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ICONSIAM’s THAICONIC SONGKRAN CELEBRATION achieves sensational success

ICONSIAM, Thailand’s newest iconic mixed commercial complex hosted a 12-day Songkran event titled ‘THAICONIC SONGKRAN CELEBRATION: Joyful Songkran Festival, Continuing the Legacy of World Heritage’. The successful turnout, with tourists from all around the world joined in the fun, exceeding the initial target, and attracted over 2 million visitors from all over the world in 12 days.

In celebration of the Songkran Festival’s prestigious recognition by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, ICONSIAM portrayed as a global landmark on the Chao Phraya River, joined forces with the government and private sectors to welcome the Thai New Year with a world-class Songkran celebration titled “THE ICONIC SONGKRAN FESTIVAL 2024.” This event is the one and only Songkran celebration in Bangkok set against the breathtaking backdrop of the magnificent Chao Phraya River that lasted for 12 days (April 10 – 21, 2024) and honours Thai identity by blending traditional Thai recreational activities with contemporary cultural entertainment. The event delivered the most memorable experiences.

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Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director of ICONSIAM Company Limited, said, “As a world-class landmark along the Chao Phraya River, serving as a significant tourist destination in Bangkok and Thailand, ICONSIAM hosts the Songkran event to be more enjoyable and memorable than ever before this year. The celebration is particularly meaningful as the ‘Songkran in Thailand’ festival was registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO at the end of last year.

“THE ICONIC SONGKRAN FESTIVAL 2024 showcases the rich traditions and customs of Songkran while welcoming tourists from around the world with warm hospitality and contemporary Thai entertainment. This collaborative effort seeks to create a historic event and promote Songkran in Thailand as a world-class festival. The goal is to honor Thai cultural heritage by blending contemporary elements and presenting it in a way that resonates with future generations. The Songkran Festival plays a pivotal role in driving economic growth for Thailand. This year at ICONSIAM, we are expected to welcome over 2 million Thais and international tourists over the 12 days.”

“THE ICONIC SONGKRAN FESTIVAL 2024″ at ICONSIAM featured Thai culture and traditions. Some highlights include:

  • Songkran Mahothorndevi Parade: A 7-day parade along the Chao Phraya River from showcasing Thai cultural richness, featuring top 7 famous actresses and artists, including Aff Taksaorn, Pie Rinrada, Becky Rebecca, Bella Ranee, Mai Davika and Diana Flipo, as well as internationally renowned Thai artist Minnie, a member of South Korean girl group (G) I-DLE, to be represented as Miss Songkran 2024.
  • Bathing of the Buddha Sihing: ICONSIAM has brought the replica of the Phra Buddha Sihing from Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan, Chiang Mai Province to be placed at Exit Gate 1, G Floor, ICONLUXE Zone. Visitors can participate in a water-pouring ceremony to ask for blessings and purification. This traditional ritual is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to those who take part in it.
  • Songkran Water Splashing: Enjoy water splashing festivities at Water Splash Landmark at River Park, the only place in Thailand offering such an experience amidst the scenic backdrop of the Chao Phraya River from today until April 21. Moreover, there are mini concerts performed by well-known Thai artists, and other cultural performances added to the festive atmosphere for visitors both locals and tourists to enjoy.

Visit www.iconsiam.com for more information.

Hashtags: #ICONSIAM #THEICONICSONGKRANFESTIVAL2024 #THAICONICSONGKRANCELEBRATION #THAILANDSONGKRANFESTIVAL

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Ovolo Hotels signs strategic brand alliance with Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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In a landmark partnership poised to elevate Ovolo Hotels’ brand across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the designer hotel collection proudly announces a strategic brand alliance with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), encompassing its iconic boutique designer hotels across Hong Kong, Australia, and Bali. The partnership will see Ovolo Hotels expand its global presence through SLH’s global sales, distribution, and marketing platforms.

Ovolo Hotels, known for its avant-garde approach to tourism and hospitality; is a dynamic and innovative hotel brand with a collection of boutique designer hotels. Each Ovolo represents cutting-edge design, technological integration, and an unwavering commitment to sustainability, encapsulated in its distinctive ‘Do Good. Feel Good.’ policy and achieving the Bronze Benchmark across its Australian and Bali hotels from Earth Check, the world’s leading certification, consulting, and advisory group for sustainable destinations and tourism organisations.

Dave Baswal, CEO of Ovolo Hotels, shared his enthusiasm about the collaboration, saying, “At Ovolo, we are thrilled to partner with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a brand synonymous with independently spirited hotels and excellence. This strategic alliance not only strengthens our presence across key global markets while remaining independently owned and operated, but also allows us to showcase the distinct character and innovation that defines Ovolo while connecting with travellers emotionally.”

SLH offers discerning guests a prestigious collection of over 560 independently curated hotels in more than 90 countries, each offering bespoke and personalised luxury experiences coupled with a firm sustainability objective. Synonymous with independently spirited hotels, delivering curated stays that reflect the individuality and character of each destination. The brand’s ‘Considerate Collection’ aligns with sustainable practices, embodying a commitment to responsible luxury on a global scale. Each SLH room night booked and stayed using the SLH INVITED loyalty member rate includes a donation to reforestation organisation Tree-Nation. To date, SLH has donated 20,330 trees for an eponymous forest in Tanzania.

Mark Wong, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, expressed passion about the partnership, stating, “We are elated to welcome Ovolo Hotels back to the SLH membership. The renewed alliance with Ovolo Hotels brings more exciting promotional prospects; and elevates SLH’s presence in Australia and wherever the Ovolo Hotels brand name goes. Each characterful Ovolo hotel exemplifies the high standards of excellence and impeccably embodies the spirit of individual character and connects with the independently minded traveller that SLH member hotels are known for.”

