-manage-their-resumes #Nailedit with ResupixTM the visual resume creator and manager utilising pictures and videos to tell your story.  #authentic Sydney, Australia. In the current environment of COVID-19 there is no greater pressure and stress for anyone who finds themselves having to search and secure work in a competitive time as now. Then there is that huge hurdle of having to create or update the resume. It has to be done but no one likes doing it. But with ResupixTM. It’s easy. It’s Intuitive. And it works.   “Your mobile phone has a huge library of pictures and videos, and you can take more. So the content for your ResupixTMis already there, all we do is allow you to put them in the right place and present them as your Resume to represent yourself. It says a lot more about you and more authentic” says Patrick Chye, Chief Information Officer, Resupix Pty Ltd.    Developed in consultation with employers, recruiters and job seekers, ResupixTM is a powerful tool that will make creating your resume easier so that you the applicant can put the best foot forward. It means also more time to focus on continually building their repertoire of skills and experience.   “One of the key challenges facing HR professional is hiring the right person for the job.  Having worked in HR for many years in various countries, it is difficult to identify suitable candidates based upon the commonly used resume.  I wish the ResupixTM  application was available in my time as it would have made identifying suitable candidates for the short list easier and faster. The use of pictures and videos with ResupixTM helps the applicant to highlight themselves as a person as well profiling their skills and experiences.   With Resupix you can see their whole story.” says Frank McManus, retired SVP Human Resources, McDonald’s Australia, New Zealand, Pacific and Africa.   If you would like a free trial, please enquire for a code. The ResupixTM app is otherwise $1.49 to download.