The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-14T01:34:16Z ESL's major tournaments record 90% growth in viewership by increasing esports content worldwide in 2019 2019-08-14T01:34:16Z esl-s-major-tournaments-record-90-growth-in-viewership-by-increasing-esports-content-worldwide-in-2019 (Cologne) 13th of August 2019 - ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today reported significant growth across multiple metrics for major ESL tournaments. Over the course of the first seven months of 2019, average minute audience (+90%), hours watched (+190%) and video views (+55%) have all heavily increased as a result of fans tuning into ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters and ESL Pro League tournaments, shattering the numbers recorded in 2018*.   The top four months across this time period recorded large spikes from major ESL competitions, such as Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice in March, which set the record as the most watched ESL tournament series of all time with more than 174,000 attendees over the course of two weekends. In May, both ESL One Birmingham and Intel Extreme Masters Sydney surpassed the previous viewership figures from last year’s tournaments. ESL Pro League Occitanie in June also broke its all-time viewership records, making this season the most watched in the league’s history. ESL One Cologne in July clocked the most hours watched for a non-major CS:GO tournament, and was sold-out for the fourth consecutive year. Following the brand refresh in January, the viewer experience at all major tournaments has significantly improved, resulting in significant growth across nearly all metrics.   “This growth in viewership and interest is humbling to see,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. “ESL’s open ecosystem enables us to work with a variety of games that allows ESL to build standout, innovative properties such as IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne and Birmingham and see them thrive and grow over the years. We will continue to go that extra mile for a world where everybody can be somebody, creating a path for everybody to participate in these tournaments to build memorable moments for players, fans, partners."   ESL 2019 milestones   ●      Intel Grand Slam completed at ESL One Cologne in record time   ESL One Cologne, widely known as “The Cathedral of Counter-Strike,” sold out four years in a row, and recorded 12.3 million hours watched, resulting in a new record for most hours watched for a non-major CS:GO tournament. Winners Team Liquid took home a total of $1,115,000 for winning first place and completing the second ever Intel Grand Slam, a prize for winning four premier ESL and DreamHack Masters tournaments inside a stretch of ten, in a record time of 63 days.   ●      ESL Pro League revamp   The ESL Pro League Season 9 and its Finals in Occitanie at the Sud de France Arena broke its all-time viewership records. By doubling video views to 66.6 million compared to Season 8, and reaching over 16.1 million hours watched, this was the most watched Season of Pro League in its history.   ●      ESL One Birmingham sets Dota 2 viewership record   ESL One Birmingham, United Kingdom's largest esports tournament surpassed the highest viewership for an ESL One Dota 2 event thus far. The tournament reached a new peak record of 306,070 concurrent viewers tuning into the broadcast, which is a rise of 12.4% since it’s last record during the Hamburg Major in 2017. Hours watched also saw a very significant rise with over 7.6 million hours consumed over the course of the Dota 2 filled weekend.   ●      IEM Sydney sets new record for Australian esports viewership   This year’s event surpassed all previous viewership records for an esports tournament held in Australia, with over 20 million viewers tuning in across the duration of the event. Counter-Strike fans across the world watched almost 10 million hours of content over the course of the event, up 16% vs. 2018. It was the tournament’s third stop in Sydney, and 75th stop globally since its inception in 2006.   ●      ESL and Intel welcomed 174,000 fans at world’s most attended esports tournament in Katowice   Along with 174,000 fans attending the tournaments and surrounding expo over the course of two weekends, 20 million people tuned in on each day, resulting in significant growth across major viewer metrics, and made the competition the most watched ESL tournament series of all time. The event was broadcast by both linear and digital partners worldwide, who produced and distributed content in 21 languages.   ●      ESL evolves its master brand   ESL had a significant role in shaping the industry in terms of broadcast, production and event experience across the world’s most prestigious esports brands and products, pioneering stadium tournaments and consistently breaking industry records. The brand refresh was a key cornerstone of ESL’s growth acceleration strategy, and  better integrated its partner brands by clarifying the path from zero to hero across ESL’s multiple leagues and tournaments, growing its massive fanbase.   More details about ESL can be found at the new corporate site of ESL at about.eslgaming.com. Please follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest esports competitions.   *All numbers excluding China.   ###   ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. about.eslgaming.com Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Best MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-05T22:00:30Z best-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc “The challenge... The buzz... The reactions of an audience... The occasional ambience of glitz and glamour... Intangible rewards…" (including the personal rewards for emcees of having participated in successful events in meaningful and often invisible ways). To polished emcee Rob Doorey these are some of the alluring qualities of the winsome world of emceeing. But while he thrives on what can be fleeting associations, Rob has put in long hours over a sustained period of time in the entertainment industry to hone his talents. Most assuredly, he has done the hard yards. "In the lyrics of ACDC, 'it's a long way to the top'," Doorey said. For instance, in the early years of what has now evolved into more than a couple of decades for him in the commercial broadcasting industry, Doorey's first foray was as a team-driver ofthe Black Thunder vehicles for 2DayFM Radio in Sydney (the Black Thunders were the station’s promotion vehicles). During this stretch, Doorey and 5 other drivers