This strategic collaboration seamlessly integrates the following hotels from the Ovolo Hotels collection into SLH’s curated collection with plans to add the By Ovolo Collective collection in Q1 2024:

Ovolo hotels:

By Ovolo Collective:

This synergy amplifies the diversity and uniqueness of the offerings, creating a one-of-a-kind proposition for travellers seeking bespoke luxury designer experiences across continents.

Ryan Tuckerman, Group Director of Sales, Distribution & Revenue at Ovolo Hotels, added, “This partnership is a testament to the shared values and commitment to delivering exceptional guest experiences that both Ovolo and SLH have. The integration of our eight distinctive hotels into the SLH collection amplifies the diversity and uniqueness of our offerings, opening new and existing markets through increased sale and distribution networks. Together, we look forward to truly connecting with the independently minded traveller in our regions.”

The collaboration marks the beginning of a new era for Ovolo Hotels as SLH comes together to offer unparalleled experiences that transcend borders and redefine the very essence of bespoke designer luxury.

Ovolo Nishi – Canberra, Australia

Discover Canberra’s culture, nightlife and wildlife in cutting-edge style at Ovolo Nishi – a boutique, eco hotel that’s big on luxury but small on impact. The perfect sanctuary, expect lovingly restored retro furniture, original artworks, and totally stress-free service on call. Plus, every room includes free wi-fi, flat screen TV, a blissful bathroom and 24-hour access to the on-site gym. For added indulgence, stay in a Meandering Atrium suite, and stretch out in the atrium jungle of Tasmanian tree ferns, or recharge in the bathroom with twin overhead rain showers and Insta-worthy concrete bathtub.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, Australia

Relax in style at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, the perfect luxury hotel for exploring Sydney, complete with indoor pool and innovative plant-based dining. Surrounded by gently lapping water, Ovolo Wooloomooloo’s unique location on the wharf offers its guests the ultimate in peace and tranquillity, all within easy reach of Sydney’s buzzing CBD. This five-star hotel brings the historic architecture of a working wharf bang up to date, with a sensitive renovation that honours its industrial heritage. Rooms are generously sized, light, and airy, decorated with pops of colour, mural-adorned headboards, clever lighting, and a nod to modern minimalism.

Ovolo South Yarra -– Melbourne, Australia

Get your groove on at Ovolo South Yarra, a hotel where classic rock and contemporary art collide. Feel cool, calm, and connected as you ease into the rhythm of a rockin’ stay. Rooms are a relaxing mix of neutrals and vintage-vibe prints, offset with accents of colour and chrome. Try the chic Boogie City room, with city views and a comfortable queen bed. Or check in to a Rockstar suite and channel the energy of power couples Sonny & Cher, and John & Yoko.

Ovolo The Valley – Brisbane, Australia

Guests are invited to immerse themselves in Brisbane’s most creative, cultural scene at Ovolo The Valley, a contemporary urban hideaway with a rooftop pool and showstopping Rockstar Suite. Based in Brisbane’s buzzing Fortitude Valley, it pops with colour, contemporary design and all the creature comforts, perfectly mirroring its hip surroundings. Relax by the rooftop pool by day, and drink in (literally) the Valley’s live music, bars and restaurants by night. It’s the perfect retreat for shopaholics, gourmands, and night owls alike.

Ovolo Central – Hong Kong SAR, China

A chic urban gem, Ovolo Central perfectly punctuates Hong Kong’s bustling SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong districts. This design-led spot puts guests at the beating heart of the action – with buzzing restaurants and late-night destinations on the doorstep. Light rooms are a work of contemporary craft. Walls pop with bold artworks and geometric prints, while dedicated seating nooks offer space to unwind. Each room comes equipped with a host of personal perks – think super-soft slippers, tea and coffee on tap, a fully stocked
minibar, and a little loot bag of sweet treats.

Laneways By Ovolo – Melbourne, Australia

Inspired by the hidden laneways and street art that Melbourne is known for, Laneways by Ovolo is the perfect spot to kick off your heels, or slip on some sneakers and hit the cobblestones. Guests can experience easy access to all the top landmarks & points of interest in the city: art galleries, shopping, sporting arenas as well as world-class restaurants & bars. During your stay, be sure to grab a cocktail or pot of local craft beer at the downstairs Amphlett House — an upbeat bistro-pub with honest fare offering vibrant drinks on tap.

Mamaka By Ovolo – Bali, Indonesia

The first-ever beachfront resort by Ovolo, Mamaka by Ovolo raises the bar with its suite of incredible offerings sure to wow guests. The stylish urban resort right in the beating heart of Kuta Legian impresses with maximalist décor that packs a punch as geometric patterns grace the walls and cool blue hues reflect the beachside environment. Then, there are the exquisite facilities including a stylish wellness centre where guests can sweat it out with included boot camp or yoga classes, a rooftop pool that runs parallel to the ocean at Mamaka Rooftop Bar & Pool, and it is also the only hotel in the world to have an official Rip Curl School of Surf.

About Ovolo Group:
The Ovolo Group was founded by entrepreneur Girish Jhunjhnuwala and first entered the real estate market in 2002; then further expanded into the hotel industry in 2010. Ovolo Hotels quickly became one of Hong Kong and Australia’s most dynamic independent owner operated hospitality firms by providing guests with the best in effortless living across hotels and food and beverage outlets.

