The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-15T04:50:47Z The Good Dentist Kicking Goals As Newcastle Jets Club Dentist 2019-05-15T04:50:47Z the-good-dentist-kicking-goals-as-newcastle-jets-club-dentist Garreth McBride of The Good Dentist in Newcastle has dreamt of becoming the Club Dentist at the Newcastle Jets since he arrived in Australia in 2012. We suspect it might have had something to do with following his Liverpool FC hero Emile Heskey to Newcastle when Heskey joined the Jets, although Garreth refuses to confirm or deny this. The soccer die-hard (or ‘football’ as he prefers) is now having his dreams realised after he signed a partnership with the Newcastle Jets in April 2019 to become their official Club Dentist. The partnership means that Garreth is the emergency dentist for any players in the A League, W League and Juniors squads as well as their preferred dentist off the field. Some of the players and families of the corporate team were already patients at The Good Dentist so Garreth was thrilled when the Newcastle Jets approached him with the offer. “I’m a fairly passionate member of the Jets community,” says Garreth. Football was my first love and I’ve always dreamt of being involved in the Newcastle Jets in whatever capacity I could. I want the best for the players and members so its great that I can offer them assistance in the best way I know how.” The Good Dentist is offering Newcastle Jets 2018/19 Members who want to get their teeth done in the off-season 15% off check-ups and any subsequent treatments if required. Members with private dental cover will pay no gap on the check-up and 15% off subsequent treatments, if required.  Just mention you are a Jets member upon booking and remember to bring in your Newcastle Jets 2018/19 Membership Card to get the discount. View Terms & Conditions Hawks Jump on Board with Afford for An Inclusive Melbourne 2019-05-10T02:10:10Z hawks-jump-on-board-with-afford-for-an-inclusive-melbourne MELBOURNE, 8 MAY 2019 - This year, the spotlight will shine brightly on disability in Melbourne with partnerships between Afford, Hawthorn and Yarra Trams established to encourage an inclusive Melbourne that supports people of all abilities. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability service organisation that provides whole-of-life disability supports for people across Australia under the NDIS. The disability service provider has been operating in Australia for over 65 years and is committed to creating opportunities for people with disability to live the life they want and create greater public awareness of the valuable community contributions made by people with disability. This year, Afford has partnered with the Hawthorn Football Club, to establish the MCG's first Sensory Friendly Space to allow footy fans with sensory sensitivities, and their families, to enjoy cheering on their favourite team while having a space for respite if and when they need it. In addition to the Sensory Friendly Space, Afford is working with the Hawks to support their Wheelchair and All Abilities Players in the 2019 season, facilitating AFL experiences for Afford participants and offering work experience opportunities at Hawks HQ for people with disability. Afford was also named 2019 Yarra Trams Community Partner which involves an entire tram being wrapped with images of people of all abilities.  Tram 3008 can be seen passing the MCG on Route 48 (North Balwyn to Victoria Harbour Docklands) and can also be seen on Route 109 (Box Hill to Port Melbourne) from April until July. The Afford Community Partner Tram will increase public awareness of diversity, inclusivity and encourage the celebration of everyone's unique abilities. Afford CEO, Steven Herald, says that the partnerships with the Hawks and Yarra Trams are strong steps towards creating an inclusive Melbourne. "We are thrilled to have established these partnerships with the Hawks and Yarra Trams. Both the Hawks and Yarra Trams are well established in Melbourne's culture and such iconic organisations that share our vision to encourage inclusiveness and acceptance." "Through these partnerships we are sure that our message of an inclusive Melbourne will shine on the streets and on the footy fields of Melbourne and foster inclusivity for Australians of all abilities."  "We encourage everyone to jump on board with Afford to support us in creating an inclusive Melbourne and tag @Afford in your social posts to show your support for people of all abilities." Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said the partnership supports the club’s vision to be inclusive and welcoming for people of all backgrounds.   Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for over 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Australia every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Editor's Note: Footage/imagery of the Afford Community Partner tram can be obtained, please contact Maria on 0402 239 929. Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination.   e-Tailer Klika Group’s sales soar as it launches its latest fitness offering 2019-05-06T21:54:37Z e-tailer-klika-group-s-sales-soar-as-it-launches-its-latest-fitness-offering Melbourne, VIC, Release:  May 7, 2019.  