The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-01T03:43:33Z Police Credit Union kicks goal with new grassroots community football partnership 2021-04-01T03:43:33Z police-credit-union-kicks-goal-with-new-grassroots-community-football-partnership Police Credit Union has been announced as Naming Rights Major sponsor of the Hills Football League, known now as the Police Credit Union Hills Football League. The major partnership bolsters the financial security of one of the largest Australian Rules Football leagues in South Australia, which supports more than 3,000 players belonging to 19 clubs that span an area from Kangarilla to Kersbrook and Blackwood to Callington. Police Credit Union CEO, Costa Anastasiou, welcomed the opportunity to support the popular community-based sporting organisation. “Football is one of our greatest recreational past-times, and it’s fantastic to be able to get behind the League to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be involved in a sport that reinforces the value of teamwork, teaches new skills and helps players to grow their confidence and ability,” Mr Anastasiou said. “It makes perfect sense for us to get behind the Hills Football League because we share a common goal of supporting the local community,” he said. League President Don Cranwell, said the partnership with Police Credit Union was cause for celebration. ‘There’s no doubt that plenty of sporting bodies have been doing it tough because of the pandemic and economic uncertainty. Add into the mix the impact of devastating fires across the Hills, it has been a really challenging time for the local community. Our football league is an opportunity for people to spend time together and enjoy the experience of playing in a competitive local league or supporting a loved one that does,” Mr Cranwell said. “Our league has a long-standing history of being a proving ground for many talented footballers, with a number progressing through to the SANFL and the AFL and enjoying a very successful career thanks to the skills learnt in their early career.” The newly-named Police Credit Union Hills Football League will continue to see clubs divided into Division One (larger towns in the hills) and the Country Division (consisting of the smaller towns). Both divisions have their own minor round and finals programs. Most clubs within the league field teams across: Junior Primary (under 8s, 9s, 10s & 11s), Mini Colts, Junior colts, Senior colts as well as Senior A and B grades, with some clubs also fielding C Grade players. Female football is also growing in popularity, with an Under 16 competition and an open age (over 16) competition already being proudly established as a part of the league.  In addition to being naming right sponsor, the Police Credit Union logo will appear on uniforms, signage, as well as the league’s website and Facebook page. With the League’s head office based at 27 Alexandrina Road, Mt Barker, participating clubs will be well serviced by the Police Credit Union branch at Mt Barker. The new partnership complements Police Credit Union’s existing Adelaide Footy League sponsorship and support of the CFS Foundation and Crime Stoppers SA. ###       About Police Credit Union Formed in 1970, Police Credit Union is proudly South Australian based and headquartered, boasting a 93.8% Member Satisfaction score, an employee engagement score of 92.6%, total assets exceeding $1.174billion, and delivering Better Banking services to over 40,000 customers. As the most recognised credit union brand in South Australia, Police Credit Union is firmly committed to building enhanced capability in the delivery of both traditional face to face branch banking and local call centres, and innovative, convenient and secure digital architecture. Supporting better communities and reducing our environmental impact represents an intrinsic pillar of PCU’s corporate strategy. A strong sense of corporate social responsibility spans initiatives both large and small, including a long-standing partnership with the Police Association of South Australia, Major Sponsorship of Crime Stoppers SA, the CFS Foundation, Adelaide Football League, Hills Football League and a 23-year commitment in bringing the Credit Union Christmas Pageant to the streets of Adelaide, representing but a few examples of the organisation’s community investment over its 50-year history. Police Credit Union has helped thousands of South Australians and Territorians achieve their financial goals and aspirations, with competitive and high value Better Banking products and services. The multi award-winning, values-driven, Member-owned organisation offers a full suite of market leading loan and investment products, 24/7 Online, Mobile and App banking, Fast Payments, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, and branches across SA and NT. 1300 131 844 I policecu.com.au   Police Credit Union Ltd ABN 30 087 651 205 AFSL/Australian Credit Licence 238991. ®Registered to BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Osko services will be issued by over 50 BPAY Scheme members. The BPAY Scheme is managed by BPAY Pty Ltd (ABN 69 079 137 518). Contact your financial institution to see if it will offer the Osko services and to get the terms and conditions. Any financial product advice provided by BPAY Pty Ltd in relation to Osko services is general advice only and has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on such advice, you should review the terms and conditions and consider whether the Osko service is appropriate for your personal circumstances. Apple Pay: Apple, the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google Pay: Android, Google Pay, and the Google Logo are trademarks of Google LLC. Samsung Pay: Samsung Pay is a trademark or registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. AOC Partners With ESL to Bring VALORANT Esports to ANZ 2021-03-09T02:48:31Z aoc-partners-with-esl-to-bring-valorant-esports-to-anz Sydney, Australia — ESL Gaming Australia, local division of the world’s largest esports company, and global LED monitor manufacturer AOC, today announced a new VALORANT tournament for the Australian & New Zealand market, the VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC. Featuring the largest prize pool of any VALORANT tournament held in Australia & New Zealand to date at over $24,000AUD in cash and prizes, the tournament aims to find the best VALORANT team in the