Touch Football Represented At Sports Women’s Ball

first_imgOver 100 people attended the Ball, including Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy as well as several other politicians. 2011 World Cup Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Dean Russell, was part of a panel interviewed by MC Stephanie Brantz and joined Australian Opals squad members Liz Cambage, Carly Wilson and Marianna Tolo, Opals coach, Carrie Graf and Capital Football Chief Executive, Heather Reid on stage. Russell told the crowd about Australia’s impressive record at the Women’s Open level, having never lost a game at World Cup level as well as the amount of females taking part in Touch Football across Australia. “The international program for Touch Football started back in 1985 for women. It’s been an extremely successful program. We are extremely proud of the results we’ve produced on the field and the athletes we’ve produced off it,” Russell said. “We do have a lot of females playing (Touch Football) but we are probably lucky in the sense that we have a category at social level and domestic that is very popular which is Mixed Touch. A lot of families get together and play with their Mums and Dads and sons and daughters which introduces them into the sport and then they can see the pathways that develop through regional, club, state and international level.”Recently named as the Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Lundy spoke about her passion for sport and in particular women’s sport. “I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be here tonight, I’m so privileged and honoured to have this portfolio. It’s something that is a part of me, my love for sport. It has always been a big part of my life and part of my family’s life,” Senator Lundy said. “Tonight we are particularly acknowledging the role that so many women have played in our sporting landscape. As Senator for the ACT I am incredibly proud of the local women in sport and the Canberra community’s wonderful response to the successes, their support when they are not going so well and most of all drawing from the participation base in the community that finds itself again and again inspired by the performance of our elite female athletes.”“The Government is committed to supporting women in sport and despite all the work that has been done, we recognise that more must be done to bring women’s sport to its rightful place in this country.”Chief Executive Officer of Sports Hydrant, Andy Turnbull, told the crowd that the promotion of elite women’s sport through the event was just one of the Sport For Women initiatives that the organisation drives. “Sports Hydrant, through the Sport For Women website, seeks to increase participation through we believe redefining the definition of sport. We want sport to be an integral part of the sporting landscape by including dance, individual fitness initiatives and not actually separating sport and recreation from leisure,” Turnbull said. Thank you to Bec Lewis from BL Imaging for providing the photos.last_img read more

