The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-10-21T19:34:58Z Bike-Friendly New Zealand Getting Easier with Bike Barn 2019-10-21T19:34:58Z bike-friendly-new-zealand-getting-easier-with-bike-barn Cycling is a fantastic mode of transport, because it helps you to get active while also encouraging environmentally friendly practices. Having a bike to get around on is a part of living in New Zealand; after all, what’s the point of living in a beautiful country if you can’t enjoy the great outdoors? One of the companies encouraging people to start biking is New Zealand’s Bike Barn, which is partnering with a number of organisations to get Kiwis in the saddle.The “Bike it Forward” campaign was created by Bike Barn to help kids and adults alike get access to a reliable bicycle. People around New Zealand are encouraged to give their old bicycles into Bike Barn, which are then restored and donated to organisations that need them.One such organisation is Whakarewarewa School in Rotorua. Bike Barn donated seven bicycles to the kids in this school, fully re-modelled and ready-to-use, to help the kids develop their motor skills and discipline. They plan to continue this plan going forward, stating, “We’re delighted to be able to provide support for the children at Whakarewarewa School and welcome further donations from the Rotorua community.”Their community efforts are not exclusive to Rotorua. Bike Barn has also joined Bike Auckland’s bike shop partnership program to make owning a bike easier for Auckland residents. Anyone with a valid Bike Auckland membership card need only present it in-store for discounts up to 25% on bikes, accessories and bike services. They cite their reasoning thus: “we want to help get the message out and encourage more people to ride.”Lastly, they have partnered with AA to give AA Members a number of discounts on their products. Presenting your AA Membership card in store will fetch you a ten percent discount on all bike purchases, and a twenty percent discount on services and accessory purchases. Kiwis can also enjoy a free Bronze-level bike service every year, so they can be sure their bikes are in perfect working order. Read the full story here: https://www.pr.com/press-release/797152 Microba: Could one of the secrets to high-performing NRL players lie in the gut? 2019-10-21T04:18:20Z microba-could-one-of-the-secrets-to-high-performing-nrl-players-lie-in-the-gut Brisbane-based gut health testing specialists Microba, have partnered with Australian National Rugby League teams the Kangaroos and Jillaroos to investigate whether one of the secrets to high performance in sport can be found in the gut. Microba has administered their home-testing kit, Microba Insight™ to Kangaroo and Jillaroo players ahead of their 2019/2020 representative season, to discover if making changes to their diet and influencing their gut microbiome can assist in driving performance. The local biotech is a world leader in gut microbiome testing which looks at the bacteria living in a person’s gut, the functions they are performing, the potential of that bacteria and how they can improve gut microbiome health with dietary and lifestyle changes. Microba CEO Blake Wills said that working with elite athletes provided a great opportunity to test how effective influencing the gut microbiome could be on performance. “Working with the NRL has given us a mutually beneficial chance to investigate the best ways to impact sporting performance by influencing the gut microbiome with diet and lifestyle,” he said. The athletes will have their individual gut microbiomes tested, with personalised reports, tailored dietary suggestions and the opportunity to talk with Microba’s team of scientists, Accredited Practising Dietitians and Nutritionists about changes they can make to boost performance based on how their gut microbiome absorbs nutrients, the capacity of their gut bacteria to produce beneficial substances and their metabolism function. Recent research has shown that a certain species of bacteria in the gut microbiome appears to be more abundant after exercise in some individuals, impacting the way that bacteria break down lactate. This study on the Veillonella bacteria has opened up a world of possibility around simple, accessible ways that athletes could potentially increase performance. Australian Kangaroos Elite Performance Manager Troy Thomson has championed the efforts, seeking the best possible natural advantage for his players in the coming season. “Microba are providing a great opportunity to find ways we can alter our athletes’ diets while in camp and on the road to see if we can find even a small way to increase their performance,” he said. “It is our hope that this type of intervention could translate across other teams in the NRL as a best practice for healthy, high-performing players.” Microba’s experts and the NRL will look at the test results and decide on the best dietary changes going forward to boost the teams’ performance and ensure player gut microbiome health is at a high level. ENDS UFC® INKS NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ETORO® AHEAD OF UFC® 243: WHITTAKER vs. ADESANYA BOUT THIS WEEKEND 2019-10-04T05:33:09Z ufc-r-inks-new-partnership-with-etoro-r-ahead-of-ufc-r-243-whittaker-vs-adesanya-bout-this-weekend Sydney, Australia – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new partnership with eToro®, the global multi-asset investment platform. Under the terms of the six-month agreement, eToro will serve as the “Official Online Trading Partner of UFC” in Australia and New Zealand, beginning with UFC® 243: WHITTAKER vs. ADESANYA at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne this Sunday (6 October 2019). In return, eToro will have a branded presence inside the world-famous Octagon®, as well as stadium activations, social content and consumer promotions. “We are thrilled that eToro is joining us as UFC’s new Online Trading Partner in Australia and New Zealand,” UFC Vice President of Global Partnerships Nick Smith said. “A partnership in this space with a global company like eToro demonstrates the continued innovation and growth that UFC has developed in-market.” eToro has more than 11 million registered users globally, who all belong to eToro’s online trading and investment community where members readily share their knowledge and insights. Due to the simplicity and transparency of the eToro platform, users can easily buy, hold and sell assets, monitor their global portfolio in real time and transact whenever they want. Launched 12 years ago, eToro pioneered the first social trading and investment platform and now operates in more than 140 countries. Robert Francis, Managing Director of eToro Australia, said “We are excited to announce eToro as the Official Online Trading Partner of UFC. We partner with sports teams around the world in order to try and reach as many people as possible with the main aim of getting them interested in investing. The UFC has an incredibly devoted and passionate fan base, which is why we chose it as our first partnership in Australia. “eToro partners with football in the UK and Germany, motorcycle racing in the US and tennis in France, and we’re thrilled to add UFC in Australia.” From now until 10 November, fans have the chance to win a UFC VIP Experience, courtesy of eToro, to attend the 9th Annual UFC International Fight Week™ in July of 2020 that includes two round trip flights to Las Vegas, Nevada two tickets to the International Fight Week UFC PPV event, four nights’ accommodation, and a tour of the UFC Performance Institute. Second prize is a UFC Legacy Championship replica belt, and third prize is a pair of UFC official fight gloves. Go to https://content.etoro.com/UFC/ to enter and see full terms and conditions. ### About UFC® UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 300 million fans and 70 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly one billion TV households across more than 170 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 60 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC. About eToro Australia eToro was founded in 2007 with the vision of opening up the global markets so that everyone can trade and invest in a simple and transparent way. The eToro platform enables people to invest in the assets they want, from stocks and commodities to cryptoassets. We are a global community of more than 11 million registered users who share their investment strategies; and anyone can follow the approaches of those who have been the most successful. Due to the simplicity of the platform users can easily buy, hold and sell assets, monitor their portfolio in real time, and transact whenever they want. eToro has pioneered value-added services such as CopyTrading™ and CopyPortfolios™, as well as the Popular Investor program, which allows eToro qualified members to earn and additional income directly from eToro when their investments are copied by another member and allows others to gain from their wisdom, experience and success. eToro is regulated in Europe by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, and by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in Australia. Visit www.etoro.com.au for more information. Disclaimer eToro AUS Capital Pty Ltd, ABN 66 612 791 803 AFSL 491139. CFDs are highly leveraged and risky, and may not be suitable for all investors. Trading CFDs does not result in ownership of the underlying assets. You should obtain your own advice and refer to our FSG and PDS before deciding whether to trade with us. SANCTUARY COVE PALMS CHARITY RUN IN THE NAME OF FUN 2019-10-02T22:45:14Z sanctuary-cove-palms-charity-run-in-the-name-of-fun Join runners of all ages take to Sanctuary Cove’s exclusive Palms Golf Course to run either the 6km or 8km circuit through this idyllic setting, all while raising money for charity. Sanctuary Cove has partnered with the Institute for Glycomics to help raise much needed funds, a collaborative charity that works with leading scientists to build a critical mass around multidisciplinary research. Global collaboration is essential in their vision to bring forward novel drugs and vaccines to the community. A proportion of registration fees will go towards this worthy charity. Participants will have the chance to win a major prize consisting of a trip to Sydney staying at the luxurious InterContinental Sydney with a $1,000 travel voucher among many other lucky door prizes. Kicking off at 7.00am at the 18th hole, The Palms Fun Run will loop the last nine holes of the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club’s stunning course. In addition, children can take part in the 100m Kids Dash that will start at 8.30am. Sanctuary Cove Country Club Operations Manager Ryan Fishburn said the introduction of a fun run on the calendar was the perfect addition to the ever-growing events schedule for the Sanctuary Cove precinct, a community wide event and a perfect outing for all the family. “We are thrilled to introduce our very own