The Ovolo Group is a collection of contemporary hotels that keep you connected to the little luxuries you love, all effortlessly included. The company prides itself on being in touch with the modern traveller through award-winning interior designs, detail-driven comforts, complimentary value-added services like the mini bar and breakfast, with cutting-edge technology. Ovolo Hotels have been acknowledged for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, receiving the accolade “Hotel Brand of the Year”, at the 2019 and 2020 HM Awards.

A proud Hong Kong brand, Ovolo Group remains a family-owned and privately-operated business operating four hotels and three restaurants in Hong Kong, and eight hotels and seven restaurants across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

Ovolo also has the By Ovolo Collective within its portfolio of hotels, a distinctive collection of four hotels. These include Nishi Apartments in Canberra Australia, The Sheung Wan by Ovolo and The Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong, and Mamaka Kuta Beach in Bali Indonesia.

Ovolo acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we are located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Learn more: www.ovolohotels.com

#OVOLO #SLH

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Black Belt in Martial Arts: A Path to Personal and Professional Growth

Sir Sean Connery, Forest Whittaker, Guy Ritchie are all black belts in martial arts as is Tom Hardy and tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and it’s becoming more popular in the media too. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the world, selling out arenas across the globe – and rival broadcasters are chomping at the bit to sign up programmes.

As an entrepreneur, mother, media professional and a dedicated practitioner of the martial art of karate, my journey to achieving a black belt has been transformative; the lessons I’ve learned on the mat have transcended the boundaries of the dojo and provided invaluable insights which guide me in all aspects of my life.

One of the most fundamental lessons I’ve learned in karate is the power of incremental progress. The journey from a white belt to an advanced one taught me that what seems impossible at first can become achievable through consistent effort and determination.

Karate has taught me the importance of emotional control. In the heat of contact sparring, it’s easy to let anger or frustration cloud your judgment. I’ve learned to process my emotions rather than suppress them, ensuring they don’t dictate my actions or demeanour and help maintain composure.

I discovered that success often requires adaptation and persistence. Just like martial artists adjust their techniques in sparring, I’ve learned to be flexible and willing to modify my approach in various situations in business. It’s not about finding a one-size-fits-all solution but about continuously refining and trying different strategies.

I also realised the importance of focusing on my strengths rather than fixating on others’ abilities. This lesson has translated into my professional life, reminding me not to engage in the damaging habit of constant comparison which is a minefield for our mental health.

Karate has shown me the profound connection between the mind and the body. The mental motivation that I receive from my teachers is a vivid illustration of how the mind dictates the body’s actions. This understanding helps me find motivation and inspiration even on the most challenging days.

Breaking through the barriers of self-doubt and difficulty is a core aspect of martial arts training. The experience of persistently working toward breaking boards to earn my black belt has instilled in me the unwavering belief that tenacity is one of the fundamental keys to success. It took several attempts and countless hours of practice, but the feeling of accomplishment and newfound confidence were immeasurable.

My journey to a black belt taught me that commitment and unwavering belief in oneself are often more critical than innate ability. It’s not about being the strongest or most talented but about having the discipline, indomitable spirit, and perseverance to overcome challenges. These attributes are equally applicable to my professional life in the competitive world of media and entertainment.

Achieving a black belt in karate is not merely a testament to physical prowess; it is a symbol of internal growth, discipline, emotional control, and a core inner confidence. Just as a black belt represents the highest level of skill and dedication in martial arts, it stands as a reminder that these qualities are the true ingredients of personal and professional achievement.

This interview with Sarimah Ibrahim was authored by Heather Suttie.


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Singapore to host 2025 World Para Swimming Championships

Competition to be held in Asia for the first time in history with around 600 athletes set to compete at the world-class OCBC Aquatic Centre within the Singapore Sports Hub from 3 to 9 October 2025.

Singapore’s top Para swimmers joined an event in the host city to mark the announcement of the 2025 World Para Swimming Championships ⒸAndy Chua/SDSC

World Para Swimming and the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) unveiled on Monday (5 February) Singapore as the host city for the 12th edition of the World Para Swimming Championships. The Championships will unfold at the world-class OCBC Aquatic Centre within the Singapore Sports Hub, from 3 to 9 October 2025.

Aligned with Singapore’s 60th birthday celebration, the World Para Swimming Championships will serve as a testament to the nation’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity. Significantly, this milestone event marks the inaugural occasion of the World Para Swimming Championships being hosted in Asia. It also presents a rare opportunity for swimmers, both with and without disabilities, to vie for victory as the 2025 World Aquatics Championships is also going to be held in Singapore.

Craig Nicholson, Head of World Para Swimming, said: “We are delighted to announce that next year’s World Championships will take place in Singapore, marking the first time the competition is held in Asia. This is a major milestone for our sport and is also evidence of the growth of Para swimming in the country and the region. Singapore hosted the Citi Para Swimming World Series for the first time in 2019 and since then we have had the opportunity to see first-hand the great work of the Singapore Disability Sports Council, providing opportunities and breaking barriers for persons with disabilities in society. We look forward to working together with the SDSC and their partners to welcome the world’s best Para swimmers to the OCBC Aquatic Centre in 2025.”

Para swimming has been a consistent stronghold for Team Singapore, producing Paralympic medallists and world record holders such as Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh Rui Si. Additionally, Asian Para Games medallist Toh Wei Soong, Asian record holder Sophie Soon and numerous ASEAN Para Games medallists have contributed to the nation’s rich Para swimming legacy. Beyond elite competition, the SDSC also welcomes nearly 100 individuals with physical, visual and intellectual disabilities to its national championships annually.

Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, President of the SDSC, expressed, “We envision this landmark event propelling Singapore onto the global stage as a country that commits to empower individuals of all abilities. With the generous support of Sport Singapore and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, we aim to reach out to more Singaporeans through the awareness and partnerships that will be fostered by this event.”

“There remains a large number of Singaporeans with disabilities who can find inspiration, success and achievement in Para swimming and Para sport. We would like everyone to be able to gain inspiration and confidence from the exceptional Para swimmers that they will witness at this event. We implore supportive partners and sponsors to collaborate with us in forging a lasting legacy for persons with disabilities and the broader Singaporean community.”

“The 2025 World Para Swimming Championships promise to be an unforgettable celebration of diversity, athleticism, and community.”

Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Law, who graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour, said, “Hosting the World Para Swimming Championships is a significant milestone for the disability sport community in Singapore. It will enable our Team Singapore athletes to compete against the world’s top Para swimmers on home ground, and inspire Singaporeans, as they witness the competition up close.”

Transformative impact

Community activations featuring various Para sports in Singapore are in the plans to raise awareness and reach more persons with disabilities.

“SportSG fully supports efforts to uplift the lives of persons with disabilities through sport, through initiatives such as our Para Sport Academies, SportCares programmes, and inclusive ActiveSG facilities. Hosting the World Para Swimming Championships will enable us to build on these efforts in the same year that Singapore will also host the World Aquatics Championships and celebrate SG60. The organising committee seeks to co-create this event with our partners and deliver a memorable experience for all athletes, officials and members of our community. We look forward to everyone’s active participation in cheering for the world’s best aquatics athletes and immersing in the event festivities,” said Alan Goh, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Singapore 2025 World Para Swimming Championships.

Five-time Paralympic champion swimmer Yip Pin Xiu added, “I never imagined that we would one day get to showcase Para swimming to this level in Singapore. To know that it would happen at a world-class pool, with the top Para swimmers in the world competing right here on our little island, feels truly surreal. It not only shows that Singapore has taken concrete strides towards promoting inclusivity over the years but has received the confidence to play a leading role in the global landscape. I hope that more Singaporeans and organisations will take up the opportunity to watch the Para swimmers at the World Championships and find ways to be a part of this. Together we can understand how sports, and respect, can help to transform our stories as individuals and as a community.”

Emphasising the sense of community, Para swimmers, athletes from diverse sports, coaches, officials, and parents joyously marked the announcement with a traditional ‘lo hei’—a cherished Singaporean dish during the Lunar New Year that symbolises the act of “tossing for good fortune.” This heart-warming gesture was a collective wish for success in the upcoming World Championships.

Singapore has successfully hosted international Para swimming events in recent years, in particular the Citi Para Swimming World Series in both 2019 and 2023. It remains the sole Asian destination on the tour in 2024. The biennial World Para Swimming Championships, most recently hosted in 2023 in Manchester, Great Britain is anticipated to draw approximately 600 elite Para swimmers from over 60 nations to the vibrant garden city.

As part of the leadup to the Championships, a new Para swimming learn-to-swim programme, called Swim Together, was also introduced by the SDSC on Monday.

Developed by World Para Swimming, Singapore will be one of the first countries globally to launch the programme, with workshops commencing in May 2024 alongside the Citi Para Swimming World Series Singapore. The SDSC aims to equip more local swim coaches with the skills and confidence to welcome individuals with disabilities into the world of swimming.

 

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Six Sporting Events in Port Macquarie

Beach aerial picture taken by Matt Gilligan

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Located four hours north of Sydney on the beautiful mid-north coast of New South Wales, the Port Macquarie-Hastings region is well-known for its lively sporting culture attributed its natural playground comprising of uninterrupted beaches and natural surroundings. Without a doubt, this coastal area has attracted a number of captivating sporting events all year long bringing both competitors and spectators together. Sporting enthusiasts of all ages and interests can find something to enjoy in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area, from competitive surf events to community fun runs and marathons that provide spectacular views of the coastline. In this article, we highlight five sporting events that serve as a focal point for sportsmanship, athleticism, and friendship in this area. These events provide an opportunity for everyone, whether they are committed athletes or just fans of sports.

1. Port Macquarie Ironman Australia (May 5, 2024)

IRONMAN is an iconic triathlon event that attracts various athletes from around the world. Experience a genuinely unique swim in the serene Hastings River, a breathtaking bike alongside the Pacific Ocean, and an exhilarating run through the heart of Port Macquarie, with spectators cheering you on all the way to the finish line. This is the home of the Oceania TriClub Championship. There are IRONMAN Australia and IRONMAN 70.3. IRONMAN Australia 2023 in Port Macquarie, bringing more than 2,700 athletes to the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. Steve McKenna won an exciting men’s race with time “8:06:16” and Kylie Simpson won the women’s division with time “9:16:45” after overturning a significant swimming deficit. Despite having seen great success in other parts of their native country, both Australians were competing in the event for the first time. In the last four races, McKenna had finished on the podium four times, including one victory in IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne, while Simpson had taken first place in both IRONMAN Cairns and IRONMAN Western Australia in 2021.

2. Port Macquarie Running Festival (March 2-3, 2024)

Popular running event that offers various distances and type of run. They offer fun run and also marathons. This running festival took participants running around the town and also along the coastline.  There are Rydges Half Marathon, The Athletes Foot 10km Fun Run, Chop ‘n Chill Family 5km Fun Run, Treble Breakwall Buster, The Team Holborow 3km Kids Fun Run and IMF #RunSweatInspire 3km. In 2023 Port Macquarie Running Festival bringing 2500 runners from all over New South Wales. Port Macquarie Running Festival will be held on 2 – 3 March 2024 and will provide variety of run such as Treble Breakwall Buster, Treble Team Relay, 21.1km Half Marathon, 10km Fun Run, 5km Fun Run, IMF #RunSweatInspire 3km Run and 3km Kids Fun Run. Visit Port Macquarie Running Festival to learn more.

3. Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association (PMBBA) Contests (Nov 25, 2023)

Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association have been established more than 30 years. The PMBA host major bodyboarding event such as Port Macquarie Team Challenges and David ‘Goose’ Gosby Memorial. Various bodyboarding club from around Australia come to compete and get the tittle ‘best club in the nation’. Every competition takes place at one of the nearby beach breakers that lie between Lighthouse Beach and Port Macquarie’s North Shore. Every club member competes in the age group of their choice, earning points for each heat based on their wave scores. Throughout the competition season, points are tallied, and at the end of the year, an overall place is awarded. At the end of each competition, all finalists will be named, and the overall winners will be revealed during the End of Year Presentation. Visit https://pmba.com.au/ to learn more.

4. Raw Performance Den Novice 1 Powerlifting Competition (Nov 11, 2023)

This competition is intended for people who are new to powerlifting and wish to test their strength in a friendly and enjoyable setting. The three events in this competition, the squat, bench press, and deadlift are intended to provide novice lifters with an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. This is the ideal chance to push yourself and connect with other lifters in the neighborhood, regardless of experience level. For all lifters, the competition offers a secure and welcoming environment. The knowledgeable judges will be present to make sure that every lift is carried out safely and in compliance with the regulations. Throughout the competition, the lifters never fail to support one another with cheers. On, there will be a Raw Performance Den Novice 1 Powerlifting Competition on 11 November 2023 at 2 Fernhill Road #Unit 10, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444. Visit their website to learn more: RAW NOVICE 1 | Raw Performance Den.

5. AFT International Sports Fitness Festival @ Port Macquarie (Nov 4-5, 2023)

The inaugural AFT International Sports & Fitness Festival (#SpoFiFe) celebrates and empowers culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities including First Nations and Torres Straits Islander peoples and other indigenous communities of the Asia Pacific, persons with disabilities, people who are neurodiverse, women and youth with sports and fitness access and sport inclusion. The goal is to make health and fitness accessible and equitable to all layers of society, leaving no one behind.

The festival culminates in Port Macquarie following a tour in Malaysia and Sydney’s Haymarket (Chinatown) earlier in September. The two-day family-friendly event features:

  • A walkathon with a Virtual Reality twist (3KM/7KM/13KM)
  • Keynote Talks on Sport Inclusion helmed by gold medal swimmer, author and inclusion advocate Matt Levy OAM
  • A talk by Shannon & Sally, mothers of children from the Shinkyokushin Port Macquarie Karate Dojo “Karate Kid on the Spectrum” on how
  • A health and wellness expo
  • Youth in Sports activities
  • Health Talks and Workshops facilitated by specialist pharmacist and health coach, Theresa Loo
  • A secret supper to raise funds for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

Visit www.sportsfitnessfestival.com to RSVP. Entry is free.

6. Beach to Brother Trails (TBC – 2024)

Beach to brother trail running festival have come with 7th edition in Port Macquarie-Hastings region. In the Port Macquarie-Hastings region of New South Wales, Australia, there is a trail running competition known as the Beach to Brother Trails. These events give trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts the chance to take part in a variety of trail running challenges while taking in the breathtaking coastal and bushland beauty of the area. This event offers a variety of distances, including the 42 kilometre individual marathon, the 42 kilometre team relay marathon, the 21 kilometre half marathon, the 10 kilometre and 5 kilometre. Trail running fans have come to love the Beach to Brother Trails race because of its beautiful coastal and bushland courses, its difficult elevation changes, and the satisfaction of climbing North Brother Mountain. It provides a chance to explore the stunning scenery of the Port Macquarie region and establish a connection with nature in addition to providing a physical challenge. Visit their website to learn more: https://www.beachtobrother.com.au/ .

 

Text by Mohammad Hafizuddin Bin Mohammad Rosdi / Edited by Jasmine Low

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Port Macquarie’s top 8 destinations and activities for visitors

A seaside treasure in New South Wales, Australia’s mid-north coast, Port Macquarie is a place where unending chances for adventure and leisure combine with the area’s natural beauty. It’s understandable why Port Macquarie has grown to be a popular travel destination for tourists looking for a combination of outdoor exploration, cultural experiences, and a taste of the laid-back Aussie lifestyle, with its scenic scenery, gorgeous beaches, and an abundance of activities. Port Macquarie provides a wide choice of activities that are sure to captivate visitors, from historical buildings and vibrant local culture to immaculate beaches and colorful wildlife. Together, we will explore the top 8 destinations and activities available in this idyllic coastal town.

Town Beach

1. Town Beach is a family-friendly destination with open grassy areas, picnic facilities, and a kiosk serving delicious food and coffee. It features a modern playground, outdoor gym equipment, and a skate park. The picturesque Town Beach break wall, adorned with colorful graffiti rocks, is a popular site. Board riders favor the beach due to its protection from south winds and multiple bars. When conditions align, the beach can handle large southeast swells, and there’s a popular spot called Flagstaff inside the breakwater, known for breaking over a sandbar during larger south swells.