region. The VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC will feature three open qualifiers across March 27, April 10, & April 17, with all Australian & New Zealand amateur VALORANT teams encouraged to compete. Registrations for the tournament can be found at the official tournament website, at https://au.aoc.com/tournament. Following the qualifiers, a 16-team swiss bracket will be held across May 8-9 & 29, where the top four (4*) teams from each qualifier will join four of ANZ’s top VALORANT teams that have been invited to compete in the league - ORDER, Mindfreak, Wildcard, and Dire Wolves. Following the group stage, playoffs will take place across May 30 & June 5-6, with finals on June 5-6 broadcast from the new ESL Studios in Sydney, on twitch.tv/esl_australia, where the champion of the VALORANT Rising Heroes ANZ presented by AOC will be crowned. “Working together with AOC, we’re looking forward to bringing a VALORANT tournament of this scale to the region” said James Fletcher, Product Manager at ESL. “We want to develop our region, and hero some of the bright stars that are currently playing VALORANT in ANZ - VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC gives us the platform to do that, with a hyper-competitive, 3-stage tournament, with a massive prize pool.” ‘’AOC is proud to partner with ESL, and look forward to a strong and enduring relationship in the year ahead,’’ says Jay Huang, Sales Manager at AOC Australia. ‘’Over the years, AOC has developed a range of premium gaming products and was the No. 1 top-selling gaming monitor brand in 2020. We are excited to continue actively supporting the development of Esports at both domestic and international levels.’’ The VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC first place winners will take home an AG273FZE AGON III gaming monitor, featuring a 240Hz refresh rate and 0.5ms response time. The monitor also features HDR technology for brighter lights, darker shadows and more vivid colors. AOC Light FX surrounds the monitor with ambient lighting, meanwhile, the Screen Shield detachable hood ensures the exceptional image is not affected by room lighting, or any other distractions while competing. AOC World-Class Gaming Monitor Optimized for the Most Immersive Gaming Experience For those who enjoy gaming, AOC has unveiled another winner in its G3 series of impressive gaming monitors. AOC’s 34" IPS-panel U34G3X display features 21:9 Ultrawide Quad HD resolution (3440×1440 pixels), Wide Colour Gamut and HDR10 for greater colour depth and contrast. It provides a captivating gaming experience, immersing you in the gaming world with stunning visual quality. Suitable for games of all genres, this world-class gaming monitor is equipped with Adaptive-Sync anti-tearing technology, 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. To ensure users have the most enjoyable and efficient experience, U34G3X includes advanced features like simultaneous dual-input PIP/PBP, and is mounted on an ergonomic adjustable stand. Prize Pool: First (1): $8000AUD, 5 x AOC AG273FZE Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Large Wolfie PlushieSecond (2): $4,000AUD, 5 x AOC C24G2 Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast MicrophoneThird (3): : $3,000AUD, 5 x AOC G500 Gaming Keyboard & Mice, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Goodie bagsFourth (4): $2,000AUD, AOC Goodie BagsFifth (5) / Sixth (6): $1,000AUD, AOC Goodie BagsSeventh (7) / Eighth (8): $500AUD, AOC Goodie Bags * * * ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia/.   About AOC AOC is a global leader in monitor display technology. For more than 50 years, AOC has delivered an exceptional viewing experience to millions of loyal customers worldwide. Today, the company offers a wide selection of stylish monitors for home, office and gaming in more than 120 countries. AOC is a brand of TPV, the world’s largest LCD monitor manufacturer. To match increasing demand for a competitive edge and top-tier performance, AOC has developed a range of dedicated gaming monitors. In addition to embracing the latest technologies in product design, AOC’s engagement with the world of gaming includes sponsoring leading Esports events and teams – actively driving the growth of gaming as the global profession it has become today. Find out more at au.aoc.com   # # # ESL PR Contact: Alex Blaikie, PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com +61 401 947 878 LEAGUE OF LEGENDS CIRCUIT OCEANIA LAUNCHES THIS FEBRUARY 2021-02-05T00:05:42Z league-of-legends-circuit-oceania-launches-this-february OCE WILL NOT BE SILENCED Sydney, Australia, 5th February 2021 - Today the League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO), a new 8-team League of Legends (LoL) competition was unveiled by ESL and Guinevere Capital, as the premier LoL esports tournament in the Oceanic region.   Starting on Tuesday, February 23rd, Oceania's top League of Legends players will take to the Rift to compete in a new format for the region. Over the course of 8 weeks and 19 playdays, eight of the region’s best teams: ORDER, PENTANET, CHIEFS, DIRE WOLVES, LEGACY, MAMMOTH, AVANT and GRAVITAS will compete in a double round robin format, where eight teams face off against each other twice over the course of five weeks. At the conclusion of Regular Season, the bottom three teams will be eliminated. The remaining five teams advance through to a Double Elimination Playoffs running on March 30th-31st and April 6th-7th. Finals will take place on April 10th, where they will fight for the title of inaugural LCO champions and a place at the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). “Raise your koalas, because competitive Oceanic League of Legends is back. We’re excited to build up the LCO and create the strongest and most entertaining League of Legends competition that the region has ever seen,” said Peter Du, LCO League Manager and Senior Project Manager at ESL Australia. “This is a new opportunity for Oceanic League of Legends talent to step up and begin their pathway to the world stage, while playing in the sort of competition that every LoL esports fan wants to watch” “While it’s been great to see Australia and New Zealand talent competing in other regions over the past few weeks, we are looking forward to having this region's homegrown competition back on February 23rd,” said Dave Harris, Managing Director of Guinevere Capital.  “It’s taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage and we really want to thank all the players, teams, brands and fans who are ensuring 2021 is Oceania’s biggest year yet for competitive LoL.”   All matches of the LCO will be broadcast live on multiple platforms including Twitch.tv/LCO from ESL’s new, purpose-built esports studios in Sydney, with some of Oceania’s top commentators and analysts joining the broadcast team both on-site and remotely. A full lineup of broadcast talent will be announced in the coming weeks, but fans can expect a mix of familiar faces and newcomers to the desk. For the latest updates, fans can follow the LCO on social media, at: Twitter - @LoLCircuitOCE Twitch - /LCO Facebook Instagram Web - lco.gg Press Assets, including Launch Trailer, can be found here Media Contact:  Alex Blaikie, PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com +61 401 947 878 About ESL Gaming ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com.   About Guinevere Capital Founded in 2016, Guinevere Capital is an advisory and investment firm focused on high growth segments of the sports and esports industry, bringing together performance, commercialisation, media and management to create leading global organisations. For esports, Guinevere aims to develop competitive ecosystems in emerging markets and have focused their efforts on Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Guinevere was responsible for the launch of the Esports High Performance Centre at Sydney Cricket Ground, one of the most iconic sports grounds in Australia and the first esports facility to launch in the country and his since followed up with a sister facility in New Zealand's Eden Park Stadium. Guinevere is also widely known for their investment in the leading British organisation Excel Esports and the creation of the teams performance center and headquarters the XLHQ at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby, and the teams application into the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), Europe’s most viewed tournament in 2019. In 2020 Guinevere also became involved with the London Spitfire in the global Overwatch League. ESL Opens New Esports Studios In Australia 2021-02-02T06:39:33Z esl-opens-new-esports-studios-in-australia Sydney, Australia, February 2 — ESL Gaming Australia, local division of the world’s largest esports company, has today unveiled three new purpose built esports studio spaces in Sydney’s west, and unveiled details of the first esports league that will be broadcast from the new facility, the ESL ANZ Champs. The new esports studio spaces can facilitate a remotely operated broadcast in the event that staff are required to work off-site, with complete flexibility to scale from small, in-studio shows to global productions for tournaments including the ESL Pro League and ESL One, patching in guests from around the world. Each space has been created to fulfil different broadcast requirements, as follows: A large, casual broadcast studio space including couch setups, video wall for analysis segments and studio ensuite room for additional live content. An Audio-Visual heavy traditional esports broadcast studio, with a custom built commentary desk that can host up to three talent.  A third flexible broadcasting space featuring adaptable digital branding to fit shows of all shapes and sizes. With a 2020 that saw ESL ANZ Champs broadcasts accrue over 3 million views, and ended the year as Australia & New Zealand’s most watched Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league, the new season is set to kick off on March 8th, with qualifiers for CS:GO starting on February 13th. All matches of the new season will be broadcast from the new studios, with fans able to watch on twitch.tv/esl_australia. “Coming into 2021, we’ve been working on what is the biggest change to the league since its inception in 2015.” said James Fletcher, Product Manager, ESL ANZ Champs. “We see the ANZ Champs as the place where all CS:GO and StarCraft 2 fans can come; whether it’s to watch their favourite teams compete, or simply take part in an interactive broadcast. We’re talking less of the stiff, ‘Sports Show’ vibe and more Twitch chat, memes, and content.” For the full 2021 calendar and more information, visit pro.eslgaming.com/anz. Fans can look for updates on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. ESL ANZ Champs 2021 Presskit & Logos: http://esl.gg/2L3So0W  * * * ABOUT ESL GAMING ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at http://about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia MEDIA CONTACTS: Alex Blaikie PR Manager, ESL Australia a.blaikie@eslgaming.com PADI IDC on Australia's Sunshine Coast 2020-12-23T23:17:03Z padi-idc-on-australia-s-sunshine-coast Dive Instructor Academy now offers PADI Instructor Development Courses in Port Douglas, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. Sunreef, the award winning dive company operating from Mooloolaba on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, has joined forces with PADI Course Director Kai Steinbeck to bring PADI Instructor Development Courses and Instructor Exams to the Sunshine Coast. Not only will the PADI IDC program be conducted at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, but PADI has scheduled PADI Instructor Examinations for the Sunshine Coast as well. Kai, originally from Germany, began his diving career at a young age in the Caribbean and has been a PADI member for over 25 years working as a PADI professional in Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia. As a Course Director, Kai is the founder of Dive Instructor Academy and has successfully run Instructor Development Courses in Cairns, Port Douglas and Indonesia. Kai’s extensive knowledge of the dive industry is what sets him apart from the rest. As a PADI professional for over 25 years with a business degree, a skippers qualification (master class 5), fluent in three languages and having worked for some of the worlds largest dive companies as dive instructor, course director, operations manager and marketing manager, Kai brings more than just diving to the program and prepares you for the real world. The PADI IDC program offered is far more involved than the minimum standards required with extra training days to ensure candidates are well prepared. In order to start the Instructor programs off to a great start we spend the first day