took six cars allaround the streets of Sydney, from the beaches to the bush. Their station promotions saw them generating listeners and attracting patrons through a wealth of activities - among them: running contests, dishing out promo prizes - large and small, and interviewing multiple fans and various guests sponsored by the station for featured promotional events designed to rev-up the station’s fan-base. Doorey was also involved at this time in the introduction of special characters such as “Bladerunner” and in new night-radio promotions that proved very popular. Doorey's launch into full-time on-air broadcasting came in his hometown of Gosford at Coast Rock FM, where his solid work ethic came into focus. Working from midnight to dawn, Doorey delivered the night broadcast program and soon after dawn took the Gosford station’s promo vehicle out onto the streets for the breakfast show promotions.He also began doing guest DJ work at local nightclubs in the evenings - all this time still driving the Black Thunders in Sydney as well. While Doorey's work commitments didn’t leave much time for rest, the varied and busy roles sufficiently cut his teeth in the industry. Live promotional events for radio, for instance, could see Doorey interviewing and introducing live bands on stages in front of crowds on beachfronts or in shopping centres and seamlessly handling all the unseen variables involved in these styles of productions, where “multiple things are happening at a time”. Such events even came to include televised events on football fields with new sets of multiple variables and similarly pressured environments with strict production deadlines, all of which Doorey learnt to adeptly handle. After the early periods in Sydney and Gosford, Doorey headed north -- working for several radio stations, including 4CA - Cairns and Triple M Brisbane; as well as hosting for The Sky Radio network, The Super Radio network, Talk Australia, C91.3FM and Breeze FM. Doorey's years in radio clearly equipped him for unexpected challenges in fast-paced, pressured situations and gave him the knack to calmly deal with split-second changes that may arise at any moment. Doorey describes himself as a calm and organised person who does his homework and is not averse to problem-solving. These are real assets in his current profession and of real benefit to his clients. As he says: “I am able to make the (event/presentation) process easy and comfortable for those around me. While we may be working on the most important event in our (clients’) lives, I will bring a calm to the event,” comments Doorey. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. STRONG Fitness Magazine is Coming to Australia 2019-08-02T03:25:24Z strong-fitness-magazine-is-coming-to-australia The Australian edition of this iconic health magazine is being published by Alicia Fistonich, a former media professional turned fitness trainer. STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia has appointed Katelyn Swallow, former Editor of Women’s Health & Fitness magazine, as Editor-in-Chief. Originating in Canada and the US, STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia has built a reputation as a trusted source of cutting-edge fitness and health information for the strong, resilient, modern woman. With a sophisticated editorial voice and greater emphasis on weight-training for women, backed up by evidence-based features,STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia reflects the direction that the fitness industry has taken over the past five years. STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia Publisher, Alicia Fistonich said, “I'm extremely excited to be bringing a fresh perspective on fitness for women to Australia. Our team is incredible, and I can't wait to see how far we can go with our Aussie take on this amazing product and brand.” Editor-in-Chief, Katelyn Swallow aims to educate, motivate and inspire Australian women, “We want to showcase the beauty and power of an array of female body types, and to support and inspire women to achieve their personal health and fitness goals through science-based editorial features and engaging stories.” STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia will be on sale October 3 for RRP $7.95 and will be available in print and digital versions. Stay tuned for more information at www.strongfitnessmag.com.au. For more media enquiries please contact: Publique Agency Caleb Yorke: 03 8593 7565 | calebyorke@publiqueagency.com Bike Barn Delivers Expert Bike Buying Tips to Parents Purchasing Bicycles for Their Children 2019-08-01T01:47:19Z bike-barn-delivers-expert-bike-buying-tips-to-parents-purchasing-bicycles-for-their-children Bike Barn is New Zealand’s one-stop shop for everything to do with cycling, and they have enjoyed years of experience in delivering the very best advice and expertise to Kiwi cyclists. It’s not just the professional racing or hobbyist cyclists that visit this nationwide chain, though. Parents and children can always find what they are looking for at the popular chain, with employees who are always ready to deliver thoughtful and tailored advice regarding the perfect choice of bicycle. For many, the purchase of kids bikes in New Zealand is filled with questions. What size bike should I give my child? Do I need to add training wheels? Even beyond these questions are the points that parents may not know about, such as whether the bike should have suspension or gears. The answers to all of these queries depend on the child who will be riding the bike, and as such will alter the parents’ choices. According to the experienced employees, two of the biggest factors when purchasing a bike for a child are their age and their height. Age plays a large part in determining the correct bicycle because it hints at their experience with fine motor control, decision-making and cycling itself. There is a line of children’s bikes that come with low suspension, training wheels and no gears in order to gently introduce a child to the mechanics of riding a bike. As they progress in experience, parents can be more confident in placing them on a bike with suspension that can handle rougher terrain, gears that can increase their potential speed, and no training wheels. The second big factor – height – is important for all cyclists, regardless of their age. The height of your chosen bike should allow you to reach the handlebars and the bottom swing of the pedals with ease, without cramping or over-elongating you. Age does not completely determine a child’s height, so if you’re buying a bike for your child make sure to bring them into the store for a test run. If you would like to learn more about the line of children’s bicycles and Bike Barn helmets on offer, follow the link below. https://www.bikebarn.co.nz/bikes/kids-bikes   INTERNATIONAL OVERWATCH LEAGUE SUPERSTARS TO CLOSE OUT THE MELBOURNE ESPORTS OPEN 2019-07-31T23:59:42Z international-overwatch-league-superstars-to-close-out-the-melbourne-esports-open Melbourne, Australia, 1 August 2019 – ESL and TEG Live have today announced that Overwatch LeagueTM team, Washington Justice, will become the first team in the League to play an international exhibition match, joining the winners of OverwatchTM Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 at the Melbourne Esports Open™ on 1 September.   