fun run event to Sanctuary Cove which caters for all the family. We have the perfect backdrop of the Palms Golf Course, wonderful prizes to give away while also raising vital funds for charity” he said. Enjoy post-event celebrations at the Sanctuary Cove Country Club including special offers from Arnie’s Café and Bar, face painting and lucky door prizes including a VIP Golf Pass at The Palms Golf Course, six-month gym membership to the Sanctuary Cove Country Club, a $250 gift card to spend in The Marine Village, High Coffee for two at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and a coffee gift card from Arnie's Cafe and Bar. Registrations cost $50 per participant and includes entry into The Palms Fun Run, a participation medal plus one free InBody body scan at the Sanctuary Cove Country Club, a Sanctuary Cove water bottle, sweat band, $5 donation to the Glycomics Institute, a complimentary breakfast item at the post-run cook up and much more! Ryan and the team at The Sanctuary Cove Country Club will be holding additional cardio classes and running groups during August and September for those wanting to up their training. “This is a great opportunity to get fit and start your pre-Summer fitness program and train for the 8km run” said Ryan. What: Sanctuary Cove Palms Run When: Sunday October 6, 7:00am Where: Palms Golf Course, Sanctuary Cove (Gleneagles Drive, Sanctuary Cove) How Much: $50 per participant / $10 Kids Dash To register and be part of The Palms Run visit: http://sanctuarycovecountryclub.com.au/palms-fun-run/ 2019 Korfball Australia National Club Championships Timetable Released 2019-09-26T11:57:22Z 2019-korfball-australia-national-club-championships-timetable-released The timetable for the upcoming 2019 Korfball Australia National Club Championships has been officially released. The timetable can be found on the National Club Championships hub, which has been updated for the upcoming tournament. This hub is your one-stop shop for all schedules, results, and ladders over the weekend, and will be updated at the conclusion of each and every game all tournament. All matches will be played at the Federation Center in Maitland, and maps of the venue location can be found on each match page, accessible through the National Club Championships hub. Following final nominations, the timetable sees two grades of five teams each, with each grade playing a double round-robin format to determine finalists. This means each team will have four games on each day, for a total of eight pool games before the finals. The finals will see the top two teams from each grade go directly into the final. This year’s Nationals sees seven clubs represented and also marks the debut of the Melbourne Korfball Club. We gladly welcome the newest member of the Korfball Australia family to the fold and look forward to watching them grow in the years to come. As has been previously announced, the 2019 Korfball Australia AGM will be held on Saturday at 12:20 PM. Games will break for the AGM, allowing teams a lunch break. The weekends’ official proceedings will conclude with the After Party, to be held at the Lucky Hotel in Newcastle. More information on this function can be found on the event page, where you can also buy tickets. With the timetable being released, we’re officially into the final countdown towards what is shaping up to be the biggest and the best Nationals in quite some time, a remarkable achievement for a Nationals being hosted in New South Wales for the first time. Entry is free for all spectators, all weekend, and we look forward to seeing everyone out at what is the largest annual celebration of Korfball in Australia. The first ever affordable Snitzel filly, named by hundreds of miRunners owners, ahead of early 2YO trial next week 2019-09-19T23:02:44Z the-first-ever-affordable-snitzel-filly-named-by-hundreds-of-mirunners-owners-ahead-of-early-2yo-trial-next-week An all consuming Spring is now unfolding for miRunners owners and it is only just beginning! Shezawitness delivered the first miRunners win and next week Zoushack heads to the Moonee Valley night meeting preceding grand final day. Now the first ever Snitzel filly to be offered in the affordable premium ownership model, Snitzel X Typing, was named today ahead of her impending trial this Monday. Trainer Chris Munce has his eyes set on the early 2YO races so it had to be a quick turn around to name the Snitzel X Typing filly. Naming nominations for this filly kicked off just three weeks ago, and with the help of a smart team at Racing Australia this filly will go to trial on Monday 23 September with her racing name. As part of the miRunners ownership model naming suggestions are opened to the public and just like previous miRunners horses, this filly had hundreds of name suggestions. Steven Brown, miRunners CEO says “It is so incredible to have so many people being a part of this process. We have owners in this filly nominating names, miRunners owners in other horses nominating names and members of the public who just love racing entering names.”  Owner privileges are maintained though, with only owners in the horse allowed to cast a vote on the final name. And in that vote the owners of the Snitzel X Typing filly chose Northern Thunder from a shortlist of thirty Racing Australia approved names. In the first part as a nod to her being in Queensland which is in the North of Australia and then more revealing in the nature of the miRunners ownership experience the noise her owners will likely make when she races down the straight. This forward Snitzel X Typing filly is the first horse to be named in partnership with Racing Queensland, and Racing Queensland are thrilled with the name and what this means for racing and thoroughbred ownership in Queensland.  Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said: “This first horse highlights the important marketing partnership between Racing Queensland and miRunners. Northern Thunder will race in maroon colours, has a real Sunshine State name and is trained in Queensland - what a great treble for Queensland racing.” Northern Thunder is by Australia’s champion sire in Snitzel, and this filly is the first by Snitzel to be offered in an affordable ownership model. Arrowfield's John Messara puts this into context when he says, "The Cox Plate, Golden Slipper, Tj Smith, Oakleigh Plate - these are races that owners dream about winning and Snitzel can make those dreams come true - his sons and daughters have already won them all" There are still ownership units available in this filly, as she begins her journey towards the Magic Millions 2020. Units are available for just $330 + $15/month ($5 per month for any subsequent units purchased). ENDS About miRunners miRunners is changing the face of Australian thoroughbred racing, making horse ownership accessible to all Australians.  The miRunners model aims to bring the best horses together with the best trainers and make them affordable so anyone who has a passion for racing can experience ownership. There is no secret to our formula: we simply purchase a premium racehorse, match it up with a top tier trainer and split the purchase cost into 1,000 units. No mark up. And a monthly fee is charged to cover all expenses so you are assured there are no nasty cost surprises. And no matter if you own a single unit or if you own 20, every unit holder is given the full ownership experience which includes: Updates direct to you from your leading trainer/stable in real time Pro-rata share in prize money won Pro-rata share in sales proceeds at end of racing career Opportunities to meet your horse and your trainer Private area on race day (dependent on the race day conditions) Certificate of ownership A chance to add a premium thoroughbred horse to your family The opportunity to develop life-long friendships A dedicated Australian based customer service team on phone, email and facebook WA Government commits $1 million to personal shark deterrent rebate program 2019-09-19T19:45:11Z wa-government-commits-1-million-to-personal-shark-deterrent-rebate-program This week, the Western Australian Government’s Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announced and additional 1,000 subsides for Ocean Guardian’s proven shark deterrent devices, following an increase of 120% of local residents taking up the offer, taking the program commitment to $1 million. Lindsay Lyon, CEO of Ocean Guardian says, “We have seen a significant increase in local surfers and divers taking their personal protection into their own hands. This has no doubt been due to the McGowan Government’s proactive Sea Sense campaign and their world first personal shark deterrent subsidy scheme they are offering WA residents.” To date over 3,800 rebates have been claimed by local surfer and divers, the world-first program offers a $200 subsidy on scientifically proven devices which only include Ocean Guardian’s FREEDOM+ Surf (Bundle) and the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM7. With the $200 Government rebate, the surf bundle can be purchased for $299 and the dive device can be purchased for $399, both are available through the program from a registered retailer. Ocean Guardian’s Shark Shield Technology is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent, supported by peer reviewed published research, and successful in deterring Great Whites. WA Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly said in a statement released earlier this week, "Offering personal protection, that is scientifically proven, to our most vulnerable ocean users - surfers and divers - is just good Sea Sense. "Last week's incident involving a spear fisher who luckily avoided injury, goes to show how important offering personal protection is, a personal deterrent in such circumstances can help keep you safe. "Both of the devices, available under WA's subsidy scheme, are shown to significantly reduce the risk of an interaction with a great white shark and I encourage water users to buy one. "If you haven't taken advantage of the $200 Government rebate for scientifically-proven shark deterrent devices, take up the opportunity now." About Ocean Guardian: Ocean Guardian is the world’s leading shark deterrent technology company. Since 2001 the company’s Shark Shield Technology has protected tens of thousands of ocean lovers and prevented the unnecessary killing of animals from environmentally fatal shark nets, drum-lines and shark culling. Ocean Guardian’s Shark Shield Technology is the only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent supported by peer reviewed published research, and successful in deterring Great Whites. The technology is so effective government has approved the devices for consumer rebates. Nothing is more effective. Sharks have short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for finding food. Shark Shield Technology is used to create a powerful three-dimensional electrical field which causes spasms in these sensitive receptors turning sharks away. There are no