diving on the incredible HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef is one of the few dive operators who have access to this incredible wreck which was sunk in 2005. The Ex-HMAS Brisbane is one of the world's best wreck sites, and this decommissioned guided missile destroyer that now serves as a lively artificial reef is located just 2.9 nautical miles off the Sunshine Coast. What’s included above and beyond the normal IDC: ·       PADI Instructor exam pass guarantee ·       Nitrox instructor specialty rating* ·       Introduction to free diving ·       Marine life knowledge course ·       Ocean conservation donation ·       Ongoing support Whilst the training is extremely thorough and we are very confident that each candidate is ready for the Instructor exam, anyone could have a bad day. For that reason, the IDC program includes an Instructor exam pass guarantee. This means that if a candidate fails the IE, we will pay for the second IE fee. Being fluent in English, Spanish and German, Kai will be able to offer Instructor Development programs with language assistance for those that require it.  Kai’s vision is to offer access to more training above the required PADI curriculum and develop a full suite of Dive Centre Management modules, which will be second to none in the dive industry and will include sales training, marine life knowledge, compressor understanding, reservations, pricing of stock and more. Sunreef is a leader in diver training and we have big plans for the GO PRO program to develop it to the highest standard. We see instructors trained by Sunreef to be dive professionals being sought after and capable of working in any environment. For more information on the Dive Instructor Academy IDC programs visit our website https://www.diveinstructor.com.au or email Kai Steinbeck direct on kai@diveinstructor.com.au For more information on diving the HMAS Brisbane with Sunreef from Mooloolaba or all dive courses, whale watching and other activities visit the website at www.sunreef.com.au For email enquires on any dive trips please contact us at dive@sunreef.com.au The Ultimate Primate Announces The 74 Toughest Ultramarathons Around The World 2020-11-22T23:47:04Z the-ultimate-primate-announces-the-74-toughest-ultramarathons-around-the-world Sydney Australia -- 23rd November 2020 -- The Ultimate Primate, a health & fitness based website has recently updated a list of the most popular ultramarathons around the world. The whopping list includes 74 Ultramarathons that are based on mountains and trails.  If you're wondering what an Ultramarathon is then prepare to sink in your teeth. As The Ultimate Primate quotes: "An ultramarathon is any race that goes longer than the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles. It’s a true test of courage, guts, and grit in which only the strongest survive.". Typically, a lot of Ultramarathons go for up to 100-miles but there are some such as the Moab 240 which spans 240 miles. And remember, this is all done on foot.  Marko Rakic, the lead writer from The Ultimate Primate has stated the following: "I've done a marathon once in my life so far and that's 26.2-miles, or just shy of 42.2km if you're reading from Australia. It was very excruciating, and I have nothing but respect for these amazing athletes that are able to take it a step further." In regards to the curated list of 74 Ultramarathons around the world, Marko said: "We wanted to bring more awareness around this amazing sport, and to spread the message that there are amazing athletes around there doing insane races which sometimes don't get as much respect as other athletes." When speaking about how someone can get started on training for an Ultramarathon, Marko stated "It's all about consistency. There are amazing people running out there. Older people, and that's just really inspiring. But at the end of the day, you need to be consistent and constantly increase your mileage as you run weekly. Make sure you rest enough and have a proper diet as well. You don’t need much other than running shoes for a beginner to start." You can find the list of these marathons, along with their ticket websites on The Ultimate Primate by going to their page, the 74 most popular ultramarathons on trails and mountains around the world. GLOBAL GAMERS TO COMPETE IN JBL QUANTUM CUP 2020-11-19T01:02:55Z global-gamers-to-compete-in-jbl-quantum-cup NOVEMBER 18, 2020 – Today, JBL announced a first-of-its-kind global gaming tournament that puts consumers at the center of the action: The JBL Quantum Cup. JBL has partnered with ESL, the largest esports organization in the world, to bring to life this cutting-edge experience.  Starting December 11, consumers will be able to watch the top names in esports face off in three of the hottest battle royale and shooter games: Fortnite, Valorant and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Unique from other esports competitions, consumers can compete during qualifying rounds of the global Fortnite challenge for a chance to advance to the finals of the JBL Quantum Cup and play against the pros. And that isn’t the only way consumers can win during the tournament. While fans watch the world’s best streamers go head-to-head, they will have the opportunity to win multiple prizes to enhance their at-home gaming set up. There has never been a better time to be a fan or a player, or both! The three-day JBL Quantum Cup event will bring together gamers from across the world, all vying for the championship title. WATCH: Spanning three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – the JBL Quantum Cup will create a unique global gaming event, featuring a stacked roster of streamers and shoutcasters. As the official global gaming headset partner of premium lifestyle brand and gaming organization 100 Thieves, viewers can catch 100 Thieves’ Valorant and Fortnite teams competing using their favorite JBL Quantum headsets for a shot at the $200,000 prize pool and the honor of being crowned a JBL Quantum Cup Champion. There will also be in-stream appearances by regional JBL Quantum Ambassadors Ali “SypherPK” Hassan and Jay “Sinatraa” Won. “Knowing how important sound is for competitive gaming, our teams are extremely excited to partner with JBL and participate in the first-ever JBL Quantum Cup to show the top names in esports how much of an edge the JBL Quantum headsets give us in competition,” said Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, 