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7 August – 12 August • European Athletics Championships, Berlin

The 2018 European Athletics Championships is held in Berlin, Germany, from 7 to 12 August 2018.  Athletes from a total of 49 member federations of the European Athletics Association will compete at these Championships. On top of this a total of 30 athletes will complete as Authorised Neutral Athletes and 1 athlete will compete as part of Athlete Refugee Team.

Polytan Germany helped design one of the special features of this European Championship, a second sports venue in the city centre, on Breitscheidplatz to be more precise. Whilst the majority of events will take place in one of the most beautiful athletics stadiums in the world – the Olympiastadion Berlin, the opening and all medal presentations will take place at Breitscheidplatz.

This will be an innovation in the 84-year history of the European Athletics Championships, building a bridge between the stadium and Berlin’s city centre. Konstantin Krause, former athlete and current director of the European Mile, shared his comments on this event:

“There has never been anything like it. It is a courageous step in the right direction for athletics. The athletes, fans and officials are given a place where emotions can be lived and where everyone can really come together. Athletics is truly being brought to the people.”

And Polytan will be fostering this vision in a number of ways. We are supporting the “European Mile” project at Breitscheidplatz as an official supplier of the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Our blue Polytan track will really grab the spectators’ attention, framing the event area for the duration of the European Championships.

Read more about Polytan Germany’s involvement with the 2018 European Athletics Championships >>

Fearnley Dawes Athletics Track, 12 Months On

In May 2017 Polytan completed the track resurfacing for the Fearnley Dawes Athletic Centre, which incorporated a custom designed wheelchair training lane. This incredible facility is the second in the world to include a dedicated wheelchair lane and now enables equal opportunity for all athletes to train and compete side by side.

The Fearnley Dawes Athletic Track is the current training ground for World Championship and Paralympic medallists Christie Dawes, Kurt Fearnley and Rheed McCracken. The facility experienced much attention in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and has been progressing forwardS in leaps and bounds ever since the upgrade.

With the facilities reputation increasing substantially and similarly, an increased awareness of inclusivity within sporting and recreational activities developing, the facility has been overwhelmed with further investments.

Some key investments included the Federal Government Stronger Communities Grant, NSW Government Community Building Partnership Grant, a local Newcastle City Council Grant, Little Athletics NSW Grant, a donation from Toro Australia and further cash investments from local businesses in the surrounding community.

This funding has led to facility upgrades such as the creation of a wheelchair sports admin office, a photo finish booth, new IAAF accredited discus and hammer throw cage, shade structures beside the track, new high jump mats, utility vehicles and the assistance in further capital and maintenance works. Updates like these lead to a more appealing, functional and inclusive facility for athletes to train and compete.

Additionally, after the completion of the track upgrade, Polytan partnered with the Newcastle Athletics Field Management Inc in a Gold Level Sponsorship to provide the venue with additional funding for two years.

Twelve months on and the centre has grown dramatically with more people training and competing at the venue than ever before!

For the first time, wheelchair athletes now have the opportunity to train with their friends and colleagues. Incredibly, over 10,000 school students are attending over 25 carnivals in 2018 and there are weekly training sessions from athletic development squads such as Hunter Sports High School, Hunter Academy of Sport and Newcastle Grammar School.

Now, over 600 people have casual training passes which are currently available for 21 hours per week. Wheelchair Sports NSW have regular weekly sessions for people to come and try wheelchair sports sessions supporting the transition into wheelchair sports for disabled athletes.

“In its first season the Newcastle City Little Athletics Centre has doubled its numbers since the resurfacing growing from 110 to 220 Little Athletes!” – Scott Westcott, Facilities Manager

The Fearnley Dawes Centre now pride themselves on being an inclusive venue where able-bodied and the disabled can train alongside each other with the new additional wheelchair lane.

“The unique work by Polytan has been a major driver in turning around what was only a short time ago a rundown and tired facility, now it is a busy and vibrant centre of community sport in the heart of Newcastle.” – Scott Westcott

Providing a successful blueprint for future Australian sporting facilities, Polytan are keen to continue raising awareness about the benefits of developing inclusive sporting facilities.

“We want to see every state and territory in Australia embrace an athletics tracks with dedicated wheelchair facilities.  Polytan will provide advice and education to any facility looking to become inclusive and wishing to increase sport participation for the entire community” – Paul Kamphuis, General Manager, Polytan Asia Pacific.

With so many achievable and affordable ways to create inclusive sporting facilities, Polytan recognises that education is the key to change and as such have partnered with Victoria Disability Sport and Recreation, to help raise awareness within the community.

