The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-26T22:54:25Z 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.   ESL and Menulog partner ahead of highly anticipated ESL ANZ Championships 2020-05-25T02:59:18Z esl-and-menulog-partner-ahead-of-highly-anticipated-esl-anz-championships 25 May 2020 - Australia’s favourite food delivery service, Menulog and ESL Australia, the local division of the world’s largest esports company, ESL, have today announced a first-ever ‘food partnership’  for the upcoming season of the ESL ANZ Championship (ESL ANZ Champs).  With a natural link between gaming and food delivery, this new partnership is another step in Menulog’s support of the esports community and will bring with it a number of exciting initiatives for players and fans.  Menulog’s Marketing Director, Simon Cheng, said: “We’re excited to kick off our partnership with ESL, launching with the broadcasts of the ESL ANZ Champs over the coming months. We know esports is a real passion of so many of our customers and the broader community and so we’re proud to be able to support ESL and get behind this rapidly growing sport.  “Food and sport is a natural fit, even more so when you’re doing it from your own home! We’re encouraging all fans to keep their eyes peeled for Menulog in live streams and for some great incentives we have planned throughout the partnership.”  James Fletcher, Product Manager, ESL Australia said: “This partnership is a natural fit for the ESL ANZ Champs - whenever our broadcast team needs lunch or dinner delivered, we’ve always chosen Menulog. We’re excited to deliver Australian esports fans some new segments in our broadcasts that showcase Menulog’s services, and look forward to seeing the response.” The ESL ANZ Champs is broadcast weekly on twitch.tv/esl_australia. ### For all media enquiries, please contact:  Alex Blaikie | PR Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com +61 401 947 878 More information about the partnership between ESL and Menulog can be found on press.eslgaming.com and pro.eslgaming.com/anz. About Menulog  Menulog is Australia’s home-ground online food delivery service with the greatest choice of both restaurants and cuisine types on offer. Menulog connects more than 2.6 million active customers with over 19,600 local restaurants via its websites and native mobile apps. Menulog offers more than 90 different cuisines that can be delivered to more than 87 percent of the addressable population. Download the Menulog Apps via the App Store of Google Play. Follow Facebook.com/menulog.com.au and @menulog. Menulog is part of global group, Just Eat Takeaway.com. About ESL  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. About.eslgaming.com Launch of Certification Program for Sports Turf Managers 2020-05-18T03:13:04Z launch-of-certification-program-for-sports-turf-managers (Melbourne, Victoria) – The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the peak industry body for Turf Management in Australia, announces the launch of Industry Certification Program for Sports Turf Management, recognising Certified Sports Turf Managers as the leading sports turf professionals in the to the Australian Sports & Recreation industry.   The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Certification Program is aimed at encouraging Turf Managers to invest in their continued professional development, and promote to the Australian Sports & Recreation industry the position of Certified Sports Turf Managers (CSTM) as the leading Sports Turf professionals in the country.   Formed in 1981, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) is the peak industry body for Sports Turf Management in Australia, representing more than 1,500 members from all areas of the sport & recreation industry.  A not-for-profit industry association, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association supports members through education and advocacy, facilitating Industry Awards, and research & development into professional and environmentally sustainable Turf Management.  Through working to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals, the ASTMA is committed to the production of quality of facilities for Sport & Recreation in Australia.   “Becoming certified is a mark of industry-leading professional competence. It indicates reliability in depth and quality of Sports Turf Management performance, skill and knowledge and assists greatly in elevating the profession of Sports Turf Management.” said Australian Sports Turf Managers Association CEO Mark Unwin.    “We have seen the results from similar programs overseas, and the impact it has had on recognising the professional of turf management as critical to the sport & recreation industry.  We are thrilled to develop and launch a program aimed at continuing to develop and endorse the many hard-working and committed professionals within our industry”   Attainment of Certification provides Sports Turf Managers with professional certification, as well as elevating the industry of Turf Management through demonstrating a commitment to education, personal development, environmental stewardship and continuing professional development.  All Certified Sports Turf Managers will be widely regarded as having attained the highest level of professional certification in the industry, achieving a minimum standard of continuous professional development and broadly recognised the best sports turf managers in Australia.                   