100 Thieves Founder and CEO. “We’re looking forward to playing alongside our fans during the stream and showing the strength of our Valorant team – led by Hiko – as well as our successful Fortnite teams.” For consumers looking for even more action, the JBL Quantum Cup will stream on the following platforms:  For the Regional Finals:  Live commentary from shoutcasters including Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, Chris “Puckett” Puckett, Arten “Ballatw” Esta and Lauren “Pansy” Scott will be available on JBL’s Twitch channel from December 11-13 IGN’s Sydnee Goodman will provide commentary during the JBL Quantum Cup finals on IGN’s homepage and YouTube channel ESL’s online and social platforms will also provide coverage across their Twitch and YouTube channels Additional details surrounding the JBL Quantum Cup and timing for the Finals can be found at https://esl.gg/jblquantumcup. PLAY:  For the ultimate competitors looking to show their skills on the global gaming stage, the JBL Quantum Cup invites 1,200 consumers across the globe to participate in the global Fortnite tournament, with regional qualifiers kicking off on December 5. As one of the most popular titles in gaming today, the global Fortnite challenge will be broken into regional qualifying rounds in North America, Europe and Asia. This first-of-its-kind consumer regional qualifier will include three rounds of competition, with the top 10 duos in each region advancing to the regional finals to battle with the best professional teams and influencers. Interested consumers can register at https://esl.gg/jblquantumcup now through November 30.  “Esports is growing faster than anyone expected, so being able to unite pro streamers with fans for the first time ever in this unique three-day tournament is a huge moment for us,” said Ralph Santana, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at HARMAN. “With billions of people regularly tuning in to simply watch gaming tournaments, JBL is changing the game with the first competition that puts viewers at the center of the action.” WIN: Throughout the JBL Quantum Cup, consumers will have three ways to win. Consumers that advance through the Fortnite regional qualifier rounds the weekend of December 5 will be eligible to win from a total prize pool valued at $200,000 during the JBL Quantum Cup finals and be crowned a JBL Quantum Cup Champion. JBL Quantum Cup Champions, as well as 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the tournament, will take home part of the cash prize pool and a gaming prize pack featuring a JBL Quantum headset, JBL Quantum DUO computer speakers and a Samsung Galaxy Book Ion. Those tuning in to the stream will also have a chance to win every hour during the live Twitch broadcast to help equip them for future gaming victories and more. Giveaways will include JBL Quantum headsets, JBL Quantum DUO computer speakers and autographed gear from 100 Thieves. Throughout the event, consumers can visit https://esl.gg/jblquantumcup to learn more about the line-up and share why sound gives them the competitive edge in gaming for the chance to win the same prize pack as the JBL Quantum Cup Champions.  ABOUT JBL JBL creates the amazing sound that shapes life’s most epic moments. From iconic events like Woodstock and concerts at Madison Square Garden, to games at Yankee Stadium and weekend road trips, JBL elevates listeners’ experiences with award-winning audio that lets them make the most of every moment. Used by some of the world's greatest musicians and elite athletes in basketball, baseball and esports, JBL has unmatched professional credentials and over 70 years of delivering industry leading innovation. JBL is the authority in engineering superior sound. ABOUT HARMAN HARMAN International (harman.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co, LTD., designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  ABOUT ESL GAMINGESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com. Press Assets: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12JMTNDLNMAdSXiadKOl9uuyxsNOOoSqK?usp=sharing Buy Premium Quality Exercise Equipment 2020-11-02T06:05:35Z buy-premium-quality-exercise-equipment Sports and fitness are the two most important physical activities that every individual must care about, especially when it comes to purchasing the right kind of shoes, clothes, equipment’s, etc. While we look into such aspects, the first store that comes in mind is the Sportsman Warehouse.  In Australia, Sportsman Warehouse is one of the very store’s which offer premium quality products at very affordable prices. Sportsman Warehouse was founded in the year 1983, and since then, they have been in the market providing with exceptional products which last for years together. They believe in high standards when it comes to brand selection at their store.  Sportsman Warehouse has a distinguished range of products for every age category. And also it makes it easier for their customers, they have ensured to sort their products as per the requirements. For example, if you are looking for sports shoes, they are differentiated as running, walking, casual, training and so on. This helps in saving the time of the buyer; also, it does not confuse an individual while purchasing items. The bestseller designs are available in the one-piece swimsuit section for women. They are simply amazing when it comes to fabric quality, and at the same time, it gives a very classy look. Similarly, the Exercise equipment’s that are available at Sportsman Warehouse are sturdy enough to be used for many years to come. They are built in such a way that even the healthiest people can use them without any balancing fear.  The brands which are available at Sportsman Warehouse are Nike, Adidas, Speedo, etc. These are some of the globally accepted brands that have a long life and are very comfortable while using it. And when it comes to knowing their success stories, it is best explained by their customers itself on their website. Undoubtedly there is a huge competition when it comes to sports products, but Sportsman Warehouse has effectively made its way through the market and achieved its name countrywide.  About Sportsman Warehouse, Australia- Sportsman's Warehouse, est. 1983 in Canberra Australia, is “serious about sport” and has been successfully operating since 1983, initially as a chain of bricks & mortar stores and since 1 July 2019 as an online site with 4 affiliated bricks & mortar stores in ACT and NSW. They also have a specialist team wear and corporate sales team based in Canberra, Australia.  