known harmful effects on sharks or humans. Ocean Guardian products are trusted by ocean goers around the world, whether you’re swimming off your boat with family and friends, out seeking to land your next big fish, or simply heading off to enjoy a dive, snorkel or surf, our technology is here to enhance your ocean experience and provide peace of mind. www.ocean-guardian.com Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 to feature US$500,000 Prize Pool as the First Masters Championship CS:GO Tournament of the ESL Pro Tour 2019-09-17T03:41:50Z intel-extreme-masters-katowice-2020-to-feature-us-500-000-prize-pool-as-the-first-masters-championship-cs-go-tournament-of-the-esl-pro-tour Cologne, Germany – September 10, 2019—Intel and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will once again bring the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) to Katowice, Poland, on February 28 through March 1, 2020. In addition to being  part of the Intel® Grand Slam, next year’s IEM Katowice at the iconic Spodek Arena represents the first CS:GO Masters Championship tournament held by ESL within the new ESL Pro Tour. IEM Katowice 2020 will feature premier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) action, the IEM Expo, and exciting onsite activities. Throughout a week long of competition, 16 of the world’s top CS:GO teams will battle for their share of the US$ 500,000 prize pool, the first ever Masters Champion title, and a point toward the Intel® Grand Slam: ●       February 28 – March 1: The mainstage competition will take place inside the legendary Spodek Arena, where the six advancing teams will battle it out in playoffs, culminating in the grand finals where the winners will be crowned.   “Here in Katowice we do not only remember but also make espo rts history. This Intel® Extreme Masters will be very special in that respect,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL. “When it first took place in 2013 it started the era of esports mega tournaments. Now, a new era starts for us with the first ever Masters Championship of the ESL Pro Tour.” IEM Katowice 2020 will be the first Masters Championship ever held within ESL Pro Tour, the highest level of competition in the world’s largest CS:GO circuit of over twenty tournaments all over the world. IEM Expo, the leading esports and gaming tradeshow, will be held at the International Congress Center (ICC). The three-day expo from February 28 through March 1 will invite IEM attendees to test and experience the industry’s top brands through immersive onsite activations, technology demonstrations, and stations for gaming, content creation, and more. “Intel Extreme Masters is an amazing event bringing together incredible emotions of both fans and players along with the most advanced technology and thrilling games. Being involved in these outstanding gaming moments is in the very DNA of Intel and we are proud to be a part of this amazing journey. Together with ESL we have elevated esports to levels previously unimagined.” - said Krzysztof Jonak, EMEA Territory Billings Accounts Director at Intel. IEM Katowice 2020 will offer more exciting esports moments by hosting the championships of additional first-class gameplay, including the Quake Pro League Stage 2 Finals. Over two days, twenty-four of the best Quake players worldwide will battle to be crowned the new Quake World Champion at IEM Expo Katowice 2020.  In 2019, ESL and Intel® welcomed 174,000 fans across two weekends, resulting in the most viewed CS:GO competition in ESL’s history with 157 million hours of content consumed by 230 million fans on multiple platforms. IEM Katowice will become the home of esports for the eighth consecutive year in 2020, representing the 78th stop of Intel® Extreme Masters. Tickets for IEM Katowice 2020 will be on sale in late October. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks, including competing teams, onstage talent, ticketing information, and more. For more information, please visit the tournament website and follow Intel®  Extreme Masters on Twitter and Facebook. ### About ESL 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. https://about.eslgaming.com/ About Intel® Extreme Masters Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL and Intel, the competition features the world's best gamers in multiple esport titles. With IEM having over a decade of history, it is considered one of the most prestigious and traditional events in the world. (intelextrememasters.com) Alpine Beach Celebrates Being the Only Central Coast Surf Shop to Stock Popular Misfit Shapes Surfboards 2019-09-15T23:00:11Z alpine-beach-celebrates-being-the-only-central-coast-australia-surf-shop-to-stock-popular-misfit-shapes-surfboards Central Coast, Australia (September 16, 2019) - A surfer’s choice in what surfboard to use can clearly impact their experience in the sport and lifestyle. This makes the decision of which to buy a very important one. Leading the way on Australia’s Central Coast in providing access to premium quality, attractively priced surf and snow products and accessories is the acclaimed local shop Alpine Beach. In exciting news, Alpine Beach is building on their reputation for stocking thoughtful choices difficult or impossible to find elsewhere locally, by being the only Central Coast store carrying Misfit Shapes Surfboards. Misfit Shapes Surfboards rise in popularity all the time and Aline Beach is the only shop within an hour’s drive to have them for sale. In addition to in-shop