Schools’ Investment Paying Dividends

first_imgThe 2016 Harvey Norman Schools Cup Results can be viewed hereRelated LinksSchools’ Investment Paying Dividends The inaugural and national Harvey Norman Schools Cup heralded a great success; on and off the field, in and out of the schoolyard.By @JulianTFA“They might have to move those large prize cheques, before the schools’ presentations come out,” came the innocent remark with a casual index finger aimed at the large format cheques in question, leaning in against the presentation dais.That it came from a parent watching intently on to the presentation ceremony about to get underway this past weekend in the bowels of the Sunshine Coast Stadium presentation area, was nothing too remarkable. Given this was a joint national TFA youth, seniors and schools event, it was probably a fair comment.Just an innocuous statement that the schools’ awards ceremony was about to commence and perhaps, as she casually observed, that the event staff might just have innocently missed something in their preparations.Meanwhile, the winning and runners-up schools from the inaugural Harvey Norman Schools Cup from Brisbane were being corralled and marshalled adjacent to the dais, in readiness to accept their trophies and medallions.Each with beaming smiles and mud and grit adorning their proud school playing uniforms, straight from their grand final encounters and much to their own parents’ delight, no doubt. Their success on the field, rather than the state of their outfits that is.Each of the players trying to push towards the back, such is the exuberance and then sudden bashfulness of youth when the spotlight emerges and, god forbid, a question being asked of them in public!With the large crowd assembled, schools teams roll-called and the official speeches underway, you know the look you observe on someone’s face when the jaw and, excuse the pun in this example, penny drops?“Are those cheques for the schools”?!With said parent and her husband looking at each other and away twice in such a way that they just answered their own question, and then to see the smiles emerge on both, was both a metaphor and a moment to reflect on just how far the idea and concept of a national schools Touch Football event had come.Indeed, those prize cheques (and trophies/medallions) had just the desired effect on these two; along with their children playing at their feet and the near-100 people bearing witness to the culmination of the inaugural Harvey Norman inspired and partnered event. Now, while it is acknowledged that we are not talking Australian Open Tennis prize cheques here, for those schools invested in the sport of touch football and competing here at the first running of the event, the $7,000 prize allocation adorning the oversized cardboard currency was….well, gold.As one school principal also in the crowd dryly observed: “the size of those prizes exceeds anything we possibly get though a (schools) submission.”In addition to the prestige of being crowned national champions, the winners in each division received a $3,500 Harvey Norman prize voucher for their school.A worthy investment clearly and worth every penny according to Harvey Norman’s national promotions and sponsorship manager, Stephanie Crockford.“It’s a really exciting opportunity to sponsor with TFA this successful inaugural event,” she said in readiness of her conferring of awards with TFA CEO, Colm Maguire.“To have so many schools to be so excited and to sign-up in this first year is amazing and we really look forward to seeing the growth.“And the footprint is enormous; there is just so much opportunity for growth within the sport and particularly through schools.”Touch Football Australia (TFA) working closely with major partner Harvey Norman went back to school literally in 2015, with the establishment of the school series and cup finale; engaging closely with schools and principals to be part of the national concept.The alignment of individual state all schools’ events under the one school series and banner is also crucial element of TFA’s strategic focus and investment in junior participation growth for the current strategic cycle. Notwithstanding, working closely too with partner states and their strong affiliation to respective education systems and schools’ networks.   The new three-day round robin Touch Football tournament involved the top performing school teams from the Harvey Norman School Series events over the preceding 12-month period, with teams invited by Touch Football Australia to participate in the Harvey Norman School’s Cup.This alignment would not have been possible, according to Maguire, without the support of Major Partner, Harvey Norman. Who, through their investment in significant prizes and the sport more broadly, have provided the incentive for schools across the country to participate in not only Touch Football but something bigger.“Looking back, the Harvey Norman National School’s Cup and the great feeling among the players, parents was incredible and we already can’t wait to go again next year,” he said.“The fact that the sponsorship and support through Harvey Norman has allowed us to utilise it as a mechanism to engage effectively with schools, which in some of the states across Australia has already resulted in growth of around 75% in terms of participation numbers, is immense,” he added.“Certainly when we start to put in place our ambassador and field officer programs over the next 12 months, we look forward to growing in this space as well.“It goes without saying we thank Harvey Norman for their valued investment in this space and indeed across the sport.”The Schools Cup event also provided a great opportunity for players and coaches to participate in development activities with Australian coaches and representatives also in attendance.While the winning schools of Brisbane State High School in the girls and Cavendish Road State High School also of Brisbane in the boys, will no doubt be pleased the cheque is in the mail, their investment in their Touch Football and coaching programs, along with all other competing schools, is paying off. Handsomely.last_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimism

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United attacker Juan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for all he did at the club.With the Portuguese boss now gone and replaced by club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a few United players have been saying their piece on Mourinho’s departure.The Spaniard remained his classy self in his comments about his former boss.He wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.”It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.”It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.” last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd striker Lukaku: Solskjaer style benefits me

first_imgMan Utd striker Lukaku: Solskjaer style benefits meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he’s working closely with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Lukaku scored in the FA Cup win over Reading.He told MUTV: “I take it one day at a time, work as hard as I can and help the team.”I am really happy and try to improve along the way.”He [Solskjaer] helps us a lot in the training when we’re doing finishing practice with things like how to strike the ball, how to move away from the ball.”The way he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in positions where I want to be.”He understands what type of striker you are and plays to your strength.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the world