Sportsman's Warehouse presents an exciting range of branded products and information to inspire sporting and fitness endeavors in a one-stop online environment to help everyone feel good through physical activity. Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride 2020-11-01T04:08:25Z tasmania-circumnavigation-100-charity-ride With COVID-19 creating boundaries for event holders, the organisers of Australia’s only 100% Charity ride, refused to be halted in their quest to raise much needed funds for two great Australian organisations. In its 3rd edition, the ride is termed as ‘100% Charity’ as 100% the funds raised by participants goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries. In addition, staff and volunteers DONATE 100% of their time over a two-week period and Maglia Nera Tours covers all their costs including transport, accommodation, meals etc. All running fees are absorbed by Maglia Nera Tours with the assistance of DONORS. The event DOES NOT deduct or expense anything from the monies raised. Official Website: https://tasmaniacircumnavigation.com.au/ ROUTES & DISTANCES The event has three ride distances to choose from:1. Full Map: circumnavigating the entire island in an anti-clockwise direction over 1040km2. West Map: riding the west coast from Launceston to Hobart over 585km3. East Map: ride the east coast from Hobart to Launceston over 455kmNEW EVENTS In 2020 there are three event options on offer for both riders and non-riders (under the age of 18): 1. Lap TAS Live!: for those lucky enough to be in Tasmania & have some time up your sleeve, they can physically cycle one of the ride distances, on their own (self-guided) between the 7-29 November 20202. Lap TAS Virtual!: for those located outside of Tasmania, anywhere in the World , they can virtually cycle one of the ride distances & challenge themselves close to home, between the 7-29 November 20203. Lap TAS Junior!: a non-cycling event for young Under 18 year old’s travelling in Tasmania, more on this program will be released soon,  starting in December 2020. THE BENEFICIARIES StGiles in Tasmania: specialists in early childhood intervention and NDIS disability support services. They can help at every stage of an NDIS support program. StGiles provide a wide range of services for people with disabilities. Their multi-disciplinary therapy and support teams have earned Tasmania’s trust and respect for more than 80 years. Fortem Australia: a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australia's law enforcement, national security, and first-responder communities. Fortem is independent of Government and works directly with current-serving individuals, and their families, to have positive impacts on overall wellbeing. TECHNOLOGY PARTNER: GOCYCLE APP The cycling events will be tracked by the Australian made GoCycle App, who have worked well above their expectations, in assisting cycling charity events. To meet this year’s challenge of creating a virtual event, GoCycle tirelessly developed an add-on, to their already highly functional app, at NO CHARGE. There are no words that can express the enormity of such GENEROSITY and the cost savings this produces. The Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride will be the FIRST fully operated charity ride to use GoCycle. This add-on can be used by ANY charity organisation in the WORLD who wish to run a virtual cycling event. GoCycle Website: https://www.gocycle.com.au Maglia Nera Cycling Tours announces technology partnership with Australian made ‘GoCycle App’ 2020-10-23T08:20:37Z maglia-nera-cycling-tours-announces-technology-partnership-with-australian-made-gocycle-app The GoCycle App was launched in January 2020, at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia. It captured the eye of Maglia Nera Tours Director, Yvette Fuser, who identified the App’s potential immediately. Joining forces, the two businesses have extended the app’s capabilities, to include a ‘Charities’ functionality, allowing the running of ‘Virtual’ events during the COVID-19 period and beyond. The result is a new era for Charity Cycling Events – this feature can now be used by any charity organisation, around the world,  to run cycling events whether they be live or virtual, in a public or private manner. The first major charity to use this feature will be Maglia Nera Tours’ own ‘Tasmania Circumnavigation’ 100% Charity Ride^, which runs from 7-29 November. Entrants will have the choice of  three (3) different distances around Tasmania, that they can ride ‘virtually’, from anywhere in the world. GOCYCLE - EASY TO USE & GIVING BACK Developer of the GoCycle app, Jodie Van Elst, explained that the app was easy to use, effortlessly linking with Strava & Garmin Connect, to import rides directly to subscribers’ profiles, when subscribed to the ‘Pro’ version. GoCycle app initiator Greg Goodman said the app has many features that will appeal to both hard-core cycling enthusiasts and weekend bike riders. “It’s got something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have created an app that is encouraging new riders, both young and old to get involved’,” Mr Goodman said. “To help people stay active and mentally healthy during these challenging times, we’d like to give something back to the community.” The GoCycle App can be downloaded for FREE, using the ‘Lite’ version, where individuals can immediately manually record their rides and by default, begin tracking themselves riding around the Australian continent, some 18000+ kilometres.  