The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-20T21:57:23Z ESL and WESA partner with Occitanie Region to bring the ninth season of the CS:GO Pro League Finals to Montpellier 2019-03-20T21:57:23Z 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 2019-03-19T22:19:59Z 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 2019-03-17T22:38:37Z 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   Brisbane's biggest stairclimb fundraiser - RIVER TO ROOFTOP. Raising funds to tackle domestic and family violence. 2019-03-13T03:00:46Z brisbane-s-biggest-stairclimb-fundraiser-river-to-rooftop-raising-funds-to-tackle-domestic-and-family-violence Brisbane’s biggest stair climb is ready for lift off with participants stepping up to the challenge of scaling more than 1,000 steps to the rooftop of one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers while raising much needed funds to help tackle domestic and family violence.  Registrations for the 2019 River to Rooftop event are now open.  This much anticipated event will be held on Friday, August 2, with Brisbane’s corporate, sporting, fitness and philanthropic communities coming together to scale the 1,040 steps over 55 levels to the rooftop of the iconic ONE ONE ONE Eagle Street skyscraper in the heart of the CBD. River to Rooftop supports Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ), which each year provides free legal assistance and welfare to help women and children at risk from the scourge of domestic violence.  Women’s Legal Service Queensland CEO Angela Lynch, says: “Every year, Women’s Legal Service provides vital help to around 16,000 women when they need it most. But for every two women who receive help, another call cannot be answered due to capacity constraints. There is no way to know when these women will have the courage or the opportunity to call again.  “By donating to participants in River to Rooftop, you are helping another woman and her children to safety. We really do rely on amazing individuals to get involved in River to Rooftop and help us raise much-needed funds to help thousands of Queensland women and their children experiencing domestic violence to find a safer future.  “The funds raised go directly to supporting and expanding the frontline services of Women’s Legal Service Queensland so we can continue to assist women in crisis.”  Organisers of River to Rooftop aim to raise $100,000 for WLSQ this year. The event will be held between 7am and 9am on August 2 and is an opportunity to have fun, get fit and snap the perfect rooftop selfie while making a difference for women and children who experience domestic violence.  The event is open to all fitness levels, and participants can form a team or race against other individuals. Teams can work together to scale up their fundraising and stair climb targets. Teams must have a minimum of four climbers with the fastest four climbers counted from each team.   There are terrific prizes on offer including awards for the highest fundraising individuals and teams as well as the fastest participants. Elite climbers are expected to complete the event in around eight minutes!  To register for River to Rooftop and for fitness and fundraising tips as well as other information about the event, visit www.rivertorooftop.com.au  -ENDS- Swimwear Shack Super Saturday + Ariarne Titmus + Speedo Australia + World's Greatest Shave 9/3/19 2019-03-07T03:50:08Z swimwear-shack-super-saturday-ariarne-titmus-speedo-australia-world-s-greatest-shave-9-3-19 SUPER SATURDAY 9th March 2019 Local Woollongabba business is inviting Brisbane residents to celebrate the launch of a new Speedo Performance range, meet Ariarne Titmus and help beat blood cancer! Co-Owner of Swimwear shack, Aaron Clarke, will be shaving off his much loved mullet to raise funds as part of the World's Greatest Shave. Speedo athletes Ariarne Titmus and Cylde Lewis will be making appearances at 11am, showcasing the new Speedo Performance range and allowing local swimmers to meet these amazing athletes. Swimwear Shack is located at 9/58 Deshon Street Woolloongabba QLD 4102. For more information please contact: AARON CLARKE 0406 800 272 aaron@swimmerslife.com True Evo wireless earphones by Altec Lansing 2019-03-07T02:59:06Z true-evo-wireless-earphones-by-altec-lansing Altec Lansing introduces new True Evo Wireless Earbuds. No wires, no mess, no fuss! Certified IPX6 waterproof rated, these earbuds can be immersed in water or handle the toughest workouts. The True Evo Wireless Earbuds are loaded with 4 hours of battery life featuring a convenient charging carry case to recharge your battery after every use. Receive up to 4 charges on the go. No need to worry when your case has lost battery, simply place your case on a QI Charging pad and receive a boost in a flash! Now featuring “Just Ask” with a quick tap, access your Siri or Google Voice Assistant via Bluetooth on your smartphone to your earbuds. The True Evo Wireless Earbuds provide a listening experience you will have to hear to believe!   ·         Truly Wireless Earbuds: Complete freedom to move while still providing impressive sound. ·         Qi Wireless Charging: Comes with a QI Wireless charging case to power the earbuds for four extra charges. Simply place your case on a compatible QI Wireless pad and watch it charge! Each charge lasts up to four hours so you can keep on moving without interruption. ·         IPX6 Water Resistant Rating: Can withstand any weather conditions or sweat as you endure your toughest workout. ·         “Just Ask”: Access Siri or Hey Google Voice Assistant with a simple voice command, providing instant access to music playlists, weather reports, directions, and other information from wherever, whenever. ·         Compact and Comfortable: Features two sets of foam and silicone eartips for customized comfort that fit around your lifestyle.   “We’ve seen the True EVO Wireless Earbuds get rave reviews for its immersive sound coupled with convenient charging and comfortable long lasting wear,” said Joseph Campos, VP of Sales and Marketing of Altec Lansing   KEY FEATURES ·         Truly Wireless – no wires, no mess ·         Up to 4 hours of battery ·         Qi Wireless charging case provides an extra 4 charges! ·         IPX6 Water Resistant ·         “Just Ask” access Siri and Hey Google voice assistant ·         Silicone and foam ear tips included for customizable fit ·         6mm Drivers ·         30-Foot Wireless Range ·         Integrated microphone   Pricing and Availability True EVO Wireless earphones are available now at www.alteclansing.com.au MSRP $179.   Social: Facebook www.facebook.com/alteclansingaus/ #alteclansingaus Twitter @alteclansingaus Instagram #ALTECLANSINGAUS   The Altec Lansing range is distributed exclusively by Multimedia Technology in Australia   About Altec Lansing Since 1927, generations of music enthusiasts have recognized Altec Lansing as a premier brand that consistently delivers high quality and rich sound in a host of audio products including; headphones, earphones, everything-proof speakers, home and car audio, DJ speakers, turntables, mobile accessories, and more. Altec Lansing provides a seamless combination of beautiful design aesthetics and terrific sound to exceed every audiophile’s expectations. Those who know audio, know Altec Lansing. www.alteclansing.com.au   About Multimedia Technology Multimedia Technology is one of Australia's premier national IT/AV distributors, representing the leading IT/AV/Software and Communications vendors from around the globe. Established in 1990, the Company has experienced exceptional growth and is now a major player in the Australian IT industry. www.mmt.com.au Altec Lansing introduces the XPEDITION 8 2019-03-07T02:55:24Z altec-lansing-introduces-the-xpedition-8 Altec Lansing, innovator in audio, launches the Xpedition 8 in Australia. The XPEDITION 8 party speaker is the latest in Altec Lansing’s line of durable, environment-battling speakers. The Xpedition 8 is the biggest, loudest, and best sounding portable IP67 speaker that actually floats. The speaker was designed to float in a position where the woofers and tweeters do not hit the water so the sound is just as good in the water as it is on land.   Largest & loudest As consumers continue to want bigger speakers, Altec Lansing has delivered with the Xpedition 8 – this Bluetooth speaker delivers big sound and is the largest in its category. Move bodies anywhere with 420 Watts of peak power. Fitted with Dual 8" woofers with passive radiators for massive bass and three 1” Tweeters. Everything Proof Its IP67 rating means confidence and trust in its ability to defend against dust, dirt, water and just about anything else that can be thrown at it. Designed to float in a position where the woofers and tweeters do not hit the water so the sound is just as good in the water as it is on land. In addition to floating the XPEDITION 8 can withstand submersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes. Turn any place into a party The speaker is also equipped with a multi-colored LED lightshow, including strobe lights; the lights are actually effected by the music and have multiple modes, including locking in to one specific colour as well as turning them off completely Total portability Listeners will get up to 24 hours of clear sound before needing a charge and can be comfortable knowing its built-in Bluetooth will give them the best product performance with low power consumption. Never lose connection; charge