Six world-class Overwatch League players from Washington Justice, as well as coaching and team staff, will be travelling to Melbourne to participate in signing sessions, team meet and greets, and a special exhibition match.   After the conclusion of the Overwatch Contenders Australia Grand Final on 1 September, players from the Washington Justice will join members of the winning team, forming two “All-Star” line-ups and participating in a thrilling five map mixed exhibition match.   "The Justice is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet fans and play an exhibition match with the talented competitors in Australia. With the demands of our competitive schedule, it’s not often we get travel outside our region, so we’re looking forward to everything Melbourne and its local fans have in store." said Aaron "PRE" Heckman, Assistant General Manager - Washington Justice.   “Being able to showcase a top-tier international team like the Washington Justice at this year’s Melbourne Esports Open is a massive win for the event.” said Nick Vanzetti, SVP, Managing Director - ESL Asia-Pacific Japan. “I’ll be in the crowd cheering for our local representatives, and encourage every Overwatch® fan in Australia to attend this historic exhibition match.”   Two Days Full of Esports Content As well as the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 Finals, the Melbourne Esports Open will feature open tournaments in more than 15 titles for fans to compete in across Melbourne & Olympic Parks, with popular battle royale, trading card, and fighting game tournaments confirmed so far. Attendees will also have the chance to experience The Monster, the largest inflatable obstacle course in the southern hemisphere, on Grand Slam Oval. Tickets are on sale now via MelbourneEsportsOpen.com.au.   - ends -   For more information, contact: Rebecca Wallisch | PPR Rebecca.Wallisch@ppr.com.au M +61 450 965 154   Alex Blaikie | ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com M +61 401 947 878   Jordan Cameron | Blizzard Entertainment jcameron@blizzard.com M +61 403 000 865   Follow the Melbourne Esports Open on social media: https://www.facebook.com/MelbEsportsOpen/ https://www.instagram.com/melbesportsopen/ https://twitter.com/MelbEsportsOpen #MEO2019   ABOUT WASHINGTON JUSTICE: Established in 2018 as part of season 2’s franchise expansion, the Washington Justice participates in the South Atlantic division, and is one of twenty teams currently competing in Overwatch League. Owned by businessman and entrepreneur Mark Ein of Washington Esports Ventures, the organisation has deep roots in the Washington DC, and is the exclusive Overwatch franchise for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.   ABOUT VISIT VICTORIA: Visit Victoria is the State of Victoria’s primary tourism, business and major events company, leading the sector in creating, curating and communicating Victoria’s inspiring experiences to maximise visitation. Established in July 2016, Visit Victoria brings the best of Tourism Victoria, Victorian Major Events Company and Melbourne Convention Bureau under one brand that capitalises on commercial opportunities in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global tourism market. The team operates in a collaborative and agile environment that informs, connects and partners with industry and the Victorian State Government to amplify Victoria's profile.   ABOUT ESL: ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).   ABOUT TEG LIVE: TEG Live is wholly owned by TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company. TEG Live is a dynamic and diverse promoter of live content in music, sport, family entertainment, esports and exhibitions. TEG Live connects millions of fans every year with unique live experiences and adds value to events with hospitality and sponsorship services. For more information, visit: http://www.teglive.com.au   ABOUT JB HI-FI: JB Hi-Fi is Australia’s Largest Home Entertainment Retailer. Famous for low prices, the biggest brands and genuine personal service from our experienced specialist staff. JB Hi-Fi has a huge range of products across Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances, DVD and Blu-Ray, Music, Console and PC gaming.ABOUT FAIRFAX EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Fairfax Events & Entertainment produces a portfolio of major events with an expanding calendar of culture, entertainment, food, sporting, business and family events attracting millions of participants each year. Fairfax Events & Entertainment partners with key stakeholders including advertisers, sponsors, charities, community groups, participants, sporting and government bodies. Some examples of the Fairfax Events are The Sun Herald City2Surf, Good Food Month, Night Noodle Markets, The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and American Express Open Air Cinemas.    OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH CONTENDERS, and OVERWATCH LEAGUE are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Captains Announced for World Korfball Championships 2019-07-25T07:12:13Z captains-announced-for-world-korfball-championships As the World Korfball Championships draws ever closer, and the National Team finalises its preparations for the tournament, National Coach Tim Miller has appointed Bethan Channing and Andrew Hutchesson as his Team Captains. In announcing the captains, Tim noted, “To be given the honour of leading your country at a World Championships is a wonderful recognition of not only your service but also your preparation and influence within the team environment.” Bethan has been a mainstay of the Open National Team since the 2015 World Korfball Championships, and is the only player in the team who participated at the 2017 World Games. This will be her fourth open international event. Andrew made his Open National Team debut at the 2014 Asia-Oceania Korfball Championships, and despite missing the 2017 World Games will also participate in his fourth international tournament. Recognition of these appointments can be found on the National Team hub, with a “C” being added next to Bethan and Andrew’s name to signify their appointment. Congratulations to Bethan and Andrew, and we wish you and the team the best of luck for the World Korfball Championships. Australia’s tournament starts on the evening of August 1st, with a match against Poland at 7:15 PM (ACST). Wheelchair Rugby League National Head Coaching Announcement 2019-07-11T00:05:35Z national-head-coaching-announcement Australian Wheelchair Rugby League would like to announce the appointment of Mr. Brett Clark as the new Head Coach of the Australian Wheelchair Rugby League team. Brett Clark replaces Steve Hewson who successfully coached the Australian Wheelchair team in 2013 and took the squad to a Bronze Medal finish at the 2017 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup. Brett Clark has a very respectable record with the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League team – and they successfully retained the Wheelchair RL Origin trophy last weekend when they defeated Queensland at Olympic Park Sydney. He will take charge of the Australian Wheelchair team which will now prepare for an end of season 3 game International Series verse England Wheelchair Rugby League team in October 2019. Any enquires please contact Martin Meredith 0413656769. The ‘super gear’ helping Cleary get to Origin III 2019-07-03T03:28:35Z the-super-gear-helping-cleary-get-to-origin-iii-1 Bauerfeind Australia, the official compression and supports supplier to the NSW Blues this State of Origin rushed out to Penrith last Thursday to fit Nathan Cleary with their German medical-grade ‘super gear’, adding a dimension to help speed up Cleary’s recovery program to help give him every chance possible for Origin III. Walid Yassine from Bauerfeind Australia fit Cleary with a medical grade ‘combination ankle kit’ in a bid to get him to Sydney on July 10. He started by stabilising the injury so he can train without further risk, then added a compression sock to minimise swelling before Cleary will finally transition to a three-in-one support to add further stability so he can train in the lead-up to the game as well as potentially play with full supports in place (see below detailed description of the Bauerfeind combination ankle kit). All products fitted were based on Bauerfeind’s state-of-the-art Bodytronic 600® 3D scan Cleary undertook to ensure perfect fit (see image attached). Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler said the players wore the Bauerfeind compression garments on the plane to and from Perth for Game Two, as well as during and post training and others during the match. “In elite sport, it is all about the one per-centers so we were very keen to embrace the use of the Bauerfeind compression garments because they are considered the best products in the world,” Fittler said. “The players were really happy with them and wore them regularly on and off the field,” he said. Says Walid Yassine, “Our products are leading-edge, we are the official supplier to the Olympic Games and pro-athletes such as the NBA’s Dirk Nowitzki attributes a very long career because of our compression and supports that speed up recovery and enhances performance. It’s truly ‘super gear’ that Cleary – and the rest of the team - is wearing which is having a huge impact in their game overall and with Cleary’s recovery.” ABOUT THE COMBINATION ANKLE KIT by Walid Yassine, Managing Director of Bauerfeind The MalleoLoc® was used to laterally stabilise Cleary’s ankle. A moon boot is great to stabilise an injury however it also deactivates several perfectly fine other muscles, so as soon as it is safe to do so it is best to get out of the moot boot and start restrengthening. The MalleoLoc® can laterally stabilise Cleary’s ankle specifically whilst enabling him to start running/loading the ankle with minimised risk of any further lateral injury. Essentially the sooner one is out of a cast or moon boot, the more players can get into the restrengthening activities. Intertwined with the MalleoLoc® is our class Cocoon® compression socks. Swelling management is a critical part of rehabbing faster. The compression socks were 3D measured by Bauerfeind’s BodyTronic 600® system which is a 99.8% accurate scanner which then recommends a precision fit size that we have subsequently fitted Cleary with (see image attached). We can ensure a medical grade of compression alongside a lateral stabiliser that Cleary can use whilst re-strengthening occurs thereby minimising swelling as well as minimising the risk of further lateral injury. Then, as soon as Cleary has increased strength and ability to load the ankle, he will transition to the MalleoTrain Plus®. The MalleoTrain Plus® is a unique three-in-one product offering medical grade compression, lateral and medial silicon supports as well as an intertwined figure eight strap. This will provide added levels of support whilst being able to sprint and load as required for Cleary as he looks to cement his availability. Cleary can run in the MalleoTrain Plus®, even during game time; the compression helps swelling and the silicone and strapping will support him throughout training and the game hence giving him strength, support and all-important confidence. Finally, Cleary was also provided with Bauerfeind’s Ball and Racket socks which is a knee length compression sock with an intertwined figure eight in the sock which provides added levels of stability for the ankle as well as swelling management. For more information or to interview Walid Yassine about Cleary’s recovery using Bauerfeind, please contact Anna Abignano on Tel: 0411 481 477 or anna@allaboutpr.com.au The ‘super gear’ helping Cleary get to Origin III 2019-07-03T02:27:35Z the-super-gear-helping-cleary-get-to-origin-iii Bauerfeind Australia, the official compression and supports supplier to the NSW Blues this State of Origin rushed out to Penrith last Thursday to fit Nathan Cleary with their German medical-grade ‘super gear’, adding a dimension to help speed up Cleary’s recovery program to help give him every chance possible for Origin III. Walid Yassine from Bauerfeind Australia fit Cleary with a medical grade ‘combination ankle kit’ in a bid to get him to Sydney on July 10. He started by stabilising the injury so he can train without further risk, then added a compression sock to minimise swelling before Cleary will finally transition to a three-in-one support to add further stability so he can train in the lead-up to the game as well as potentially play with full supports in place (see below detailed description of the Bauerfeind combination ankle kit). All products fitted were based on Bauerfeind’s state-of-the-art Bodytronic 600® 3D scan Cleary undertook to ensure perfect fit (see image attached). Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler said the players wore the Bauerfeind compression garments on the plane to and from Perth for Game Two, as well as during and post training and others during the match. “In elite sport, it is all about the one per-centers so we were very keen to embrace the use of the Bauerfeind compression garments because they are considered the best products in the world,” Fittler said. “The players were really happy with them and wore them regularly on and off the field,” he said. Says Walid Yassine, “Our products are leading-edge, we are the official supplier to the Olympic Games and pro-athletes such as the NBA’s Dirk Nowitzki attributes a very long career because of our compression and supports that speed up recovery and enhances performance. It’s truly ‘super gear’ that Cleary – and the rest of the team - is wearing which is having a huge impact in their game overall and with Cleary’s recovery.” ABOUT THE COMBINATION ANKLE KIT by Walid Yassine, Managing Director of Bauerfeind The MalleoLoc® was used to laterally stabilise Cleary’s ankle. A moon boot is great to stabilise an injury however it also deactivates several perfectly fine other muscles, so as soon as it is safe to do so it is best to get out of the moot boot and start restrengthening. The MalleoLoc® can laterally stabilise Cleary’s ankle specifically whilst enabling him to start running/loading the ankle with minimised risk of any further lateral injury. Essentially the sooner one is out of a cast or moon boot, the more players can get into the restrengthening activities. Intertwined with the MalleoLoc® is our class Cocoon® compression socks. Swelling management is a critical part of rehabbing faster. The compression socks were 3D measured by Bauerfeind’s BodyTronic 600® system which is a 99.8% accurate scanner which then recommends a precision fit size that we have subsequently fitted Cleary with (see image attached). We can ensure a medical grade of compression alongside a lateral stabiliser that Cleary can use whilst re-strengthening occurs thereby minimising swelling as well as minimising the risk of further lateral injury. Then, as soon as Cleary has increased strength and ability to load the ankle, he will transition to the MalleoTrain Plus®. The MalleoTrain Plus® is a unique three-in-one product offering medical grade compression, lateral and medial silicon supports as well as an intertwined figure eight strap. This will provide added levels of support whilst being able to sprint and load as required for Cleary as he looks to cement his availability. Cleary can run in the MalleoTrain Plus®, even during game time; the compression helps swelling and the silicone and strapping will support him throughout training and the game hence giving him strength, support and all-important confidence. Finally, Cleary was also provided with Bauerfeind’s Ball and Racket socks which is a knee length compression sock with an intertwined figure eight in the sock which provides added levels of stability for the ankle as well as swelling management. For more information or to interview Walid Yassine about Cleary’s recovery using Bauerfeind, please contact Anna Abignano on Tel: 0411 481 477 or anna@allaboutpr.com.au miRunners announce appointment of Vicky Leonard & Blake Matthews to Board of Directors 2019-06-25T07:18:00Z mirunners-announce-appointment-of-vicky-leonard-amp-blake-matthews-to-board-of-directors Sydney June 25, 2019 The 99 Sports Pty Ltd Board (parent company of miRunners and miStable platforms) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicky Leonard and Blake Matthews as a non-executive directors. Vicky Leonard who was in 2018 named among the most influential people in global racing under the age of 35, is the managing director of the innovative marketing, strategy and design firm Kick Collective as well as TDN Aust/NZ.  Vicky’s passion is centred on ensuring the racing industry has a future, which aligns well with the miRunners ownership model, aimed at materially impacting the number of people who race horses in Australia.  Vicky states, “I have always been motivated by inspiring ideas and what miRunners are doing could prove a key innovation in contributing to the future proofing of the racing industry. The thrill of ownership and a deep connection with the thoroughbred are the racing industry’s key assets, these are assets that no other competing entertainment option can offer. The sport of racing needs to evolve from the tradition of being priced only for the wealthy and miRunners have done this via a trusted, transparent structure that allows mainstream populations to experience premium level, yet affordable ownership”.  “Like all entertainment options, the racing industry too must innovate to survive, it must use technology to connect with the next generation and with an animal welfare movement dominating the conversation within racing, we must rebuild and reconnect the bond between human and horse. I am extremely motivated to be working with miRunners on such an important industry opportunity”. Blake Matthews’ joins the board as a non-executive of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association an experienced Manager in the Chartered Accounting and Professional Services space with the well respected AH Tighe & Associates. Aside from bringing with him critical expertise in financial management and corporate governance, Blake brings to the table a deep seeded passion for the future of racing.  “I accepted the position as a non-executive director of NSWROA with a knowledge that the next generation is going to be critical in shaping the future of what is a truly wonderful sport, said Matthews. “Race days as a whole have a live atmosphere that can rival the best of our domestic sporting codes. Coupled with growing prizemoney and competition I see a future where Racing is a true top tier sport for everyone to enjoy. Having the privilege to join the NSWROA board I'm excited by the opportunity to now potentially shift the dial in racing with miRunners”.  “The opportunity through miRunners to change the sport for the betterment of just so many, immediately grabbed my attention. Removing the traditional barriers to entry in racing brings with it significant execution requirements and we have a lot to do. However, I have been working with the miRunners team for a while now and this is a group of people who are motivated to ensure racing not only survives in the future but thrives as well”. CEO and co-founder of miRunners Steve Brown welcome the appointments. ”As a $5bn industry,  being reliant on the ageing heartbeats of just 100000 owners, seems quite a risk to take.''  “Whilst miRunners is years in the making, since we have launched, in a relatively short space of time we have introduced thousands of Australians into this wonderful industry through ownership”. “This is importantly a premium level experience, via expensive horses made affordable and digitally accessible via the 1000 ownership unit structure. Two thirds of our owners to date are aged 35-44 and under and two thirds have never owned a racehorse before”. “This however is just the beginning and with much to do, these appointments will likely prove key in our quest, as we take the responsibility of what we are doing extremely seriously.” Blake Matthews and Vicky Leonard’s appointments will be effective from 1 July 2019.  ENDS About miRunners miRunners is changing the face of Australian thoroughbred racing, making horse ownership accessible to all Australians.  For most of history, ownership of thoroughbreds was limited to a select few with high costs and obstacles making it incredibly difficult for the everyday Australian to enjoy the ownership experience. The miRunners model has changed all that as we aim to bring the best horses together with the best trainers and make them affordable so anyone who has a passion for racing can experience ownership. There is no secret to our formula: we simply purchase a premium racehorse, match it up with a top tier trainer and split the purchase cost into 1,000 units. No mark up.  For example: when the first miRunners horse – Saganaki, was purchased at the Gold Coast Magic Millions for $165,000, the horse was split into 1,000 units which were available to purchase for $165 each. We expect any horse we purchase to be in the $165,000-300,000 price range and every horse we purchase will be divided into 1,000 equal units. If the horse wins, the owners’ share of win is also distributed equally by 1,000 units. miRunners makes its fees from the monthly fee. $11 (inc. GST) covers the communication and administration, $5 per month covers all the insurance, food and training fees. Total fees for your first unit will be $16 per month but only $5 for any subsequent units in the same horse. No matter how many units you own in a horse, you pay the $11 (inc. GST) component for your first unit only. The miRunners ownership experience: No matter if you own a single unit or if you own 20, every unit holder is given the full ownership experience which includes: Updates direct to you from your leading trainer/stable in real time Pro-rata share in prize money won Pro-rata share in sales proceeds at end of racing career Opportunities to meet your horse and your trainer Private area on race day (dependent on the race day conditions) Certificate of ownership A chance to add a premium thoroughbred horse to your family The opportunity to develop life-long friendships A dedicated Australian based customer service team on phone, email and facebook GLOBAL GAMING PHENOMENON FORTNITE RETURNS TO THE MELBOURNE ESPORTS OPEN 2019-06-18T00:02:22Z global-gaming-phenomenon-fortnite-returns-to-the-melbourne-esports-open Melbourne, Australia - June 18, 2019 - ESL and TEG Live have today announced that this year’s Melbourne Esports Open™ will feature the return of the smash hit from Epic Games, Fortnite.   Across the weekend of Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September, Fortnite fans will be able to join the action on an expanded “Fortnite Stage” in Margaret Court Arena, with action from the stage being broadcast in front of a live audience and online. Fans will also have the chance to play alongside popular content creators including ‘The Misfits’ on stage, with open tournaments running throughout both show days.   Melbourne & Olympic Parks is fast becoming an epicentre for Fortnite after the successful running of the “Fortnite Summer Smash” at this year’s Australian Open.   Fortnite will also be featured with the “Fortnite Free-Play Field” – an area within the “JB Hi-Fi Game On Zone” which in 2019 expands into Melbourne Arena – offering attendees the chance to get hands-on with one of twenty consoles that will be available for play across the weekend.   Each day, an all-ages dance competition will give entrants the chance to get up on stage and perform their favourite Fortnite dance moves, with prizes up for grabs for the best performances. Senior Vice President of ESL Asia-Pacific Japan, Nick Vanzetti said; "Fortnite was a massive part of the Melbourne Esports Open last year, with players of all ages competing on stage in Margaret Court Arena.  We're excited to show Fortnite fans what we have in store for MEO 2019."   Following the success of the inaugural Melbourne Esports Open™ in 2018, which saw 12,000 esports fans attend across the two days, the 2019 event will expand to include activities within Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and Grand Slam Oval.   Ticket Information Fans can enjoy a weekend at the Open from as little as $37.90 (Junior 2-day Ground Pass), with single-day tickets starting at $19.90 (Junior Saturday Ground Pass).  For tickets and further information head to the Melbourne Esports Open website http://melbourneesportsopen.com.au or ticketek.com.au.   The Melbourne Esports Open is presented with the support of the Victorian Government via its tourism and major events agency Visit Victoria.   - ends -   For more information, contact: Alex Blaikie - PR | ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com   Pamela Philip – PPR Pamela.Philip@ppr.com.au T +61 2 9818 0929M +61 478 701 734   Follow the Melbourne Esports Open on social media: https://www.facebook.com/MelbEsportsOpen/ https://www.instagram.com/melbesportsopen/ https://twitter.com/MelbEsportsOpen #MEO2019   ABOUT VISIT VICTORIA Visit Victoria is the State of Victoria’s primary tourism, business and major events company, leading the sector in creating, curating and communicating Victoria’s inspiring experiences to maximise visitation. Established in July 2016, Visit Victoria brings the best of Tourism Victoria, Victorian Major Events Company and Melbourne Convention Bureau under one brand that capitalises on commercial opportunities in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global tourism market. The team operates in a collaborative and agile environment that informs, connects and partners with industry and the Victorian State Government to amplify Victoria's profile.   