The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-12T02:19:03Z MIKE TYSON IS IN THE AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN! 2018-01-12T02:19:03Z mike-tyson-is-in-the-australian-tennis-open MIKE TYSON IS IN THE AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN! Watch out for Mike Tyson when you’re watching the tennis on tv over the next 2 weeks. Along with the Rubber Girls and Frances the tiger, the former world champion boxer and Hangover movie star is the latest hero of the Ultra Tune “Unexpected Situations” series of television commercials that have ALL been consistently criticised, attracted controversial attention and have been the most complained about advertisements of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.   Ultra Tune Executive Chairman Sean Buckley stands by the marketing campaign and says “ All the ads have been run through (repeatedly) the ABS - the Advertising Standards Bureau and granted prime time viewing spots on free to air television with a PG rating Australia-wide. In excess of 5,000,000 people viewed the last version of “Unexpected Situations” featuring Jean Claude Van Damn across free to air television and online platforms. Of the 5million plus views only 300 complaints were made which is 0.006% of the audience.”   Mike Tyson says of his relationship with Ultra Tune and the advert “ Sean Buckley is a good friend of mine and a great sponsor and supporter of boxing in Australia. I look forward to doing more work with him. The ad is really all done in fun!” ABOUT MIKE TYSON   Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is a larger-than-life legend – both in and out of the boxing ring. Tenacious, talented and thrilling to watch, he embodies the grit and electrifying excitement of the sport. Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. He was the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles simultaneously. In 2011, Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame and, in 2013, he was inaugurated into the Las Vegas Hall of Fame. Tyson’s enduring mass appeal is not only due to his incomparable athleticism, but to his huge personality and unrivalled showmanship. His career in entertainment spans everything from blockbuster movies (“The Hangover” and “The Hangover 2”) to documentaries, having worked with director Bert Marcus on the 2015 documentary, “Champs” which examined the lives of boxing greats in and out of the ring.    ABOUT SEAN BUCKLEY   Sean Buckley is an Australian entrepreneur, thoroughbred racehorse owner and investor. Sean is Executive Chairman of Ultra Tune  with over 270 outlets across Australia. He is principal of the Ultra Group of Companies which include Ultra Tune Australia, Ultra Thoroughbred Racing, Golden Grove Stud Farm, AP Fleet Management, Ultra Tune Roadside Assistance and Altitude Services.   Shut Up Legs 4 with Jens Voigt, Stuart O'Grady and Robbie McEwan 2018-01-11T03:23:15Z shut-up-legs-4-with-jens-voigt-stuart-o-grady-and-robbie-mcewan Shut Up Legs 4  Featuring Jens Voigt, Stuart O'Grady and Robbie McEwan 17th January 2018 The Arkaba Hotel 150 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton SA 5063 Tickets $99 to $150 - Available At Sticky Tickets Information at www.stuartogradycycling.com.au Part proceeds to The Mary Potter Foundation Inc Cycling fans heading to Adelaide South Australia for the 20th SANTOS Tour DownUnder have a fantastic opportunity at join cycling legends Jens Voigt, Robbie McEwan and Stuart O'grady for the 4th edition of the “Shut Up Legs” at the Arkaba Hotel.An evening of stories with pain and glory, tears and laughter endured over a 17 year period during which in which Jens and Stuart alone clocked up 17 Tour de France performance each and as team mates for 14 of those years. Thats 34 laps of France (136,000kms) between the two and approximately 1.5 million km's in their careers all up around the world. Jens is world renowned for being a super tough cyclist & his motto, “Shut Up Legs” has been a global hit. Voigt and O'Grady were team mates for 14 years, and share the World Record for Tour De France starts. Australian legends Robbie McEwan and Stuart O'Grady have their own story of knocks and bruises as they both contended the Green Jersey at Tour De France for opposing teams that brought on a rivalry second to none between battling Aussie cyclists. At times the pair were so engrossed in their own battle to out do each other, they seemed oblivious to the hundred odd European riders trying to get past them as they went head to head to cross the line for honours in the sprint category.  Joined by the coach of the Green Edge Cycling Teams Mitchelton Scott, the four will chat about their times together living in Europe and the ups & downs of those journeys, and will also be talking to special guests Mark Reid, the Invictus Games cycling coach along with a couple of the athletes that are going to Sydney in 2018 to compete in the games.The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sportsThis is a fun and informal night that will give you a real insight into the Cycling World with plenty of comedy and laughs. Jens is hilarious and we bounce of each other like brothers while the introduction of Robbie and Matt will spice up the night with plenty of digs at their former Crédit Agricole rivals.Q & A will follow plus we will auction off a couple of items signed by Jens, Stuart, Robbie and Matt. ★ TICKET PRICE INCLUDES - Cocktail food and 3 hour beverage package including Penny’s Hill wines, Pure Blonde, Carlton Draught, Bulmers, Pure Blonde Cider and soft drinks. MiRunners at Magic Millions to make top-class thoroughbred ownership mainstream for even more Australians 2018-01-09T05:23:21Z mirunners-at-magic-millions-to-make-top-class-thoroughbred-ownership-mainstream-for-even-more-australians Sydney, 9 January, 2018 - MiRunners, the startup company making thoroughbred racehorse ownership affordable, accessible and easy for every Australian, is at this week’s Magic Millions yearling sales event on the Gold Coast. MiRunners bought its first yearling Saganaki (by Real Saga from Cubism) at last year’s Magic Millions event, and then created 1,000 units to offer to the public from June last year. All 1,000 units were purchased online by 400 individual owners - 70% of them via a mobile device. With a purchase price of $165,000, each unit cost just $165 - a price most Australians can consider. A