Photo credit: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Town beach aerial by Matt Gilligan

 

Tacking Point Light House

2. Tacking Point Lighthouse is a prime whale-watching spot during migration. A stunning coastal walk begins at Town Green foreshore and ends at Tacking Point Lighthouse, offering exquisite views of Port Macquarie’s beaches, shrubbery, and native wildlife along its 9.1-kilometer length. Lighthouse Beach in the hinterland boasts a beautiful seven-kilometer stretch of sand and is popular among surfers for its protection from summer north-easterly winds. Visitors can enjoy camel safaris, beach fishing, and Four-Wheel Drive adventures. The Surf Life Saving Club on Lighthouse Beach provides surf sports and a kiosk for refreshments.

Photo credit: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Lighthouse from the sea by Matt Gilligan 

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

3. The Koala Hospital, located within the historic Roto House grounds, is the world’s first hospital dedicated solely to koala care and conservation. Visitors can get up close to koalas, learn about their stories and rehabilitation, and benefit from knowledgeable guides who explain the hospital’s work and koala conservation. The hospital also features informative displays about its history and koala preservation efforts. Visitors can support the hospital by purchasing koala-themed souvenirs and contribute to its non-profit work in caring for injured koalas. For those seeking a more hands-on experience, volunteer programs are available. The location offers opportunities for capturing scenic photos of koalas and the coastal surroundings, all within the beautiful Macquarie Nature Reserve.

Photo credit: Port Macquarie Koala Hospital by Remy Brand

Port Macquarie Coastal Walk

4. This scenic coastal walk in Port Macquarie begins at Town Green foreshore and takes you along a beautiful route encompassing Town Beach, Rocky Beach lookout, Nobby’s Beach, Harry’s lookout with views of Shelly Beach, and concluding at Sea Acres. Along the way, you’ll encounter historical sites and breathtaking seaside scenery. During May to November, you might even spot migrating whales and are encouraged to note your sightings. The south end of the walk offers a unique forest-to-sea transition. The walk culminates at Tacking Point lighthouse, but it’s customizable for shorter sections or family-friendly walks. You’ll also find opportunities for barbecues and swimming, including a beachside café at Flynn’s Beach.

Photo credit: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Coastal walk by Matt Gilligan 

Sea Acres National Park

5. Sea Acres National Park offers a unique combination of beach and rainforest, where the sound of crashing waves harmonizes with birdsong. This park preserves one of the largest remaining coastal rainforests on the Australian east coast, with the rainforest extending all the way to the beach. The best way to explore this lush environment is by taking a leisurely stroll along the elevated boardwalk, either at your own pace or with a knowledgeable rainforest guide. Additionally, there are opportunities for Aboriginal Discovery activities, allowing you to delve into the Aboriginal history of the area and sample some bush tucker. If you wish to extend your stay in this peaceful rainforest setting, you can relax with a hot beverage or a refreshing drink at the Rainforest Café.

Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberry Farm

6. Ricardoes is a must-visit destination for travelers of all ages. The facility features rows of greenhouse structures where you can explore rows of flourishing tomato plants and sweet strawberries, all protected from the elements. “Cafe Red,” an air-conditioned café with a BYO policy and highchairs available, offers budget-friendly farm-fresh breakfasts, brunches, lunches, snacks, tea, coffee, cakes, and delicious Devonshire Teas with warm farmhouse scones, cream, and homemade strawberry jam. Visitors can enjoy complimentary tastings of their award-winning sweet and savory preserves. The on-site shop is stocked with daily harvested farm produce and essential supplies for RVers and campers. Additionally, you have the unique opportunity to pick your own strawberries from shoulder-height frames, making it an ideal stopover or a delightful place to spend a few hours.

Photo credit: Port Macquarie Hastings-Council, Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries by Jodi Wilson 

Flynns Beach

7. It has good protection from westerly and southerly winds and suits learn-to-surfers most of the year. The Surf Club has a kiosk that serves meals. There is plenty of accommodation available within a short walk of Flynns Beach. Things that can do is swim and sunbathe, surfing, picnicking, coastal walk, watersports and wildlife viewing.

Photo credit: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Flynns Beach morning surf yoga by Remy Brand 

Move8 Walk-a-Hunt

8. The Move8 Walk-a-Hunt is introduced by the inaugural AFT International Sports Fitness Festival. It begins at Panthers Port Macquarie and takes visitors in-person or in virtual reality along main streets in town where they will arrive at eight checkpoints in a 7-KM route. It’s a fun adventure while discovering Port Macquarie’s town to beach areas. The “Walk-a-Hunt” concept brings together recreational walking and a treasure hunt. Participants will be invited to explore a designated area, following clues or instructions in a riddle via a video to locate specific items, sign boards or businesses, solve the puzzles along the way and complete the challenges. Participants sign up and can complete it at their own pace. For more info, visit www.sportsfitnessfestival.com.

 

Getting to Port Macquarie:

  • A coastal town located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, at the mouth of the Hastings River, approximately 390 km north of Sydney and 530 km south of Brisbane in Australia.
  • Rome2Rio is a website that suggests four ways to get to Port Macquarie from Sydney. Travel by flight, train, bus or car – click here.
  • Transport NSW also provides a comprehensive travel guide – click here.
  • Plan your trip and learn more about Port Macquarie by visiting their official destination website: portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

 

Text compiled by Mohammad Hafizuddin Bin Mohammad Rosdi.


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Dementia is Not Just About Memory Loss

Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)

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We focus too much on memory loss in relation to dementia and not enough on difficulties with identifying emotions in social situations, according to researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University.

The perspective paper, published in Frontiers of Psychiatryhas highlighted the importance of assessing standard emotional responses to situations in order to improve diagnosis and management of dementia.