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the worldby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits David De Gea’s performance earned them the 1-0 win at Tottenham.De Gea made a string of superb saves to make it a sixth consecutive win for Solskjaer since taking charge.The manager said, “[David was] fantastic. Obviously when you make 11 saves that is a top, top performance but then again I thought that one or two were really good saves and then the rest of them you would expect David to save. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world, I have said it many times. It is about positioning and concentration to be in the right position. Maybe one or two of them were uncatchable, but the saves he makes are because he is so in tune with the game. He is following the game, moving all the time. They don’t always look fantastic because he is in the right position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BC mom backs MPs calls for criminal probe of opioid manufacturers

first_imgVANCOUVER – A woman whose son fatally overdosed after becoming addicted to the painkiller OxyContin is backing a New Democrat member of Parliament’s calls for the federal government to launch a criminal investigation of opioid manufacturers.Helen Jennens said families that have lost loved ones to an ongoing epidemic want accountability for the actions of any company that profits from allegedly hiding or minimizing the addictive impact of opioids.New Democrat MP Don Davies said the federal government should also pursue compensation for the cost of treating addiction in a country that is the second-leading user of opioids, after the United States.Jennens was among what she estimated to be about 2,000 litigants in a class-action lawsuit that resulted in a $20-million settlement against Purdue Pharma (Canada). A Saskatchewan judge recently rejected the settlement, saying it was inadequate.The case launched in 2007 and involved people across the country.“It was ridiculous,” Jennens said Thursday about the settlement. “I was glad the judge turned it down.”A federal investigation could lead to a government lawsuit against Purdue, sending a message to drug companies and the public, said Jennens, whose son Tyler Leinweber died in January 2016 from fentanyl-laced heroin after he became addicted to OxyContin prescribed for an injury.Purdue Pharma has paid out $634 million in fines in the United States after a federal court ruled it had an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign related to OxyContin. The pharmaceutical giant claimed the narcotic painkiller posed a lower risk of abuse and addiction compared with other drugs such as Percocet.Davies said 100 lawsuits are ongoing against Purdue in the U.S. at the federal, state, city and county levels, with multiple states joining forces to recoup costs for addiction treatment.“Canada’s federal government has neither launched a criminal investigation nor sought meaningful compensation for the public costs of this crisis,” he told a news conference Thursday, adding that health-care costs of addiction across the country amounted to about $1 billion between 2011 and 2016.“I’m looking for (the government) to investigate behaviour, and I think that’s Health Canada’s responsibility, for any product that is marketed to Canadians.”Health Canada said it is not currently considering an investigation into Purdue’s marketing practices but has closely noted the outcome of U.S. proceedings against the company and its misleading advertising of OxyContin to health-care professionals.Action would be taken if Health Canada determines an advertisement poses a significant safety concern or contravenes its regulations or the Food and Drugs Act, the department said in a statement.If charges against Purdue had been pursued in Canada, the maximum penalty imposed by a court would have been $5,000 per offence, the statement said. It also noted that penalties have since increased to $5 million per offence, though a court could levy any fine against a company recklessly causing serious risk of injury.Purdue Pharma (Canada) said in a statement that it markets its products in accordance with Health Canada’s regulations and the Food and Drugs Act.“Canadians are facing a complex public health issue in which all stakeholders, including the pharmaceutical industry, have a role to play to provide practical and sustainable solutions,” the statement said.“Unfortunately, misuse and abuse and diversion of pain medications can lead to tragic consequences, including addiction, overdose and death.”Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said a criminal investigation should be launched in Canada to determine if false claims led to a continuing overdose crisis that has also had a devastating impact in the U.S.“The same medications are sold here for the same conditions so it would be very surprising if the inappropriate marketing stopped at the Canadian border,” said Persaud, who has spoken out against the misleading marketing of opioids.British Columbia’s Health Ministry said the province has led efforts to recover tobacco-related health-care costs and is considering its options related to treatment of addiction.“In light of the decision in Saskatchewan, the province is considering what options are available to recover its health-care costs from Purdue,” the ministry said in a statement.Over 4,000 people fatally overdosed in Canada last year.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Burberry to drop real fur stop destroying unsold goods