your phone or other portable devices right from the speaker with USB. Keep your Xpedition 8 charged with the DC power source, ideal for camping and tailgating events. KEY FEATURES ·         Active Battery Powered Loudspeaker with up to 24 Hour Battery Life ·         420W of peak power for incredible room-filling sound ·         Dual 8” Woofers and three 1” Tweeters ·         Designed to Float with Woofers and Tweeters Out of the Water ·         XPEDITION 8 can withstand one meter of water for 30 min. ·         LED lightshow features 12 color combinations from the woofers plus two strobe lights ·         IP67 rated speaker is dust proof and waterproof ·         Link up with a second XPEDITION 8 to create a stereo pair. ·         Built-in Bluetooth and NFC make streaming music easy ·         Total portability with DC Power Charging and battery operated ·         Integrated handles make the Xpedition easy to carry   Pricing and Availability The Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 is available now at www.alteclansing.com.au MSRP $699. YouTube Video https://youtu.be/Gk4MKtiESbY   About Altec Lansing Since 1927, generations of music enthusiasts have recognized Altec Lansing as a premier brand that consistently delivers high quality and rich sound in a host of audio products including; headphones, earphones, everything-proof speakers, home and car audio, DJ speakers, turntables, mobile accessories, and more. Altec Lansing provides a seamless combination of beautiful design aesthetics and terrific sound to exceed every audiophile’s expectations. Those who know audio, know Altec Lansing. www.alteclansing.com.au   About Multimedia Technology Multimedia Technology is one of Australia's premier national IT/AV distributors, representing the leading IT/AV/Software and Communications vendors from around the globe. Established in 1990, the Company has experienced exceptional growth and is now a major player in the Australian IT industry. www.mmt.com.au Ant Williams Journeys To The Arctic To Become the Deepest Man Under Ice 2019-02-20T03:47:17Z ant-williams-journeys-to-the-arctic-to-become-the-deepest-man-under-ice Melbourne, Australia: Today, Ant Williams, a Psychologist and freediver, announced his intention to break the World Record for the deepest ever freedive (breath-hold dive) under ice. In March, Ant and his support crew will travel to Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, to a frozen fjord to cut a hole in the metre thick ice. Ant will then dive down to reach the world record depth under ice in a discipline called constant weight. Of this ambitious challenge, Ant Williams said, “My ICE DIVER world record attempt is the culmination of a personal and professional journey. Years ago, I chose what I perceived to be an extreme sport for myself – freediving – to see if I could overcome fear, anxiety, and my own nerves. With this project, my team of 8 are undertaking something at the outer edge of an extreme sport. On average the temperature will be minus 20 degrees centigrade each day. We have real risk from exposure to harsh weather and dangers that are new to the crew members – multiple snowmobiles riding across frozen lakes, chainsaws cutting deep holes in the ice, and all of this in remote wilderness locations. The objective of the adventure is to answer one question – how deep can a person dive underneath the ice? An additional goal with the ICE DIVER project is learning how to reduce risk on a challenging project. My aspiration is to translate what I learn into my leadership development work to help others balance their own risk – in business and life." Throughout March, Ant Williams and his team will hit the following milestones in the lead up to his world record attempt in the final week of March: ● Ant will ease into his record attempt by first travelling to New Zealand to undertake deep water training in the cold waters of Lake Taupo. ● After New Zealand, Ant and his support crew will travel to Lake Päijänne in Finland to continue his deep water preparation in frigid waters. ● In the final week of March, Ant Williams and team head up to Kirkenes, Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle. They will travel 10 km each day on snowmobiles to a frozen fjord and spend the first day cutting holes in the ice. Each subsequent day will be spent on Ant’s world record attempt to become the deepest man under ice. The current record is – 65m, Ant is going for – 80m. 