The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-18T23:03:24Z Veterans' on board for film festival 2017-07-18T23:03:24Z veterans-on-board-for-film-festival-2 Veterans' on board for film festival Canberra, ACT - The Veterans Film Festival (VFF) is delighted to announce the appointment of three new board members. Damien Thomlinson, actor (Hacksaw Ridge), Talissa Papamau, founder of Modern Soldier and author, Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d). The VFF is dedicated to putting the spotlight on stories about veterans’, their families, first responders and the impact warfare has on society, will return to Canberra in October 2017. Damien Thomlinson, President is an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, former Special Forces, author, motivational speaker, actor (Hacksaw Ridge) and Brand Ambassador. Despite losing his legs in the Afghan war, he has never lost his energy and enthusiasm, which he now channels to helping inspire people from around the world. ‘I am honoured to have the opportunity to play such a significant role with the festival,’ says Damien Thomlinson. ‘This is a great opportunity for filmmakers and veterans to present their stories on the big screen.’ Talissa Papamau, Vice President is an Afghanistan Veteran, and former Australian Army Combat Medic. Following her medical separation from Defence, Talissa founded the online veteran support group Modern Soldier and is the Executive Director of the Remembrance Foundation. Talissa is a consultant to various Government departments and has had numerous engagements with journalists and the media industry. ‘All films submitted to the official competition category will be eligible to compete for the coveted Red Poppy Awards,’ said Talissa Papamau. ‘In 2016, female filmmakers won most of the awards.’ Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d) served as a Nursing Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force for 16 years, with deployments to Timor-Leste in 2000 and 2004; Afghanistan in 2008 as Officer-in-Charge of the Australian Medical Task Force in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Sharon was seriously injured in a helicopter crash in Timor-Leste in 2004, but successfully fought to continue to serve, despite her injuries. As a result of her personal experience of service and her role in providing care for Australian Defence Force personnel and their families in Australia and overseas, Sharon is a passionate advocate within the field of Military and Veteran's Health. Sharon is the author of One Woman's War and Peace: a nurse's journey in the Royal Australian Air Force, and is a Member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial. For more formation about the festival visit www.veteransfilmfestival.com ------ ENDS ----- IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR PUBLICATION: http://bit.ly/2v5TawU _______________________________________________________________________ About the Festival The annual Veterans Film Festival (VFF) screens films from around the world, which explore real or imagined stories about warfare. The VFF showcases stories that promote a greater understanding about veterans’, their families, first responders and the impact of war on society. The festival presents feature films and short form cinema from Australia and around the world, including: fiction, non-fiction, animation, documentaries, archival, TV series and virtual reality. All films submitted to the official competition will be eligible to compete for the coveted Red Poppy Awards. Hand blown glass trophies will be awarded in the best film categories. In 2016, female filmmakers won 67% of the awards. The festival also curates an eclectic program of forums, competitions, workshops, video games exhibitions and discussion panels with, guest presenters, filmmakers, historians, veterans and the public. The VFF encourages talent and assists the development of filmmakers and the arts community, while highlighting contributions from serving and ex serving veterans and their experiences. The festival offers a meeting ground and artistic canvas to engage with filmmakers, actors, festival audience and veterans of all ages, cultures and abilities. The Veterans Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organisation, whose aim is to raise awareness and contribute to our understanding of veterans’ experiences before, during and after service, their families and the impact war has on society. Australian brother’s innovations providing interest in golf training 2017-07-14T04:23:13Z australian-brother-s-innovations-providing-interest-in-golf-training Long-time Australian PGA members Brett and Mark Officer are creating a great deal of interest in their recently released innovations relating to technology in golf training. The brothers have developed electric hydraulically controlled adjustable hitting and putting platforms that can be used as stand-alone products as well as with existing technologies. Their Perfectstroke Adjustable Putting Platform can be utilised in an indoor putting studio environment to create straight and breaking putts of up to twelve feet. The putting platform can be used with SAM Puttlab to analyse golfers putting strokes firstly with straight ten foot putts which is the industry standard and then in the case of more advanced players, measure