For Immediate Release Klika Group buckled the general weakened consumer sentiment as it announced a 30% growth in its annual sales and the launch of its latest website, PowerTrain.com.au. The e-commerce group operates a hybrid business model with significant online market share across household product categories, selling its private label brands through its own platforms (Klika.com.au, Kahunaplay.com.au, Dropsite.com.au and now Powertrain.com.au) and across most major Australian and New Zealand online marketplaces. Director of Operations Leo Zaitsev said, “We have had annual 30% growth in our website sales and successfully reverse engineered the traditional wholesale business model, creating what we refer to as an “e-wholesale business”. We supply products and brands which we have created to other e-tailers with the additional service of delivering the products directly to their customers. This has allowed us to bridge the gap with quality and affordable products in a price sensitive environment, without the need for costly and intangible above the line marketing, and overheads.” The PowerTrain brand which recently celebrated its 6th birthday has enjoyed a significant customer following in the online retail space, delivering close to a million products to households in Australia and New Zealand since launch. “I don’t believe there is another Australian brand like PowerTrain which offers the depth of products, and local customer support that we do. Also unlike our competitors, we focus on the quality of the product and growing the brand, rather than discounting and ultimately cutting corners on the quality and durability of the product.  We have the range, local customer support as well as the local showroom for customers to play around with the products before they commit to buying them. The next logical step for the brand is expansion into activewear, which we aim to launch before the end of the year”, the proud co-owner continued. The current PowerTrain product line up consists of cardio, weights, home gyms, treadmills, gymnastic equipment, accessories and trending functional fitness essentials such as battle ropes, kettlebells, bosu balls to name a few. “I wouldn’t say I’m a gym fanatic, but I do enjoy working out and keeping fit in my own time and space. PowerTrain offers this freedom and motivation to anyone who wants to better their overall wellbeing and lifestyle by giving them the flexibility to choose how they want to exercise in the privacy of their own home. It allows you to have your home gym as basic as you want it or as sophisticated as a mini fitness centre can be. The setup is entirely up to the customer. We’re simply providing the vehicle to get them going.” As a show of confidence, Zaitsev concludes “we know the online market inside out. We understand the fitness industry well, and we represent a solid business with exceptional growth prospects going forward”. To learn more about Klika Group, visit https://www.klika.com.au/newsroom About Klika Group (www.klika.com.au) Founded in 2005, Australian owned and operated, Klika Group has a unique hybrid online retail and e-wholesale business model, offering for sale directly to consumers more than 15,000 products via "klika.com.au platform and supplying products from its 18 private labels such as Kahuna Trampolines, PowerTrain Fitness, Wallaroo outdoor equipment, Yukon Trade, to name a few. Klika’s wide product range is also available across all the main online marketplaces in Australia. Awarded as Top 20 Online Retailers in the country, in addition to Power Retail Top 100 Retailers list, Klika differentiates itself in the online retail space by supplying a diverse range of products with a focus on bulky profile categories and a true omni-channel presence with phone sales and a physical store operating 7 days a week at its 15,000sqm central facility in Melbourne. The group is supported by two satellite offices in China and Philippines. New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. CBH Group appoints ORIX Australia as outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider in Western Australia 2019-04-30T00:54:41Z cbh-group-appoints-orix-australia-as-outsourced-fleet-management-and-leasing-provider-in-western-australia Sydney, Australia – April 30, 2019 – ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) today announced that, following a competitive process, CBH Group has appointed ORIX as its outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider. The CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative organisation and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing. Owned and controlled by more than 4,000 Western Australian grain growing businesses, the core purpose of the CBH Group is to sustainably create and return value to growers*. ORIX is a trans-Tasman Fleet Management and Leasing Organisation, currently employing over 300 people and managing assets valued in excess of A$1 billion. ORIX’s offer to CBH Group includes traditional fleet management and leasing services to support CBH’s fleet of vehicles. The offer was complemented by enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) capabilities tailored for CBH Group and designed to optimise the cost of managing mobility within the Group. Further, by accessing ORIX’s innovative technology package, CBH Group and ORIX were able to develop a support package that allows CBH Group to extend industry best practice fleet management and leasing capabilities to its substantial network of growers and suppliers. ORIX will engage CBH Group in the near future to further extend its offer to include Novated Leasing and a Vehicle Buying Service to its members and employees. *www.cbh.com.au/about-cbh <ENDS> About ORIX Australia Corporation Limited ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) is one of the world’s leading fleet management companies. In Australia and New Zealand, we’ve provided fleet management, commercial vehicle rentals and leasing and novated leasing for more than 30 years. Through our innovative solutions, including the award-winning OneView platform, ORIX Share and ORIXi, we help our clients get more value from their vehicles and manage the evolving risks