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. ### ESL evolves its master brand to reinforce founding values with updated visual identity 2019-02-15T20:56:59Z esl-evolves-its-master-brand-to-reinforce-founding-values-with-updated-visual-identity (Cologne) 14th. of February - ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced a brand refresh that highlights the company values and supports the strategy to continue leading the esports industry. ESL was founded with a core belief that everyone has a chance to fulfill their dreams. ESL has supported the growth of esports and set itself on a journey, over the last 19 years, to build leagues and tournaments for gamers that would create more opportunities for participation and progression than any other sport. The new brand positioning, “where everybody can be somebody”, reflects that founding story of the company that is still very much in its employees’ DNA. The new updated brand, developed with the global brand agency Superunion, is a metaphor for the journey to become somebody and stand out, creating a place for partners, players and fans to stand out too.   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 such as the IntelⓇ Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and ESL National Championships, pioneering stadium events and consistently breaking industry records. Esports enjoys worldwide recognition as the fastest growing segment of media and entertainment, with the youngest and most coveted fan base. This brand refresh is a key cornerstone of ESL’s growth acceleration strategy which will enable a better integration of its partner brands, clarify the path from zero to hero across the multiple leagues and tournaments, and continue attracting an ever-growing fan base.   “The updated ESL identity is more than a look and feel. It’s a strategic tool that helps ESL to meet its most important objectives. Creating a place where ‘everybody can be somebody’ was our purpose and what drove our founding members since the beginning of ESL to present and highlight the inspiring story of the company,” said Rodrigo Samwell, CMO at ESL. “We want to build a place where every fan has a voice. Where the path from zero to hero is as short as possible and where opportunities are endless. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to update our products to reflect our new global brand strategy.”   In 2018, more than 240 million people experienced ESL’s leagues and tournaments, witnessing players becoming stars and achieving greatness. Starting with ESL One Genting in January, ESL hosted 10 mega events throughout the past year in eight countries. More than 12,000 tournaments and cups were played online on the grassroot platform ESL Play. ESL’s strong presence in 2018 Katowice events, 169,000 fans filled Spodek for a front row seat to two of the most prestigious competitions in all of esports over the course of two weekends. ESL will continue driving esports all over the world in 2019 starting next with its flagship tournaments at Katowice 2019 beginning later this month.   More details about the brand refresh and the new visual identity can be found at the new corporate site of ESL at www.about.eslgaming.com. Please follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest esports competitions.     ###   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. (www.about.eslgaming.com) Books in Homes Australia to partner with the GIANTS to share the importance of reading and literacy 2019-02-15T04:49:02Z books-in-homes-australia-to-partner-with-the-giants-to-share-the-importance-of-reading-and-literacy Books in Homes Australia is delighted to announce its new partnership with Australian Football League (AFL) club—the Greater Western Sydney Giants (GIANTS). The GIANTS work with community partners and charities as part of their social responsibility initiatives within Western Sydney, the ACT, Southern NSW and broader communities. Within this context, Books in Homes will work within the GIANTS communities to share the importance of reading and literacy, while identifying the schools with the greatest need for books.   Books in Homes Australia is a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement. The program aims to overcome the inequality of educational opportunities in communities where access to books for families is limited or non-existent and resources are often scarce. In doing so, the program contributes to helping overcome generational poverty by enhancing the chances of success in early education thereby opening up options, choices and potential in later life. Since 2001, Books in Homes has distributed over 2.5 million new books to children through schools and communities around Australia.   Books in Homes Australia’s vision is to create an Australia where every child and family has access to books in the home, and one of the areas where this focus is needed is the Western and South Western suburbs of Sydney.   