Sunday, September 25, 2022

Elite scholarships put ten more athletes on the path to greatness

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Ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut at Paris 2024, 14-year-old break-dancer Jeff Dunne has been named as the youngest of 10 new recipients of a Tier 2 scholarship in Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s Scholarship & Mentoring Program. The 10 athletes, who include three Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games medallists, will each receive a grant of $5,000 plus support from SAHOF and its esteemed member base over the next 15 months.

ASTN makes executive leadership reshuffle as it gears up for growth

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Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), the body for sports tech and innovation, announced several changes to its executive leadership team with founder James Demetriou taking a back seat after over a decade of championing Australia’s sportstech industry. James Demetriou, Founder and Chair will move into the position of Executive Director of Commercialisation and Partnerships for the next three years. Dr Martin Schlegel, who holds the position of Board Member will become Chair, and Jasmine Lim the Deputy Chair.

Global sports company PUMA signs Qatari athlete Mutaz Essa Barshim

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Sports company PUMA has signed Qatari athlete Mutaz Essa Barshim, one of the most successful high jumpers of all time, who will wear the company’s performance products starting at the Diamond League Meeting in Lausanne. With three World Championships and an Olympic Gold to his name, Barshim has already won everything there is to win in his sport.

Sportradar reaffirms leadership in the cricket market with latest partnerships

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Sportradar announced the renewal of partnerships with the top tier club cricket competitions in Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia. Currently, Sportradar is partnered with every single state and territory cricket governing body in Australia. The extension of the Cricket Tasmania Premier League, KFC Queensland Premier Cricket and Western Australia Premier Cricket deals will see Sportradar remain the official streaming partner until mid-2025.

Women in sport: UniSA study ensures wiser, faster and stronger athletes

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Never before has women’s sport been so successful on so many levels – participation, media coverage, and exposure. Yet when it comes to promoting optimal health and performance for women in sport, there is still much to learn. Research from UniSA shows that many AFLW athletes aren't consuming sufficient energy and carbohydrates throughout the season and on game days, which can negatively affect performance as well as recovery post-match.

Soccer fans reject taking the knee gesture as it doesn’t combat racism

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English Premier League players will no longer routinely take a knee before matches; a decision that coincides with a new paper co-authored by a University of South Australia academic that shows 65% of English soccer fans now oppose the anti-racism gesture.

APRU casts conference assessing the role of esports within universities

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The 3rd APRU MetaGame Conference is set to be live-streamed on 27 August, HKT (26 August, PDT) in partnership with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and hosted by Cyberport Hong Kong. During the annual conference, scholars and industry leaders will examine the ways that global esports leaders can further their scope within universities, shape digital skills development, and the career pathways for students.

Australia’s sportstech industry in the inaugural stages but rapidly growing

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The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) released its inaugural Sports Innovation Report 2022, proving that Australia’s sportstech industry is only just getting started, but is quickly building to be one of the most mature and interconnected sportstech industries.

Victoria University research features in 2022 World Cup offside technology

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Revolutionary new research developed for FIFA at Victoria University will ensure that all offside decisions made at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are accurate, quick, and clear. FIFA has aspired to harness the power of cutting-edge technology to improve professional football for decades, with electronic systems approved for goal-line technology some 10 years ago, and Video-Assisted Refereeing (VAR) a feature since the 2018 World Cup.

Male community sport players most affected by COVID-19 restrictions

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A study examining the impact of COVID-19 on community sport participants in Australia finds men reported much lower mental health when they stopped playing compared to women. The survey of over 2000 Aussies showed men aged 18-29 were most affected, reporting the poorest general health and lowest life satisfaction when they compared their wellbeing before and during lockdowns. Older men stated that playing sport was their ‘men’s shed’, providing them with valued opportunities to connect with other men, not just on the field.