small monthly fee (capped at $15 per month for the first unit bought, dropping to $5 per month for each subsequent unit) covers training, veterinary fees and technology expenses. Interest ahead of this week’s auctions has been high: the majority of priority access vouchers have been purchased for the next horse, by over 320 Australians from every walk of life. Steve Brown, co-founder of miRunners, explains how miRunners’ success benefits the thoroughbred industry as a whole: “We’ve made horse ownership affordable, accessible, and simple, with just a few clicks either on our mobile app or the purchaser’s laptop. There are no hidden costs, and no mark-ups. “Central to our success is the premium ownership experience every owner enjoys. Our proprietary technology lets our trainers communicate every week with the hundreds of Australians who now share ownership, using live and recorded video direct from the trainer via app, text and email. So whether its breaking in, jump-outs, naming the horse, track work, swimming, or designing the silks, miRunners owners are deeply connected with their thoroughbred and its development from the moment they become unit owners. “This is a first for horse owners, and represents new thinking in the way this new generation of thoroughbred owners are engaged.” The future direction of the thoroughbred racing industry was much-discussed in 2017. Steve Brown: “For our industry to thrive further, exposure to top-class racing has to be mainstream rather than exclusive. The miRunners model and platform represent something new to offer more Australians, something  previously reserved only for those with high disposable incomes, and has tapped the enthusiasm the public has for premium thoroughbred ownership. Our approach, which allows everyone to choose their own affordable price point, addresses some of the challenges facing the future of thoroughbred racing. “Our model complements other initiatives being considered across the broader industry. And everyone wins - a new generation of owners, trainers, breeders, race clubs - pretty much anyone employed in this industry.” And the industry is taking notice. Luke Murrell, co-founder Australian Bloodstock Syndications, said: "The miRunners concept is fantastic. First-time owners really should dip their toe in the water and miRunners gives them the same thrill as a Melbourne Cup winning owner with very little financial risk.” Ron Gilbert , Vice Chairman of Aushorse Marketing, said: "Australia produces an incredibly high standard of product with its race horses. The industry also puts on some of the best shows on Earth with its racing carnivals throughout the nation. If miRunners makes this product accessible to the general population across the globe, at a price point that appeals to millions of people, then our industry would be mad not to get right behind miRunners.” ENDS. MiRunners is at: https://mirunners.com/ https://twitter.com/miRunnersDotCom https://www.facebook.com/miRunnersDotCom For more information or for an interview with miRunners, contact: Alan Smith, Digivizer, 0404 432 700 ARNIE RUNS FOR THE KIDS! 2017-12-10T21:41:20Z arnie-runs-for-the-kids ARNIE RUNS FOR THE KIDS!  Arnold Schwarzenegger, governator, terminator, worldwide movie star, business leader, environmentalist and philanthropist, will officially start The Herald Sun/CityLink Run For the Kids ‪on Sunday 18th March 2018 as part of the worldwide star’s visit to Melbourne  for the Arnold Sports Festival Australia to be held in Melbourne ‪Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March 2018. The Arnold Sports Festival is an official event partner of Run for the Kids. Arnold Schwarzenegger says “ I’m on a global fitness crusade to get kids off the couch and get them moving. The Arnold Sports Festival and the Run For the Kids are fantastic partners in promoting health and fitness to and for everyone. ”   Race Director Steve Moneghetti says “ How good is it for us to have Arnold Schwarzenegger start the Race next year? He is a worldwide superstar who is committed to getting people active so he is an ideal ‘fit’ for our event. I am delighted to welcome him to our team and know that He’ll be back for future events once he sees what a great cause we are running for “ The Herald Sun/CityLink Run For the Kids is one of Victoria’s most loved events. It is a community event with over 30,000 participants, and its primary aim is to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.The appeal is maintained, funded and nurtured by the Herald and Weekly Times, and since 1956, by television partner Channel Seven.  As part of the official event partnership with the Arnold Sports Festival, all registered participants in the Herald Sun/ Citylink Run For The Kids will receive free entrance to the Australia’s largest multi sports festival and fitness expo on Sunday March 18th upon presentation of their race bib after the race on Sunday 18th March  Tony Doherty, Arnold’s Australian partner and Arnold Sports Festival organiser says “Children are a cause close to Arnold’s heart. He loves coming to Melbourne each year. This is his 6thvisit to Australia in as many years and we are so proud to be able to help raise funds from the Arnold Sports Festival and the Herald Sun City Link Run For The Kids for the Good Friday Appeal. Everyone who participates will be able to attend the Arnold Sports Festival for free with their running bib!”  After a spectacular debut in 2006, the Herald Sun | CityLink Run for the Kids has grown to one of Victoria’s largest mass-participation fun runs with participants experiencing a tremendous thrill running over a great course for a great cause.The event is proud of its position as the single biggest fundraising contributor for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. To date the event has raised over $15.6 million dollars for the appeal. Governator, terminator, worldwide movie star, business leader, environmentalist, philanthropist, seven times world bodybuilding champion and a lifelong ambassador for healthy and active lifestyles, the Terminator said “I’ll be back!” and he always keeps his promises. So “Get to the chopper!” and join Arnold Schwarzenegger on his global fitness crusade when he returns to Melbourne for the fourth annual Arnold Sports Festival (Australia)   at the entire Melbourne Convention & Exhibition & Centre in Melbourne, Victoria.   