Attaining the status of Certified Turf Manager (CSTM) involves a combination of formal education, experience in Turf Management and continuing professional education.  Through earning the designation of CSTM, a member demonstrates a personal commitment to education, professional development, environmental stewardship, and elevating the Sports Turf management profession.   It documents and validates Turf professionals’ achievements and competencies to current and potential future employers. Being a CSTM is a mark of leading professional competence. It indicates reliability in depth and quality of Turf Management performance, skill and knowledge and assists greatly in elevating the profession of Sports Turf Management.         ENDS     About the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association   The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is a not-for-profit industry association formed in 1981 (as the Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association), and has evolved into the largest industry association in Australia for professional Sports Turf Managers.   With over 1,500 members throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is committed to the ongoing education, development and support of all professionals involved in Turf Management.    Representing members of Sports Turf Management industry across all areas of the Trade, including Golf Courses, Sportsfields & Grounds, Racetracks, Lawn Tennis, Councils, Turf Equipment Technicians and other related fields.  As the industry association responsible for professional Sports Turf Managers, the association supports members through education, facilitating Industry Awards, advocacy, and research & development into professional and environmentally sustainable Turf Management.   Considered to be the peak industry body for Sports Turf Management in Australia, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association works to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals as well as the production of quality of facilities for Sport & Recreation in Australia. The association strives to ensure that these constant improvements in professional Sports Turf Management standards are achieved in a safe, responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.   For comment or further information on the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association please contact:   Contact:                      Mark Unwin – CEO, AGCSA Street:                         1/752 Blackburn Rd, Clayton VIC 3168 Phone:                        +61 438 320 919 Email:                         mark@agcsa.com.au  Web:                           https://www.agcsa.com.au  Facebook:                  https://www.facebook.com/TheASTMA Instagram:                  https://www.instagram.com/the_astma/ LinkedIn:                     https://www.linkedin.com/company/theastma/    Stack Sports and VicSport Launch 2020-05-07T04:26:05Z stack-sports-and-vicsport-launch 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 their annual event co-hosted with Partners VicSport will move to an online event on Tuesday 19th May 2020. VicSport is the industry body for sport in Victoria and their aim is to get as many people as possible in Victoria engaging in Sport and Physical Activity. The Direction of Sport in the Digital Age returns for its second year but due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 becomes a Digital and Online event. The first in a two-part series will discuss topics such as Online Learning & Safeguarding for Sporting Organisations, Fundraising for Sporting Organisations and Community Foundations and Using Technology to manage your Sports Organisation. The event will feature leaders in the industry along with representatives from National and Victorian based State Sporting Organisations including; Basketball Australia, Gymnastics Victoria, Australian Sports Foundation, staff from VicSport and Stack Sports plus many more. Andy Graham, General Manager for Stack Sports – APAC/EMEA, said: “We were blown away by the success of the first event in 2019 with over 120 people in attendance. Moving to an online event will provide relevant content and important resources for sporting organisations.” STACK SPORTS (SPORTSTG) AND VICSPORT LAUNCH Direction of Sport in the Digital Age – Goes Digital Lisa Hasker, CEO of VicSport said: “VicSport is proud to work with Stack Sports to bring another Direction of Sport in the Digital Age event to the sporting community. With the event being held via a digital platform this year, we will be able to take the content beyond the Victorian sporting market.” The Direction of Sport in the Digital Age – Goes online is a free event and registrations are now open. The event will be held on Tuesday 19th May 2020 commencing at 9am and will finish by 12noon. The event is tailored to grassroots sporting clubs, associations, Victorian based State Sporting Organisations and National Sporting Organisations based in Victoria along with professional sporting clubs. The Full agenda, presenters and panellists can be seen by visiting https://2020directionofsport.eventdesq.com/ 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. For over thirty years, VicSport has been the peak body for sport and