putts where break is involved. The underlying goal in analysing the breaking putts is to ascertain whether the player can maintain aim and stroke technique when putting in whatever situation, this is a commonality in good putters. The putting platform can be set up in a studio situation with a fixed camera system which when used in conjunction with the SAM Puttlab provides incredible feedback. Players can do live training using either the Puttlab or the camera system which can include audio feedback on putter face angle at address. In addition each platform has a backboard with degree and inch markings that an elevated line can be attached to. This then provides a definitive aim point where ball start direction can be monitored on straight and breaking putts which relates back to the players ability to aim and produce the same stroke mechanics on every putt. Golfers training with this system have shown incredible improvement in aim at address, technique and distance control. Managing Director of Perfectstroke Mark Officer said “We have decided to manufacture and make available to golf academies, facilities and avid golfers both the hitting platform and putting platform which up until recently was only available in our own facilities. Our first electric putting platform was put into operation in 2007 and since then we have continued to refine and develop the products which we believe to be world class”. Officer went on to say “The hitting platform used in conjuction with the Foresight GC Quad has created a great deal of interest because of its ability to simulate on course situations that you can’t normally practice. How hitting from different slopes can affect path and plane and lead to swing changes is well known to top level coaches as well.” The Perfectstroke Adjustable Hitting Platform has been designed to be recessed into the floor of a studio and can be used in normal level position or to create slopes of up to 10% or combinations of slope such as ball above feet and downhill lie each of 5%. It is controlled manually from a fixed wired control box and takes less than twenty seconds to adjust to a considerable 6% slope. “For players that are at a professional level or those aspiring to become professionals it is imperative that they can train in situations that closely simulate real course situations. Our putting platform surface runs at a stimp of 12 feet and we have a proven record of being able to dramatically improve a players putting performance. To be able to practice with a launch monitor and our adjustable hitting platform provides a glimpse into how high performance training for golf will happen in the future” Officer stated. The Perfectstroke Golf Training Centre is located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia where golf lessons are delivered daily and where interested persons can see technologies such as Foresight GC Quad, the SAM Puttlab, K-Vest and the adjustable platforms in action. Seminars featuring the products in use and how they relate to teaching and club fitting are scheduled to be held later in the year and in early 2018. For further information contact Mark Officer at mark@perfectstroke.org or phone 61 416 078 332 MELBOURNE STAR OBSERVATION WHEEL TURNS PURPLE IN SUPPORT OF MADDIE’S MATCH 2017-07-06T01:42:14Z melbourne-star-observation-wheel-turns-purple-in-support-of-maddie-s-match   All tickets purchased for Melbourne Star Observation Wheel with the promotional code MRV40, will contribute $5 to the Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision charity.   The only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, Melbourne Star is fitted with 3.7 kilometres of energy-efficient LED tubing. The tubes are connected electrically to each other and fastened to the structure using specially designed straps, which enable technicians to create an array of patterns and colours in a spectacular lighting display.   Once a light show is created, it is uploaded wirelessly to a server located on the hub of the wheel, which then plays the show on a continuous loop. The system was designed in Korea by LG and is maintained in Melbourne by local suppliers and engineers.   Maddie’s Match (Round 16), sees AFL rivals the St Kilda Football Club take on the Richmond Football Club, at 7:25pm at Etihad Stadium, in a game of rivalry but one that has obvious family ties, bound by love.   Maddie Riewoldt sister of St Kilda forward Nick Riewoldt and cousin of Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt passed away in 2015 from Bone Marrow Failure. Her favourite colour, purple, has come to represent her legacy and vision, to better understand and find a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.   Maddie’s Match aims to raise funds to help adolescence and young adults suffering from Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes. In 2015 Maddie’s Match raised $314,000, a figure the charity hopes to match or better this weekend.   The Riewoldt family are encouraging ALL Australian’s to go online and make a donation – donate a purple $5 note (or more) - donations can be made at www.mrv.org.au/maddiesmatch or purchase a ticket and take a flight on Melbourne Star Observation Wheel using the promo code MRV40, and use social media with the hashtag #HighFiveForMaddie.   “As a Melbourne landmark, we see it as our responsibility to show support for charities that touch our hearts,” the Managing Director of Melbourne Star, Toshiya Kawasaki, said. “Our ability to develop a unique light display on Melbourne Star allows us to express our support and reflect the wider sentiment of Melbournians – and #HighFiveForMaddie.”   One of Victoria’s highest profile attractions, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel offers a 30-minute journey in the climate-controlled panoramic cabins, which give passengers stunning 360-degree views of Melbourne and beyond. Experience a view of the city like never before in the warmth and comfort of a cabin on the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere.   Whether you fly in daylight admiring the ever-changing port, fast-flowing freeways or million-dollar yachts berthing in the harbor or after dark to enjoy the dazzling multi-coloured LED light display, there is always something interesting to see.   Melbourne Star is at 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands. It is open from 11am to 7pm. Last ticket sales close 45 minute prior to advertised closing time. Last flight leaves 30 minutes prior to advertised closing time. How to get there: Trams 70, 86 + 35 (City Circle Tram) to Stop D11; Bus Link’s route 220 Stop 6 - Footscray Road; Car: Harbour Town car park is open 24 hours, enter via Footscray Road, Docklands Drive or Pearl River Road, Docklands.    For more information or to book your tickets, visit www.melbournestar.com  or call (03) 8688 9688. HELPING HOOPS | 24 HOUR CHARITY SHOOTOUT 2017-06-28T03:27:46Z helping-hoops-24-hour-charity-shootout Helping Hoops raises funds for under-privileged kids with 24 Hour Charity Shootout event. This weekend, 1 & 2nd of July, over 170 passionate supporters will participate in the annual 24 Hour Charity Shootout to raise money for Helping Hoops, a grass roots charity providing free basketball programs for over 1,000 underprivileged children across Melbourne. Last year’s 24 Hour Charity Shootout raised almost $60,000 for Helping Hoops, with participants combining to shoot over 21,000 free throws over the course of the weekend. This year's Shootout will also include a celebrity All Star Game on Saturday July 1 from 2-3pm featuring NBL and Australian Boomers player Chris Goulding, Attica Restaurant’s Ben Shewry, Australian cricketer Peter Siddle, and Melbourne United’s David Barlow who will each captain teams made up of children from Helping Hoops programs. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is a unique fundraising event, with participants choosing a 15-minute timeslot to make as many free throws as they can, sponsored by family and friends, with all proceeds going to Helping Hoops. The venue, Albert Park College, will be transformed into a carnival full of attractions, prizes, guests, food and more. Those unable to make it to Albert Park also have the option of shooting in their local area. Helping Hoops Executive Director Adam McKay says: “The fundraising effort by the participants has a huge impact and helps us to sustain the nine programs that currently run weekly in Fitzroy, Werribee, Broadmeadows, Footscray, Prahran, North Melbourne, Richmond, Croxton and Dandenong, but also in resourcing future programs so the charity can reach even more children.” "Every week, we make and keep promises to children experiencing disadvantage, and I am proud that we have been able to do this all for free for the past seven years. Funds raised from the 24 Hour Charity Shootout help us keep these promises now and into the future, and allow us to expand our reach to help even more children who need us in their neighbourhood." Other attractions throughout the weekend will include food trucks by Mr Burger, haircuts by Brother Wolf and The Streets’ Barber, live street art showcase, Camera House photo booth, Helping Hoops apparel launch and pop up store, photography exhibition, raffle and lucky dip, pop corn, retro arcade games, a free kids’ clinic and a brulee cart. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is all about giving the wider community an opportunity to get involved in Helping Hoops, and to be a hero from their own backyard, local court, or at Albert Park College. END Unscriptd Appoints Jonno Simpson as Sports Marketing Director Australasia 2017-06-27T05:05:12Z unscriptd-appoints-jonno-simpson-as-sports-marketing-director-australasia Melbourne, 27 June 2017 - Global athlete publisher Unscriptd is delighted to officially announce the appointment of Jonno Simpson to the role of Sports Marketing Director Australasia.   In this role Simpson will be responsible for the ongoing expansion of the company’s network of athletes in Australasia.   Ben Crowe, Co-Founder and Head of Global Sports at Unscriptd said: “Jonno joins Unscriptd at a very exciting time of growth for the business. There are so many different ways we are helping athletes as publishers and Jonno is one of the best in the business and we are thrilled to have him join our team.”   Simpson joins Unscriptd from Twitter, where he was the company’s first employee in Australia and the Head of Twitter Sport for the past four years. Prior to this role Simpson was Head of Social Media at the AFL and Head of Digital Marketing and Fan Engagement at the Essendon Football Club.   