Lead author and social health expert Dr Suraj Samtani said that individuals with many types of dementia can identify most emotions such as happiness, sadness, surprise and fear, but have difficulties identifying other basic or primary emotions, including disgust or anger in facial expressions, as well as sarcasm and jokes in conversations.

“The value of assessing social cognition in older adults with dementia is to improve early intervention and treatment,” said Dr Samtani.

“It can also help identify dementia pathways for individuals from type of dementia such as frontotemporal dementia, to development of behavioural symptoms. Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia – involve memory loss, but for other types of dementia such as frontotemporal dementia, difficulties with social cognition are often the earliest signs of change.

Humans are inherently social beings, and having social connection is considered a basic human need. As individuals age, a variety of physical, cognitive and social changes take place, which can influence daily functioning and subsequently overall wellbeing.

Dr Samtani explained that in this context social cognition is “our ability to recognise emotions, social cues, inhibit inappropriate behaviour and act appropriately in social situations.”

Social cognition is a key component of how we function as social beings and includes the ability to understand other people’s mental states, and being able to feel and respond to what other people feel.

“Deficits in any of these social cognitive functions are a core feature of mild cognitive impairment and dementia, and may represent an early decline in cognitive function,” said Dr Samtani.

“These can manifest through behaviours such as difficulties with eye contact, behaving rudely or offensively and a clear failure to detect social cues in conversations.”

Routine social cognition assessments would ensure timely and appropriate interventions to improve social functioning and strengthen social health for individuals with dementia.

Another important factor noted in the paper is the link between social cognitive skills and the maintenance of social relationships.

Dr Joyce Siette from the MARCS Institute and senior author on the paper explained that individuals experiencing difficulty responding to social cues or having trouble reading emotions will likely become isolated and lonely.

“With recent evidence indicating that social isolation is a known modifiable risk factor for dementia, it is time to consider how we can reliably detect social cognitive deficits, as well as identify changes in them over time,” said Dr Siette.

However, identifying these deficits has many challenges, notably that there is no standard or accepted approach to measuring them.

While social reasoning and identifying and remembering faces add great value to the assessment of social cognition, the lack of measuring skills such as eye contact, asking open ended questions, using humour, understanding puns and keeping conversations going marks a flaw in the dementia diagnosis process.

“The majority of social cognition measures have either not been rigorously developed or psychometrically validated with people experiencing cognitive changes, with social behaviour the key component that remains to be assessed properly,” said Dr Samtani.

Internationally acclaimed leaders in the ageing brain and Co-Directors of CHeBA, Professor Henry Brodaty and Professor Perminder Sachdev, said that “more work was needed to develop an effective measurement of social cognition that have functionality in the clinic.”

Text and Photo provided by: University of New South Wales (UNSW).


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SXSW Sydney 2023 concludes today

1000 events over seven days delivering pure energy from creatives! Originating from Austin, Texas in 1987, SXSW has received world accolade as one of the most cutting-edge festivals for any content-maker and consumer of this digital era. So it makes sense that ahead of its March 8-16 SXSW in 2024, and while North America’s creative industry is on standstill from the American actors’ union Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike, the magic fairy dust has picked up and blown over on Gadigal land with the first South by Southwest (SXSW) Sydney.

Here’s a peek at some of what went on. Photos are supplied by the organisers.

Meanwhile, in the next building, the Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023 known as IEM Sydney returns this weekend after a four-year hiatus, to a sold-out crowd. Team Australia goes up against Team UK with the most entertaining callers at the ESL Counter Strike (eSports League) match. There was even a ‘snake’ thrown on stage, only to be wrestled away to safety by an Aussie dressed in his smartest ‘budgie smugglers’! Games is one of the major events at SXSW besides the other village zones of Tech and Innovation, Games, Music, Screen and Culture. The festival concludes today.

Watch the live-stream here on Twitch.

Port Macquarie celebrates sports inclusivity with the AFT International Sports Fitness Festival this November 4-5

Family-friendly weekend of sporting fun and fitness activities for all abilities

Port Macquarie, an idyllic coastal city in the Mid North Coast of New South Wales four-hours north of Sydney welcomes the inaugural AFT International Sports Fitness Festival on November 4 and 5 at Panthers Port Macquarie, headlined by the Kyokushin Karate Port Macquarie Dojo’s Karate Kids on the Spectrum, gold medal winning swimmer and sport inclusion advocate Matt Levy OAM (NSW) and specialist pharmacist, health coach and podcaster, Theresa Loo (QLD) and more!

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Sport Inclusion

Presented in collaboration with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, the festival promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in sports and fitness. A focus of this festival is its Sport Inclusion programmes for persons with disabilities and youth who are neurodiverse. Local Port Karate’s “Karate Kids on the Spectrum” programme which is inclusive of children who are neurodiverse will be showcasing a karate demonstration, meanwhile, the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf will have participants join in “walk virtually” along Port Macquarie’s famed coastal walk. Badminton Australia will facilitate a free demonstration, surfing enthusiasts are invited to Town Beach on Sunday morning to give it a go while swimming enthusiasts can hit the pool!

Members from the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf will join the Port Macquarie Walk-a-Hunt virtually (Photo via the Facebook of Richard Lee, at the Move8 Walk-a-Hunt in Bukit Bintang – Kuala Lumpur)
Specialist pharmacist and health coach, Theresa Loo from Queensland is helming the Keynote on Health.