Users can then upgrade to a paid ‘Pro version, which takes them to the next level, opening an array of features such as Challenges, Goals, linking with Friends, setting up Teams and Clubs, creating Events & connecting to Strava & Garmin Connect. It is also here that the ‘Charities’ functionality becomes available for any not-for-profit to use. MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser believes this collaboration is best described as  “collision of similarities… A collision of cycling passion - A collision for the love of outdoors - A collision of compassion - A collision to helping others” Note: ^Once a year, Maglia Nera Cycling Tours Staff and Volunteers join forces over two weeks to run the Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride. Staff & Volunteers donate their time and Maglia Nera Tours pays for their accommodation, transport, and meals. The result is Australia’s ONLY 100% CHARITY RIDE, where 100% of the monies raised goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries – there are NO administration deductions whatsoever. MOTORSPORT: Women are being encouraged to explore the sport 2020-10-19T03:59:17Z motorsport-women-are-being-encouraged-to-explore-the-sport  Race Chix Motorsport, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club is proud to announce the launch of Race Chix Race School – a dedicated motorsport training school for women aged 16 and over, due to launch at Sydney Motorsport Park on the 3rd of November. With motorsport being one of the only sports where men and women can compete together with no age barriers, Race Chix Motorsport is committed to provide aspiring females the opportunity to participate in track days and competitive racing with a vision of building a network of like minded women across all motorsport genres. Rachelle Stirling, founder of Race Chix Motorsport insists ‘We don't want our own races or categories. We want to play with the guys, but we need that confidence first. Race Chix Race School doesn't end when the women complete the course, they become part of the community.’ With currently only a 10% female participation rate, Rachelle has her sights set on increasing the presence of women on the track. ‘Our goal is to connect, educate and inspire women who are either competitors, enthusiasts, officials or supporters to help grow female participation numbers in motorsport. By connecting, supporting and collaborating as a collective we can challenge stereotypes and broaden perceptions that motorsport is a male dominated sport.’ Race Chix Race School is launching with Motorsport 101, designed for women who are starting out on their motorsport journey, who haven’t participated in any track days or have only participated in one or two track days. The course sees the women partake in a number of theory-based units with Rachelle, before hitting the wet skid pan where they will learn the capability and limits of their car and will learn advanced driving techniques. Race Chix Race School will be assisted on circuit by Sydney Motorsport Park’s respected car experience and training providers, with bike courses to follow in 2021. The Australian Drivers Racing Club (ARDC) is a keen advocate of the initiative, “The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club is delighted to support the latest Race Chix Motorsport program. We are pleased to continue our role in developing local programs that highlight the opportunities available to women in many aspects of motorsport, as well as provide them with the chance to hone their skills at a quality circuit like Sydney Motorsport Park.” said ARDC CEO Glenn Matthews. Overall participation rates of women in the automotive industry in general believed to be as low as 20%*, with gender-based stereotypes around strength, or lack thereof, sighted as one of the many reasons women tend to shy away from the industry. When it comes to motorsports though, strength plays no part in the equation, with skill and confidence in vehicle handling paramount. Rachelle adds, “Building confidence is an extremely important element when it comes to women entering a male dominated sport. When it comes to a high-risk sport like motorsport, women learn differently to men.” After the aspiring drivers have successfully completed Motorsport 101 it is Rachelle's intention to offer a skill development pathway from beginner through to advanced. This is being executed with Motorsport 102 which focuses on speed events such as super sprints, followed by Motorsport 103 for the women who have participated in competitive non-race/Speed events and would like to move into competing in door-to-door circuit racing events. Rachelle hopes to have 12 entrants partake in the Race Chix Race School on their foundation Motorsport 101 course on the 3rd of November. The founder has ambitions to have up to 24 participants per course, per day join her on the track in the future. ‘Our vision is to have all Race Chix involved in all genres of motorsport, including cars, karts and bikes, in Australia connected and to see female participation numbers increase to fifty percent across the board.’ Website: https://www.racechixmotorsport.com.au/ https://www.racechixmotorsport.com.au/race-chix-race-school/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/race_chix/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/racechix/ MARVEL Super War Esports Takes Off In Australia 2020-10-15T06:31:11Z marvel-super-war-esports-takes-off-in-australia Sydney, Australia, 5 October 2020 - After a weekend of mobile MOBA action, one team has emerged as the champions of ESL Australia’s recent MARVEL Super War launch tournament series. The team, “PT2” defeated competitors from across Australia & New Zealand online in matches of Marvel’s first mobile MOBA title, MARVEL Super War. Overall Champions - PT2: MrEggplant (Australia) Kyo (Australia) lequadz (Australia) Rancid (Australia) RebirthAnarchy (Australia) Team captain Victor “MrEggplant” K. said this about the tournament: “It feels great to come out on top amongst some strong competition. Thanks to ESL for running such an event, I hope to see MARVEL Super War esports continue to get bigger here.” “After an incredible showing recently by other Oceanic Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) teams overseas, like Legacy Esports, there’s never been a better time to be competing in the MOBA scene here.” Said Ben Green, Publisher Development Lead at ESL. “We’re excited to watch these teams continue their journey in competitive MARVEL Super War, and congratulate all players that took part in our launch tournament series.” ### For media assets, please click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Zcbc0By8OTyTA7H22DgrEya0TgOlcsp?usp=sharing For all media enquiries, please contact:  Alex Blaikie | PR Manager, ESL Australia | press.aus@eslgaming.com*MARVEL Super War is currently available in countries and regions including South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and India. This game is not a global release title. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2020 MARVEL About NetEase Games NetEase Games is the online games division of NetEase, Inc.