active recreation in the state with the aim to get as many people in Victoria engaging in sport and physical activity as possible. They work closely with the Victorian Government to promote the many benefits sport has to offer while providing advice, assistance and support to its members and broader sports community. Through their extensive network, VicSport’s constituency includes 16,000 clubs and associations and over 3.9 million participants including paid staff and volunteers who make a significant contribution to the social, physical, mental and economic wellbeing of the Victorian community. For more information and interviews, please contact: STACK SPORTS (SPORTSTG) PARTNER WITH ECAL 2020-04-29T22:51:01Z stack-sports-sportstg-partner-with-ecal 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 ECAL, the leading calendar communications and marketing software business. ECAL’s dynamic ‘sync to calendar’ functionality will deliver the latest sports fixture information, straight to the personal digital calendar of users, to keep them up-to-date and connected. This solution will become a standard feature on the Stack Sports competition management platform. Anthony Richardson, Director of Digital for Stack Sports), said: “ECAL’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 ECAL whose offering will now benefit Stacks customers.” Patrick Barrett, CEO/Founder of ECAL said: “We are thrilled to partner with Stack Sports, and bring ECAL’s smart calendar technology to the lives of its extensive user community. During these unprecedented times, as competitions begin to reschedule fixtures, accurate and dynamic communications will play an important role in successful competition management. The Stack user community, with the help of ECAL, will be well placed to know exactly what’s on, when and where, so they can better manage life.” 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.   ECAL is a world-leading calendar communications and marketing software business. It’s smart, dynamic ‘Sync to Calendar’ technology is used by 300+ major sports, ticketing, media organisations incl. Premier League, NBA, ICC, LaLiga, Formula E, AFL, NRL, Ticketek, Fox Sports and others, servicing 8M+ users. With over 70% of adults relying on their digital calendar to manage life, effective calendar communications are an essential weapon in the marketing toolkit for events-based business. 55 MILLION KIDS CAN KEEP MOVING AT HOME DURING COVID-19, THANKS TO THE ELANATION KIDS SPORTS APP. 2020-04-29T02:57:53Z 55-million-kids-can-keep-moving-at-home-during-covid-19-thanks-to-the-elanation-kids-sports-app-1 San Francisco, CA (April 21, 2020) – Since COVID-19, 55 million elementary and secondary students are adapting to hours spent at the dining room table completing online lessons. Recess, gym class, after school and weekend sports activities and the ebb and flow of being an active kid have been upended, with no end in sight. Washing your hands AND getting 30 minutes of exercise daily is encouraged. So, what’s a housebound family to do? Download the Elanation kids sports app and get started, brand new to American families from Down Under, where thousands of Aussie families are engaged and moving.Even in a small space, children can learn the dynamics of basketball, soccer, dance, yoga, gymnastics, strength training, and aerobics. Or explore something new like karate. For those with a driveway or backyard spot, the ins and out of rugby or riding a scooter are explored. In all, over 1000 workouts and lessons in 15+ sports, across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels are available from the app! There is a sport for everyone to achieve.One of the most enticing features of each tutorial is the instructor. Imagine learning dance movements from Nikki Croker, seen on Broadway in West Side Story and principle dancer on Amazon Prime’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Beginners in karate will learn their first kata from Natsuko Mineghishi, a female World Karate Black Belt champion, or master a double tailwhip from Dylan Morrison, World Number 2 in scooter tricks!Elanation’s kids sports app (www.elanation.com) was designed for kids to discover independent learning, experimentation, and endless hours of physical play. Ideal for Apple and Android users, the app requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android fans need Android 4.4 and up. One subscription per family is needed, at only $1 per month. Limited offer during COVID-19. “Inspire your kids to move daily, especially now given all kids are sheltered at home,” suggests Elanation cofounder Aimee Atkins. “On Elanation, your kids will have fun discovering a massive library of sports workouts and lessons that they can try, practice, and safely share online. Best of all, parents and family members can follow along and encourage their kids as they progress and improve over time.” “Elanation is 100% dedicated to youth,” chimes in co-founder Katherine Maree Pace, “All of the content and features are designed to inspire a healthy relationship between youth and technology. We support positive mental and physical growth for all.”Parents who have downloaded the extensive library of tutorials agree. “This motivates my kids to go outside and do some exercise. The video lessons are easy to follow and suitable for beginners and pros, thanks to the different