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James Wood enjoying the new chicanes design at the Lilydale to Warburton Trail

2019 Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Infrastructure Award Finalist


The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise the achievements of those who have helped make a difference through sport and recreation to those living with a disability.

The awards highlight change that has occurred in the sports and recreation industry for those living with a disability. Announcing the efforts of athletes, volunteers, officials, coaches, clubs, communities, venues and programs to assist with allowing those with disability to live a more independent and fulfilled life.


The Yarra Range Council responded to local resident, James Wood’s request to make the Lilydale to Warburton rail trail accessible to all when his last bicycle ride involved having to be carried by his sons, so that he could continue riding along the rest of the trail.

“Independence is a huge thing for me, and to know now that I can ride this part of the trail by myself is fantastic” – Local resident, James Wood.

At Hook’s Road, Warburton a new gate has also been installed and chicanes lengthened to accommodate for wider turning circles for those riding hand cycles, tandem bikes and other non-powered vehicles on the trail. New chicanes at road crossings have also been altered to improve safety and accessibility to the trail.

Due to this new improvement, upgrades across the Yarra Ranges region will begin for the next financial year.


Polytan congratulate the Lilydale to Warburton Trail (Yarra Ranges Council) on this successful and inclusive area where all people can now enjoy riding on the Lilydale to Warburton trail.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 in Southbank, VIC.

Polytan aim to further raise awareness about the advantages of creating inclusive sport, recreation and open infrastructure areas that are suitable for use by all.

Polytan's exhibition stand at the National Sports Convention in 2018

Polytan at the National Sports Convention

General Manager of Polytan Asia Pacific, Paul Kamphuis will be presenting at two sessions at the National Sports Convention (NSC).

NSSC Workshop 2 – Sustainable Planning for Future Sports Fields and Spaces

Wednesday 24th July, 4pm – 5.15pm

Paul will discuss green engineering and sustainability in terms of where fields need to be planned and built with the use of recycled products, recyclable at the end of life and where possible for us to embrace reused material within the build.

This session will delve into the latest trends in planning, design and trends from key sports globally.

It will also explain what can be learned and applied for Australia including carbon neutral, energy efficient, low environmental impact and Whole of Life considerations including recycling and the reuse of infill.

Reimagining Sports Surfaces – Innovation, Design, Management and Procuring a New Synthetic/Hybrid Sports Field – Planning to achieve excellent outcomes 

Thursday 25th July, 11.15am – 12.30pm 

Paul will discuss the planning for green engineering with recycled, recyclable and the reuse of system components.

This session will also explore continued growth in embracing synthetic sports fields, what council or sport needs to consider in terms of the design, standards and ongoing management of a synthetic surface.

Following these industry leader presentations from leaders in the industry such as Paul Kamphuis, there will be a Q&A Panel Session with these industry leaders.

The National Sports Convention will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25 July.

This educational program is based on discussions about recreational and sporting facilities across Australia.


As part of this event on Tuesday 23rd July, Polytan will also be conducting a tour of the factory, so people can learn and experience the process of manufacturing Polytan synthetic surfaces.

Book Your Polytan Factory Tour Experience today! 

Image in Polytan's factory looking down on people having the experience of finding out how Polytan synthetic surfaces are made


Image of women celebrating at the Poligras Super League

2019 Poligras Super League

This year at the 2019 Poligras Super League the matches will be FIERCE, the plays will be FAST and the competition will be FURIOUS when the state’s best hockey talent battle it out for their zones on the world class Polytan hockey surface.

Over the three days Queensland’s best hockey players from 6 zones across Queensland (Brisbane, South West, Central Zone, South Coast, Fraser Coast/Wide Bay and Northern Zone) and 8 teams, will face each other over one massive weekend.

Olympians and current Australian hockey players will be playing on the Polytan surface at Hockey Queensland, which they will no doubt recognise from international hockey pitches they have played on previously.