ABOUT ESL: ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).   ABOUT TEG LIVE: TEG Live is wholly owned by TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company. TEG Live is a dynamic and diverse promoter of live content in music, sport, family entertainment, esports and exhibitions. TEG Live connects millions of fans every year with unique live experiences and adds value to events with hospitality and sponsorship services. For more information, visit: http://www.teglive.com.au   ABOUT JB HI-FI: JB Hi-Fi is Australia’s Largest Home Entertainment Retailer. Famous for low prices, the biggest brands and genuine personal service from our experienced specialist staff. JB Hi-Fi has a huge range of products across Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances, DVD and Blu-Ray, Music, Console and PC gaming.ABOUT FAIRFAX EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Fairfax Events & Entertainment produces a portfolio of major events with an expanding calendar of culture, entertainment, food, sporting, business and family events attracting millions of participants each year. Fairfax Events & Entertainment partners with key stakeholders including advertisers, sponsors, charities, community groups, participants, sporting and government bodies. Some examples of the Fairfax Events are The Sun Herald City2Surf, Good Food Month, Night Noodle Markets, The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and American Express Open Air Cinemas.    ABOUT EPIC GAMES: Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology, which brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web, is freely available at unrealengine.com. The Epic Games store offers a handpicked library of games, available at epicgames.com. Follow @EpicGames for updates.     WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE WELCOMES ICARE NSW AS A PLATINUM SPONSOR OF THE 2019 WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE STATE OF ORIGIN 2019-06-17T23:00:35Z wheelchair-rugby-league-welcomes-icare-nsw-as-a-platinum-sponsor-of-the-2019-wheelchair-rugby-league-state-of-origin Wheelchair Rugby League Australia is thrilled to announce that icare NSW has come on board as a Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 Wheelchair Rugby League State of Origin to be held Saturday, 6th July 2019 at Quaycentre, Sydney Olympic Park.   Billed as one of the biggest events on the Wheelchair Rugby League calendar, the interstate challenge will see representative players compete for their state in this physical and exciting clash.   In announcing icare’s involvement, Wheelchair Rugby League Chair, Martin Meredith said “icare’s support of our game and this clash in particular is a very welcome development for our sport. There are definite synergies between the organisations in terms of facilitating and supporting resilience, rehabilitation, health and wellbeing. A number of our players are participants of icare, having come to the sport after workplace or motor vehicle accidents.”   icare Group Executive, Care and Community, Nick Allsop said icare was proud to be teaming up with Wheelchair Rugby League Australia and sponsoring the 2019 Wheelchair Rugby League State of Origin.   “Wheelchair Rugby League Australia has created a truly inclusive sport – an event and community that provides connection and inclusion for people from all backgrounds and abilities,” Dr Allsop said.   “We’re very excited that so many of our Lifetime Care and Workers Care participants will be welcomed at the match. Returning to recreational activities and engaging in the community can be a challenge after a life-changing injury. WRLA’s incredible athletes exemplify the empowerment, independence and choice we aspire to facilitate for our customers.”   The Wheelchair Rugby League State of Origin game will kick off at 3.00 pm. It will be preceded by a Redback and Bluetongues Push and Power game. About Wheelchair Rugby League   Wheelchair Rugby League Australia (WRLA) originated from the founding of the New South Wales Wheelchair Rugby League Association which was established in 2009, with the long term focus to make it a national sport.  WRLA introduced seasonal competition from 2010 which built awareness at all levels of the game including referees, players, coaches and administration of the sport and provide opportunities for athletes with disabilities within the league.   Our vision is to be recognised as an inclusive sport for all communities, provide pathways for participants to represent their respective states and to contribute to making it a global sport.     About icare   Insurance and Care NSW (icare) protects, insures and cares for the people, businesses and assets of NSW.    We provide workers compensation insurance to more than 326,000 public and private sector employers in NSW and their 3.6 million employees. In addition, we insure builders and homeowners, provide treatment and care to people severely injured on NSW roads; and protect more than $193 billion of NSW Government assets, including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, schools and hospitals.   For more information, visit: www.icare.nsw.gov.au      How is Wheelchair Rugby League played? ​ This fast-paced game is played on an indoor court, about half the size of rugby league field. It follows a five-on-five format, using a rugby league football. A kick is achieved by a clenched fist and a tackle is achieved by removing a Velcro tag from the sleeve of an attacking player.  The game can be played socially and there are defined player pathways to representative level.   The game allows up to 2 able bodied athletes per team, meaning that members of families and mates can play alongside their siblings and friends.   Wheelchair Rugby League is an inclusive sport – a variation of the running game allowing athletes with disabilities to compete with and against able-bodied people. The emphasis is on the participation, health and well-being of individuals, personal performance, social interaction and self- esteem.   Wheelchair Rugby League aspires to provide an inclusive recreational activity and to promote fun, fitness and self-development while fostering good sportsmanship in a safe and positive environment.   