(NASDAQ:NTES), developing and operating some of the most popular PC-client and mobile games in China. As one of the world's largest incubators of quality online game content, NetEase Games is dedicated to supporting the growth of innovative studios around the globe and growing an international presence along the way. To complement its self-developed games and world-class R&D capabilities, NetEase Games also partners with other industry leaders, including Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary), and other global game developers to operate some of the most popular international online games in China.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 Maglia Nera Tours partnership with Fortem Australia. 2020-10-14T08:33:03Z maglia-nera-tours-partnership-with-fortem-australia Maglia Nera Tours Pty Ltd is proud and excited to officially announce its partnership with Fortem Australia. The two organisations have come together to leverage the benefits of group cycling programs to assist first responder personnel, and their families to build healthy social connections and promote protective factors for good mental health. Leveraging off the new group cycling programs, the partnership aims to also facilitate cycling-related fundraiser events to provide much-needed funding for future Fortem Australia operations. Combining all of this, Maglia Nera Tours and Fortem hope to support the recovery of the tourism sector in Australia with financially supported cycling tour programs. Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser, Director often reminds us that “people’s hearts open up out when on two wheels, more often than one can imagine” Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the mental fitness and wellbeing of first responder families. Every day, more than 300,000 first responders keep our communities safe. They are backed up by their families: partners, children, and parents. All of them hold vital and challenging roles. Fortem helps them to be well, and stay well, through mental fitness and wellbeing activities and support services. Fortem Co-Founder and Managing Director, John Bale says “Not only are cycling programs a great way to stay fit while promoting feelings of calm and wellbeing, they’re a great way to build wider support networks for both first responders and their families.” 2020 has been a challenging year for all Australians. First Responder’s have had an increased level of responsibility and stress, first with Australia’s 2019-20 bush fire disaster, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The race that endangers the nation 2020-10-13T12:13:00Z the-race-that-endangers-the-nation The Editor, Dear Editor, Melbourne residents have endured an interminable lockdown. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel, as we strive to avoid further lockdowns. So, why put this community sacrifice at risk, by allowing Melbourne Cup Carnival to go ahead? The Victoria Racing Club has declared that the Melbourne Cup will proceed this year, “as it has done” in previous years, and hopes to attract a crowd of up to 50,000 people. This will mean attendees ignoring social distancing as they crowd onto trains, cluster at bars, and marquees, crowd into selfies, hug friends, and scream at horses. Let’s not forget the other health risks—and deaths—connected to Melbourne Cup, even in a non-pandemic year. In the last racing year, 116 horses died after being forced to run and jump on hard-packed dirt, on ankles the size of a human’s. They suffered catastrophic injuries—including breaks and fractures of their forelegs—as well as cardiac issues, internal bleeding, and head trauma. This year, we craved our own liberties—while knowing there are good reasons for communal sacrifice. Let’s allow the horses their freedom, and avoid the cruelty and viral transmission risks that come with racing. Instead, we can boost the economy with entertainment featuring safe social distancing and consenting human performers, like outdoor theatre, musical concerts, dance, and comedy. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote VIC 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au GYM EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER, ALPHAFIT OBTAINS AUSTRALIAN MADE CERTIFICATION 2020-10-07T07:05:44Z gym-equipment-manufacturer-alphafit-obtains-australian-made-certification AlphaFit has acquired Australian Made certification for their steel gym equipment consisting of rigs, cages, equipment storage, specialty strength equipment, weightlifting accessories and body weight and gymnastics equipment. On account of the Coronavirus pandemic, Australian manufactured gym equipment is in more demand than ever before, as Australians actively seek to support locally made. It’s a welcome trend following the government restrictions which has led to Australians to search for Australian made fitness equipment while gyms and training facilities remained temporarily closed. The support for Australian made products is reinforced by new research from Roy Morgan following the COVID-19 pandemic, which revealed more than half of Australians (52%) say they now have an even higher preference for Australian-made products. ‘Made in Australia’ has always been important to AlphaFit’s brand since its establishment in 2012 by Jamie Montesalvo and Bobby Montesalvo. “Our ethos has always been to manufacture equipment in Australia that is functional, intuitive, built to last,” said Jamie. “We’re always looking to become more self-sufficient by bringing more capabilities in house and sourcing local Australian suppliers to help control quality and lead time,” he said. The renewed interest in Australian-made has led Australians to check the labelling with 43 per cent of Australians admitting to checking the country of origin on products, according to Roy Morgan research. “We’ve been manufacturing Australian made equipment from the very beginning. But we realised it wasn’t enough to say Australian made, we had to prove it.” “With the Australian made logo on display on AlphaFit equipment, our customers will confidently know that our products are Australian made and quality-driven.” The ‘Australian Made’ certification demonstrates AlphaFit’s continued commitment and reinvestment to local manufacturing, local jobs and the Australian economy. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Lindsay Howard, Marketing Manager, on 07 5574 4975, or email lindsay@alphafit.com.au