Polytan surfaces empower hockey players from across the globe to compete on a reliable surface, allowing them to reach their ultimate playing performance.

Entry to the Poligras Super League is FREE, so why not watch the best hockey players in QLD fight for victory? It’s a great family day out!

For more on the 2019 Poligras Super League

If you’re looking for an Olympic quality, durable and reliable hockey surface, Polytan’s global experience and expertise can provide you with the best hockey turf in the market.  Speak to one of our customer service team today!

See the action LIVE right here! 

Dates : Saturday 4 May – Monday 6 May

Location : State Hockey Centre, Brisbane QLD

Good Luck to all teams playing at this event!

We trust players will love playing on the Polytan surface at the Poligras Super League!


Photo Source : Sonia Phillips 

Image of Paralympic Champion, Christie Dawes on Fearnley Dawes Athletics Centre Track



The Fearnley Dawes Athletics Track now allows disabled athletes to train and compete alongside able bodied athletes every day.

Every time athletes with a disability now enter this facility they will feel a sense of belonging and a place which truly emits a strong sense of equality and community spirit.


As the chosen home training ground by Paralympic Champion’s Kurt Fearnley and Christie Dawes, this new athletics centre is perfect for athletes from grassroots right through to the elite.


As a great new initiative Wheelchair NSW coordinate ‘come and try’ sessions at Newcastle Athletics Field every week, which is ideal for new users wanting to participate in this wheelchair sport.


Providing two years of funding as part of a Gold Level Sponsorship, Polytan has helped support the centre’s future development and use by the local community with further infrastructure and equipment.


Polytan’s vision is to have at least one inclusive athletics track facility installed within each state and territory throughout Australia by the end of 2020.

The Fearnley Dawes Athletics track is only the first of seven Australian athletics facilities, Polytan aim to have installed across the country.


Polytan along with Disability Sport & Recreation are working together on a standardised approach to increase the number of inclusive facilities across Australia, in an attempt to pave the way for future facility designs which empower athletes from all walks of life.


Together we can make a difference in the lives of all athletes, by considering design elements that are more inclusive to enable wheelchair and physically challenged athletes to participate in more activities.


If you are considering a resurface or new facility, feel free to contact the team at Polytan to learn how you can make some very small and cost effective changes, that will make a very large and beneficial impact to the lives of athletes within your community.

For more on the Fearnley Dawes Athletics Centre Project.


Athletics Track Cleaning and Maintenance


Is your track looking under the weather? Don’t spend a fortune on resurfacing! Polytan also provide expert cleaning you can trust for regular pressure cleaning for your athletics track – making it look new again.

Polytan recommend a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule to extend the life of your surface, plus we service Australia wide!

Polytan’s professional and reliable maintenance service will provide:

  • Full track inspection and condition report
  • Recommended Repairs (identified in the report)
  • Communicate with onsite maintenance personnel
  • Annual Professional Pressure cleaning
  • Visual inspection of athletic equipment such as take-off board, pole vault inserts, etc

Give your track the tick of approval it deserves!

Download the Polytan Track and Cleaning Maintenance Flyer.

Contact our friendly team today!

Photo of delegation from Tokyo

Polytan welcomes delegation from Tokyo!

With only 500 days to go, Polytan welcomed a delegation from Tokyo who visited our Dandenong factory to witness the Tokyo 2020 hockey turf being manufactured.

The delegation was led by Mr Satoshi Kondo from the Tokyo Organising Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Also attending was Mr Matsunaga, Consul-General of Japan, members of AUSTRADE along with Sport Group agent Sekisui Jushi Corporation and Asahi Trading Co.

SOUTH EAST ASIAN GAMES New Clark City, Capas, North Luzon


Asphalting has begun for the premium red Rekortan surface at New Clark City, Philippines in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games! Since 2005 this will be the fourth time the Philippines will host the games, so they are sure to put on a show.


