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Designing for Community Rejuvenation

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In February 2011, New Zealand experienced the biggest disruption to their everyday lives, when an earthquake struck Christchurch in the South Island. The outdoor active population sunk to around 400,000. Sporting grounds as well as individuals lost their homes and identity but the New Zealand traditions, values and ability to rebuild, still remained as strong as ever.

Polytan happily took on the Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub Project to help the Christchurch Council create new sports surfaces for 18 outdoor and 6 indoor tennis courts, a full athletics track and arena, 2 turf surfaces for hockey and 2 synthetic fields for rugby league. The advanced Rekortan Gel 13 surface for the athletics track is the first in the region to be installed.

Polytan are proudly working to help cater the daily needs of recreational and educational communities. By doing so we are giving the community a place where they can share experiences, perform or observe sport in a place where they belong.

Polytan is reinventing this community with the goal of empowering athletes from grassroots through to Olympians to achieve their greatest performance at a state of the art facility, bringing incredible value to the community of Christchurch.

Take a look at the time lapse video below, showing the construction to date.

The SMART Way to Track Your Athletic Performance

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Elite Athletes and those training to be, have a new technological way to track their athletic performance without having to use a stopwatch.

Stopwatches have become a thing of the past, as there is a new technological way to track your athletic performance. Polytan and Humotion GmbH have formed together to create a new athletic tracking technology called SmarTracks. The new high- tech system has been created so elite athletes and those training to be can “keep track” of their running performance.

The SmarTracks app can be downloaded on an Android mobile device, or a sensor belt can be worn around the waist to record data between magnetic timing gates. Magnetic gates are distributed across the track at certain points to record data of the athlete’s performance from one timing gate to the other. The data records motion from the magnetic timing gates allowing consumers to record distance, stride length, stride frequency, jump heights, tappings, splits performance, number and length of your spots and lots more.

Coaches, athletes and sports scientists will find this new product fascinating, as they will be able to use this advanced technology for the analysis of their athletes’ performance. Multiple athletes can use the SmarTracks system at the same time, collecting individual data simultaneously. The new technology is durable, waterproof, vandalism resistance and maintenance free, so if you want to train in wet or windy conditions, you can as the system is 100% protected underneath the surface of the track.

The first installation in Australia of the SmarTracks system was recently completed at La Trobe University, Bendigo. The aged athletic track was resurfaced by Polytan using a Spurtan BV system, that now provides excellent performance and with the addition of SmarTracks, can record data from any athlete with an android smart phone or SmarTracks belt. SmarTracks will now be used by university students and professors for research and biomechanical study purposes.

The new to Australia SmarTracks system is the smart way, to develop your athletic performance. The latest in performance analytics technology will empower athletes from grassroots through to Olympians to achieve their greatest performance.

For more information on Polytan’s SmarTracks and Athletics Synthetic Surfaces, please call our friendly team on 1800 663 812 or contact us (here)

Polytan will be featuring live demonstrations of this technology at the National Sports Convention.

To book a Sports Surfaces Industry Factory Tour Click here https://www.nationalsportsconvention.com.au/national-sports-surfaces-conference/

 

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21 July – 5 August 2018 • HOCKEY Women’s World Cup

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Come and see Polytan at the 14th edition of the largest women’s hockey event in the world. The Women’s Hockey World Cup will be played at the home of hockey Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England on Saturday 21st July – Sunday 5th August 2018. Every four years the world’s greatest teams from 16 world class nations including England will play the biggest international hockey battle of the year. This is the most treasured victory in hockey besides the Olympics and the place where legends are created. Starting from 2018 onwards the tournament will boost up to 16 teams. There will be more games to enjoy through four group stages, quarter finals and classification matches. A  huge boost in the Women’s World Cup prize money has been announced, so this will be a very competitive and thrilling event to watch. This is the first time England has held the Women’s Hockey World Cup in London and this could be your last chance to attend, so get your tickets here: http://www.fih.ch/events/world-cup/world-cup-2018/hockey-world-cup-london-2018-w/

23 June – 1 July 2018 • Rabobank Hockey Men’s Champions Trophies in Breda, Netherlands

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Come and see us at the Rabobank Hockey Men’s Champions Trophies in Breda, Netherlands on Saturday 23rd June – Sunday 1st July 2018. Only phenomenal international teams will be playing the 37th and last edition of the Hockey Champions Trophy for Men. Every year two teams get an exclusive invitation from the FIH Board to compete based on their prior performance at the Champions Trophy and Champions Challenge. There’s no better time or place in the year to see your favourite sport being played in the biggest home to hockey with over 320 hockey clubs and more than 255,000 hockey players across the Netherlands. Breda won the award for the ‘best inner-city of Holland 2017-2019’, so this event will be an exciting hockey extravaganza not to be missed! This is your last chance to attend the biggest men’s hockey event for the year. Get your tickets before they sell out!  For visitor information go to the Tourist Office Breda website to find out more about Breda and what the city has to offer as well as accommodation in the area for your stay. http://www.vvvbreda.nl/en/3

http://www.fih.ch/events/champions-trophy/rabobank-hockey-champions-trophy-breda-2018/news/fih-reveals-host-line-up-and-schedule-for-rabobank-hockey-champions-trophy-2018/

16 – 18 July 2018 • National Sports Convention

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As our population grows and wants to play more often outdoors, the sporting surfaces available need to be able to cope with the demand of our community and the needs of types of athletes. Bringing together global and Australian leading thinkers, practitioners and case studies to showcase technology, management practices and innovative solutions that can improve playing capacity on fields and synthetic playing surfaces.

