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INTRODUCING TWO NEW BRAND AMBASSADORS • OLYMPIANS SIMON CHILD & STACEY MICHELSEN SIGN WITH POLIGRAS

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Polytan/APT Asia Pacific’s support for our local sporting heroes continues, with the recent signing of two new Brand Ambassadors to represent the supplier of some of the world’s best Olympic hockey field pitches. We’re immensely proud to welcome New Zealand Olympic hockey players Simon Child and Stacey Michelsen to the Poligras family!

27-year old field hockey player Simon Child has the talent and charisma to go far, being named Hockey NZ Young Player of the Year in 2007. Earning his first cap for his national team as far back as 2005, Simon has already participated in both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. He is the current captain of the New Zealand Black Sticks and impressively represented NZ 244 times.

24-year old Stacey Michelsen is another player quickly moving up through the ranks of sporting superstars, competing at both the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics, and being named Young Women’s Player of the Year at the Hockey Federation’s 2011 awards. Some of Stacey’s other achievements include: NZ young player of the year 2010; Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014; World Cup 2010 and 2014; Champions Trophy 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014; First cap; 2009 age 18; Current number of caps: 180 an impressive list of achievements at such a young age.

“We’d like to offer a very warm welcome to Simon and Stacey as they join the growing squad of sporting representatives of Poligras, our flagship brand. Poligras is known for being a top-quality hockey surface product – and we couldn’t think of two more fitting additions to our team of Brand Ambassadors than these exceptional players.” Cody Linton, General Manager Polytan, New Zealand

About Polytan
Polytan is the leading provider of choice for the design and construction of synthetic sports surfaces. They specialise in the creation of world-class major sporting facilities, including the construction and installation of field hockey pitches to Olympic standards.

About Advanced Polymer Technology
APT is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, high performance and environmentally friendly sports and recreational surfacing systems. Their complete range includes artificial turf, acrylic-based hard court surfaces, and polyurethane-based surfaces for athletics, indoor gymnasium flooring, and children’s playgrounds.

Support for Australian and New Zealand sport and players is what we’re all about – and Simon and Stacey join a team of other distinguished sponsors… including field hockey’s ‘World Young Player of the Year’ Anna Flanagan, and five time FIH Player of the year Jamie Dwyer.

KAREELA OVAL IS READY FOR PLAY! • KAREELA OVAL KIRRAWEE NSW

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Work has now been completed on the dual multi-purpose synthetic playing fields at Kareela Oval, NSW – just in time for the football season!

The multi-million dollar project saw the upgrade of two fields with a LigaTurf Hybrid 60 synthetic playing surface for two football fields, markings for mini-football fields, a synthetic cricket pitch between fields, Oztag usage and lighting, fencing and ancillary services.

The new synthetic fields will be certified to FIFA 1 Star – and thanks to the new lighting, to meet night-game standards, the areas are more adaptable than ever.

Almost 18,000 square metres of LigaTurf Hybrid 60 synthetic surface was laid and filled with 520 tons of sand and 180 tons of rubber. The new turf is already paying it’s way with almost three times the volume of play.

The fields will be host to more than 30 soccer games each weekend, as well as primary, high school and representative school sport – and they’ve already been fully allocated for the winter playing season, to the Sutherland Shire Football Association, Sutherland Shire Oztag Association and a variety of local schools.

Speaking about the success of the new facilities, Sutherland Shire Mayor, Kent Johns reported that “Sutherland Shire has one of the highest rates of participation in sport in Australia, and therefore there is a constant demand placed on our playing fields. The investment in these new synthetic playing fields will mean that a much greater number of games can be played in all weather situations.”

“These fields will be an impressive drawcard for all sporting codes – and they will hopefully set the standard for other playing field upgrades in the future.”

NORTHERN SUBURBS TENNIS ASSOCIATION • MAKING BIG STRIDES WITH 5 NEW COURTS

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Five new tennis courts were desperately needed at Northern Suburbs Tennis Association, due to severe damage caused to the playing surface by roots from nearby trees, which were uplifting the courts and making them almost unplayable. Major underground work was required to remove the intruding roots without compromising the health of the established trees – and a deep tree root barrier was also a necessity, to ensure long-term stability.

Extensive base levelling work over the 2250m2 (Tennis Court Dimensions = 31m x 15m x 5 courts) site was needed, to ensure a level-playing surface. Then there was the massive task of uplifting and disposing of the old sand-filled synthetic grass. The site also required the relocation of the old umpire chairs, the removal of existing net posts and footings and replacement with new ones, and base levelling work using a stabilised sand and cement screed in 3 layers.

Polytan first addressed the tree root damage and surface levelling requirements, before supplying and installing the new sand-filled green synthetic grass surface (the OmniCourt Pro system), installing new external winding tennis posts, Grandslam posts and nets and relocating the umpire chairs, before grooming the sand infill in readiness for play.

After completion of the tennis court reconstruction project, Polytan undertook regular checks to regulate infill levels, adjust sand levels and conduct further grooming (at no extra charge), to aid optimum playability.