TO INTERVIEW STEVE MONEGHETTI OR TONY DOHERTY email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601 The Arnold Sports Festival is Australia's largest fitness expo and multi-sport festival including the Arnold Kids Zone with over 40 different sporting events and activations, 10,000 competitors and 60,000 visitors attending the three day schedule jam packed with activities for all sports lovers, families and fitness fanatics alike.  The Good Friday Appeal is a not for profit charity that raises money to enable The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne to provide world class care for our children. The Appeal brings all sectors of the community together to raise funds every year culminating in a 15 hour telethon on Good Friday, and thanks to the support of the community has made the RCH a global leader in paediatrics                                                                                                  MICHAEL DIAMOND SELLING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL 2017-11-05T21:59:36Z michael-diamond-selling-olympic-gold-medal MICHAEL DIAMOND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL    Dual Olympic Gold Medal shooter is selling his 2000 Sydney Olympics Gold Medal this Thursday 9th November at Lawson’s Auctioneers , 8-16 Moore St Leichhardt, Sydney. The auction starts at 2pm . The medal is Lot 100 which should be around 3pm.    MICHAEL DIAMOND (and Gold Medal) WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW & PHOTOS AT SYDNEY AIRPORT DOMESTIC TERMINAL 2 (Virgin) ARRIVALS HALL at 1.50pm TODAY Monday 6th November.  TO INTERVIEW MICHAEL DIAMOND email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601.  The last 18 months have been difficult for Michael following an incident that saw him miss competing in Rio for his 7th consecutive Olympic Games. Michael has since  been acquitted of three firearms convictions and had a 10 year gun license ban overturned meaning his next goal is to compete in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics.    However he needs to sell his 2000 Olympic Gold Medal to be able to financially survive, pay his extraordinary legal bills and support his family which includes his three young daughters Isabella 14, Angelica 11 and Rhianna 6.     MICHAEL DIAMOND'S 2000 SYDNEY OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL    Born Goulburn, NSW in 1972, Michael became the first Australian to win an Olympic shooting event since 1900, with his Olympic Gold Medal for Trap shooting in Atlanta’s 1996 Games (149 out of 150 targets). He followed that with a back-to-back win in Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Games (147 out of 150 targets), only the second trap shooter to have done so. Michael also held the World Championship in both the trap and double trap in 2000, and held his final world record in trap between 2007 and 2008 where he won the trap event at the 2007 World Shotgun Championships. In 2012, in his sixth Olympic Games in London, he led the field at the end of the qualification period, with an Olympic record of 125/125, but ended up finishing fourth overall. He also finished fourth in 2008. With Commonwealth Golds as well he is in a class of his own. Sydney Olympic Games Gold Medals are rare to the market - US swimmer Brook Bennett sold her swimming Gold for $US 50,000 in 2015, while US basketballer from the ‘Dream Team’, Vin Baker sold his Gold in 2014 for $US 67,000   $50,000 to $70,000       MICHAEL DIAMOND ( and Gold Medal) WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW & PHOTOS AT SYDNEY AIRPORT DOMESTIC TERMINAL 2 ( Virgin) ARRIVALS HALL at 1.50pm TODAY  Monday 6th November.  TO INTERVIEW MICHAEL DIAMOND email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601.    SAM Puttlab Putting Instructor Certification and Seminar 2017-11-01T00:25:50Z sam-puttlab-putting-instructor-certification-and-seminar Science and Motions Sports last week held a SAM Putt lab Putting Instructor Certification and seminar at the Perfectstroke Golf Training Centre on the Gold Coast. Science and Motion founder and Chief Scientist Christian Marquardt made himself available for a one hour question and answer session after the presentation which was delivered by PGA Australia member Mark Officer. Fifteen vocational members ,one trainee professional and one avid amateur golfer attended the one day Level One certification which covered basic use of the Puttlab system and the Six Fundamentals of Putting. The course proved interesting and valuable even for participants who don’t currently own or use the system as attested by Victorian PGA member and Rosebud Country Club professional Matthew Bolton. He described the day as fantastic and informative and especially insightful was to be able to conclude the day with the contact session via Skype with Christian Marquardt. “I look forward to being able to pass on the information I learned to my students to help their games moving forward”. Bolton stated.  Mark Officer has had a close association with Science and Motion Sports since 2006 which includes working as a rep in the USA and Australasia and working as a consultant at the Science and Motion booth at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando six times. He was assisted in the delivery of the certification and seminar by fellow PGA member David Nable who has also been a long time user and advocate of the system. The SAM Puttlab has been the leading putting analysis system in the world since its release in 2003 and uses ultrasound to analyse forty one parameters of the putting stroke. The latest version 6.0 software was released at the same time as the first certification held in Australasia and attendees were given a five minute guided tour of the new software by Christian Marquardt. He described the new features in details and how the operator can now choose what information they want to display to the student including the thirteen new parameters that have now been made available.   