purchases, Alpine Beach also offers Australian sales on their website, where they will ship anywhere in the country. “We are surf and snow enthusiasts ourselves so we have a very good idea about what our customers are looking for,” commented a spokesperson from Alpine Beach. “We can see how much people love the Misfit Shapes line and we will continue to do our best to have their releases here as they become available.” Popular Misfit Shapes Surfboards at Alpine Beach currently include the Misfit Shapes Suspended Particle Surfboard, the Misfit Nu Wavr Surfboard, and the Misfit Sk8ey 2.0 Surfboard. Shoppers are encouraged to stop in or call with any questions they may have about the Misfit Shapes line or anything else the shop offers. The feedback regarding Alpine Beach’s service, products, and prices continue to be positive across the board. Daniel T., recently said in a five-star review, “I use Alpine Beach exclusively for my surfing needs. It’s a first-class shop in every way.” Alpine Beach is a Surf, Snow, Skate and Fashion Store located in Erina on the Central Coast of Australia. Alpine Beach offers top surf & snow brands, including Misfit Shapes, DVS, El Nino, Dynastar and more. Alpine Beach has been established in 2005 by enthusiasts with more than 40 years of experience in the snow & surf industry. For more information be sure to visit https://www.alpinebeach.com.au, or on Facebook and Instagram. If you would like more information about this topic, please call Lynne Waters at 02 4367 4944, or email online@alpinebeach.com.au. Wheelchair Rugby League announces Australian Test Squad & Coaching Staff 2019-09-09T03:49:19Z wheelchair-rugby-league-announces-australian-test-squad-amp-coaching-staff Wheelchair Rugby League Australia has announced a 16-man train-on squad for the upcoming two-match Test Series against England in October.   Majority of the squad has been selected after strong performances in the Wheelchair State of Origin held back in July, with 11 of the 16-man squad chosen from the victorious New South Wales side.   The squad will go into camp September 21-22 at the Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium for training before a final squad of ten is chosen for the fixtures on October 21st (Sydney) and 23rd (Wollongong).   "We’re delighted with the squad that Brett Clark has chosen and are looking forward to hosting the 2019 Test Series against our old rivals England,” Wheelchair Australia Rugby League Chairman, Martin Meredith said.   “There’s some great players putting in the work now and I’m sure come October it will result in another thrilling contest for fans, family and friends who get to witness the series first-hand.”   Australian train-on squad   Liam Luff - NSW Jason Attard - NSW Cory Cannane - NSW Brad Grove - NSW Brett Henman - NSW Michael Johnson - NSW Craig Cannane - NSW Edge Lole - NSW Yara Ryan - NSW Stephan Rochecouste - NSW Davin Bretherthon - QLD Shaun Harre - QLD James Hill - QLD Zachary Schmacher - QLD Cory Mostran - QLD/NT William Derederenalagi - NSW     The squad announcement was also supported by the news that David Nugent (Manager) and Brad Turnbull (Trainer) will be joining Head Coach, Brett Clark, as they prepare the team for the representative clash.     Media Contact: Joanne Ryan | Infodec Communications for Wheelchair Rugby League Australia | 0421 059 866   A mine site visit for the ages 2019-09-03T22:41:08Z a-mine-site-visit-for-the-ages Supercars are usually seen zipping around race tracks across the globe at speeds of up to 300 kilometres an hour, a sight that provides spectators and drivers alike with an incomparable adrenaline rush. It is very rare, however, to see these vehicles at a mine site. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. Recently, National Group and its partner, Mobil 1 Mega Race team, brought these pulsating race cars to the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Peak Downs coal operation in Queensland. It was an opportunity for National Group to highlight a longstanding relationship with BMA that has moved from strength to strength, at the mining giant’s Bowen Basin operations. Holding the site visit at Peak Downs was particularly fitting given the growing presence National Group has at the mine, delivering the first of a series of excavators to the site earlier this year. It follows the delivery of five Liebherr ultra-class T 282C trucks in September last year, building on what is becoming a powerful relationship between the two, now reinforced by the race car showcase. National Group’s founder and managing director Mark Ackroyd was onsite for the showcase. He told Australian Mining that it provided a thrilling experience for both operators and race car drivers. “The atmosphere was exciting for the operators, the race cars and their drivers pulled up and there was some disbelief they were on site,” Ackroyd says. “There were photographs, autographs and everything, it was something they haven’t seen before. Even the race car drivers were amazed at some of the mining equipment too.” “We’ve been working with BHP for some years now, we took the supercars on site where we could engage with our customers and show the appreciation we have for them,” Ackroyd says. National Group’s clients have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at supercar race events around the country, where they experience firsthand the exhilarating buzz of race car driving. As Ackroyd says, it’s a show of appreciation for customers, which remain loyal to the