NSTA Treasurer Rick Anderson commented “The five courts, with the new base, are probably in the best condition they have been in since being converted to synthetic grass many years ago.” To read the full testimonial click here…

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • THE NEW DISCOVERY FORESHORE IS NOW OPEN

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On Wednesday May 20, the Discovery College, Hong Kong held a short soft opening of the new Discovery Foreshore. All students had the chance to stand out on the new pitch in their House colours and celebrate together the completion of this new space that will be a welcome addition of play space and fields for our College and community.

Action on the new foreshore kicked off straight-away with the U12 Boys B Cobra football team vs DBIS in a game Wednesday afternoon, followed by a friendly staff game.

The Discovery Foreshore opening marks the completion of a project that began more than six years ago as a joint effort by Discovery College, the Discovery Bay City Owner’s Committee, HK Resort Company Limited and the DB community. The artificially turfed area supplied and installed by Polytan STI is a wonderful school and community asset that will be open to public use, with group bookings managed by the school.

The sports area is covered in “Poligras/Ligaturf” artificial turf, a FIFA 2-Star certified system, which was featured at the 2012 Olympic Games. On the ground are markings for two pitches of dimensions 51.4 x 22.0 m and 37.3 x 20.1 m. The larger will be put to use for football and rugby, and is equipped with special dual-use goalposts. The smaller will lend itself to football again, as well as netball. The foreshore area also now features a small shaded area to rest or hang out in, as well as a set of long steps alongside the pitches that will accommodate spectators. The DCPTA has also generously supported the project by funding a large storage shed for sports equipment, a chilled and filtered drinking fountain, the canopy for the shaded area as well as the many trees that will provide cover from the sun.

THE POLIGRAS SUPER LEAGUE • INSPIRING THE NEXT HOCKEY GENERATION

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On Queens Birthday long weekend the elite of Queensland hockey descended on the Queensland State Hockey Centre to play in and support the 2015 Poligras Super League event. Polytan STI were there as part of the second year of the three year sponsorship under the flagship `Poligras` trademark!

It was an action packed weekend filled with terrific hockey, great entertainment and loads of focus on our “Come-and-Try” fun and promotional area with our Poligras surface, inspiring the next hockey generation.

Mixed in with the weekend was the award ceremony, formal luncheon and presentation of prizes.

Congratulations to the Brisbane Fury men and the Brisbane Blitz woman teams for taking out the 2015 titles!

LARGE SCALE RENOVATION COMPLETED • BELLINGARA NETBALL COURTS – SUTHERLAND SHIRE COUNCIL

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Bellingara Netball Courts were in need of a large-scale renovation, after the facilities began to fall below the standards required for optimal play. After many years of continued use, the court’s asphalt surfaces were showing signs of wear and tear – so the owners decided to take action and implement a complete restoration in time for the upcoming netball season.

Challenge:
This time-sensitive project required the removal of asphalt on four netball courts, covering a total area of 2,500m2. Following the laying and curing of a new asphaltic concrete in two layers, the new acrylic surfaces needed to be applied and match-ready in time for the upcoming season.

Solution:
Polytan began the sports surface reconstruction by removing 50mm of existing asphalt from site, before commencing two stages of work laying the new asphaltic concrete and reinstallation of the eight existing netball posts.

Once the asphalt had adequate time to cure, a Laykold Deep Patch was installed to marry the new asphalt to the existing courts, followed by a Laykold Resurfacer basecoat, and finally two coats of Laykold Advantage acrylic netball surfacing in Medium Green with Dark Green surrounds. Line-marking done, the successful refurbishment was complete.

NEW COURTS FOR BOWRAL TENNIS CLUB • BOWRAL TENNIS CLUB

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Bowral Tennis Club had no hesitation on securing Polytan to quote on the proposed full construction of the two Tennis Australia “Hot Shots” courts sponsored by ANZ given our proven tennis court construction history. Polytan provided a “google earth” image showing the proposed tennis court dimensions, drainage, fencing and lighting.

Challenge:
The most important challenge for this new 342m2 tennis court surface was to create better drainage and resolve the problems caused by a flood-prone adjacent swale. The court also needed a better-performing and more aesthetically pleasing state-of-the-art LED lighting system.

Solution:
Polytan addressed the drainage issues by situating the new court from north to south and then installing a strip drain to more efficiently channel water to the existing storm water system.

Next came further earthworks and slab preparation, which involved removing turf and topsoil, before spreading the bedding sand, and putting in place a plastic moisture barrier, form work, reinforcement mesh and concrete slab.

We also installed a new black powder-coated chain mesh fencing, pedestrian gates and new winding net posts. We then conducted an acid wash and high-pressure slab clean, before applying the two-tone Laykold Advantage top coat and line-markings in Dark Blue and Kooyong Blue.

A new LED directional lighting system was also installed – which has since been given a big thumbs-up by club players!