Commenting on his appointment, Jonno Simpson said: “It’s such an exciting company (and category) and I look forward to drawing on my past experiences in global sport, media and tech, to amplify athletes via Unscriptd’s platform, digital publishing solutions, and engaging content.” Unscriptd enables athletes to become world class publishers and content creators.  As the athlete publishing company, Unscriptd creates value for partners including brands, teams, leagues and sport publishers globally.   Unscriptd creates value to the athlete through a mix of content formats and concepts, social audience growth and engagement, increasing the value to the athletes personal brand and to their existing and potential sponsors.   Unscriptd has a rapidly growing global athlete network and has worked with many of the world’s elite athletes including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerard Pique, Ander Herrera, Virat Kohli & Andre Agassi, as well as Australia’s own Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Patty Mills, Trent Cotchin  and Paddy Dangerfield.   Powered by a proprietary technology platform, Unscriptd enables the management, distribution and measurement of content across social and digital media channels.   Unscriptd was founded by former Nike global VP & CEO of Western Europe Brent Scrimshaw, ex-Nike International Sports Marketing Director Ben Crowe, and former leading sport researcher for APAC Todd Deacon. Unscriptd has now built a highly accomplished team across content, digital publishing, and data, with former executives from industry leaders such as BuzzFeed, Twitter and Shazam.    Simpson’s appointment is effective immediately.     -  ENDS  - About Unscriptd   Unscriptd is a global athlete publishing company that creates and enables the targeted distribution of engaging content on behalf of athletes, brands, sponsors and sports administrators. Unscriptd has offices in London, New York, Barcelona and Melbourne.   For media enquiries, images, and interview requests please contact: Julia Chalk That Communications Company julia@thatcomms.com 0402 334 007 | (03) 9098 4357 Carla Alderuccio That Communications Company carla@thatcomms.com M: 0400 221 123 | (03) 9098 4360 AIRASIA IN THE RING WITH BOXING CHAMP MANNY PACQUIAO 2017-06-24T06:48:47Z airasia-in-the-ring-with-boxing-champ-manny-pacquiao SEPANG, MALAYSIA - 24 June 2017 - Nine-time world champion AirAsia will be flying boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Australia for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defence. Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won titles in eight weight classes, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Australia’s Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 2 July 2017. It will be his first defence of the title since winning it in a unanimous decision from American boxer Jessie Vargas in November 2016. AirAsia will fly Pacquiao and his team from their training camp in General Santos City in the Philippines to Brisbane on an Airbus A330 with special livery. The aircraft will feature an image of the Filipino boxer next to the Pacman and Pound-for-Pound logos. WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said, “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. With this agreement forged with AirAsia, I am inspired to give it all I got. “Teaming up with AirAsia makes it more special because we have been accorded the respect of the fans. I have been called the People’s Champion and AirAsia is a world champion airline, and I’m extremely proud to be flying with the Asean world champions.” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Manny is a huge inspiration to the Philippines and the whole of Asean. We want to show that this region makes world champions and no one is a better example of this Manny. Manny is like AirAsia, climbing to the top and staying there after all these years through blood, sweat and tears, and we are very honoured to be able to support him once again.” Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *** END *** PHOTO CAPTIONS DSC03516 / DSC03564.jpg Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane. DSC03565.jpg Close-up of the special AirAsia Airbus A330 Pacman livery. About AirAsia AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers carried, services an extensive network of over 120 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 World Travel Awards, where it beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World's Leading Inflight Service. Time to get training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 2017 2017-06-21T06:28:48Z time-to-get-training-for-the-lake-taupo-cycle-challenge-2017 There’s around 150 days left to get ready for New Zealand’s largest cycle event, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. VBike indoor cycling studio's head coach Jianni Koutsos says now is the time to start training, particularly for anyone entering the 160-kilometre category. “If you don’t have much riding experience, that’s a long way. Proper preparation is key to having fun and avoiding injuries," he says. But with winter bringing short, dark days, Koutsos admits finding time to train is hard. When it’s impossible to ride outdoors New Zealand’s first dedicated indoor cycling studio, VBike, provides a realistic and effective training option. Its high-tech approach delivers cyclists tailored workouts that drive fitness gains. Each class includes high and low intensity intervals to help riders get fit and avoid over or under training. Alongside regular classes, VBike has designed a Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme that’s suitable for cyclists of all abilities.  