Science and Motion Sports offer a three level certification program with the next scheduled events set to take place in Australia in March. For further information contact Science and Motion Sports Germany directly or Mark Officer at info@perfectstroke.golf Australians have made it clear: they do want to own top-class racehorses (not just watch or bet on them) 2017-10-25T03:28:09Z australians-have-made-it-clear-they-do-want-to-own-top-class-racehorses-not-just-watch-or-bet-on-them Sydney, 25 October, 2017 - Technology startup company miRunners, which has developed a disruptive model to sell affordable ownership units in top-class thoroughbred racehorses, underpinned by its communications technology, has sold all 1,000 units in its first racehorse to everyday Australians. The model connects top grade thoroughbreds trained by top Australian trainers, and creates new communications channels between trainers and owners, built on technology that delivers scale. This marks a turning point in thoroughbred ownership in Australia, and globally, delivering thoroughbred ownership through a personalized digital experience. The makeup of owners of miRunners’ first horse reflects today’s Australia - digitally-savvy individuals of all ages engaging and purchasing online, with over 58% of the 1,000 units purchased using smartphones. The 1,000 units are owned by more than 400 individuals. Owners are grandparents and grandchildren, mothers and daughters, first-timers and life-time horse lovers, professionals and retirees, from Perth to Sydney, and Darwin to Launceston, along with a small number of units sold in Asia. Steve Brown, co-founder of miRunners, emphasized the disruptive nature of the new model: “There are a number of important factors in this success. First, we’ve made horse ownership affordable, by simply dividing the purchase price of the horse into 1,000 units which we then offer for sale. We bought our first horse, Saganaki, for $165,000, and each of the 1,000 units offered therefore cost owners $165.  We’ll apply this principle to future horses, based on their actual auction prices. And management, training and veterinary fees will remain capped at just $15 per month for the first unit owned, with any additional units purchased having a reduced management fee also unchanged at $5 per month. “Second, we’ve made horse ownership accessible. Offering quality thoroughbreds through unit ownership presents an alternative to traditional mechanisms, which were limited to 20 shares per horse, regularly costing as much $20,000 per share, often more. Offering access to thoroughbred ownership through affordable units, online, is a world first. “Third, we’ve made the purchase process simple - just a few clicks either on our mobile app or the purchaser’s laptop. There are no brokers or agents, and no hidden costs. “Finally,  we’ve made the experience an engaging one - using our proprietary technology that lets the trainers communicate with owners as often as they want, using live and recorded video as well as text and email. This is a first for owners and trainers - and both groups love the real-time communication. “Taken individually, each of these makes thoroughbred ownership a compelling proposition. Taken together, they have the potential to disrupt the long-established model for thoroughbred ownership. “With the Melbourne Cup just a week away, we’ve shown that Australians want something more than just an annual bet and seven minutes of TV or digital streaming time. They want to own a horse and be part of its growth, development and training - in fact, our first owners bought all the units in Saganaki even before his first trial run. Australians have demonstrated that they no longer wish to simply watch the show, the wish to be a part of the show.” Future plans MiRunners is now planning the purchase of its next thoroughbred, expected to be at January’s Magic Millions sales in the Gold Coast. On the back of the success with its first offer, miRunners is issuing 1,000 Priority Vouchers for the second horse, to allow those interested in ownership to secure early access to buy units. Final unit cost will be calculated by dividing the actual auction price paid on any thoroughbred into 1,000 units, with management fees unchanged. “We’re also excited about offering the next 1,000 unit owners something new,” says Steve Brown: “Those who purchase Priority Vouchers will have the added experience of joining the miRunners experts as they inspect candidate yearlings across the country ahead of the sales, being part of the formal auction inspections, and attending the auction ringside or via live video feed. “This heightened buyers’ experience will be made more special because another of Australia’s leading trainers, Mick Price, joins the miRunners team, alongside Kris Lees. Their reputations as some of the best Australian thoroughbred trainers are an essential part of miRunners’ success. Owners know their horses are with two of the finest trainers in the country.” The miRunners model and platform have long-term, positive implications for the Australian horse racing industry overall. MiRunners’ platform taps into a hidden demand from Australians for thoroughbred ownership and helps address racing’s potential relevance issues by deploying to mainstream Australia what may prove the industry’s trump card - top-class racehorse ownership. “The miRunners model and digital platform have the potential to reverse the current challenging trends faced by the sport of racing, making more thoroughbreds available to more people, of all ages, more often, more affordably,” says Steve Brown. “And the exciting opportunity with this model is that it scales to many owners of thoroughbreds both here and beyond Australia, and is applicable to other industries, in any scenario or market in which individuals want real-time experiences of something they care about." To register priority interest in miRunners’ next horse, go to miRunners web site at miRunners.com. ENDS. MiRunners is at: https://mirunners.com/ https://twitter.com/miRunnersDotCom https://www.facebook.com/miRunnersDotCom For more information or for an interview with miRunners, contact: Alan Smith, Digivizer, 0404 432 700 Australia’s elite winter athletes unveil 2018 Winter Olympics technical kit 2017-10-20T03:05:08Z australias-elite-winter-athletes-unveil-2018-winter-olympics-technical-kit With just over 100 days to go to PyeongChang, Australia’s Winter Olympic Team are heading into the Games season fired up and - as of today - kitted out in the latest highly technical, environmentally conscious gear. PyeongChang 2018 hopefuls, Matt Graham, Britt Cox, Dani Scott, Jarryd Hughes and Dave Morris joined the Australian Olympic Committee to unveil the uniform, including competition-grade gear and gloves designed based on their feedback and produced by XTM Performance, who have