skill levels. The gymnastics and scooter skills videos are my kids’ favorite! Next week they are going to give karate a try.”"Our kids are engaged; they’re learning new skills and balancing a healthy relationship with technology. They love interacting with other Elanators and we feel like it's a safe and healthy place for them to do it. Elanation is exactly what this family needed." Social DistancingCOVID-19 has meant all after-school soccer, basketball, and tennis competitions have been erased. But the camaraderie of being a team player can still exist with Elanation. The app makes it fun and safe to connect, encourage, and challenge teammates, the kids on the block, and your coach. Elanation allows kids to add their friends to their profile. Then share their own progress or boast about new skills learned while practicing social distancing! You can also challenge each other, and compete on friendly skill and step leaderboards.With a dedicated family portal, mom and dad can have peace of mind knowing their kids are making healthy choices together. Watch your kids learn, grow, and have fun through movement, sport, and health. Follow along with their progress, encourage their improvements, and join in learning new sports skills together. Stay informed on their daily health metrics across sleep, heart rate, steps, and much more. Elanation Kids Sports Network • $1/month for the first three months. https://elanation.com/kidhomeworkouts/https://apps.apple.com/app/elanation-social-sport-network/id1169295672https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elanation.eturbo&hl=en_USThere are so many sports and lessons that are guaranteed to excite and challenge kids: Soccer, Basketball, Dance, Yoga, Martial Arts, Scooter, Gymnastics, Tennis, Aerobics, Athletics, and more. At Elanation, it’s not about being the best on your first go; it’s about watching, learning, practicing, and accomplishing it when you are ready. Kids can upload videos each time they try a skill to track their progress and improvement over time. When kids are ready, they can progress through different sports and levels, from beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Getting started is easy: download the Elanation app, create a parent and child account, then you are all ready to start discovering skills, setting goals, competing, and learning. Children create a Superhero username and pick a sporty avatar profile. There are no in-app purchases or ads to worry about. ABOUT ELANATIONElanation co-founders Aimee Atkins (CCO) and Katherine Maree Pace (CEO) launched the Elanation dream in 2019. Their backgrounds in children’s entertainment, industrial design, and competitive sports have bolstered a network of investors, engineers, athletes, and designers to join the community mission in building a trusted brand for the kids’ technology and sports world. The brand name came from the Latin ‘Elan’ meaning ‘energy, style, and enthusiasm.’ Merged with the word ‘nation’, Elanation defines our deep value to create a global nation of children who play energetically and enthusiastically without borders. At the center of all of our design and engineering, decisions are the consideration of a child’s mental and physical health. We put the child first, without compromising “style” for education. Become an Elanator at www.elanation.com. UBISOFT ANNOUNCES SIX MASTERS 2020 WITH A $50,000 PRIZE POOL 2020-04-23T00:18:22Z ubisoft-announces-six-masters-2020-with-a-50-000-prize-pool SYDNEY, Australia – April 23 2020 – Today, Ubisoft, in partnership with ESL Australia, announced the return of the Six Masters, the first stage in the premier Rainbow Six Siege tournament of the Oceanic region, which will run in an online format for 2020.   Six Masters 2020 will include the following teams, including LFO who will make their Six Masters debut after defeating Yura in the Open Qualifiers last weekend: Elevate TBD Wildcard Team SiNister Pittsburgh Knights Fury Kanga Esports LFO   The Six Masters will officially kick off April 28 & 29, with teams competing every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 7:00PM AEST in a single round-robin bracket and best-of-two matches (with overtime) across 14 playdays. The top four teams with the most points by the end of the online league will then battle it out online in a double-elimination bracket, for the Six Masters 2020 title. This will take place on July 4-5 and the $50,000 (AUD) prize pool will be split as per below:  1st: $15,000 2nd: $11,000 3rd: $8,000 4th: $6,000 5th: $4,000 6th: $3,000 7th: $2,000 8th: $1,000   The Six Masters 2020 marks the start of the transition into the new regional esports system that was announced at the Six Invitational 2020 in February, with more information as to how this will fit within the global format to be shared at a later date. The entire tournament will be livestreamed on the main Rainbow 6 Esports Twitch and YouTube channels. To view the Six Masters tournament details please visit the official ESL Six Masters page.    