company. “Anyone can go to the races, the tours we provide customers with, provides in-depth pit tours,” he says. “Rather than sitting in the crowd with cars speeding around so quickly you can barely see them; our customers are able to get close up to the vehicles and drivers.” Indeed, the recent trip to Peak Downs exemplifies the company’s focus on its customers, with Mobil 1 Mega race team drivers James Courtney and Scott Pye making an appearance at the site. The meet and greet session and autographs that ensued left many site operators star struck as the two posed for photos next to the colossal mining equipment National Group has supplied to BMA at Peak Downs. While operating across different industries, it is easy to draw comparisons between the National Group and racing teams, as described by co-team principal Bruce Stewart. “The National Group and the Mobil 1 Mega race team are similar in a number of ways. We both deal with machinery at the cutting edge of technology and understand the importance of every team member coming together to achieve sustained success,” Stewart says. While differing in purpose, Pye and Courtney were still able to recognise the sheer magnitude of some of National Group’s mining equipment in comparison to the nippy race cars. “Being down in the pit looking at our car next to the T282 dump trucks, it makes it look like a matchbox car in comparison,” Pye says. His counterpart Courtney was equally in awe, “before coming up to the Bowen Basin, we got told the National Group’s machines were big, but you don’t realise just how massive they are until you get here and see them in person. 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Media Contact SwimFun Phone: +61 2 9570 9064 59 West Street Hurstville NSW 2220 Australia Website: https://swimfun.com.au ESL's major tournaments record 90% growth in viewership by increasing esports content worldwide in 2019 2019-08-14T00:34:16Z esl-s-major-tournaments-record-90-growth-in-viewership-by-increasing-esports-content-worldwide-in-2019 (Cologne) 13th of August 2019 - ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today reported significant growth across multiple metrics for major ESL tournaments. Over the course of the first seven months of 2019, average minute audience (+90%), hours watched (+190%) and video views (+55%) have all heavily increased as a result of fans tuning into ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters and ESL Pro League tournaments, shattering the numbers recorded in 2018*.   The top four months across this time period recorded large spikes from major ESL competitions, such as Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice in March, which set the record as the most watched ESL tournament series of all time with more than 174,000 attendees over the course of two weekends. In May, both ESL One Birmingham and Intel Extreme Masters Sydney surpassed the previous viewership figures from last year’s tournaments. ESL Pro League Occitanie in June also broke its all-time viewership records, making this season the most watched in the league’s history. ESL One Cologne in July clocked the most hours watched for a non-major CS:GO tournament, and was sold-out for the fourth consecutive year. Following the brand refresh in January, the viewer experience at all major tournaments has significantly improved, resulting in significant growth across nearly all metrics.   “This growth in viewership and interest is humbling to see,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. “ESL’s open ecosystem enables us to work with a variety of games that allows ESL to build standout, innovative properties such as IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne and Birmingham and see them thrive and grow over the years. We will continue to go that extra mile for a world where everybody can be somebody, creating a path for everybody to participate in these tournaments to build memorable moments for players, fans, partners."   ESL 2019 milestones   ●      Intel Grand Slam completed at ESL One Cologne in record time   ESL One Cologne, widely known as “The Cathedral of Counter-Strike,” sold out four years in a row, and recorded 12.3 million hours watched, resulting in a new record for most hours watched for a non-major CS:GO tournament. Winners Team Liquid took home a total of $1,115,000 for winning first place and completing the second ever Intel Grand Slam, a prize for winning four premier ESL and DreamHack Masters tournaments inside a stretch of ten, in a record time of 63 days.   ●      ESL Pro League revamp   The ESL Pro League Season 9 and its Finals in Occitanie at the Sud de France Arena broke its all-time viewership records. By doubling video views to 66.6 million compared to Season 8, and reaching over 16.1 million hours watched, this was the most watched Season of Pro League in its history.   ●      ESL One Birmingham sets Dota 2 viewership record   ESL One Birmingham, United Kingdom's largest esports tournament surpassed the highest viewership for an ESL One Dota 2 event thus far. The tournament reached a new peak record of 306,070 concurrent viewers tuning into the broadcast, which is a rise of 12.4% since it’s last record during the Hamburg Major in 2017. Hours watched also saw a very significant rise with over 7.6 million hours consumed over the course of the Dota 2 filled weekend.   ●      IEM Sydney sets new record for Australian esports viewership   This year’s event surpassed all previous viewership records for an esports tournament held in Australia, with over 20 million viewers tuning in across the duration of the event. Counter-Strike fans across the world watched almost 10 million hours of content over the course of the event, up 16% vs. 2018. It was the tournament’s third stop in Sydney, and 75th stop globally since its inception in 2006.   ●      ESL and Intel welcomed 174,000 fans at world’s most attended esports tournament in Katowice   Along with 174,000 fans attending the tournaments and surrounding expo over the course of two weekends, 20 million people tuned in on each day, resulting in significant growth across major viewer metrics, and made the competition the most watched ESL tournament series of all time. The event was broadcast by both linear and digital partners worldwide, who produced and distributed content in 21 languages.   ●      ESL evolves its master brand   ESL had a significant role in shaping the industry in terms of broadcast, production and event experience across the world’s most prestigious esports brands and products, pioneering stadium tournaments and consistently breaking industry records. The brand refresh was a key cornerstone of ESL’s growth acceleration strategy, and  better integrated its partner brands by clarifying the path from zero to hero across ESL’s multiple leagues and tournaments, growing its massive fanbase.   More details about ESL can be found at the new corporate site of ESL at about.eslgaming.com. Please follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest esports competitions.   *All numbers excluding China.   ###   ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. about.eslgaming.com Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T21:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Best MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-05T21:00:30Z best-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc “The challenge... The buzz... The reactions of an audience... The occasional ambience of glitz and glamour... Intangible rewards…" (including the personal rewards for emcees of having participated in successful events in meaningful and often invisible ways). To polished emcee Rob Doorey these are some of the alluring qualities of the winsome world of emceeing. But while he thrives on what can be fleeting associations, Rob has put in long hours over a sustained period of time in the entertainment industry to hone his talents. Most assuredly, he has done the hard yards. "In the lyrics of ACDC, 'it's a long way to the top'," Doorey said. For instance, in the early years of what has now evolved into more than a couple of decades for him in the commercial broadcasting industry, Doorey's first foray was as a team-driver ofthe Black Thunder vehicles for 2DayFM Radio in Sydney (the Black Thunders were the station’s promotion vehicles). During this stretch, Doorey and 5 other drivers took six cars allaround the streets of Sydney, from the beaches to the bush. Their station promotions saw them generating listeners and attracting patrons through a wealth of activities - among them: running contests, dishing out promo prizes - large and small, and interviewing multiple fans and various guests sponsored by the station for featured promotional events designed to rev-up the station’s fan-base. Doorey was also involved at this time in the introduction of special characters such as “Bladerunner” and in new night-radio promotions that proved very popular. Doorey's launch into full-time on-air broadcasting came in his hometown of Gosford at Coast Rock FM, where his solid work ethic came into focus. Working from midnight to dawn, Doorey delivered the night broadcast program and soon after dawn took the Gosford station’s promo vehicle out onto the streets for the breakfast show promotions.He also began doing guest DJ work at local nightclubs in the evenings - all this time still driving the Black Thunders in Sydney as well. While Doorey's work commitments didn’t leave much time for rest, the varied and busy roles sufficiently cut his teeth in the industry. Live promotional events for radio, for instance, could see Doorey interviewing and introducing live bands on stages in front of crowds on beachfronts or in shopping centres and seamlessly handling all the unseen variables involved in these styles of productions, where “multiple things are happening at a time”. Such events even came to include televised events on football fields with new sets of multiple variables and similarly pressured environments with strict production deadlines, all of which Doorey learnt to adeptly handle. After the early periods in Sydney and Gosford, Doorey headed north -- working for several radio stations, including 4CA - Cairns and Triple M Brisbane; as well as hosting for The Sky Radio network, The Super Radio network, Talk Australia, C91.3FM and Breeze FM. Doorey's years in radio clearly equipped him for unexpected challenges in fast-paced, pressured situations and gave him the knack to calmly deal with split-second changes that may arise at any moment. Doorey describes himself as a calm and organised person who does his homework and is not averse to problem-solving. These are real assets in his current profession and of real benefit to his clients. As he says: “I am able to make the (event/presentation) process easy and comfortable for those around me. While we may be working on the most important event in our (clients’) lives, I will bring a calm to the event,” comments Doorey. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers.