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  • Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year

     

    After an incredible response from sports fans around the world, who watched the Best Sporting Moment videos, shed tears and voted, August’s Best Sporting Moment competition is in full flow. Emotion, inspiration, dedication – these six moments guarantee goosebumps and bring to life the true power of sport.

    With this year’s first competition finishing on August 31, sports fans have just over two weeks to get behind their favourite moment. Fans can go to myLaureus.com, watch the videos and have their say on who will be the first Nominee for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award 2017.

    Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year – Contenders for August:

    • Race For Peace – Afghan skiers compete in World Championships for first time
    • Run For Rights – Kathrine Switzer runs Boston Marathon again 50 years after historic first run
    • More Than A Club- FC Barcelona complete incredible comeback against Paris Saint-Germain
    • The Unlikely Hero – Jamarion Styles scores three pointers, despite losing his arms at a young age
    • Heartbreaking Farewell – AS Roma legend Francesco Totti bids emotional farewell after final game for his lifetime club
    • Tears Turn Into Smiles – Ferrari fan Thomas Danel’s day is turned around when he meets his hero, Kimi Raikkonen

    See the videos here: https://mylaureus.com/ 

  • Western Australia secures BMX National Championships

    Western Australia secures BMX National Championships

    State Government to sponsor BMX National Championships in 2018 and 2021 

    • Events held in Bunbury (2018) and Perth (2021) expected to help create jobs More than 2,000 interstate visitors expected for each event

    The State Government, through Tourism WA, has secured the BMX National Championships for 2018 and 2021, which are expected to attract thousands of visitors to Western Australia.

    BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia, with the country attracting the second biggest number of participants behind the USA.

    More than 2,000 interstate competitors and supporters are expected for each event, making a significant contribution to the State’s economy, which in turn creates jobs.

    The championships will be held over six days in March/April and feature warm-up sessions, heats and finals. All riding classes are represented by divisional male and female riders aged five to over 50.

    The BMX National Championships will be held at the Bunbury BMX Track in 2018 and returning in 2021 to the Perth metropolitan area.

    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

    “Events such as the BMX National Championships encourage high levels of visitation, which provides a boost to the economy, adds further vibrancy to WA and attracts national media attention.

    “Supporting mass participation events such as this will showcase our transformed city to thousands of people and help spread the word about the significant changes taking place.

    “Tourism contributed $10 billion to WA’s economy in 2016 and is a key pillar of the State Government’s plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities.”

    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “The 2018 event will provide a fantastic opportunity to promote Bunbury as an exciting and vibrant regional city to thousands of visitors, and provide a boost for the local economy.

    “The State Government’s goal is to see the contribution of regional tourism increase to $4.75 billion by 2020, and supporting regional events such as this will help us achieve that goal.”

    Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

    “BMX racing has a massive following, becoming an Olympic sport in 2008 and according to BMX Australia, it was the second most watched sport at Rio 2016.

    “Riders of all ages can compete in BMX race meetings throughout Australia, making it a great family friendly pursuit.

    “The event will also help to activate community operated infrastructure, such as the BMX tracks in the South-West and Perth.”

  • TRANS-TASMAN ADVENTURE RACING SERIES ANNOUNCED

    TRANS-TASMAN ADVENTURE RACING SERIES ANNOUNCED BY GODZONE & ADVENTURE 1

     

    Adventure 1, Australia’s leading adventure racing series has partnered with the company behind GODZone, the worlds largest expedition event, to create a new trans-Tasman adventure racing series.

    The joint venture sees Adventure 1 and 100% Pure Racing build on the foundations of the A1 Series in Australia whilst simultaneously launching ‘A1 New Zealand’ for the coming 2017/18 season. The partnership reflects the shared vision of inspiring a new generation of racers whilst connecting grass root participants with the pinnacle expedition adventure event.

    Founder and CEO of Adventure 1, Todd Vickery, says the companies share a unified vision of growing the adventure racing community, supporting youth into the sport and creating pathways for a new wave of participants inspired by the outdoors and adventure.

    “A1 is excited to join forces with 100% Pure Racing. A new company, A1 Global, has been established and will formalise a long, trans-Tasman history of adventure racing. This partnership provides opportunities for athletes to compete at a unified series of events. It also creates a gateway to new entrants and at the same time incentivises the best teams to win.”

    Currently, the A1 Series connects four Australian flagship events under the A1 banner. These races include; X Marathon, Hells Bells, Wildside, and the newly announced Rogue Raid. Points are awarded for each race and determine the years ‘A1 Australia’ champion team.

    With the new partnership arrangement, the champion ‘A1 Australia’ team wins a free entry to GODZone – Chapter 7. The coveted prize will bring the Australian A1 champions out to race head to head against leading Kiwi and international teams. GODZone recently sold out a record 100 teams for its Fiordland event, which will be held in March 2018.

    “We have a $10 000 prize purse up for grabs at A1 Australia and the addition of a free entry to GODZone will be another major draw card,” says Vickery.

    Kiwis will also benefit from the tie up with the creation of a new ‘A1 New Zealand’ series, beginning this year. This will bring together the leading adventure racing events around the country. A1 New Zealand creates a competitive edgeto national events and incentivises the victorious, series-winning team, with a free entry to GODZone.

    100% Pure Racing will assist A1 Global through significant media exposure, competitor engagement and delivering its proprietary Live Tracking technology to core events. CEO Warren Bates says increasing competitor participation, youth development and expanding online audiences, via tracking, is key.

    “The GODZone media platform is large and continues to grow. We also have the best online tracking system in the world and want to roll that out to key events within the A1 Series. Our mission is to connect adventure racing, top to bottom, and help the races in the new series to massively expand their participant numbers and media profile.”

    “This is an exciting time for adventure racing. Our team is looking forward to working alongside Todd and welcoming the winning Australian team to GODZone next year. They also have a chance to take the GODZone trophy off the Kiwis and win the newly created $10 000 cash prize for the first internationally ranked team” says Bates.

    Growing and improving the adventure racing community for the benefit of all stakeholders and fans is the motivation behind A1 Global. The company is currently in discussions with other countries about the roll out of the series to a wider audience.

    For more information on the A1 Series

    https://www.facebook.com/adventure1series/ or https://www.adventure1.com.au/

  • Australia’s National Cross Triathlon Series launches with Duathlon

    Australia’s National Cross Triathlon Series is set to launch in just two weeks with an all new duathlon format.  Hosted at Murrenbong Scout Camp, Kurwongbah in Queensland’s spectacular Moreton Bay Region, the series goes back to its roots to the place where it all began eleven years ago.

    The National 2017/18 TreX Series includes seven action packed events across the nation and according to race organisers is set to be the most dynamic and exciting TreX series to date.

    Off the back of the hosting of the ITU World Championships and ten years of developing the sport within Australia with the TreX Series, the interest in cross triathlon in Australia is at an all-time high.  Athletes are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to hit the trails again in this action-packed triathlon format.

    Cross or Off Road Triathlon takes the traditional format of the sport and mixes it with a huge helping of heart, guts, mud and dirt as athletes take on a unique challenge with swimming, mountain biking and trail running, where the challenge is as much with mother nature as it is against other athletes.

    Race 1 of the series is a duathlon format which is simply a triathlon without the swim.  Athletes tackle a trail run, mountain bike and then a second trail run.  Race Director, Simon Lazenby told us,

    The duathlon format is a great way to kick off the series in the Queensland winter and with events for all ages and skill level, it provides a great introduction to athletes to come and try the sport and discover why everyone is talking about cross triathlon.”

    Based at Murrenbong Scout Camp in Kurwongbah just 40 minutes north of Brisbane, it seems the venue is the perfect location for this combination of off road event.

    “We have long known that the Moreton Bay Region, north of Brisbane is a fantastic adventure destination and with the backing of Moreton Bay Regional Council the TreX duathlon will enable us to showcase the region to athletes from across the state and the nationAnd with camping and accommodation on site it makes if really easy to come along and enjoy some fantastic mountain biking, trail running, camping and awesome times with your mates or family.” 

    Race 1 of the series is proudly supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

    Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport, and Division 11 Councillor, Darren Grimwade, said council was thrilled In2Adventure had trekked to Moreton Bay to hold its Off Road Triathlon series.

    “Kurwongbah may be sparsely populated but its beauty and terrain stretches far and wide, which makes it an ideal location to hold this action-packed event,” Cr Grimwade said.

    “The Moreton Bay Region prides itself on a strong sporting culture and active, outdoor lifestyle, and I have no doubt our community will join me in welcoming In2Adventure to Kurwongbah this month.

     “With a quality line up of around 200 competitors and officials and more than 300 spectators expected to attend the event, which is certainly shaping up to be a dynamic sporting event, of enduring athletics, not to be missed.

     “While in Kurwongbah, I encourage competitors, spectators and visitors alike to head over to nearby Lake Samsonvale, an attractive spot for locals and visitors alike to relax and unwind while Lake Kurwongbah, a hidden treasure, is home to a wide variety of birds, fish and native animals making it a real luxury for those who enjoy the outdoors, water and nature.”  

    Murrenbong is where the TreX Series launched eleven years ago and athletes can expect some old favourites trails including Genesis, Wolf Creek and Moria, as well as the excitement of the Madness and Mordor Trails which offer some extra challenges for riders along the way.  The trail run course is a favourite, and yes, athletes can expect to get wet and muddy with the ever popular creek run included for the duathlon.

    The event includes Standard, Sprint, Junior, Teaser and Dirt Kids Courses for solos and teams of two or three and entries close on Wednesday 16th August or when sold out.

    To find out more and be a part of the off road action go to www.trextriathlon.com.au

    About TreX

    For ten years TreX has positioned itself as the pinnacle of the cross – or off-road – triathlon racing in Asia-Pacific. Presented by the premier outdoor adventure event specialists In2Adventure, TreX consists of a swim, mountain bike and trail run. While each TreX event features an open category the TreX Cross Triathlon national series invites participation from all ages and skill levels.

    2017|18 events include:

    DATE EVENT LOCATION STATUS
    20 Aug 2017 Race 1: TreX Duathlon Kurwongbah, Qld Gold
    16 Sept 2017 Race 2: TreX Port Stephens Fingal Bay, NSW Platinum
    17 Sept 2017 Tomaree Trail Run Festival Fingal Bay, NSW  
    28 Oct 2017 Race 3: TreX Redlands Mt Cotton, Qld Gold
    25 Nov 2017 Race 4: TreX Goldfields Bendigo, VIC Platinum
    26 Nov 2017 Bendigo Trail Run Festival Bendigo, VIC  
    24 | 25 Feb 2018 Race 5: TreX Snowy Mountains Snowy Mountains, NSW Platinum
    24 | 25 Mar 2018 Race 6: TreX Back 2 Back Enduro Kurwongbah, Qld Gold
    28 | 29 April 2018 Race 7: TreX Champs Sunshine Coast, Qld Platinum

    For more information visit TreX here

  • New plan supports ecotourism for Hinchinbrook Island National Park

    New plan supports ecotourism for Hinchinbrook Island National Park

    A new management plan for the World Heritage-listed Hinchinbrook Island National Park near Cardwell will help support ecotourism in Far North Queensland. 

    National Parks Minister Steven Miles said the public consultation on the draft plan received 46 submissions, and the new plan was the first in nearly two decades for the paradise island.

    “We want visitors to Far North Queensland to be able to experience Hinchinbrook Island and its 40,400 hectares of incredible mountainous, mangrove-fringed Park,” Mr Miles said.

    “The final plan released today identifies the Park, and its iconic 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail, as a premier coastal and island bushwalk drawcard for visitors.

    “While there will be opportunities for low-impact visitor experiences such as commercial guided bushwalks; visitor numbers will continue to be capped to protect and manage the Park’s nature conservation values into the future.

    “Other key priorities of the plan include working in partnership with Traditional Owners and conserving the island’s flora and fauna by managing pest animals and weeds.

    “To determine the sustainable visitor experiences and activities that can be offered, the National Parks Department will also undertake an ecotourism feasibility study before inviting new applications for commercial activities.”

    The new plan is the first to be produced by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) using a new, values-based planning framework based on international standards.

    The National Parks Minister said the new plan would also ensure there was opportunity to capitalise on the growing ecotourism industry.

    “Tourism and ecotourism is the lifeblood of this region,” Mr Miles said.

    “Our tourism industry, and the jobs it supports, rely on places like our national parks with their world-class conservation values for their livelihood.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is investing in these assets to ensure Queensland’s national parks are protected and well-managed into the future.”

    The plan is available at http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/hinchinbrook

  • Gold Coast receives $410,000 for safer cycling infrastructure

    Gold Coast receives $410,000 for safer cycling infrastructure

    Cyclists on the Gold Coast will enjoy safer cycling infrastructure following a $410,000 funding boost to the Queensland cycle network.

    Local governments across Queensland with an endorsed Principal Cycle Network Plan were invited to apply for grants from the state-wide Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

    Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles announced as part of Governing from the Gold Coast that Gold Coast City Council had been awarded funding for two cycling infrastructure projects through the 2017-18 grants program.

    Projects awarded funding include:

    • $210,000 – Gold Coast Highway Shared Path (Chelsea Ave to Convention Centre) Construction
    • $200,000 – Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway Design

    “The Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway will run along the ocean foreshore between Toolona Street and Matters Street, connecting to existing oceanway at either end,” Mr Miles said.

    “The detailed design of the 1.7km, 3.5m wide link in Tugun will include mid and end of trip facilities.

    “We’re also committing $210,000 towards the construction of the Gold Coast Highway Shared Path which will be 380 metres of off road shared path along the western side of the Gold Coast Highway between Chelsea Avenue and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.”

    Mr Miles said the Palaszczuk Government has awarded $17 million to 30 local governments across Queensland for the delivery of an additional 35 kilometres of cycle network.

    “The program has jointly funded more than 480 cycling infrastructure projects since 2006, including the latest round of grants,” he said.

    The projects are part of a $182.5 million investment into cycling infrastructure across the state over the next four years including an injection of an extra $4.7 million per year for the grants program, to deliver on the Queensland Government’s vision of ‘more cycling more often’.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making cycling safer and more accessible for communities across Queensland,” Mr Miles said.

    “Investment in safer cycling infrastructure helps people to enjoy active and healthy travel around their community.

    “Projects delivered through this program will deliver better facilities for cyclists, improve the safety and convenience of local cycle networks and encourage more people to cycle, more often.

    “We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.

    “Working with local governments to deliver these projects also contributes to our commitment of creating more local jobs.”

    Works on these projects are expected to start progressively throughout this year and next, weather and construction conditions permitting.

    Councils are awarded funding for cycling infrastructure on a 50/ 50 basis.

    For more information on Cycle Network Local Government Grants, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.

  • The most remote music festival in the world announces 2018 dates

    The most remote music festival in the world announces 2018 dates

    Following the hugely successful fifth annual Birdsville Big Red Bash, three-day outback music festival with headline acts Missy Higgins, James Reyne, Mark Seymour and Lee Kernaghan, organisers today announce the 2018 dates to fall in July school holidays – July 10th to 12th, 2018 at the iconic Simpson Desert Big Red sand dune.

    The 2018 dates fall in the mid-year school holidays aligning with all school holiday terms across the country, allowing families to take their children on an outback adventure to the heart of Australia. Over 6,500 festivalgoers attended the 2017 bash including dogs that enjoyed the popular pet camping area.

    The 2018 headliners and full artist line up will be announced ahead of tickets going on sale in November.

    Event organiser Greg Donovan expects 2018 to be even bigger stating, “The atmosphere at the past festivals is always electric with people of all ages getting involved. It really is a once in a life time experience so make sure to save the dates 10th – 12th July 2018 to your diaries and be sure to spread the word.”

    For more information visit the event website: www.bigredbash.com.au

  • ALL ROADS TO THE BIRDSVILLE RACES

    TOP TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AUSTRALIA’S MOST ICONIC OUTBACK EVENT –

    As Queensland continues its push as tourism powerhouse, one of the state’s most unique travel destinations – Birdsville – is gearing up for a historic year.

  • DIVE EXPO JOINS BOAT SHOW 2017

    For the very first time this year, the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney as part of the Sydney International Boat Show, the largest recreational boating event in the Southern Hemisphere.

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