See the Wheelchair Rugby League for more:   here   Wheelchair Rugby League Ambassadors are Brett Kimmorley and James Tamou.           Case Study: Quickly Create An Online Booking System For Complex Events 2019-06-12T03:31:03Z case-study-quickly-create-an-online-booking-system-for-complex-events Case Study: Quickly create an online booking system for complex events My experience using the system was excellent. It saved me countless hours. Lach Falvey, Development Convenor, Swimming Metro North East Summary Over $50,000 of event bookings and memberships have been successfully processed with this fast and simple online solution using WordPress, PayPal, Gravity Forms, Gravity View and GFChart. Client Situation The club knew it was a mess. Every year application forms were emailed to members. They would then print, complete, attach a cheque, put in an envelope and snail mail them back – sometime over the following days, weeks or months; if at all. The cheques were banked, except for the odd one that was rejected. The forms were collated, and information transposed onto a spreadsheet. This was all shared with the organisers. Everything was slow, nothing was up to date, it took a lot of effort to manage. And it was a huge chore. Despite steaming through 2019, this is still a typical scenario for many clubs and community groups. A lot of businesses too. The problem with existing online solutions There are some fantastic online event booking systems (Eventbrite, TryBooking, etc) but none of them was entirely satisfactory. Club events require a lot of additional information and selection choices, and these solutions were poor at collecting and collating through a friendly user interface. They all appear to be designed for seat bookings at venues on specified dates, maybe with tiered pricing, and some optional extras. Club events are different in that they run over several weeks, with competitors scheduling events, not seating, and whilst the difference seemed subtle, it wasn’t. Next, we looked at WooCommerce, the leading eCommerce solution for WordPress. It offers a near perfect customer front end solution, but where it fell down was on the back end. We couldn’t find a way to get a simple clean download of all the booking information. Maybe there is a solution out there somewhere, but we just couldn’t find one. The Solution Gravity Forms came to the rescue. It’s ability to collect complex information through forms and make it available for download via a simple csv file for spreadsheet viewing was key. It’s payment gateway add-ons gave us a way to collect money. So, we hired some cheap hosting, installed WordPress and a Genesis theme, and built a really basic website containing photos of previous club events, and information about future events. We opened a standard PayPal account, loaded Gravity Forms and the PayPal add-on, and our new booking system went live. We used the free ‘members’ plugin to provide basic access control and the free ‘Gravity Forms Directories and add-ons’ plugin to display a simple list of bookings to selected people with access. The system worked a treat for customers, and the administrators loved the speed and ease of downloading all booking details into a spreadsheet. What was missing was a simple dashboard giving an overview of bookings. GFChart to the rescue. GFChart provided the missing dashboard capability. Available as a plugin which extends Gravity Forms to display live data in charts, it is used to display a dashboard that tells administrators which events are selling well and where there is an opportunity to invest extra sales effort. Continued System Enhancements Since this Case Study, the core event booking capability has been rolled out with other clients, and modified for taking club membership payments. Examples and New Features Bookings form which fronts the dashboard shown above. Squad booking form. Dashboard for an online training system built using GFChart. Significant additional enhancements of GFChart have taken place that will provide an even better solution for your bookings needs. Gravity Forms booking overview. Survey Customiser Display Charts in Emails and PDF’s Buy GFChart Now 2019 Korfball World Korfball Championships Team Selected 2019-06-09T03:37:58Z 2019-korfball-world-korfball-championships-team-selected Korfball Australia is pleased to announce the team for the upcoming 2019 World Korfball Championships has been selected. The tournament, to be played in Durban, South Africa, kicks off on the 1st of August, and runs until the the 10th of August. As has been previously announced, Tim Miller will lead the team as Head Coach, with Sharyn Bungey and Krissy Marshall supporting in Team Management roles. 2019 World Korfball Championships Team Females Amy Kubank (Flinders, SA)Bethan Channing  (Boomers, SA)Emily Hutchesson (Glenelg, SA)Georgia Bungey (Arista, SA)Lauren Charlton (Newcastle, NSW)Lauren Bungey (Arista, SA)Tamika Zilm (Nomads, UK) Males Andrew Hutchesson (Flinders, SA)Ben Wallace (Newcastle, NSW)Cameron McLean (Arista, SA)Greg Perry (Boomers, Vic)Jazz Zulfic (Flinders, SA)Jeffrey Vlietstra (KV Viko, Ned)Nik Bungey (Arista, SA)Zac Marshall (Arista, SA) The team takes a new look and feel to South Africa, with a new coach, seven players returning from last year’s Asia-Oceania Korfball Championships team and eight players making their Open Team or International debut. The full team, and all National Team updates, can be found on the National Team page. The team is a truly representative one, with players based in 2 continents, 3 countries, 3 Australian states, and representing 7 different clubs. Whilst this presents its challenges, this is a great sign for the ongoing development of Australian Korfball, and we look forward to more widespread representation as our newer regions and clubs continue to grow. As a smaller sport, Korfball in Australia doesn't receive any Government or other funding, and as such all training and tournament costs are borne by the players. Despite this, and with many opposing nations being funded, or even fully professional, Australia still ranks 10th in the world. In order to assist our players, and try and close the gap on the front running nations, Korfball Australia has launched a crowdfunding campaign. On this campaign, donors can donate to individual players, or the team as a whole. As an added bonus, any donations made by Australian tax-payers over $2 are tax deductible, thanks to our partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation. The team is already training together at regular training camps, which will continue until they depart for South Africa.