“We couldn’t be happier with the level of service provided from the initial sales presentation through to delivery of the project. We were well informed throughout the entire project and nothing was a problem when changes were required to be made. I would recommend Polytan to anyone thinking of building a tennis court.” Amanda Denning – Bowral Tennis Club

GISBORNE’S NEW HOCKEY STADIUM • HARRY BARKER RESERVE, GISBORNE NEW ZEALAND

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Following the recent completion of Gisborne’s new hockey facility, the stadium has had a chance to roll out the Polytan-installed ‘blue carpet’ for the first game between the Black Sticks and Argentina women’s hockey teams.
It’s the first time an international hockey game has been played in Gisborne, and the first time that an international sporting fixture has ever been held in the region.

ECT General manager and chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Sports Facility Trust Leighton Evans said the development of the new turf has been a lot of hard work, but the benefits will be great. 
“To have the Black Sticks down in Gisborne is validation that the new turf is going to be a valuable community asset. The simple fact is that without the turf they wouldn’t be coming. Events like this help to put Gisborne on the map as a city that can host international tests.”

Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon said he hoped the community would support the games. 

“We are blessed with this opportunity, and it will bode well for local hockey going forward. This could be the start of attracting more regional and national games to Gisborne.”

At the recent opening game, long-time hockey advocate Tony Scragg was convinced that “Gisborne is the winner, not just hockey”. He was just one of the 2000-strong crowd watching the New Zealand Women’s Black Sticks beat Argentina 1-0 in a historic first international on the new LJ Hooker Turf at Harry Barker Reserve.

Also at the game was under-13s coach Louise Tennety, who reported that “to actually play and train (on turf) prior to going away is going to be amazing for our girls. I can see us really building our young talent, and they’ll go further in hockey because of it.”

“Polytan STI are proud to have been part of the team that constructed this fantastic new purpose-built facility – and we hope it brings many years of enjoyment to both players and fans alike”, Cody Linton, General Manager Polytan STI, New Zealand.

BALI SPORTS FOUNDATION – A SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION • A JOB WELL DONE

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We were thrilled to receive these photographs (for the full set of images click here) from the recently completed Bali Sports Foundation outdoor sports facility, which we donated our time and expertise to create, back in March.

To quickly recap, this feat was achieved over five days, thanks to the hard work of everyone who contributed while on our Annual Asia Pacific Conference in Bali.

Polytan provided the new Laykold indoor surface, with line markings for wheelchair rugby, basketball, transforming a very old and dilapidated court into a synthetic multisport surface for wheelchair users.

From building new wheelchair-accessible ramps to painting walls, and even constructing a much needed toilet block with showers; we’re immensely proud of the way the entire team and our agent network pitched in – some of whom also donated much-needed new wheelchairs. And at the end of the conference, the staff took to the wheelchairs and played a friendly afternoon tournament against the BSF.

The completion of these final projects marks the end of the restoration. Sending us these latest pictures, BSF founder Rodney Holt told us how happy he was with the finished court and facilities. “Our jerseys have Polytan emblazoned across the front, in recognition of your support. Once again many thanks!”

We’re incredibly proud of this achievement, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved. It’s heartwarming to know that this has already affected lives for the better. We recently learned that the Foundation team made it through to the finals of a wheelchair tournament in Kuala Lumpur, after being greatly assisted by these donations.

In the words of Sport Group CEO Stephen Niven: “This makes me feel very proud of what we have done, and confirms the worthiness of the donation. Nice work.”

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR • OLYMPIAN ANNA FLANAGAN SIGNS WITH POLIGRAS

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Polytan and APT Asia Pacific are pleased to announce a major win in our quest to support our sporting heroes. We’re excited to welcome Olympic Hockey player Anna ‘Flanno’ Flanagan as a brand ambassador of Poligras, the surface synonymous with Olympic field hockey pitches. With a high profile in the world of Women’s Hockey, and more than 20,000 Twitter followers, Anna is an immensely popular figure. She was recently named field hockey’s ‘World Young Player of the Year’, as well as ‘Hockeyroos Player of the World Cup 2014’ – and she has over 150 International Caps to her name.

“I´m honoured to be involved with such a great company leading up to Rio. The importance of a good hockey pitch makes a big difference in international hockey, and Poligras have shown they provide the best turf there is.” Anna Flanagan.

“We’re extremely proud to have Anna join our ranks and represent our flagship brand, Poligras. Poligras is the foundation for incredible on-field performance – and supporting our local teams is exactly what we’re all about.” Jim Tritt, Director of Operations, APT

About Polytan STI
Polytan STI is the leading provider of choice for the design and construction of synthetic sports surfaces. A constructor of world-class major sporting facilities, including the construction and installation of field hockey pitches to Olympic standards.

About Advanced Polymer Technology
APT is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, high performance and environmentally friendly sports and recreational surfacing systems. The complete range includes artificial turf, acrylic-based hard court surfaces, and polyurethane-based surfaces for athletics, indoor gymnasium flooring, and children’s playgrounds.

We’re passionate about supporting Australian sport and our players, and Anna joins a team of other distinguished sponsors, including Jamie Dwyer, named five time FIH Player of the year.

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