Learn about the Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Infrastructure Award at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards this August >>

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1 August 2018 • Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards

 

The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise the achievements of people with disability, those who support them, and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across the state.

It is an opportunity to celebrate the athletes, volunteers, officials, coaches, clubs, communities, venues and programs that enable and empower people with disability to get active, achieve their goals and live happier lives.

The creator of these awards, Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR) believe every person has the right to live the life they want, with opportunities to take part in sport and recreation for improved health and wellbeing.

Research indicates inclusive sporting facilities allow athletes of all abilities to feel accepted and empowered. Able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability can participate in sport alongside each other in the same facility. This promotes increased participation levels and the sharing of positive experiences creating a happier and healthier lifestyle for everyone.

Polytan Asia Pacific support the development of inclusive sporting facilities globally. Recently joining forces with DSR, Polytan hope to further raise awareness about the benefits of creating inclusive facilities for every community, and supporting venues with knowledge on how to implement changes successfully.

THE POLYTAN INCLUSIVE SPORT, RECREATION OR OPEN INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD
The City of Melbourne’s North Melbourne Recreation Reserve and Newcomb Power Football Club have been nominated as finalists for the Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Infrastructure Award.

The North Melbourne Recreation Reserve has created a soccer field for the blind and the Newcomb Power Football Club has established a plan allowing disabled athletes post Auskick, to play in the junior competition with the assistance of an on-field helper.

Polytan would like to congratulate both nominees on the successful delivery of inclusive facilities and programs. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1 August 2018 in Melbourne.

2018 Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Awards

POLYTAN JOIN DISABILITY SPORT & RECREATION TO DRIVE INCLUSIVE SPORTING FACILITIES

The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise the achievements of people with disability, those who support them, and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across the state.

It is an opportunity to celebrate the athletes, volunteers, officials, coaches, clubs, communities, venues and programs that enable and empower people with disability to get active, achieve their goals and live happier lives.

The creator of these awards, Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR) believe every person has the right to live the life they want, with opportunities to take part in sport and recreation for improved health and wellbeing.

Research indicates inclusive sporting facilities allow athletes of all abilities to feel accepted and empowered. Able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability can participate in sport alongside each other in the same facility. This promotes increased participation levels and the sharing of positive experiences creating a happier and healthier lifestyle for everyone.

Polytan Asia Pacific support the development of inclusive sporting facilities globally. Recently joining forces with DSR, Polytan hope to further raise awareness about the benefits of creating inclusive facilities for every community, and supporting venues with knowledge on how to implement changes successfully.

THE POLYTAN INCLUSIVE SPORT, RECREATION OR OPEN INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD
The City of Melbourne’s North Melbourne Recreation Reserve and Newcomb Power Football Club have been nominated as finalists for the Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Infrastructure Award.

The North Melbourne Recreation Reserve has created a soccer field for the blind and the Newcomb Power Football Club has established a plan allowing disabled athletes post Auskick, to play in the junior competition with the assistance of an on-field helper.

Polytan would like to congratulate both nominees on the successful delivery of inclusive facilities and programs. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1 August 2018 in Melbourne.

THE 2018 NATIONAL DISABILITY SPORTS CONFERENCE
Polytan General Manager – Paul Kamphuis recently spoke at the 2018 National Disability Sports Conference as part of the National Sports Convention. Using a recent case study, Paul shared Polytan’s experience and advice on design elements that can open up the doors to creating inclusive facilities for a greater range of athletes.

Evidence now suggests there is minimal costs involved with making facilities more accessible and inclusive by adopting simple design changes in the early stages of planning and construction.

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ATHLETICS TRACK WITH DEDICATED WHEELCHAIR FACILITIES
If you’re keen to start learning how to make your sporting facility inclusive – Take a look at Australia’s First ever athletics track with a dedicated wheelchair training lane in Polytan’s case study of Fearnley Dawes Athletic Track.

This is the second facility in the world to incorporate a training facility for wheelchair athletes, and was the home training ground to Kurt Fearnley in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where he won GOLD!

Thanks to the Fearnley Dawes Athletic Track, Australia now has a successful blueprint for creating inclusive sporting facilities.

Polytan are committed to delivering athletics tracks with dedicated wheelchair lanes to every Australian state and territory, so that all athletes have equal opportunity to participate in sport.

Please share this article to help raise awareness about the need for inclusive sporting facilities within your community and the opportunities that are now available to help venues adopt this positive change, towards the future of sport participation for all abilities and communities.

Designing for Community Rejuvenation

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/

 

POLYTAN – SPORT SURFACES BUILT FOR PERFORMANCE

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

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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.

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