For more information about the Six Masters 2020 please visit the official Ubisoft website and follow Rainbow 6 at twitter.com/rainbow6anz. About ESL 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. about.eslgaming.com About Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Alongside a thriving professional esports scene and a community of over 55 million registered players, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of a fast-paced, ever-evolving multiplayer experience grounded in the selection of unique Operators. Using the right mix of tactics and destruction, Rainbow Six teams engage their enemies in sieges, where both sides have exclusive skills and gadgets at their disposal. Defenders prepare by transforming the environments around them into modern strongholds, while attackers use recon drones to gain intel for carefully planning their assault. With access to dozens of Operators inspired by real world counter-intelligence agents from around the globe, players can choose exactly how they want to approach each challenge they encounter. Through the constant addition of new Operators and maps that add to the depth of both strategy and combat, the unpredictability of each round of Rainbow Six Siege sets a new bar for intensity and competition in gaming. About Ubisoft Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2018-19 fiscal year Ubisoft generated Net Bookings of €2,029 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com. © 2020 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are registered trademarks in the US and/or other countries Passsing of Mel Baker 2020-04-20T06:43:46Z passsing-of-mel-baker To our dearest Ridetek family, friends and the motorcycle community, On the 16th of April at 4.28pm, we lost our founder, our family member and our mate. Mel Baker - father, brother, grandfather, almost great grandfather, mate, mentor and to most, we're sure you'd agree, an inspiration. Mel’s driving passion for starting Ride-Tek MTA was to establish a Motorcycle Training organisation which would become the “One-Stop-Shop” in Training.  Over the 20 years of successful operation, Mel goal had achieved his goal. Ridetek MTA now offers a very comprehensive, diverse list of courses to suit every level of riding skill.   That list is unmatched within the Motorcycle Training industry. As a leader in our industry, he had a huge impact on the biking community, and he has always been especially passionate about rider safety. We're sure you all have your own stories about Mel and the legacy he has had in building confidence and instilling safe riding, whether it be with yourself, a family member or friend. Each person that works at Ride-Tek was hand chosen by Mel, and he chose us all for the amazing qualities we have as individuals and in our teachings. And we will be forever grateful to have been given the honour to meet someone like Mel. To each and every one of us, he was family. Mel built Ride-Tek with alot of hard work, determination, heart and soul, and he has definitely left an impact in this world. He was so many things to so many different people on so many levels of life, there's not enough words to sum him up. He was an amazing man. So with regret, we say good bye, to a man with an amazing vision, heart and soul. Forever here, never gone xxxxx   PADI IDC during Covid-19 2020-04-09T03:46:36Z padi-idc-during-covid-19 So here we are during this time of lock down and you may be wondering if and when can you do your PADI IDC... Here at Dive Instructor located in Port Douglas, Australia we are at lock down which means that everything including training centres, dive pools and dive boats are either closed down or tied up. But fear not..... There are a number of things you can do now to get ready for your PADI IDC which you will have to do anyway as part of your Instructor Development Course. Get in touch with me so that I can send you the PADI eLearning code that will give you access to the online portion of the PADI IDC which you must complete before you start the program. In addition I can give you access to my own online eLearning material for diving physics, skills and environment, physiology, dive equipment and the recreational dive planner. There are also PADI practice exams for you to complete so that you come into the IDC well prepared. Stay well, Stay safe and see you soon underwater... Kai Steinbeck Breakthrough Australian Invention Disrupts Strength Training Tradition 2020-04-03T03:53:54Z breakthrough-australian-invention-disrupts-strength-training-tradition MEDIA RELEASE    Date: xx April 2020 | Release Date/Time: Immediate BREAKTHROUGH AUSTRALIAN INVENTION DISRUPTS STRENGTH TRAINING TRADITION New fitness technology from Australia could help gym goers get better results with less time and effort. FLEX, a wireless barbell activity tracker, uses laser technology to measure strength training activity and displays users’ results live on their smart device. Specifically built for barbell exercises, FLEX counts every repetition during a workout and measures a number of metrics, including power and range of motion.  Importantly, the device also measures the speed of an exercise, which means users can introduce Velocity Based Training, more generally called VBT, into their gym programs.  Where traditional gym programs allocate weights and repetitions to be completed, VBT makes speed the primary measure of effort and effectiveness. The method can supplement or even replace the traditional ‘reps and sets’ approach used by most people to create their gym programs.   VBT methods have been used for decades by elite sports teams and olympic level athletes. It has not made as much impact on amateur athletes and mainstream gym goers due to the high cost of reliable technology.  