As part of the National Sports Surfaces Conference, Polytan will be exhibiting at stand 270 this year, and welcome you to come and say hello.  The National Sports Surfaces Conference will explore how the latest innovative thinking is assisting all surface types evolve for better usage, and how by installing technology into or near these surfaces, it allows more for greater experiences that are changing sport and athlete experiences for the better.

Polytan’s very own General Manager – Paul Kamphuis will also be speaking in Plenary Keynote Session 3, on Wednesday 18th July, and sharing some key considerations on the planning, usability and functionality of synthetic surfaces for all abilities, including the recent outcomes of the Fearnley Dawes Athletic Centre, the second in the world to feature a wheelchair lane for elite athletes training purposes.

SmarTracks – The Intelligent running tracks for trainers and athletes who want to know more.  

As part of the National Sports Surfaces Conference, Polytan are also excited to be showcasing LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS of our SmarTracks technology at this year’s event.

What is this new technology?

Polytan SmarTracks is a sophisticated professional training diagnostic system for everyday use.  With this system it is easier, quicker and cheaper to create detailed documentation and evaluations of training content.

How can I see Polytan SmarTracks technology in action?

Live demonstrations will take place daily in front of the Polytan stand with real athletes, and delegates are certainly welcome to try out the system and technology for themselves on the day.

Polytan work to empower athletes from grassroots through to Olympians to reach their full potential and greatest performance. With this latest SmarTracks technology, athletes of all levels can benefit from this diagnostic system to help reach new benchmarks, manage training sessions, reduce injuries, much more!

What else is happening?

Polytan are once again apart of the National Sports Surfaces Industry Tour.

Conducted on Monday 16th July 2018, Register HERE to visit the Head office of Sport Group Asia Pacific where Polytan work hand in hand with APT to design, manufacture, and produce the highest quality synthetic playing surfaces available.  Our Hall of Fame manufacturing facility will blow you away, and is a great place to start when looking to create your next synthetic sporting facility.

Want more information now?

Give our friendly team a call  on 1800 663 812 or Contact Us

Delegates wishing to attend the event, can register via this link: https://www.nationalsportsconvention.com.au/national-sports-surfaces-conference/

A full program of the event can be found here: https://www.nationalsportsconvention.com.au/programs/

 

Queensland Sports and Athletic Centre

Built in 1982 for the Commonwealth Games, the QSAC’s State Athletics Facility & Main Stadium athletics track has been resurfaced using Rekortan M99 in Hertha Blue has been completed.  QSAC’s Main Stadium features the 9 lane athletics track with a 10 lane straight for international, national and local athletic events, while the State Athletics Facility for athletics carnivals, training and outdoor events.

Rekortan M99 ideal for international elite sport and is ideally suited to major athletic stadiums due to high performance whilst the robust design also ensures a particularly long lifespan.

5-7 May 2018 • Poligras Superleague

The Poligras Super League, which first began in 2012, is fast becoming Hockey Queensland’s signature event where the best hockey in the State is celebrated in a carnival-type atmosphere that includes a welcome breakfast, awards ceremonies and more.  

 

 

Are we there yet?

Four simple words filled with such anticipation.

The construction of the new synthetic AFL field at Gardiner Park, is progressing steadily with support from Polytan and the Stonnington City Council.

Watched closely by AFL VIC, surrounding community members, sporting enthusiasts, Polytan Ambassador and Melbourne Demons AFLW athlete Laura Duryea, the completion of this facility cannot arrive soon enough!

Polytan are actively supporting the growth of AFL in Victoria and are keen to promote the sport for all age levels from grassroots, right through to the elite. Polytan Ambassador Laura Duryea visited the construction site earlier this week to see how the synthetic field was evolving and to get a feel for what the facility will be like after completion.

“We definitely need more all-weather facilities to support the growing interest in AFL sport. With the popularity of AFLW, communities are already seeing a struggle for suitable facilities that can accommodate the influx of young girls and boys wanting to get out on the field for a kick. Gardiner Park will be an impressive new facility and I hope to see Polytan deliver more of these community gems over the coming years” ~Laura Duryea

As an incredible primary school teacher herself, whilst visiting the site Laura couldn’t resist having a little skills session with some eager young children who simply couldn’t hide their enthusiasm to the new Gardiner Park facility, and how it is coming to life before their eyes.

The facility has ‘turned green’ as we say in the last few weeks, however still has more synthetic turf to be laid, further landscaping works done, performance infill deposited, completion of the shockpad and drainage cell, plus more. Are we there yet? No, but we are getting closer every day!

For more information on Polytan’s synthetic AFL fields, please call our friendly team on 1800 663 812 or send us an email.

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*Images featuring Laura Duryea at the new Gardiner Park facility with eager fans

 

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