decked out the Winter Olympic Team since 2006. “We’re very excited to have XTM on board once again for the 2018 Olympic Winter Team,” said Chef de Mission, Ian Chesterman. “PyeongChang 2018 will be the fourth Winter Games that XTM has supplied the Team with gloves, après boots, socks, bags and thermals. I know they will once again deliver products that the athletes love and will contribute to their best performances at the Games.” XTM Founder, Pete Forras is well-versed in the athlete’s world, an Australian Olympian himself having competed in downhill and downhill combined in the 1988 Games in Calgary. “It is such an honour to be the only Australian snow brand making gear for such an amazing group of athletes to compete at the Games in. I remember how special it is to get your hands on the uniform for the first time and its awesome to be able to share that with them,” he said. The technical kit provided by XTM incorporates world class fabric innovation – the gloves and base layers are made from 100% Australian Merino which is biodegradable, sustainable, animal friendly and natural. XTM is also the only true Aussie brand to work with Gore-Tex in gloves, a global leader when it comes to moisture control technology which will be so important for our athletes competing in South Korean climates at that time of year. XTM’s operations have also been reviewed for their environmental impact, so the athletes’ uniform is 100% offset with Carbon credits keeping it responsible and of course, technically state of the art at the same time. It wouldn’t be an elite winter athlete’s kit without a one piece – the team will be packing a full Merino onesie to beat the South Korean chill, which was tried and tested by Aerial Skier Dani Scott. Scott said she likes to know that the products are made with the intention to protect the environment they all rely on for their sports. “The team are going to be stoked to be wearing that Merino onesie when they hit the ground in February, and it’s good to know there is the intention of doing the right thing by the planet built into our gear. It’s a simple, but really important thing that we can do so that is great,” said Scott. In addition to consulting with the athletes on the uniform pieces they have put together for the whole team, XTM also works closely with team members to create new products for them. Chumpy Pullin’s got a great new glove, “the ACP” - also favoured by fellow Snowboard Cross team members including Belle Brockhoff - that has a Kevlar backing in the back of the palm for protection in the event of a bad fall. The speed guys and biathlon cross countries will be wearing a brand-new glove at the Games as well. Medal hopefuls, Aerial Skier Dave Morris and Mogul Skier Britt Cox also work closely with Forras and his team. Morris will be rocking XTM’s new Fable glove at the Games, while Cox favours XTM’s white leather Platinum glove as her chosen glove for competitions. “It is really exciting getting the uniform and seeing it all together. I have been with the XTM family for a while and they are just so passionate about skiing and Australian snow sports in general, which I am too obviously! It’s great that they can share this with our team and really understand what we need in competition and conditions like PyeongChang,” Cox said. While Winter sports are celebrated in Australia, it is probably underestimated given how high we achieve on an international stage - Australia punches way by our weight on Olympic medal return basis. “This team has got the lot - with World Championships winners, promising newcomers and some great comeback stories. We had 40 podiums last year so that's 40 times Australian athletes have been on the podium over a range of sports on the world stage at the highest level of competition,” said Forras. Forras says one of the greatest opportunities the winter team have as a Southern Hemisphere nation is being able to train in a home environment in the off-season. Many of the biggest competitions are held in the Northern Hemisphere from December to April. “The guys are able to really focus on that improvement and then go over and do it again in the northern hemisphere in the glaciers as a lead in to their competition time. We live winter to winter, but that keeps us really hungry and able to improve at a faster rate,” Forras said. - ends - For interviews with Pete Forras, additional images or videos of the Winter Olympic athletes and the PC2018 uniform by XTM Performance, please contact Emma Hornsey on 0415 842 801 or emma@xtm.com.au. About XTM Performance XTM, an abbreviation for the term ‘cross the mountain’ or ‘X-The Mountain’, has carved out a niche supplying accessories and skiwear internationally. Returning as Olympic partner for the fourth time in 2018, XTM Performance is a brand that caters for all types of adventurers. Lessons learned from working with the most talented athletes on the planet are showcased throughout the entire XTM range. Working with the world’s most advanced materials and technologies, XTM Performance manufactures more than half a million units each year, which are sold in 24 countries. As one of Australia’s leading outdoor and snow brands, XTM will forever endeavour to work with the most advanced materials and technologies in the world to continually create products of gold medal quality - all from their Torquay beach shack. The ESL Stage is coming to PAX Arena 2017-10-19T06:04:09Z the-esl-stage-is-coming-to-pax-arena ESL is headed to PAX Australia this year to bring the ESL Stage to the PAX Arena. Across the PAX weekend, ESL will host tournaments for Injustice 2, Paladins, SMITE, and Rainbow 6: Siege. Injustice 2 will be featured at the ESL Stage, with an open, double elimination tournament being played over 2 days. Friday will see the qualifying rounds of the tournament played from 2PM through to 6PM, and the top 8 contestants will take to the ESL Stage on Sunday afternoon at the same time to play off in an intense finals series. More information on signups & prizepool will be released soon. SMITE will be returning to PAX as the top 4 teams in the SMITE OPL compete for their share of $35,000 and a ticket to HRX 2018 in January. Legacy Esports, Scylla Esports, Dark Sided and Sin Gaming will fight from 6PM Friday for a spot in the Grand Finals, to be played at 6PM on Saturday. Paladins Global Series Oceania will be played live on the ESL Stage, with Oceania’s