FLEX is the only product of its kind to use laser based technology, and it is this innovation that makes it possible to produce a lower cost yet highly accurate product.  FLEX is manufactured by privately owned Canberra company, Kinetic Performance Technology Pty Ltd. Founding Director, Evan Lawton, has been developing sports performance measurement technology for over 25 years and explained that, “Velocity Based Training has been around for at least two decades in the highest levels of sport right across the planet, so we know how effective it is”.  “We have a product that will satisfy both elite and amateur coaches, personal trainers and individuals doing their own programs. Right now we have players from pro teams using FLEX in their garages while their sports are shut down. We’ve built our own social platform and people are connecting over their workouts where they might normally be together in the gym”, Lawton said.  A growing body of research confirms that Velocity Based Training could be the future direction for strength training. A recent study from the Australian Catholic University looked at using cutoffs based on velocity instead of repetitions to determine when an athlete should stop exercising. The study showed that by applying ‘velocity loss thresholds’ training quality, fatigue, and perception of effort can all be controlled. This would greatly improve the effectiveness of exercise programs, leading to greater improvements in strength, power, and muscle mass. According to lead researcher, Dr Jonathon Weakly, “Velocity offers opportunities for individualising load to each and every athlete to best account for their personal levels of fatigue in the gym”. “I’m genuinely excited by these results. This means we can account for all the factors that impact physical readiness, from stress, sleep, nutrition to other types of exercise someone might be participating in” he said. Western Union Sponsors ESL ANZ Champs Prize Pool 2020-03-20T01:12:56Z western-union-sponsors-esl-anz-champs-prize-pool 20 March 2020 - ESL Australia, local division of the world’s largest esports company, has successfully sealed a sponsorship deal for the ESL ANZ Championship 2020 with Western Union, a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments.  Western Union will sponsor a prize pool of AUD$20,000 to be awarded to the players and teams that best manage in-game resources. Western Union’s motivation for the sponsorship stems from its mission of bringing people together via money movement paving the way for individuals who cross borders to live and work. These individuals  realize their life’s aspirations, including enjoying life, while also concurrently supporting their family and loved ones back home.  "I’m excited to be able to bring Western Union into esports,” said Graeme Du Toit, Partnerships Manager at ESL. “As we connect the ESL ANZ Champs with the ESL Pro Tour this year and send our players around the world, there’s a strong alignment with what Western Union does." "I’m equally as excited that Western Union is transferring money into our prize pool and offering our players a chance at increased rewards from participating in ANZ Champs,” Du Toit said.  “Sports brings the world together, and Western Union is driven by our passion for connecting families and communities, helping them move money for a better world,” said Mark Strathern, Head of Digital Go-to-market, Western Union, Asia Pacific. “We are pleased to collaborate with ESL, giving players exciting chances to win prizes. This collaboration will bring millions of fans and players together, enabling us to reach our customers and global audiences in a new way.” The ESL ANZ Champs kicked off at the start of March, with regular broadcasts from 6pm onwards during the week. To learn more about or watch the action, click here. To learn more about Western Union, click here. ---- For press assets, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14VYVXCMlMypVNPgZIRfDb6uqHIojDwBz?usp=sharing For more: https://pro.eslgaming.com/anz/csgo/2020/03/western-union-sponsors-esl-anz-champs-prize-pool-%ef%bb%bf/ OFFICIAL STATEMENT: ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2020 POSTPONED 2020-03-15T22:22:04Z official-statement-arnold-sports-festival-australia-2020-postponed OFFICIAL STATEMENT: ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL 2020 POSTPONED It is with the deepest regret that the Arnold Sports Festival Australia announces the postponement of the scheduled 2020 event in Melbourne from March 20-22nd.  The rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional and unprecedented set of circumstances for our event. We have received guidance from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), and its governing body the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET) on behalf of the State Government of Victoria that elements of the Victorian State Emergency Act will be enacted to ban any events over 500 people.  As such, the MCEC cannot allow the event to proceed and we are left with no choice but to postpone the event.  