Peter Large, CEO from Books in Homes Australia, said, “Books in Homes is partnering with the GIANTS with a common cause for the Western Sydney region. We have worked with members of the GIANTS Community team for several years now and we greatly value the work they do in reaching, supporting and encouraging youth from the many diverse backgrounds in Western and South Western Sydney. Books in Homes has had many years’ experience in promoting literacy and reading in Western Sydney. Our partnership aspires to deliver a powerful and exciting future for the families of the supporter base of the GIANTS and Western Sydney children.”   The partnership will have its first public appearance at the GIANTS Fan Day, which will be held on Saturday 16 February 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Blacktown International Sports Park, Eastern Road, Rooty Hill NSW 2766. Books in Homes will hold live readings and storytelling sessions for children at its stand, featuring some of Australia’s finest children’s authors, illustrators, as well as Storyville storytellers.   ENDS     ESL and Facebook Gaming Expand Partnership Through 2019 for Coverage of All Global ESL Esports Events on a Non-Exclusive Basis 2019-02-12T21:13:33Z esl-and-facebook-gaming-expand-partnership-through-2019-for-coverage-of-all-global-esl-esports-events-on-a-non-exclusive-basis Cologne, Germany - February 12, 2019 - ESL, the world's largest independent esports company, and Facebook Gaming today announced an expansion to their partnership to bring coverage of all global ESL esports competitions non-exclusively to the Facebook platform.   ESL will broadcast both its flagship circuit events, Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) and ESL One, as well as all Pro League competitions, the premier professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Pro Lleague. Distribution began with the Regional Qualifiers in CS:GO for the IEM Katowice Minor on January 16, 2019 and will run through December 2019. Competitions will be streamed globally on Facebook in English via 1080p/60fps broadcasts with ESL Pro League live streams in both English and Portuguese.   “ESL brings together a global community of esports fans and aims to deliver amazing esports experiences to audiences around the world, both online and through large scale events,” said Ralf Reichert, Co-CEO, ESL. “ESL will be providing multiple sources in which fans can experience our flagship circuits online -- including a return to Facebook Gaming to continue bringing content to its rapidly growing audience."   Since the start of ESL livestreaming on Facebook, both companies have collaborated to make significant updates to the watch experience for esports fans. New updates include, video quality and stability improvements as well as easier ways to discover ESL events.   “Expanding ESL content to include all global esports competitions is a way for us to satisfy the growing appetite for watching gaming video content on Facebook,” said Leo Olebe, Global Director, Games Partnerships, Facebook. “Providing ESL fans a way to watch esports on multiple platforms is something we know the community cares about, and that's a big reason why all 2019 content will broadcast anywhere ESL chooses to stream. We'll continue to listen and act on feedback from gamers as we work together in building the world's gaming community.”     Fans can watch and follow ESL content at fb.gg, Facebook’s gaming video destination, and at individual Pages for IEM, ESL One and Pro League:   ●     facebook.com/watchIEM ●     facebook.com/watchESLOne ●     facebook.com/watch/ESLProLeagueCSGO/ ###   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, UK, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com). Clubbercise training is heading to Brisbane! 2019-02-05T10:52:49Z clubbercise-training-is-heading-to-brisbane Clubbercise international Master Trainer Jade Purdie will be flying in to teach the new recruits. There are currently around 15 Clubbercise classes running across Queensland and the public want more, which is why the training course has been organised. The ‘healthy clubbing’ concept launched in the UK back in 2013 and there are now thousands of regular classes and events held around the world. Clubbercise Founder & Brand Director Claire Burlison says, “We’re super-excited to be holding our first course in Brisbane and can’t wait to get more of Queensland glowing!” Clubbercise is a cardio workout that combines dance, toning and combat moves all in one class. The routines are easy-to-follow with both high and low impact options to suit all fitness levels and abilities. Classes are taught in a darkened room with disco lights and LED glow sticks to create a nightclub atmosphere.   