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ATHLETIC CENTRE RECEIVES A NEEDED FACELIFT • NEWCASTLE, NSW

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Polytan is privileged to have had the opportunity to upgrade the aged, dilapidated Newcastle Athletics track in the heart of the northern NSW city.

For many years the Athletic Centre Management Committee chased the required funding for the works and considered how the resulting track could offer something special to the community.

STATE-OF-THE-ART SYNTHETIC ALL-WEATHER FIELD FOR LATHAM PARK • SOUTH COOGEE, NSW

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Randwick City Council awarded Polytan the contract to convert the traditional training field for Randwick Rugby at Latham Park, to a state of the art synthetic all-weather field.

Commencement of this project was a proud moment for Polytan as this continued our company’s involvement within the local area, having in recent years overhauled the fabulous neighbouring tennis centre!

It was a big decision for Council to commit to a dedicated synthetic field for rugby in Sydney, despite the proliferation of natural fields in New Zealand due to high usage and poor weather conditions. A smart design innovation was agreed to for Latham Park whereby a high wear ´scrum area´ was included where this essential activity could be conducted, just off the main field.

Polytan recognised this importance and took the responsibility very seriously to deliver a first class result.

Polytan along with stakeholders, Council and all end users could not be happier with the outcome and now rugby players can put the long hours into game training and preparation, without the concern of damaging the new synthetic field.

To view more project photos click here

CONSTRUCTION INNOVATION: SPORTS FIELDS ON CAR PARK ROOF TOP! • UQ SPORTS CAMPUS, BRISBANE

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World Class innovation at UQ Sports Campus, Brisbane

Polytan are thrilled to have been involved in the highly innovative, world class development of the dual synthetic sports field project at UQ Sport campus in St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.

A long term partnership with the university across multiple major projects saw Polytan offer specialist advice and input, during initial planning with UQ Sport management, design phase with architects BVN and construction phase with McNab.

The Poligras hockey and football surfaces were designed to meet project construction requirements and ensured smooth handover, from the car park construction to complying sports performance surfaces.

Our warmest congratulations to all parties involved for their vision, diligence and hard work. Polytan are grateful for the opportunity to play a part in the design and construction of this state of the art development.

Polytan sports surfaces are truly built for performance and we look forward to seeing some amazing talent evolve from UQ Sport, following the installation of these amazing fields. Game On!

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HOCKEY NZ SIGN PARTNERSHIP WITH POLYTAN • EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP

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Hockey New Zealand is pleased to confirm an exciting new partnership with Polytan as preferred turf partner.

Polytan are leading the way in synthetic sporting surfaces and are well known for their passion and determination to strengthen and support the growth of hockey both locally and worldwide.

Polytan recently announced a seven year collaboration with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as an official global supplier which sees them sole provider of hockey turfs for the 2018 and 2022 Hockey World Cups as well as for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“We look forward to working closely with Hockey New Zealand to provide the highest quality hockey surfaces,” said Polytan New Zealand General Manager Cody Linton.

“These facilities will benefit all hockey players from grassroots to elite with the Black Sticks, and provide a strong platform of opportunities for the sporting stars of tomorrow.”

Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis said it was an exciting partnership with an eye towards the future.

“We are delighted to confirm this partnership with Polytan, who are world renowned for their quality, commitment, innovation and professional approach, as was evident in the fantastic pitches on show at the Rio Olympics.

This partnership will support us in the delivery of our Hockey New Zealand 2020 Strategy and place us in good stead towards achieving our vision to become the world’s best hockey nation.”

Article by Hockey New Zealand http://hockeynz.co.nz/about-us/partners/

SUPER SPORTS CENTRE, RUNAWAY BAY QLD • NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Queensland State Government’s desire was to upgrade the existing elite performance synthetic track and field facility at The Super Sports Centre together with the provision of a new FIH Global synthetic hockey field for use during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and beyond. Construction of the new hockey pitch and athletics track and field is now complete, and the facilities were opened to the public on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Poligras Platinum COOLplus synthetic hockey system was selected to match the surface of choice for 2016 Rio Olympics and GC2018 venue at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre. Spurtan BV synthetic track was installed as the upgrade Surface on the athletics track, offering an excellent combination of cushion and speed for high performance training and activity. Click here to watch the installation of the new hockey pitch.