best four teams in Kanga Esports, Outlaws, Amigo5, and Rune Platebody, competing for $15,000 and a ticket to HRX 2018 from 10AM Saturday. Ubisoft will be heading to the ESL Stage this year, with Rainbow 6: Siege action from 10AM on Sunday. Kicking off with an all-star showmatch, PAX-goers will then get the chance to play with the pros, before an ANZ professional exhibition match wraps up the Rainbow 6 action. “If you've been following Australian esports over the past 12 months, it'll come as no surprise that showcasing top-level competitive gaming is becoming a larger part of PAX”, said PAX AUSTRALIA Content Manager Luke Lancaster, “we're proud to be partnering with ESL to bring the highest calibre of play to PAX Arena, because we're positive the rampant growth of an incredibly talented local scene doesn't stop here." Paul Sharpe, Director for Enterprise and Small Business, Samsung Electronics Australia, said: “It’s incredibly exciting for Samsung to work with ESL to showcase our latest range of CFG70 quantum dot gaming monitors and provide an exhilarating platform for gaming at PAX this year. We look forward to an incredible show and taking part in such an exciting event.” “We encourage anyone at PAX to head down to check out the Samsung monitors in action and speak with our team who will be on the stand,” Sharpe added. The Samsung CFG70 monitor was launched in Australia earlier this year and is designed to meet the demands of performance gamers. The ultra-high contrast quantum dot VA panel technology can help minimize light leakage across the entire screen and corners and delivers a 3000:1 contrast ratio. As well as competitive action, the ESL Stage will host a free-play area with both console and PC titles throughout all three days of PAX. If you can’t make it to PAX, all of the action from the ESL Stage will be streamed live on www.twitch.tv/paxarena from 10AM each day. The full schedule for the ESL Stage @ PAX Australia can be found on the PAX website: http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule About ESL Australia ESL Australia, the local division of global electronic sports league tournament organiser ESL, is Australia and New Zealand’s leading esports tournament organiser. ESL Australia features a studio home base in Sydney, Australia, the first ever purpose built esports studio capable of hosting offline events and a live audience. For more information on ESL Australia, current tournaments and more, visit: http://pro.eslgaming.com/anz PAX PAX or Penny Arcade Expo (http://www.paxaustralia.com) is a festival dedicated to celebrating gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year and launched internationally for the first time in Melbourne. The event has sold out every year since its launch in 2013. REEDPOP ReedPOP (http://www.reedpop.com) is the largest producer of pop culture events in the world, a full-service boutique team that has the backing and muscle of a major international events organization. ReedPOP runs events such as New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Star Wars Celebration, Oz Comic-Con, Paris Comic Con, PAX Prime, PAX East, PAX South, Comic Con India, and more. Press Assets: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B_sTKyjWOVwPZGx4UVdnOWRZZjQ JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: La Trobe Financial & the NBL Sign 3 Year Major Partnership Agreement 2017-10-05T00:29:05Z joint-media-release-la-trobe-financial-amp-the-nbl-sign-3-year-major-partnership-agreement After sponsoring the 2016/2017 NBL Finals Series, La Trobe Financial will work with the NBL to grow basketball throughout Australia. La Trobe Financial branding will be prominently displayed on NBL courts for the next three seasons, starting with the NBL’s 40th season in 2017-18, which will begin on October 5. NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said:  “The NBL is proud to have entered into this Major Partnership with La Trobe Financial, Australia's leading non-bank credit specialist and funds manager.” “For 65 years, La Trobe Financial has proven its commitment to its clients by providing a range of quality financial services.  Its dedication to growing its customer base throughout Australia and Asia is closely aligned with that of the NBL, so both parties share much in common from a strategic perspective.” Caterina Nesci, La Trobe Financial’s Head of Communications & PR said: “La Trobe Financial has been involved in sponsoring basketball for over four decades with our CEO Greg O’Neill being a former Chairman of the Melbourne Tigers Men’s NBL team between 2006-2009, and is the current Chairman of the Australian Basketball Players Association. “We have been closely watching the progress of the NBL over the last few years and we have been very impressed with the big steps they’ve taken. They have really brought basketball back to the forefront in Australia”. Chris Andrews, La Trobe Financial’s Chief Investment Officer said: “La Trobe Financial takes this major partnership very seriously.  Our 65 years of history has taught us that the highest quality partners build the strongest relationships.  That is the approach that we take to our institutional and retail investment mandates and it is a key reason why none of our institutional or pooled account investors have ever lost a cent of capital or interest – a track record few can match.  “We are looking forward to building another close partnership with the NBL and are particularly impressed with the NBL’s strategic outlook towards Asia, a key growth area for our own business.” La Trobe Financial has been one of Australia’s leading non-bank credit specialist and funds manager since 1952.  It currently has in excess of $4 billion in funds under management across multi-awarding winning institutional and retail investment mandates.  La Trobe Financial employs over 215 staff across offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai and Hong Kong.About the NBL The National Basketball League in Australasia is one of the of the premier basketball leagues in the world. Established in 1978 the League now has eight teams based in cities across the country - Adelaide 36ers, Cairns Taipans, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats, Sydney Kings, Brisbane Bullets and Illawarra Hawks. Some of the NBL’s greatest players include former NBA player and five-time Olympian Andrew Gaze, 21-season scoring-machine Leroy Loggins, five-time championship-winner Larry Sengstock, and 500-game veterans Ray Borner and James Crawford. From humble beginnings, the NBL now sells out stadiums with more than 650,000 attending games each season and live TV coverage nationally. The NBL has NBL.com.au, and a live streaming NBL APP. The 2017-18 season will be its 40th as a league. For more information please contact Nick Johnston - General Manager - Media and Communications | nick.johnston@nbl.com.au |  0419 538 936   About La Trobe Financial La Trobe Financial is Australia’s largest Credit Specialist providing funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of customers since 1952.  We are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike with over 65 years’ experience, managing investment mandates in excess of A$13 billion.  La Trobe Financial holds all requisite regulatory licences: La Trobe Financial Services Pty Limited ACN 006 479 527 Australian Credit Licence No. 392385 and La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ACN 007 332 363 Australian Financial Services Licence 222213 Australian Credit Licence No. 222213, who is the issuer and manager of the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund ARSN 088 178 321. For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com.  For details of our ratings and awards please view our Awards & Ratings link on our website.For all La Trobe Financial media enquiries please contact: Caterina Nesci – Head of Communications & PR on 0422 270 474 NORTH CANTERBURY SPORT & RECREATION TRUST RECEIVES $140,000 IN SOUTHERN TRUST FUNDING THIS YEAR 2017-10-02T03:23:20Z north-canterbury-sport-amp-recreation-trust-receives-140-000-in-southern-trst-funding-this-year Children throughout North Canterbury can learn about new sports and receive coaching, thanks to continued funding from The Southern Trust. The North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust has just received a $75,000 grant from The Southern Trust to assist with wages for its seven primary school sports coaches. The grant follows an earlier one for $65,000 made in March this year, also to assist with wages for sports coaches. Since 2012 The Southern Trust has provided $415,000 to contribute to the running of this vital community resource.   North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust Operations Manager, Rosie Oliver says since the Trust started running programmes in 2008 demand has skyrocketed. Now it runs Primary Schools Sports Coaching programmes for 7,000 pupils annually. “We are grateful to funders such as The Southern Trust, which help us reach so many children in North Canterbury to build their confidence and health.” The Southern Trust CEO and Trustee Karen Shea said “We are pleased that our partnerships with venues across New Zealand including Rangiora’s Plough Hotel and Brook Bar mean we have funds to assist valuable community organisations such as The North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust.” Community organisations throughout the New Zealand can apply for funding from The Southern Trust. The Trust continually reviews applications with most processed within 20 working days. Requests larger than $30,000 are reviewed at the monthly Board of Trustees meetings. Ms Shea says for community organisations considering applying the first step is to call The Southern Trust funding team on 0800 4 CHARITY (0800 42 42 74). “Our team can easily advise on application criteria, which can save organisations a lot of time.” The Southern Trust, is licensed by the Department of Internal Affairs under the Gambling Act 2003 to return gaming machine proceeds to the community. The Trust provides funding for amateur sport, education, community purposes, welfare organisations and arts and culture. EDITOR’S NOTE Established in January 1998, The Southern Trust is licensed by the Department of Internal Affairs under the Gambling Act 2003 to return gaming machine proceeds to the community. It is one of many gaming trusts across the country, which are required by legislation to return a minimum of 63% to the community. This social dividend comes via a direct community distribution of 40% of funds raised and 23% in gaming duty. In the year ended 1 January 2017 The Southern Trust contributed $11.414 million to organisations across New Zealand. The Southern Trust focus is funding education, community welfare organisations, amateur sport and arts and culture. X11 4wd Turbos and Turbocharger Kits Upgrade Options 2017-09-25T04:19:08Z x11-turbocharger-upgrade-and-options The AXT X11 Series Turbochargers have quickly become the industry standard for replacement turbochargers due to the economic advantages of utilising the improved durability and reliability derived from the AXT X11 Program. Additionally, the performance improvement potential offered, allows the installer far greater options and diversity, than from simply sticking to an OEM turbo. The X11 Series turbochargers are the product of the AXT X11 program, which was initially tasked to identify and improve the longevity of OEM type turbochargers, with known limited lifespans. Within a short period of time a couple of very obvious issues were apparent, however with further investigation, it became clear that these “OEM issues” were actually specifically part of the design and manufacture process. They are not what could be called at design fault and infact, have been very cleverly engineered. When an OEM is called to produce a turbocharger, they will be looking at designing the best solution to suit the client’s specific application. This will include engine operation, performance, emissions compliance and of course, cost of manufacture being a very critical factor in consideration for the multinational corporate customer. However, they are not considering older engines outside of warranty periods, or performance improvement. In some cases, the turbocharger has been specially designed to actually become a relatively low km service item, requiring scheduled replacement to ensure emissions compliance. [read more] Rakuten and Warriors Form Jersey Partnership 2017-09-18T23:09:10Z rakuten-and-warriors-form-jersey-partnership On Sept. 12 at an exclusive media event at the training facility of reigning NBA Champions Golden State Warriors, Rakuten was named the team’s first ever jersey badge sponsor. The multi-year agreement will see the Rakuten logo showcased on