The Clubbercise workout offers proven results to participants, both for their physical health and their mental health. A one hour session burns an average of 600 calories. The course will be held on Sunday 17th February at Genesis Fitness in Jindalee, where Clubbercise launched in early October 2018. For more details about the training course and classes visit clubbercise.com/australia The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron announce the Inaugural Brisbane To Hamilton Island Yacht Race in Brisbane, Australia 2019-01-30T00:45:58Z the-royal-queensland-yacht-squadron-announce-the-inaugural-brisbane-to-hamilton-island-yacht-race-in-brisbane-australia Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Release Date: January 28 2019. For Immediate Release. The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron announce that the inaugural Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race for Super-Maxi, Multihull, Shorthanded, and Cruising Division fleets will be set sail from Moreton Bay, on Friday, 02 Aug 2019. Entries are now open to all competitors in this exciting new race on the Australian yacht-racing calendar, which will head to Hamilton Island just in time to participate in the hugely popular and much anticipated Whitsunday Race Weeks. The warm tropical waters off the Queensland coast of Australia are perfect for ocean yacht racing and the Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race will take full advantage of this. As one of the longest tropical category 2 offshore yacht races in Australia, it will take competitors 580 NM up the Queensland coast to beautiful Hamilton Island on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Crews will glide over the sparkling pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy close up views of the world’s largest living structure before experiencing all Hamilton Island has to offer. From perfect weather to brilliant beaches and spectacular coral reefs set in crystal clear azure waters, it all awaits competitors at the end of this premier long-distance Australian yacht race. The Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race has been scheduled to coincide with one of the foremost fixtures on the international sailing calendar. The Whitsunday Race Weeks are a firm favourite with yachting enthusiasts worldwide but often the logistics and expense of delivering boats and crews to the location is challenging. However, race organisers point out that “This event offers the first direct racing opportunity north to the Whitsunday Race Weeks, which may eliminate many of the challenges associated with facilitating boat deliveries.” Building on their 134-year history in the Queensland and Australian yachting community, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron expects the race to become a firm favourite on the Australian and international ocean yacht-racing calendar. Organisers further anticipate that its similar distance and tactical difficulty to Australia’s other premier long-distance offshore yacht race will be viewed as “a good opportunity to qualify for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race later in the year.” The race presents an ideal marketing opportunity for businesses and individuals interested in increasing their brand exposure. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and Media partnership opportunities contact the Business Development Manager on 07 3396 866. Contact information: Contact person: Ben Mills Company: Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Address: 578 Royal Esplanade, Manly QLD 4179 Phone: 07 3396 8666 Website: www.rqys.com.au - https://www.rqys.com.au/brisbane-to-hamilton-island-yacht-race ESL and Epic Games team up to bring Fortnite to the Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice Expo on February 23-24 and March 1-3, 2019 2019-01-24T21:52:24Z esl-and-epic-games-team-up-to-bring-fortnite-to-the-intel-extreme-masters-katowice-expo-on-february-23-24-and-march-1-3-2019 ESL, the world’s largest esports company, and Epic Games today announced that they are joining forces to bring the game that took the world by storm to ESL’s flagship event. Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice Expo 2019 will host the first-ever ESL Katowice Royale - Featuring Fortnite across two weekends presenting 200 of the world’s best Fortnite players and influencers. A US$ 100,000 prize pool will be up for grabs at the Polish Edition on February 23-24 and players will battle it out for a US$ 500,000 prize pool at the International Edition, taking place on March 1-3, 2019.   The first weekend will feature two days of competitions with the top 100 Polish players and influencers while the second weekend will showcase 100 players from all around the world as they fight for a lion’s share of half a million dollars over three days of competition. Fans who are unable to attend the event onsite can still enjoy the action across various live broadcasts.   “ESL Katowice Royale - Featuring Fortnite will be our first international Fortnite competition and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Sebastian Weishaar, Chief Product Officer at ESL. “Fans from all over the world know our Katowice event and bringing Fortnite as one of the world’s largest games to them feels like a great fit!” “Fortnite is a global game, and there are amazing, passionate players all around the globe,” added Rob Hodson, Esports Manager at Epic Games. “Partnering with ESL in Katowice gives us the chance to showcase some of these incredible international competitors.” Furthermore, with a playing area encompassing 100 PCs and 100 PS4s spread over 2,500 m², Fortnite fans are welcomed to the IEM Katowice Expo that will span across two weekends. Not only will fans get to spectate the live events taking place at a big stage, but also participate in the free-to-play area competitions. ESL Katowice Royale - Featuring Fortnite will offer every participant of the free-to-play area the chance to win material prizes worth more than US$ 50,000. More details about the event and the participating influencers will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can follow ESL Fortnite on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all news around ESL Katowice Royale - Featuring Fortnite. ###   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 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 brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. Unreal Engine is freely available at unrealengine.com. For more information on the studio, visit epicgames.com and check out @EpicGames. Surfing Dog Days Return to the Vonu Noosa Festival of Surfing 2019-01-24T09:08:32Z surfing-dog-days-return-to-the-vonu-noosa-festival-of-surfing Every year, the Vonu Noosa Festival of Surfing hosts the world’s finest longboarders and a swathe of surfing world champions past and present, but the word on everyone’s lips is, “when are the dogs on?” Undeniably the most popular event of recent years, the VetShopAustralia Surfing Dog Championships will return to the shores of Laguna Bay this March for a weekend of canine capers and hydro hounds. Main Beach and the natural amphitheatre of First Point will doubtlessly be packed once more as spectators flood to see the happy pups in this completely free event. ‘Mr DogSurf’, Chris de Aboitiz will again lead the pack, bringing his ever-faithful rescue dogs with him, his best mates Max and Rama sure to steal the show. Always with a trick up his sleeve, Chris will come with new stunts and surprises, bringing with him his hydrofoil-mounted surfboard which, conditions allowing, will elevate he and his canine companions above the waves in a spectacular display of hydrodynamics. While First Point will host the star attraction, VetShopAustralia and Chris’ participation in the Noosa Festival comes once more with greater purpose, offering dog training tips and a free workshop for those wishing to hone their skills and improve their connection with their four-legged friends, both in the water and on terra firma. Chris has rehabilitated numerous rescue dogs and is always quick to encourage people to adopt, rather than buy from pet stores or breeders, suggesting that there is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad dog owner, and that, with the correct training and nurturing, any dog can become a loving, well-behaved family member. Long-time sponsors, VetShopAustralia, will also return to the festival, offering expert advice on dog wellness and healthcare, in addition to organising the wildly popular event: "Once again VetShopAustralia are delighted to be working alongside Simparica to bring the Surfing Dog Championships to Noosa this year," said VetShopAustralia Marketing Manager Naomi Szabo. “2019 is sure to be another resounding success – we are even hoping to coax some well-known celebrities into the surf with us!” The 2019 VetShopAustralia Surfing Dog Championships will take place on the first weekend of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, with the free SUP with Your PUP workshop - open to general public – being held on Saturday 2nd March at 7:30am Noosa Woods Dog Beach, while the Surfing Dog Championships will take to the waves the following day, Sunday 3rd March, at 2pm at Noosa’s First Point.   For all information regarding the 2019 Vonu Noosa Festival of Surfing, visit the website at: www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com Join the Vonu Noosa Festival of Surfing on social media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/NoosaFestSurf  |  Instagram: @noosa_festival_of_surfing End of Release