The track and field facility will be fully equipped for a wide range of running and throwing disciplines, including javelin, pole vault, discus, shot put, hurdles, high jump, long jump and triple jump. The multipurpose infield was returned to natural turf with Polytan directing the finished levels accommodating for a range of sporting uses such as athletics field disciplines, soccer and touch football. Click here to watch the installation of the new track and field facility.

Polytan was contracted for both track & field and hockey projects located in separate areas of the Super Sports Centre. Juggling the extensive construction works in both areas, keeping the Centre functioning with its other facilities open to the public was a constant challenge throughout the six-month project. These challenges were capably managed by Polytan with their highly skilled, experienced and professional project management team.

GOLD MEDAL THE FOCUS AS DWYER PLAYS IN LAST OLYMPICS • ABC NEWS ARTICLE

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Gold medal the focus as Dwyer plays in last Olympics

Three talented athletes from Rockhampton in central Queensland have been at the core of the Australian men´s hockey team for the past six years. Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer and Matt Gohdes have set off for the Rio Olympics, where they will take to the field together for the last time. It will be an emotional tournament for all of them, with Rio set to be Dwyer´s fourth and final Olympic Games.

The 37-year-old will retire after the final siren sounds. “It really feels right. It´s the right time for me to retire,” Dwyer said. “On one hand I´m scared, because I know how much I´m going to miss it.”

Dwyer was the first of the three Rockhampton players to earn his place in the sport´s national team in 2001. He has had an illustrious career that includes five world player of the year awards, one Olympic gold medal and two bronze. He desperately wants to cap it off with another gold medal.

“I think the challenge for us is to be our best when our best is required,” Dwyer said. “If we play to our potential, I think we´ll be a tough team to beat.”

To read the full article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-27/family-ties-bind-rockhampton-kookaburras-hockey-trio/7665070?section=sport

PHOTO: Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer and Matt Gohdes celebrate a semi-final win last year. (Supplied: Hockey Australia/Grant Treeby)
Article shared from ABC.net.au – ABC Capricornia written by Megan Hendry.

POLYTAN BIDS FAREWELL TO A HOCKEY GREAT. • DAVID PORTER RETIRES

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It is the end of an era and Polytan would like to wish David Porter from Porter Consulting Engineer best wishes on his retirement.

David has a long connection with hockey and has been involved in the design and development of numerous hockey facilities in Western Australia. As a fitting farewell, Paul Kamphuis was there to present David with a Jamie Dwyer signed Kookaburra hockey shirt.

Everyone from Polytan and the Sport Group would like to say thank you for what he has done for hockey and his support of Polytan over the years.

All the best in your new adventures.

POLYTAN SURFACE SHINES IN MORROCCO • IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE IN AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME

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IAAF Diamond League in Africa for the first time. Polytan scoring top marks for our synthetic surface at this inaugural meeting in Morocco.

Now in its seventh year, the IAAF Diamond League has firmly established itself on the international elite sport calendar as a high-carat series of athletics events. Having been held in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA, one of the 14 competition days of the season has now been staged in Africa for the first time, with some of the world´s best athletes competing for the coveted podium finishes in Rabat on 22 May 2016. The “Meeting International Mohammed VI d´Athlétisme Rabat” thus replaces New York as a host venue.

The German sports surface specialist from Burgheim won the contract for installing a new synthetic surface in Morocco´s second largest stadium, the Stade Moulay Abdallah, at the beginning of 2016. That makes it the fifth Diamond League stadium already to have a Polytan sports surface. The main challenge was that the IAAF Class 1 certified surface had to be laid and certified in a near-record time of just 4 weeks – despite sometimes difficult weather conditions.

The inaugural event in Africa, which was something of a milestone in the development of sport on the continent, proved to be a huge success for everyone involved: four world bests for the year, two national records and ten meeting records delighted athletes, spectators and the organisers alike. The performance of the Ethiopian Almaz Ayana in particular led to frenetic celebrations after she ran the fifth fastest 5,000 metres time in history on the track. She was less than six seconds behind the world record, just two behind her personal best time.

And the athletes themselves were full of praise. Long-jump winner Rushwal Samaai: “This is the best competition that I have ever been in. Everything was amazing, the new track is also very good. My technique worked well and my run up is getting better. The most important for me is to be consistent in all my competitions because the level in this event is extremely high”.

All the athletics disciplines were held on the fast Polytan M synthetic surface, which in the Stade Moulay Abdallah was installed in the national colours of red and green. The competition surfaces are laid in classic tile red, all other side and ancillary areas in signal green, a strong shade that is similar in colour to the green star in the Moroccan flag.

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