of a mobile workforce. ECAL Appoints Shak Tiwari as CTO 2019-04-29T08:22:11Z ecal-appoints-new-cto ECAL is thrilled to announce the appointment of Shataksh (Shak) Tiwari as its new Chief Technology Officer, based at the company’s Melbourne HQ office. Mr. Tiwari was most recently Co-Founder and CTO at PulseID, a large-scale mobile communications platform for the financial industry in the APAC region, and prior to that was CTO at Proximiti, a location-based mobile technology that understands consumer behaviour and performs targeted interactions. Prior, he held multiple technology roles at ANZ, one of the ‘big four’ banks in Australia. ECAL CEO, Patrick Barrett says: “Shak is a highly experienced technologist, with a track-record for delivering smart, scalable, cloud-based SaaS platforms with big-data, security and innovation at the fore.” “Shak will spearhead the next evolution of the ECAL platform, and ‘CalendarAI’ project, that will deliver optimised communications to calendar, smarter marketing capabilities, and data insights for our enterprise client network. This is exciting times for our company, and reinforces our commitment to push the boundaries in calendar communications and marketing, and deliver amazing outcomes for all our customers, and the millions who rely on our technology to make the most of their day.” Mr. Tiwari officially started with ECAL this month, and has wasted no time in laying the foundations for ECAL’s next-generation products! ECAL is a world-leading calendar communications, marketing and data company. It's platform delivers right-time messaging to the personal calendar of users, for big-name clients across sports, ticketing and payments. NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Grand Final draws a large vocal crowd 2019-04-15T09:48:02Z nsw-wheelchair-rugby-league-grand-final-draws-a-large-vocal-crowd The St George Illawarra Dragons were victorious over Minor Premiers, Wests Tigers at the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Grand Final played Sunday, April 14 at the Menai Indoor Sports Stadium. A big crowd of supporters was on hand to watch the Grand Final, with 2019 proving the first time that both Tier 1 and Tier 2 Wheelchair Rugby League teams took the field. The game was attended by NSW Rugby League CEO, David Trodden and Wheelchair Rugby League Australia Director, Deborah Bacon. Member for Hughes, Craig Kelly MP, was also on hand to cheer on both teams and take part in the Official Ceremony following the game. “I was thrilled to attend tonight’s Grand Final to watch this dynamic and inclusive sport in action. I am very supportive of Wheelchair Rugby League and its role as a sport that can be played by all members of our community including abled bodied athletes and those with disability”, Mr Kelly said. Chairman of NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Edie George commented “Congratulations to the Dragons on a well fought win. I would also like to congratulate all players who took part in the competitions and finals series. We are looking forward to seeing many of them in action at this year’s Interstate Challenge on Saturday 6th July at the Quay Centre, Olympic Park”. Wheelchair Rugby League was recently successful in securing a Hughes Electorate Community Grant that will fund the purchase of new sports wheelchairs, helping to grow the game and provide opportunities for people with disability and their families in the Sutherland Shire and beyond. Afford and Hawks Open Sensory Friendly Space at MCG for All Footy Fans 2019-04-04T00:57:43Z afford-and-hawks-open-sensory-friendly-space-at-mcg-for-all-footy-fans MELBOURNE, 4 April 2019 - Footy fans with sensory sensitivity can now cheer on their favourite team at Melbourne's iconic MCG, thanks to the inclusion of the first Afford Sensory Friendly Space within the stadium, developed in partnership between Afford and Hawthorn FC. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability service organisation that provides whole-of-life disability supports for people across Australia under the NDIS. Afford CEO, Steven Herald, says that thanks to the partnership with Hawthorn FC, Afford can provide more inclusive opportunities for people of all abilities and needs. "Footy fans with sensory needs and their families may have previously stayed home to avoid over stimulation at the game due to loud noises and crowded areas," Mr Herald commented. "Now, they, and their families, can come and support their team in a space that caters to their sensory needs." "Our partnership with the Hawks this year has presented many opportunities for us to provide new life experiences for people living with disability and sensory needs in Victoria. We are proud to be part of a genuine experience that supports inclusive opportunity for all." Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said the Afford Sensory Friendly Space supported the club’s vision to be inclusive and welcoming for people of all backgrounds.   “The Afford Sensory Friendly Space is a fantastic opportunity for the Hawthorn Football Club to promote inclusiveness, positivity and social change amongst the football community,” Reeves said. “We launched the room for the first time in Round 2 and it was fantastic to see so many families utilising the space and its offerings.” Afford's Allied Health team which consists of occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and other therapies, have worked behind the scenes to create a genuine sensory friendly experience that incorporates equipment and materials often used in sensory based therapies. The inclusive sensory friendly space caters to children and adults with sensory sensitivities and incorporates both calming and stimulating zones. The room will have a calming space with sensory lighting and visual displays, a cocoon area for visitors to chill out and relax, bean bags, air cushion, cuddle ball, comfortable seating and a lightwave floor, and activities such as colouring and putty. Visitors to the sensory space will also have the opportunity to watch the game on a separate large screen and TV screens with reduced noise. Afford's Sensory Friendly Space in the Yarra Room at the MCG can be accessed by footy fans with general admission tickets by entering via Gate 3 and going up the lifts to level 3. The room will be available for Hawks home games at the MCG on Sunday, 7th April, Monday, 22th April (Easter Monday), and  Sunday, 12th May. Visitors are welcome to enter the room from 2.30pm with the match commencing at 3.20pm. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for over 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. Take a sneak peek at the Sensory Friendly Space here: https://www.hawthornfc.com.au/news/2019-04-02/hawks-open-sensoryfriendly-room   ENDS   Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au   About the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination.   Ant Williams Completes Two World Record Dives to Become the Deepest Man Under Ice 2019-03-31T09:43:13Z ant-williams-completes-two-world-record-dives-to-become-the-deepest-man-under-ice-1 Kirkenes, Norway: On Friday, 29 March 2019, Ant Williams, a Psychologist and freediver from Melbourne, Australia, broke the World Record for the deepest ever freedive (breath-hold dive) under ice. Ant’s record-breaking dive came soon after his first record dive just over a day before on 27 March. Once again, Ant and his ICE DIVER support crew travelled on snowmobiles to a frozen fjord in Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, set up camp and cut a hole in the metre-thick ice in preparation for the dive. After suiting up in his heated tent, Ant entered the frigid water and dived down to reach a new world record depth of -75m (-246ft) under ice in a discipline called constant weight.Of his motivation behind a second world record attempt, Ant Williams shared, “The first world record attempt really tested me. It was a tough dive and left me apprehensive about trying to push the record any deeper. But after a day of rest and contemplation my confidence came back, and I felt strong to push for another attempt. “On the day of the deeper dive, my team and I woke to sunny, calm conditions in the Arctic Circle. Once I was on the snowmobile heading to the dive site the nerves had passed and I was eager to begin the dive. “After the ice was cut and I suited up, my dive down to -75m in the Arctic waters took 2 mins 40 secs. It felt like the best dive of the trip for me. I was relaxed, I didn’t get too cold, and my technique was better than on earlier dives when I was more tense. “However, when I reached for the tag at the bottom plate, I couldn’t prise one free. I was wearing 7mm gloves with no finger dexterity and I had little visibility to see what I was doing – it was like diving into an oil slick. Almost pitch black. “My swim back to the surface was easier than my previous dive and I felt like I still had more energy in me. But I also felt elated at pushing the record 10m deeper over the two dives. “We now have to present all the evidence from both dives to Guinness to see if both record attempts will stand as new world records. “I owe the success of these two dives to the efforts of my amazing crew. They have worked for months on the ICE DIVER project to help me get ready for these dives. And a huge thank you to ASG Group for their valued support and Rab New Zealand for kitting out all my crew in the best possible outdoor gear.” Amidst the elation of a world record performance, there was a sombre note. Ant, who is originally from New Zealand, reflected on the tragedy of the events in Christchurch. “For our entire trip we have been haunted by news of the terror attack in Christchurch. The black arm band I wore out on the ice was to honour the innocent victims of this unthinkable act of violence.” Now on his way home to Melbourne, Australia, Ant looks to share what he discovered diving to great depth beneath the ice. “The objective of this adventure was to answer one question – how deep can a person dive underneath the ice? An additional goal with the ICE DIVER project was learning how to successfully reduce risk on a challenging project. With the success of ICE DIVER, I can now translate what I’ve learnt into my leadership development work to help others balance their own risk – in business and life.” About Ant Williams: Ant is a Business Psychologist who has held senior leadership roles in management consulting firms and now specialises in Leadership Development and executive education with his firm, Modus Leadership. Ant Williams first trained as a Sport Psychologist, then became a world-ranking athlete in his own right when he successfully dived -100m (330ft) straight down on a single breath of air in a World Cup competition. With the success of his ICE DIVER project, he also holds the World Record for the deepest breath-hold dive of -75m (246ft) under ice. ### Local physiotherapy practice named official health partner of the Gold Coast Triathlon 2019-03-29T11:15:21Z local-physiotherapy-practice-named-official-health-partner-of-the-gold-coast-triathlon Family-operated Gold Coast based physiotherapy practice, PhysioFlex has been named the official health partner of the forthcoming Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial. The practice specialises in treating athletes competing in the three continuous and sequential endurance races, and will offer its services free-of-charge to 1800 triathletes (around one-third of whom are expected to be Gold Coast locals) competing in the triathlon being held over the weekend of 6-7 April, 2019. The annual event is the largest sprint distance triathlon in Australia with competitors ranging from children to elite athletes seeking qualification to compete in the World Championships. Sentimentally known as the “triathlon for triathletes”, the Gold Coast Triathlon is an iconic Gold Coast triathlon event celebrating the life and times of larger-than-life character, Luke Harrop – a former Gold Coast triathlete who lost his life in a motor vehicle incident while training. PhysioFlex founder, Ben Mack, a former triathlete and elite middle distance runner himself, knows first-hand the huge incidence of injuries that come with being an athlete, and the importance of physiotherapy support, pre- and post-race. “Both Ben’s and my husband Victor’s experience as triathletes have inspired our support for the Gold Coast Triathlon,” said PhysioFlex manager, Prudence Gracio. “Our five physios will be providing complimentary advice and treatment at the event, including mini assessments, massage, trigger point and myofascial release, strapping and compression recovery through a collaboration with NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System. “We want to encourage triathletes to visit us pre and post-race, and moving forward. Our mission is to bring our love of, expertise and personal involvement in triathlons to our valued clients.” “As physiotherapists, we support everyone from children to the elderly, to people who are involved in sport, and particularly triathlon. "Physiotherapy plays an integral role in preparing for best performance, and avoiding injury; and of course, when all-too-often injury occurs (particularly where there is inadequate preparation), recovering and rehabbing from injury; ultimately to maximise the life of their involvement in their sport." Not only will the PhysioFlex team be offering athletes complimentary services, but their involvement in the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial, will open doors for aspiring physiotherapy students. A large team of student physiotherapists from Bond University will be on hand to assist the PhysioFlex team, and gain practical experience working with the athletes. “In order for us to have the manpower to attend to all the athletes, we have partnered with Bond University to offer students the opportunity to gain invaluable practical, hands-on experience working alongside PhysioFlex’s team of highly-experienced physiotherapists,” said Ms Gracio. PhysioFlex is a family affair with brother and sister team, Ben Mack and Prudence Gracio at the helm, mother Jenny in charge of administration, and Prudence’s husband, Victor a triathlete and PhysioFlex ambassador. “PhysioFlex was born almost 10 years ago, based initially from a spare bedroom. Through immense work, the practice grew from there to its current location in Southport,” said Ms Gracio. “What sets PhysioFlex apart from other physio practices is the fact that we are a family-based business. We are not a franchise or a large corporate; our clients are treated like family. - ends - For more information or interview requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Ant Williams Becomes The Deepest Man Under Ice After World Record Dive 2019-03-28T11:14:34Z ant-williams-becomes-the-deepest-man-under-ice-after-world-record-dive Kirkenes, Norway: Today, Ant Williams, a Psychologist and freediver from Melbourne, Australia, broke the World Record for the deepest ever freedive (breath-hold dive) under ice. Ant and his support crew camped on a frozen fjord in Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, and cut a hole in the metre-thick ice in preparation for the dive. After suiting up in a heated tent, Ant entered the frigid water and dove down to reach the world record depth of -70m under ice in a discipline called constant weight.Of his world record dive, Ant Williams said, “I feel fantastic after achieving my radical goal with the ICE DIVER project. The world record did not fall easily though. When I exited my heated tent and entered the water through the hole my crew had cut into the ice, the cold was brutal. This combined with the darkness were far beyond anything I have experienced in my chosen sport of freediving. Despite this, I felt relaxed on the way down. After reaching the world record depth of -70m under ice, I endured a long, tough swim back up to the surface. My legs felt like lead and the swim seemed to take forever, so it was a relief to make it back and taste sweet, fresh air again! “I owe the success today to the efforts of my amazing crew. These guys have worked for months to help me get ready for this dive. And a huge thank you to ASG Group for the fantastic support and Rab New Zealand for kitting out the crew in the best possible outdoor gear. Thanks to my family and my wonderful wife Merryn Williams. It's our 11th wedding anniversary today! And a special mention to Danny Hurst and James Cini my amazing training buddies back in Torquay, Australia who would both rather be here with us.“The objective of this adventure was to answer one question – how deep can a person dive underneath the ice? An additional goal with the ICE DIVER project was learning how to successfully reduce risk on a challenging project. With the success of ICE DIVER, I can now translate what I’ve learnt into my leadership development work to help others balance their own risk – in business and life.” About Ant Williams: Ant is a Business Psychologist who has held senior leadership roles in management consulting firms and now specialises in Leadership Development and executive education with his firm, Modus Leadership. Ant Williams first trained as a Sport Psychologist, then became a world-ranking athlete in his own right when he successfully dived -100m (330ft) straight down on a single breath of air in a World Cup competition. With the success of his ICE DIVER project, he also holds the World Record for the deepest breath-hold dive of -70m (230ft) under ice. ### ESL and Intel welcomed 174,000 fans at world's most attended esports event and most watched ESL CS:GO tournament ever 2019-03-28T00:35:32Z esl-and-intel-welcomed-174-000-fans-at-world-s-most-attended-esports-event-and-most-watched-esl-cs-go-tournament-ever ESL, the world’s largest esports company, and Intel Corporation, one of the leading brands in esports, celebrated the conclusion of the most successful esports tournaments series in one location, hosting both flagship tournament series ESL One powered by Intel and the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship in the iconic Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. The final stop for the 13th Intel Extreme Masters season saw the world’s best esports athletes marking historic achievements, record-breaking attendance and online viewership, as well as a growing business forum for esports professionals. More than $2.5 million in prize money was awarded to the world’s best teams and players competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Dota 2, StarCraft II, Fortnite and other games - ESL’s largest cumulative prize pool to date.   Significant growth across major metrics Along with 174,000 fans attending the tournaments and surrounding expo over the course of two weekends, all the tournaments combined achieved 157 million hours watched and 232 million viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event), a multiple of earlier years’ viewership and the most watched ESL tournament series of all time. The largest number of unique viewers on a single day was 20 million. The event was broadcast in both linear and digital partners worldwide, who produced and distributed content in 21 languages.   "The ESL esports week in Katowice is a guarantee of unforgettable moments and emotions, shattering expectations with record breaking attendance and viewership,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. “We're humbled and proud to be able to come back to this audience every year and share these magic moments in the Spodek Arena with the whole esports world watching. Esports has a very exciting year ahead, which I’m very proud to say got kicked off at ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice."   "With 232 million online viewers and another 174,000 enthusiasts watching at Spodek Arena, IEM Katowice 2019 gave gaming fans the world-class event they’ve come to expect from ESL and Intel, said John Bonini, Vice President/GM of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation. “Intel is deeply committed to powering record-breaking esports experiences by delivering amazing PC performance and innovation to the gaming community."   Counter-Strike: Global Offensive The CS:GO tournament was the main highlight with more than 126 million hours watched and nearly 195 million viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event), the recent $1 million Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major is officially the most-watched ESL CS:GO tournament ever. The tournament drew an average audience per minute (AMA) of 860,000 with a peak day of 1,330,000. After intense qualifiers and shocking upsets, it was ultimately the reigning Intel Grand Slam Champion Astralis making history in their victory over underdogs and fan favourites ENCE, winning two back-to-back Major championship titles in front of an at-capacity Spodek Arena crowd. The young Finnish runners up ENCE (previously ranked #17 in the ESL world ranking) introduced themselves on the world’s biggest stage by beating the world’s #2 Team Liquid and the #3 Natus Vincere. Four of their five members had never played a professional match on stage before. The result allowed ENCE to climb 12 positions in the ESL world ranking, which is yet another example that through ESL’s tournaments and leagues anybody can become somebody.   StarCraft II The$400,000 Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in StarCraft II was also the most viewed SC2 competition in ESL’s history. More than 5 million Unique Viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event) watched Eo "soO" Yoon Soo, who had lost all 7 of the major SC2 finals he was featured in before, beating Kim “Stats” Dae-yeob 4-2 in the grand final. The first playoff matches took place at the Auditorium in front of a packed crowd. Fans tuned in at IEM Katowice 2019 SC2 for longer than 3.2 million hours (2018: 2.9 million HW and 3.5 million UV).   IEM Expo With multiple digital and linear distribution partners, an expanded esports festival, and the integration of cutting-edge technology, ESL broadened its commitment to lead esports on a global scale and create opportunities for fans and players at multiple levels. Similar to last year, the adjacent International Congress Center was home to the world’s largest esports-themed trade show, IEM Expo. The 26,000 square foot exhibition space highlighted esports stages as well as the newly redesigned Intel Technology Showcase, a must-see experience for esports fans. Additionally, ESL and The Esports Observer partnered to host the second installment of the Global Esports Forum: an exclusive esports conference for brands, sponsors, analysts, investors, and media, reflecting on a strong 2018 for the esports industry and highlighting areas for progress in 2019. The IEM Expo included various partner booths with computer gaming featuring powerful 8th Gen and 9th Gen Intel® Core i7™ & Core™ i9 Processor based systems.   Following two weekends of thrilling competitions and dramatic upsets, new winners lifted the ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice World Championship trophy. Winners of competitions in Katowice included: ●      ESL One: Dota 2: Team Secret edged out Gambit Esports to become the ESL One Katowice 2019 Dota 2 Champions. ●      IEM: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Astralis outplayed ENCE to win the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2019 CS:GO Major Championship and the lion’s share of the $1 million prize money. ●      IEM: StarCraft II: Eo "soO" Yoon Soo took the top prize over Kim “Stats” Dae-yeob to become the StarCraft II IEM Katowice 2019 Champion after eliminating World Champion Serral (Finland) during the playoffs and taking home more than US$150,000. ●      Intel Challenge Katowice 2019: A collaboration between Intel, ESL, and AnyKey to spotlight the best women’s CS:GO teams and advance diversity efforts in esports. In the end, Team Dignitas bested Counter Logic Gaming to win the Women’s CS:GO championship. ●      Guns of Boom: After a dominating 4:0, Noble was crowned the first Gods of Boom Kick-off Champions in Katowice. ●      ESL Katowice Royale Featuring Fortnite: The American Vinny "Vinny1x" Gilgan from TSM was crowned the best player in the solo format on the 2,500 m² Fortnite booth. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old Canadian Williams "Zayt" Aubin and his partner Rocco "Saf" Morales from the US won the duo tournament. For more information about Intel Extreme Masters, visit the official tournament website and browse the event photographs and video footage on IEM YouTube channel. The next stop for IEM will be Sydney, celebrating the 14th season kick-off with the 75th instalment of the longest-running global pro gaming circuit in the world where $2,350,000 was paid out during the last season. Please follow Intel Extreme Masters on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official website: intelextrememasters.com.   ### ESL and WESA partner with Occitanie Region to bring the ninth season of the CS:GO Pro League Finals to Montpellier 2019-03-20T22:57:23Z esl-and-wesa-partner-with-occitanie-region-to-bring-the-ninth-season-of-the-cs-go-pro-league-finals-to-montpellier ESL, WESA and Occitanie Region are proud to announce their very first major Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) event in France, as the Pro League Season Nine Finals are set to take place in Montpellier on June 21-23, 2019 as highlight of Occitanie Esports 2019. The world’s top 16 CS:GO teams from Europe, Americas and the Asia-Pacific region will battle it out for a total prize pool of US $750,000 at the Sud de France Arena. In addition to the tournament, Occitanie Esports 2019 will feature LAN tournaments for more than 800 players and a convention area with over 50 booths.   Only the best 6 teams that have proven themselves during the offline group stages, which will be held on June 18-20 at the Montpellier Exhibition Center, will proceed to the playoffs. The winners can not only claim the coveted title but also another point towards the Intel® Grand Slam, where a US $1 million bonus prize is up for grabs.   “We are looking forward to bringing the CS:GO Pro League Finals to a completely new location”, said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “The French community is known for its passion for esports and especially CS:GO, which comes as no surprise considering some of the top players are from France. With a brand new Pro League format featuring live studio matches and groups system we are breaking it down to some of the purest esports the community has ever seen.”   “WESA is excited by the positive development of the CS:GO Pro League and is looking forward to the new season played under WESA regulations,” said Dr. Pietro Fringuelli, Commissioner of WESA. “The revised competition format and expansion to new locations supports our mission to further grow and professionalize esports.”   “It’s a first for France and consequently a real sense of pride for the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region to have been chosen to host the Pro League Finals this June, at the 2nd edition of Occitanie Esports, an event co-created by ESL, Futurolan, Occitanie Events and supported by the Occitanie Region,” said Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. “The inaugural edition in 2018 attracted 7,000 participants to the Sud de France Arena and our region is once again preparing to host this major international tournament and become the venue of choice for gamers worldwide. In doing so, Occitanie is building on its status as a region for innovation and digital creation due, to an increasingly capable and successful video gaming sector.”   Tickets for the Pro League Season Nine Finals in Montpellier will go on sale on March 22 at 4pm CET / 7am PT  and will be available here. Fans will have the choice between Day tickets (25€), Weekend tickets (50€) and Premium tickets (100€). All ticket types will grant access to Occitanie Esports 2019 where fans can participate in local LAN tournaments, explore different booths at the convention, take part in giveaways or join meet and greets and signing sessions with pro players and teams.   For more information about the CS:GO Pro League please visit the official CS:GO Pro League website. Be sure to follow ESL CS on both, Twitter and Facebook to receive the latest updates and don’t forget to check out the official CS:GO Pro League announcement trailer, for a first look at what it is all about.   ###   About ESL ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest independent 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 WESA WESA was founded in May 2016 and counts as its members thirteen of the world’s most popular esports teams (EnVyUS, Faze Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, Optic, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.Pro) together with ESL, the world’s largest esports company.  This elite group share a collective vision to continue to professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations and revenue sharing for teams.  Based on traditional sports association models, WESA also aims to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organizers and broadcasters by engaging all appropriate stakeholders. Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the first professional esports competition that is played under WESA regulations (www.wesa.gg).   About Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region Occitanie lies in the heart of Southern Europe and is France’s 2nd largest region (72,724 km²). With more than 600 jobs and 88 companies based here, the region offers a particularly attractive ecosystem in the video game sector. It is combining several support measures to boost and sustain the drive for innovation which is so vital to the growth of this sector. These include, in particular, its individual aid or collective support schemes. In June 2018, the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region also supported Occitanie Esports, the largest gamer community gathering organised in the South of France, attracting more than 7,000 participants. Soon, with the Cité de l’Économie et des Métiers de Demain (economy and jobs of the future) in Montpellier or the Cité des Start-ups (Start-up Business Village) in Toulouse, the Region will play a key role in this ecosystem by helping those working in the video game sector to prosper. The 4 Marketing Tactics Every Fitness Guru Should Know 2019-03-19T23:19:59Z the-4-marketing-tactics-every-fitness-guru-should-know Digital marketing for fitness businesses and personal trainers Digital marketing is one of the most effective tools for small businesses but figuring out how to get started can feel daunting. Different sources will recommend different tactics, and with all the options it’s hard to know what digital marketing tools you should start with. We have outlined four easy digital marketing tactics specifically aimed to help fitness professionals. 1. Make fitness videos Instructional workout videos make for great promotional materials. Since you already spend your days teaching others how to reach their fitness goals, this option is a no brainer. You can post these videos on your website, social media pages, or even create a YouTube channel. Many fitness gurus have found success by making workout videos available on a variety of platforms. Everyone loves being able to search for a workout video and exercise from home. Creating fitness videos provides potential clients with a valuable resource that will pique their interest. To learn more about the other 3 marketing tactics, please visit our website. Click Here Ash Taylor Building a Career on and off the Field 2019-03-17T23:38:37Z ash-taylor-building-a-career-on-and-off-the-field A footballers career is an exhilarating one, just ask Ash Taylor, half-back for the Gold Coast Titans. In the 2018 season Ash achieved 17 try-assists for the team and his pre-season lead-up this year indicates he is one to watch, evident in his commitment for ongoing improvement.  But like many elite sporting careers, football careers often run short and players can find themselves hanging up their boots with no other skills to fall back on.  This is where the Queensland Government’s pilot program, Elite Sportsperson Apprenticeship & Traineeship (ESAT), has stepped in. The program aims to support elite athletes, who have long training hours and scheduled games or competition events, into apprenticeship training opportunities with companies that can work around their sporting commitments.  Ash is excited to be one of the first elite athletes to sign up to the program, commencing a part-time Carpentry Apprenticeship with Koryzma Constructions.  “I’m grateful for Koryzma Constructions for giving me this opportunity. It’d be great to make a lifetime career out of football but it’s important to have a back-up plan as there are limited opportunities in the industry once you finish playing the game. I’ve always been interested in building and actually started a school-based apprenticeship in carpentry back in 2011, before football took over”, Ash stated.   BUSY At Work is the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider who has signed up the apprenticeship opportunity and Ash’s Carpentry Apprenticeship training will be delivered through Building Industry Training.  “BUSY At Work and Building Industry Training, have made the whole process easy and we are looking forward to having Ash on board”, Shannon Koryzma from Koryzma Constructions stated.  Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work further stated “It’s exciting that Ash Taylor, an incredible athlete, is one of the first to be involved in ESAT, a worthwhile program for athletes that allows them to diversify skills and earning capacity throughout their lifetime. Ash is the third elite athlete that BUSY has signed to part time construction-industry apprenticeships and we are proud to be pioneering this pilot program. We look forward to following Ash’s career, both on and off the field.”    For more information on the ESAT program or employing a trainee or apprentice for your business, contact BUSY At Work on 13 BUSY (13 28 79) or visit www.busyatwork.com.au