The New Clark City stadium is currently being built and will hold a huge 20,000 seats. With this many in attendance you can imagine the eruptive atmosphere that will be present at major sporting events.


The new IAAF Class 1 Rekortan surface will cater for 9 lanes and x2 D sections. In addition another six warm up lanes are being made outside the stadium. This high quality Rekortan surface will be perfect for allowing elite athletes to join together and compete at their very best.


A big thanks to the Philippine Partner E-Sports International for their support in helping to make this new stadium a great arena for the Philippine community.

Project Management, Technical Advice and Installation by Polytan Asia and Philippine Partner E-Sports International.


Saturday 30 November – Wednesday 11 December 2019

Australian officials selected for FIH Pro League in 2019!

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that within the team of officials for this year 2019 FIH Pro League there will be eight Australians who will be involved in the kick off of this year’s event. Congratulations to Adam Kearns and Aleisha Neumann (umpires), Shayley McGurk-Davy, Joshua Burt, Tammy Standley and Adam Webster (technical officials) and Minka Woolley and Don Prior (umpire administrators).

Top 7 athletes who might emerge in 2019!

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In the light of 2018, we have witnessed many spectacular performances that make us believe that we will surely see the rise of new stars in this amazing sports industry that will woo us with their transcendent moves and stellar performances.

You may have seen many athletes in 2018 that have got national prominence. Some breakout players also waited until championship games to make their stamp. Around the world, there are lots of fresh personalities waiting for a big mark on their sport.

Here’s a list to keep an eye on some emerging athletes who seem ready to have breakout performances in 2019.

1. Kyle Brazell: He is the most popular Australian cricketer who has won the award for Young South Australian picks up player-of-the-tournament. He always tries to hit to the fence when it comes to batting.

2. Izak Rankine: He is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Gold Cost Football Club in the Australian Football League.

3. Frenkie de Jong: He is an international soccer player and a midfielder for the Netherlands who could play an important role at the inaugural Nations League finals in June.

4. Vashti Cunningham: She is an American track and field athlete who has expertise in the high jump. She is a daughter of retired National Football League quarterback Randall Cunningham. She will be a most loved at the world track championships in Doha, Qatar, which is starting in late September.

5. Dallas Mavericks guard/forward Luka Doncic: He is a professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association.

6. Nick Bosa: He is recognized as the pass rusher of Ohio State. He is anticipated by some to be the outstanding choice in the NFL draft.

7. Jin-Young Ko: She is also known as Ko Jin-Young and a South Korean professional golfer who wraps up the LPGA Rookie of the year. She has won four times on the LPGA of Korea and has been included inside the main 30 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Every great athlete among these has one thing in common that they all indulge in a competition that bounces them to an important aspect that is often overlooked and that is the turf they are performing on. Being one of the best and most reputed artificial turf providers, Polytan offers a wide range of high-quality synthetic turf and sports pitches


Naracoote Hockey Pitch. Polytan installed the Poligras H2Oz sand dressed synthetic hockey system


The installation of the Poligras H2Oz sand dressed synthetic hockey system is complete with players and officials at Naracoorte keen to get on and try out their new pitch.

There is still a little bit of work to do with fencing and the player dugouts and tech bench to be completed in the coming weeks with everything ready for the start of the 2019 hockey season.

Naracoote Hockey Pitch. Polytan installed the Poligras H2Oz sand dressed synthetic hockey system


Great thanks to Gambier Earth Movers for engaging Polytan to supply and install the in-situation shock pad and synthetic surface and special thanks to Conor Dunne from GEM for his tireless efforts and assistance throughout the works.

Our thanks and congratulations also to the committee of the Naracoorte District Hockey Association for their patience and persistence for many years of hard work in making their hockey dream become a reality.

Thank you to Jim Allen and Associates for managing the project on behalf of the NDHA and helping to deliver a fantastic new hockey pitch in Naracoorte to be enjoyed by players in the region for decades to come.


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