The 12-week Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme includes regular fitness assessments, weekly indoor training sessions and a pre-race virtual ride of the most difficult elements of the course.  To support cyclists riding Taupo, VBike’s also providing a regular series of cycling tips like maintaining form over winter with a long ride each month.  Find out more at VBike, New Zealand’s first indoor cycling studio for cyclists.     Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au The sport of kings now available to everyone 2017-06-20T08:08:07Z the-sport-of-kings-now-available-to-everyone-1 Sydney, 20 June 2017 - Imagine a disruptive new market player with an asset with four legs and technology that connects it to buyers by dropping the cost of entry to market by a factor of 50.   That’s what technology start-up miRunners has done. Its technology platform makes top pedigree thoroughbred racehorse ownership affordable to anyone from as little as $165 per unit plus a small monthly management fee capped at $15 per month. For the first time, units (ownership shares) can be bought via mobile or desktop in a few simple clicks.   In an industry which has traditionally been the realm of wealthy individuals, this is disruptive in its execution and its thinking.   MiRunners has evolved from the miStable communication business, now in its 10th year, which provides real-time electronic communications technology at scale to over 300 professional thoroughbred trainers responsible for 16,000 thoroughbreds across Australia.     “MiRunners is a concept that disrupts traditional thoroughbred ownership models, yet grows the market support for the whole industry so that everyone  benefits,” says Chris Ryan, executive chairman of miStable. “We aim to widen the audience our trainers have with owners significantly. Today, fewer than 100,000 Australians can afford to own a racehorse, yet millions engage in the sport. There’s now no reason why they can’t enjoy an all-encompassing racehorse ownership experience.”   The miRunners platform was launched last December and the miRunners team has spent the last six months learning from data and refining how they interact with trainers and owners.   “We already had the communications engine. What we needed to do was connect this engine to an online customer purchasing experience, and get all the regulatory and legal affairs around shared horse ownership in order. These changes were key to this idea of allowing a greater number of owners per racehorse, and making it more affordable for everyone,” says Chris Ryan.   “Early-adopter feedback led us to simplify the online experience and the way the product was marketed.  The new version of the platform makes it easy for anyone to buy online. We are already seeing a number of people buy multiple units for themselves, or to share the experience with their friends. This really disrupts the traditional ownership model.   “And in another sense, we’ve also disrupted ourselves: we had to rebuild what we had with miStable to serve this new community of first-time owners, all online.”   MiRunners purchased its first colt for $165,000 in the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sales event in January 2017, and created 1,000 ‘ownership units.’ The colt is being trained by leading trainer Kris Lees, one of the most sought-after trainers in Australia.  Individuals can purchase a single unit or multiple units in the colt, and every purchase is made through a simple transaction on the miRunners web site.   “That immediacy and automation are essential,” notes Chris Ryan. “For most, ownership will be a new concept.  Race fans or those with a love of horses will get the proposition very quickly, but people looking to buy an unusual birthday present for a friend or family member, for example, need to as well. This is an emotional purchase decision, and people will make an emotional commitment to becoming a part-owner of this young horse. It’s similar to becoming a member of your local footy club and then seeing the team play in a grand final.   “We’re transacting with yearlings - young horses at the start their professional racing careers,” explains Chris Ryan, “so our owners can share the development and training experiences of the colt, visit it, be updated by the trainer each week, and celebrate milestones and track successes. And it’s a shared experience across all the horse’s owners, making this a unique and affordable investment.”   There are more than 200 unit holders of the colt, and miRunners is expanding its online marketing efforts. Once the colt starts its racing career, winnings will be divided equally per unit share. Chris Ryan adds, “We’re a big user of digital and social media marketing because it allows us to scale at low cost. We have created a tightly-focused digital program serving relevant content to interested and engaged prospects, carefully-targeted using online and social tools such as Google and Digivizer.”   Ends.   MiRunners is at: https://mirunners.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mirunnersdotcom/ https://twitter.com/miRunnersDotCom https://www.facebook.com/miRunnersDotCom   For more information or for an interview with Chris Ryan of miRunners, contact: Alan Smith, Digivizer, 0404 432 700 Chris Ryan, miRunners, 0457 092 666 $500 MILLION DOLLAR CHINESE COMPANY ENTERS AUSTRALIAN FIGHT GAME ! 2017-06-13T00:54:34Z 500-million-dollar-chinese-company-enters-australian-fight-game $500 MILLION DOLLAR CHINESE COMPANY ENTERS AUSTRALIAN FIGHT GAME !    China's premier fighting promotions company Kunlun Fight ( KLF) will announce a joint venture with Australian Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts (AFC MMA) at 2pm Wednesday 14th June at the Victoria Room, 1st Floor 86 New Quay Rd, Docklands, Melbourne to stage events in Australia and China. Media are welcome to attend.   The cooperation of KLF with AFC  will help boost the sport's activities in Australia, and encourage more Australians to pay attention to health and sport. TO RSVP and to arrange interviews with AFC's Adam Milankovic and Kelly Seif  and KLF founder Jiang Hua email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601   ABOUT KUNLUN FIGHT  Kunlun Fight is a Chinese kickboxing promotion developed by Kunsun Media. KLF debuted in 2014 and is regarded as one of the top kickboxing promotions companies in the world having already staged over 60 events across China, Russia, Japan, Korea,Thailand, Italy, Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Phillipines. Movie star Jet Li is one of the shareholders of KLF which is valued at over 350 million USD, making KLF the most valuable combat sports startup in China. ABOUT AFC AFC - Australian Fighting Championship is Australia's premier Mixed Martial Arts fight promoters.  Founded by CEO Adam Milankovic in 2011. The AFC has been formed to unite the Australian Mixed Martial Arts industry and bring mainstream awareness to the sport. By showcasing the best Australian talent alongside international wildcards, the AFC delivers the highest quality Mixed Martial Arts events in the country. AFC recently took their shows international and with 2 successful shows have established them selves into China making them the first ever international Australian Fight MMA promoters.Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and Australia is the fastest growing country with the sport in the world. The joint venture partnership with KLF and the AFC will see major fights this October in Melbourne,and November in Sydney.      Full Face Snorkeling Mask Offers Free Shipping on All Orders 2017-06-05T05:38:02Z full-face-snorkeling-mask-offers-free-shipping-on-all-orders Full Face Snorkeling Mask brings to you a wide of range flexible snorkel masks that cover the whole face and do not fog at all. The masks are available for both adults and kids, and help divers to breathe as easily as they would on land. Gina McClure, co-owner of Full Face Snorkeling Mask, said, “We came up with this new-age, anti-fogging, face covering snorkel mask after years of research and testing. After years of selling standard snorkeling equipment, we decided to put everything on the sideline and come up with something that makes diving a wonderful experience for adults as well as kids.” The masks do not require you to put any breathing tube or apparatus inside your mouth, allowing you to breathe normally and enjoy the underwater view. The masks’ face-covering nature is ideal for enjoying a 180-degree vision, which is quite impressive and unique. Keith McClure, co-owner, commented, “Our experience as veteran snorkelers allowed us to come up with our easybreath snorkeling masks, available for both adults as well as kids. We are sure that our customers will definitely love our easy breath snorkeling system, just as we loved it during the testing phases held at locations like the Great Barrier Reef. ” “We believe that we are pioneers of innovation in the world of underwater diving, and no other company has been able to do what we have accomplished with our new and improved full face breathing masks for snorkelers.”, he further added. Full Face Snorkeling Mask promises to offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all orders of full face snorkel masks and other snorkeling equipment. They further exclaimed that the customer will get his or her order within 6 to 20 days of placing the order, dependent upon the country of destination. vvvvvv   To learn more about Full Face Snorkeling Mask, please contact: Address: PO BOX 740 Port Macquarie NSW 2444 Australia Business Mail ID: kewcycles@gmail.com Business Phone No: 0410131333 or +61410131333 YAL Indigenous Girls Academy in Cairns secures $1 Million Federal Government grant 2017-06-02T06:32:24Z yal-indigenous-girls-academy-in-cairns-secures-1-million-federal-government-grant The Young Australia League has welcomed today’s news that the Coalition Government will provide $1 million to establish the Kaziew Rangath Academy (“A Child’s Journey”) for young Indigenous women in Far North Queensland. The investment forms part of the $138 million education package announced by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, last week, and aligns with this week’s National Reconciliation Week which is a time to recognise the value of partnerships that are working to Close the Gap. YAL Chairman Frank Schaper said the academy will focus on students' physical, mental, academic and spiritual growth, with a strong support network and academic team so that each student will achieve their potential.     “YAL is grateful for the support of the Federal Government, and in particular Minister Scullion and Warren Entsch, who have helped ensure the Kaziew Rangath academy will help to change lives and give the indigenous girls from Far North Queensland a chance to shine,” Mr Schaper said.      The Kaziew Rangath Academy will open in January 2018 and give girls who live in Far North Queensland an opportunity to live on site at Tropicana Lodge and attend local schools while also pursuing other sporting and social opportunities.   The Academy will be a home away from home with support services being brought in to help the students adjust to their new environment without losing their cultural roots and connection to country.   Funds from the Federal Government to the program will allow for a total upgrade of the current facilities at Tropicana Lodge and ensure the first intake of students has access to first-class programs and facilities.   The Academy will see YAL partner with Cairns Hockey Association. Julie McNeil, Operations Manager at Cairns Hockey Association, said “Cairns Hockey Aspire to be Deadly is excited to partner with YAL and Tropicana Lodge to develop further sporting opportunities for indigenous young women and girls across Far North Queensland. The Aspire Sporting Academy will offer world class mentoring and pathways support to these young women on and off the field to support their education and pathway in life. Cairns Hockey Aspire to be Deadly is confident that the partnership with YAL and Tropicana Lodge will increase opportunities and provide a positive future for indigenous young women and girls in the region and beyond.”   Kaziew Rangath has been developed over the last 3 years by YAL Tropicana Lodge management team lead by Aaron and Jenine Keatley. “Throughout the last 10 years at Tropicana Lodge we have had a number of indigenous clients stay with us who have expressed a need for the development of the young women living in the Far North. Kaziew Rangath Academy has been created with careful consulting with a number of different organisations and Indigenous Elders. The young women from the Far North deserve to have a world class facility to help them reach their potential. Kaziew Rangath will fill that role.”      END   Media Contact:       Tammy-Rae Schaper (YAL) – 0412386612                                     Julie McNeil (CHA) 0418880147 Afford and Western Sydney Wanderers FC Ready to Kick Goals 2017-06-02T05:10:11Z afford-and-western-sydney-wanderers-fc-ready-to-kick-goals SYDNEY, 2 June 2017 - Sydney's leading not-for-profit disability organisation, the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford), has announced its partnership with the Western Sydney Wanderers. The partnership aims to promote social inclusivity and active lifestyles for people living with disability across Sydney. Afford is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. The partnership will enable Afford clients to connect with Western Sydney Wanderers Players and the Powerchair Team players at Afford Lifestyle Centres; attend Western Sydney Wanderers matches; and take part in Western Sydney Wanderers Football Clinics at the organisation's Funathon event later this year. The partnership with Western Sydney Wanderers is yet another initiative of the disability organisation, to present clients with opportunities to enjoy healthy and active lifestyles and engage in community activities in supportive environments. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says that the partnership presents many opportunities to foster inclusivity, belonging and support for people living with disability across Western Sydney communities. “There are so many synergies in our partnership with the Western Sydney Wanderers. We share vibrant cultures that celebrate diversity and we both exist to support and uplift Western Sydney communities,” Mr Herald commented. “Many of our clients are sports fanatics – they are more excited about our partnership than anyone!” "Our purpose is to support in the best interests of our clients. Whether it is as their NDIS partner, or by developing new partnerships such as this that deliver fun and happiness through activities they enjoy, our role is to create opportunities for people with disability to learn and grow." John Tsatsimas, Western Sydney Wanderers CEO, says that the partnership with Afford will work to represents a bond between community and sport. “The Western Sydney Wanderers are an inclusive club that represent everyone in the Western Sydney community,” said Tsatsimas. “We are looking forward to supporting Afford and advocating the work they do and thank them for their support.” Afford is at the forefront of providing disability services that extend beyond convention. In 2016, Afford launched their member based program, Club Afford, to encourage clients to take part in new activities that help develop skills, social networks and fitness. Club Afford has experienced strong membership growth with more than 100 members enjoying the health and social benefits of being part of the program. “Both Afford and the Western Sydney Wanderers share a passion for healthy and active lifestyles, which Afford channels through our Club Afford initiative. Club Afford assists people with disability to lead healthy and well-balanced lifestyles in a fun and social setting.” Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS   Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination. News: Get Fitter (not Fatter) This Winter With FitTin 2017-05-29T23:00:00Z news-get-fitter-not-fatter-this-winter-with-fittin Sydney May 30 2017 - Distraction-free, fitness sessions for all levels and locations are now available with the launch of FitTin, a range of fun, ready-made workouts in a beautifully designed gift tin available for purchase online (AUD $40), with international shipping. Whilst health and fitness apps and websites have become popular, a recent study has shown that using a smartphone during exercise can reduce the time spent on high intensity activities, impact your balance and stability and affect form and posture. Marketed as “old-school, distraction-free fitness in a tin”, FitTin helps people of all levels wherever they are start exercise, maintain fitness, stay motivated and improve their health with 20 workouts on a deck of cards in each tin. With three levels forthcoming, Newbie, Rising Stars and High Achievers, and varying equipment options, FitTin fits into your life and your ability level for on the go fitness. Each workout is individually designed by a qualified, experienced fitness trainer, and each FitTin includes welcome, warm-up, cool down and stretch, fun facts and motivation cards. Now available for beginners with no need for equipment, Newbies No Props is perfect for people who want to get (re)started on their fitness journey but need some help with motivation, workout plans and know-how. No equipment is needed, so it’s ideal for people to use anywhere, in their own home or garden, in the park, if they have babies, children or pets, in a gym or on the road while travelling. Also available is Rising Stars Gym Props - for people who have been training for a while but want to mix things up a bit, refresh their gym routines with new challenges or supplement classes and / or personal trainer sessions. “The best workout is the one you actually do - and we recognised that’s half the problem - what do you do if you don’t know where to start or need some fresh ideas? People often assume a few things: a long workout is a good workout, pedalling slowly on a bike with a magazine is a workout, or that you need a personal trainer if you want to get fit. At FitTin we reinforce that a well-planned, varied workout is the best workout. Use FitTin by yourself or with a friend or partner, it’s more efficient, just follow the workout plan and get active,” said qualified Personal Trainer and FitTin Co-Founder, Emily Boylin. Smartphones can be helpful for music motivation but they can also be really distracting - a check of social media here, a quick text message there - a couple of times during your workout and that’s another ten minutes gone. We’ve gone old-school with FitTin - a distraction-free workout with a lightweight oversized card,” she added. For more information and to buy, please visit http://www.fittin.com.au, or check out social media for tips, tricks, news and inspiration: Instagram and Facebook. MARIST JUNIOR FOOTBALLERS TO SUPPORT AFL’S INDIGENOUS ROUND 2017-05-23T04:21:20Z marist-junior-footballers-to-support-afl-s-indigenous-round The Marist Australian Rules Football Club (MAFC) will this week observe the AFL’s Indigenous round with a whole of Club celebration and all players this weekend wearing a custom and Indigenous designed playing jumper. MAFC President, Mark Henderson stated, “we are a small representation of the broader ACT and AFL community. We wanted to make a big statement that Indigenous reconciliation is important and we want to let Indigenous Australians know we want to be part of the conversation”.   The jumper, designed by Canberra Local and 2014 ACT NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year, Dion Devow, takes inspiration from the local environment and is unique. Dion stated, “This jumper was developed purposefully for the Football Club and as a proud Indigenous Australian, I have the deepest of thanks to MAFC for undertaking such a symbolic and meaningful gesture to not just indigenous people but to all Australians. Reconciliation is important and we all can play our role to achieve it”. Key Facts   ·     MAFC is the AFL Football Club of Marist College Canberra and was first founded in 1973. ·     MAFC Patron is former AFL Coach and Games record holder, Michael Malthouse. ·     260 players are registered for the Club and every team from Under 10s through to Under 18s will wear the indigenous strip on 27 and 28 May. ·    The MAFC community will come together on Friday evening, 26 May, at the Canberra Deakin Club for a ceremony to mark the AFL’s Indigenous Round. The ceremony will be attended by players, parents and members of the ACT Legislative Assembly and will include a traditional dance by Torres Strait Islander Dance Group, The Beatty Clan Crew. ·     The design of the MAFC website (www.mafc.com.au) has been updated to mark this important event.     Media Contacts :   Mark Henderson, MAFC President on 0404 564 281 or president@mafc.com.au Katherine Anderson, Public Relations officer Marist College on 02 62987208 or katherineanderson@mcc.act.edu.au