first_imgLONDON – British luxury fashion brand Burberry said Thursday it will stop using real fur in its products and also stop destroying products that it cannot sell.The company said there will be no real fur in its London Fashion Week catwalk show later this month. It will also phase out existing real fur products.Burberry said it has made only limited use of real fur in recent years with clothing incorporating fur from rabbit, fox, mink and Asiatic racoon. Those will now be eliminated, along with use of angora.The fashion house, which produces clothing, leather goods and beauty products, also said it will no longer dispose of unwanted and unsold stock by destroying it after the practice was criticized by environmental activists this summer.The company said in an earlier report that it destroyed more than 28 million pounds ($36 million) worth of luxury goods including beauty products in the last year to protect the brand’s image and keep its goods from being sold cheaply.It said Thursday it plans to expand efforts to “re-use, repair, donate or recycle unsaleable products.”“Our responsibility goals cover the entire footprint of our operations and extend to the communities around us,” said chief executive Marco Gobbetti. “Modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible.”Burberry’s Sept. 17 runway show will mark the debut collection for new creative chief Riccardo Tisci, who replaced Christopher Bailey at the helm.The Burberry show is typically one of the highlights of London Fashion Week, which begins Sept. 14. The company will share the spotlight with Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret and others.last_img read more

Many solutions possible to close growing oil price gap

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — With a price differential harming the resource market in Alberta and across Canada, there have been some different ideas proposed on how to tackle it.Most recently, the CEO of Cenovus Energy, Alex Pourbaix, suggested we should slow oil production in order to limit supply and raise prices.But the company’s competitors were quick to reject the plan. Suncor Energy said they have no exposure to the differential between Western Canadian Select and West Texas Intermediate, while Husky Energy said they believe in a “market-based solution.”As it stands now, WCS is trading at less than $15 a barrel, while WTI is at close to $57.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley agrees with the stance the differential is a significant barrier, but there’s a lack of consensus among the industry.“Meanwhile, we have a suite of options at our disposal that we are currently working with to help chip away at that differential, and so we’re going to continue to do that, and we’re going to have conversations and discussions with the players about the best way to move forward,” she said Thursday during a media conference at the University of Calgary.Notley said they are working “furiously” on the issue, but also the government is stuck between a rock and a hard place with many possibilities in front of them.Over the last few weeks, Notley has suggested increasing rail transport to boost market access while pipeline projects are held up.She said that remains one of the options, but no matter what, one thing is abundantly clear.“We can’t have it racing out of the ground at ten dollars a barrel for a really long period of time, because it’s Albertans’ resources and we know we need to do better.”last_img read more

India face tricky Nepal in Olympic Qualifiers Round II

first_imgMandalay (Myanmar): The Indian women’s football team faces a stern test against a tricky Nepal in their Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Saturday. The two teams will be up against each other for the third time since February. In the Hero Gold Cup, Nepal had triumphed 2-1 in Bhubaneswar, while the Indians had a revenge of sorts in their 3-1 win in the SAFF Championship final. India head coach Maymol Rocky said her side would look to score first and put the opposition under pressure. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We need to take our chances. Nepal possess the ability to hurt us. That was on display in Bhubaneswar. We will try to score first,” Maymol said. “Sabitra Bhandari is one of their (Nepal’s) key players in attack, and we will try to neutralize her,” she added. Maymol spoke about her players having a good relationship with the Nepalese but said on the field there will be no concessions. With only one team qualifying, and both India and Myanmar level on points, a win for Maymol-coached side will further boost their chances for a qualification from the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2. Dalima Chhibber, who scored off a majestic free-kick in the SAFF final against Nepal, said the two teams are “aware of the strengths of each other”.last_img read more

Balague thinks Barca have to sell players prior to Griezmann transfer

first_imgGuillem Balague recently shared his thoughts that if Barcelona were indeed to buy Antoine Griezmann, they would need to sell about eight players just so they could afford to acquire the Frenchman.The Catalan side have been the most frequently linked club with Griezmann throughout the whole season, not just the past weeks, and it seems the rumours could quickly turn into reality,However, Balague thinks there is only one setback ahead of this.“The problem with Barcelona, and considering the way that they are not renewing the contract of Sergio Busquets as quickly as the player would like, is the wage bill is too high,” he revealed, according to the Express.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The wage list is so big that they need to reduce it.”“If they sell about eight players they could manage it. Then they could make the move for Antoine Griezmann,” Balague went on to add.“They also need to sign a midfielder and a left-back and those will be the two positions they target.”last_img read more