all Warriors uniforms. As part of the partnership agreement, Rakuten will also become the Official E-Commerce Partner, Official Video-On-Demand Partner and Official Affiliate Marketing Partner of the Warriors, while Rakuten Group company Ebates will become the Warriors Official Shopping Rewards Partner, global voice messaging service Rakuten Viber will become the Official Instant Messaging and Calling App Partner, and Rakuten Kobo will become the Official E-Reader Partner of the Warriors. This sponsorship follows the recent deal with FC Barcelona which shows Rakuten’s intent to expand globally. Rakuten Securities Australia is the gateway to the world for the Rakuten group’s expanding securities business. Rakuten Securities Australia offers a low-cost trading environment, under ASIC regulation, with a link to Japanese FX liquidity, the largest retail FX market in the world. To find out more about Rakuten Securities Australia visit: https://sec.rakuten.com.au/ In2town Travel Magazine Reveals The Perfect Australian Adrenalin Junkie Holiday 2017-09-14T17:10:22Z in2town-travel-magazine-reveals-the-perfect-australian-adrenalin-junkie-holiday In2town Travel Magazine has just published a new article titled The Perfect Australian Holiday for the Adrenalin Junkie, which looks at the best places in Australia for adrenalin seekers to get their next thrill Australia has always been the envy of the world without its amazing scenary and so much to do with so many places to visit, but now, it has become an adventure playground for adrenalin junkies. The country has become so well known for all the great places on offer for adventure seekers, Australia is attracting adrenalin junkies from all over the world.   A spokesman for In2town Travel Magazine said: “From swinging from a zip line or parasailing, Australia has it all. Our article looks at some of the best places for adrenalin seekers to visit.”   The new article which has already gained huge exposure on social media looks at fun things to do for those that love something different. That include the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Jungle Surfing, and Abseiling the Story Bridge, Brisbane. The magazine is asking people to read the article and then visit their Facebook page and leave their comment on what they think would be the most thrilling thing to do in Australia https://www.facebook.com/in2towntravelmagazine/?hc_ref=ARQnUMHklSBIRpbSs8OKztxezxqOC__7wKHtMayp6YRxywmQ0m7deoIvomJWVXc2nI8&fref=nf     To learn more about the great places to visit for those that are looking for a holiday with a difference, please read the article by visiting In2town Travel Magazine at http://www.in2town.co.uk/lifestyle-news/the-perfect-australian-holiday-for-the-adrenalin-junkie/   About In2town Travel Magazine   In2town Travel Magazine is a popular travel magazine that looks at great holiday vacations, ideas for adventure holidays, and travel news. It offers advice and ideas for people wishing to have a great holiday.       A new name to watch, and a new way to own, in Australian thoroughbred racing: Saganaki 2017-09-13T03:23:43Z a-new-name-to-watch-and-a-new-way-to-own-in-australian-thoroughbred-racing-saganaki Sydney, 12 September 2017 - There’s a new name to watch in Australian two year old thoroughbreds: Saganaki. Bought at this year’s January Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sales for $165,000 by miRunners, the colt, by Real Saga from Cubism, is being trained by leading trainer Kris Lees, and is the first of what miRunners hopes will be a future stable of thoroughbreds owned by everyday Australians. MiRunners uses technology to make high-level thoroughbred racehorse ownership affordable to anyone. MiRunners is currently selling units in Saganaki for $165 per unit, plus a small monthly management fee capped at $15 per month. It’s a concept that allows anyone, for the first time, to buy units (ownership shares) via mobile or desktop in a few simple clicks. The name Saganaki was the suggestion of unit owner Brooke Wade, the daughter of jockey John Wade, regular winning rider of the legendary Luskin Star, and granddaughter of jockey Billy Wade. The name was chosen by the public from a shortlist selected by more than 170 owners who have already snapped up over 450 of the 1,000 units on offer. Despite her family’s professional background, this is the first time Brooke Ward has owned a unit in a race horse, something she says was made easy with the miRunners technology platform and pricing. Saganaki this week heads back into full work in Newcastle, based at Kris Lees’ Ellalong Park training farm for the next six-eight weeks. According to Saganaki’s carers at his Emeran Park stables, although still only an early two year old, he’s showing promising potential. Chris Ryan, executive chairman of miRunners, said, “Naming a thoroughbred is always a special moment in the life of the horse and its owners. MiRunners is introducing new owners to the sport of racing almost daily. People are starting to understand the miRunners offering, quite often buying just a single unit to start with, and then buying more once they experience the joys of ownership. “Our owners have loved the experience of being part of the education process, and the naming of the colt. Now, with Sagankai potentially headed towards trials, things are going to get even more exciting. “MiRunners aims to widen the ownership of thoroughbreds in Australia. Today, fewer than 100,000 Australians have been able to afford to own a racehorse, yet millions engage in the sport. The enthusiasm for this naming competition, and the encouraging early sales of units in Saganaki, prove that. “We have owners from all walks of life, from those such as Brooke who have long-standing family connections to the sport but couldn’t previously afford to own,  to mums, dads and families who have bought units as first-time owners for the new experience. “And there’s a real excitement about Saganaki’s progress. We can’t wait to see how he fares over the next few weeks in his preparation and training.” Units in Saganaki are on sale at $165 per unit, plus a $15 monthly management and care fee, at the miRunners web site at miRunners.com. ENDS. MiRunners is at: https://mirunners.com/ https://twitter.com/miRunnersDotCom https://www.facebook.com/miRunnersDotCom For more information or for an interview with miRunners, contact: Alan Smith, Digivizer, 0404 432 700