It goes without saying that this is absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved. In the last few days we have been trying to find a way to continue even in a limited capacity, but our primary concern has been; and is, the health and welfare of the athletes competing, exhibitors, staff, our personnel, event partners and of course the tens of thousands of people attending. Arnold Sports Festival organiser Tony Doherty says “ I am devastated that we can not go ahead with the Arnold Sports Festival Australia as scheduled. Although we examined any and all options available, the health and safety of the public, our athletes and our exhibitors are of paramount importance and our primary concern.  I know that the event will be back bigger than ever and my team, our event partners and I will be working relentlessly to ensure it does ”  No scheduled events will proceed at the MCEC, however pending the particulars on the enactment of the Act some scheduled sporting events may run in other locations. This is yet to be finalised, but we hope to make announcements shortly. We very much appreciate the assistance, understanding, support and cooperation of everyone involved in what has been a challenging and unprecedented time for the event. Further information regarding refunds for ticket holders, details of the rescheduled date for the event and which sporting events are to continue in other venues will be communicated in due course.         ESL ANZ Champs joins the ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II 2020-03-06T01:58:28Z esl-anz-champs-joins-the-esl-pro-tour-for-starcraft-ii Sydney, Australia, 6 March, 2020 - Today ESL has announced the addition of the ESL ANZ Champs as an official pathway to the ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II. The new integration provides players across Oceania and South-East Asia (SEA) a clear route into four (4) Masters level events throughout the year.   “With the addition of StarCraft II to the ESL ANZ Champs, we’re excited to also unveil this new global pathway for players in our league.” said James Fletcher, Product Manager at ESL Australia. “Competing at an ESL Pro Tour Masters level event is an aspiration that we hope many local players share, and we look forward to seeing our region represented on the global stage.”   In 2020, StarCraft II in the ESL ANZ Champs will feature four (4) qualifier events that will offer the region’s top competitors a pathway into ESL Pro Tour Master level events. In Season 1 2020, all players will be able to compete for a single slot into DreamHack Dallas and DreamHack Valencia. In Season 2, players will have the opportunity to compete amongst the world’s best at DreamHack Montreal and one additional Masters level event, to be announced.   StarCraft II in the ESL ANZ Champs this year will allow players from a broader regional pool across Oceania and South-East Asia to compete, including players from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. Each qualifier will consist of three stages: Open Qualifiers, Group Stage and Playoffs, whilst featuring a whopping $6,600USD (over $9,000AUD as of 12/02/2020) in prize money and the prestigious global pathway to each respective event.   ANZ Champs Qualifier Dates: DreamHack StarCraft II Masters Dallas Qualifier: 3rd - 19th of April, 2020 DreamHack StarCraft II Masters Valencia Qualifier: 29th of May to 7th June, 2020 DreamHack StarCraft II Masters Montreal Qualifier: 24th of July to 2nd of August, 2020 StarCraft II Masters Event Qualifier: Late 2020 – 2021   For more information, and to sign up, players can visit the official ESL ANZ Champs website at pro.eslgaming.com/anz/sc2   --ENDS--   Media Contact Details: Alex Blaikie | PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia E: a.blaikie@eslgaming.com M: 0401 947 878   Media Contact Details: Dan Chiappini | Senior Communications Manager, Blizzard Entertainment Australia and New Zealand. E: dchiappini@blizzard.com  M: 0419 652 040     ABOUT ESL: 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. about.eslgaming.com   About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone, Overwatch®, the Warcraft, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multifranchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-two #1 games* and numerous Game of the Year awards. The company's online gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest online-gaming services in the world, with millions of active players.   *Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and reports from key distributors.   Help is at hand to keep athletes performing at their best 2020-02-25T02:33:40Z help-is-at-hand-to-keep-athletes-performing-at-their-best Money and sport go hand in hand. From an athlete's perspective, their monetary worth is based on how well they perform. And if they are injured they can't perform at all. That's one reason why Richard Maloney works with professional sports people from sports such as AFL, AFLW, WAFL, NRL, NBL and netball. Richard helps them become injury free and break the negative cycles and limiting beliefs that hold players back. With footy already on our screens and the Olympics around the corner, why not talk to Richard to discuss the many issues around athletes having (and not having!) the right mental attitude. As a leading mental health sports coach, Richard has worked with elite athletes for 20 years. Over this time he has found out what sports people need to do to perform at their highest peak and be injury free.Please see further information attached. If you would like to interview Richard Maloney, please get in touch.