All are invited to join in for the fun and games scheduled over two days:

  • A 7KM Coastal Walk-a-Hunt with a virtual reality inclusive version so others can join in virtually.
  • A Sports Expo & Health Beauty Bazaar
  • Sports Inclusion Talks (live-streamed)
  • Health Talks & Workshops (live-streamed)
  • Youth in Sports Fest
  • Eat for Good Secret Supper

In a virtual launch webinar held on 24 August 2023 at the Sydney Community Hub in Haymarket, Mayor Peta Pinson shared, “We’re known for our beautiful coastline, our wonderful hinterland and the mountains, rivers, creeks, streams, and ocean which exist in every corner of our region. These are the reasons why people choose to come and live here.

“Many of our residents live fit, healthy and active lifestyles – irrespective of age – so the AFT International Sports Fitness Festival will be an important event on our community calendar, and I look forward to it,”.

Town Green promenade at twilight by Matt Gilligan

Festival producer, Jasmine Low said, “Australia is known as a sporting nation with its beautiful outdoors, its choiciest food produce and multicultural mix. Through my own lived experiences, I have found many sporting events were intimidating and not inclusive of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children with autism or persons with disabilities. As a result, we sought out to partner with partners like Port Macquarie to enhance access to their destination whether you’re an armchair traveller or there in-person,”. Jasmine is also a carer and together with her Malaysian counterpart and fitness coach Nikki Yeo, the best friends are worlds apart and yet have come together remotely to curate a hybrid festival to connect people remotely and in-person just as they have themselves.

“Science has proven that walking even for just 30mins a day can raise your heart rate. We hope to entice those who are already fit, to use their fitness and strength for good. Neighbour, colleague or friend, walk with someone and it will change you and them,” urged Yeo, a founding board member of Exercise is Medicine Society Malaysia.

We invite all people including those from non-English speaking backgrounds to come along with their families and try out sports and fitness activities. Sport can bring everyone together, making us stronger as a cohesive community.

Fit for Good

All activities are free aside from the AFT Health Workshop (A$30 per person) and Secret Supper (A$66 per person).

Companies are invited to take up the Corporate Pledge sponsorship package which aims bring co-workers together to have fun, keep fit and work together as a team to do good plus lunch together, in support of local businesses. The festival’s ‘Fit for Good’ and ‘Eat for Good’ call benefits charity partners like All Together Now, The Koala Hospital, Port Karate Dojo and other local businesses.

In a bid to make the festival environmentally friendly, organisers invite the general public to bring their recyclables to drop into a Return and Earn bin at Panthers Port Macquarie. All proceeds from the recycling will be pooled and distributed to support karate classes for children and support the community’s favourite endangered animal, injured koalas at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

Koala Hospital Port Macquarie

Details:

Event title: AFT International Sports Fitness Festival @ Port Macquarie Date: November 4 & 5, 2023 Time: 7:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Panthers Port Macquarie, 1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 Cost: Free upon registration at www.sportsfitnessfestival.com/rsvp Email: info@sportsfitnessfestival.com

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Fact sheet

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (https://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/) oversees the one of the fastest growing urban centres in Australia. The Local Government Area covers 34 communities spread across the coast and hinterland, in urban, suburban and rural environments. With pristine coastal and hinterland environments, world class restaurants and a vibrant community, the Port Macquarie-Hastings region is incredibly diverse, with huge opportunities for growth and development.

All Together Now (www.alltogethernow.org.au) is a Harm Prevention charity acknowledging that racism is a form of abuse, with a mission to “Educate Australians About Racism”.

Port Karate’s Karate Kids on the Spectrum (www.portkarate.com), Kyokushin Karate classes that help children and adults with Autism or ADHD to break down boundaries.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital (https://koalahospital.org.au/), a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility, that has been helping rescue and rehabilitate koalas since 1973.The facility is run by Koala Conservation Australia Limited, a not-for-profit organisation that includes approximately 200 volunteers dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating koalas and conserving and restoring their natural habitats.

A Fitness Today (AFT) was founded in 2015 by two friends, a carer and her fitness coach. It has presence in Australia and Malaysia and produces digital content like videos, podcast interviews and feature articles on a wide range of topics related to sports, fitness and wellness. AFT strongly advocates for sports diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Website: www.afitnesstoday.com.

GIG: Go International Group Dotcom Pty Ltd. (www.gointernationalgroup.com) is an independent impact media production group is licensed to produce and represent the AFT International Sports Fitness FestivalAustraliaFitnessToday.comAsiaFitnessToday.com and AFT Podcasts. The group is affiliated to Go International Group Dotcom Sdn Bhd. which was established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has been producing youth, sporting, and lifestyle events since 2005. The Move8 Walk-a-Hunt was first initiated in 2018 at the KL Car Free Morning co-organised by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Multigreen Events.

Why are we doing this?

A Fitness Today creates impact in communities by making sports and fitness more accessible to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • newly arrived migrants and refugees
  • women and girls
  • people with a physical or mental disability.

Thank you.

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“SEPULUH” Documentary Chronicles Safee Sali’s Illustrious Football Journey

Step into the extraordinary boots of the Malaysian football legend

Malaysian sports enthusiasts and cinema lovers are in for a treat as the highly awaited documentary series, “SEPULUH,” takes center stage.

Produced by Astro Arena in collaboration with Prime Sports International, the six-part series is set to premiere on Astro Arena (Channel 801) every Friday at 9:00 pm, starting from November 24, 2023.

The documentary, a tribute to the legendary Safee Sali, unfolds the compelling narrative of his remarkable career in Malaysian football. Through a mix of captivating storytelling, exclusive interviews with key figures in Safee’s life, and never-before-seen footage, “SEPULUH” delves into Safee’s unwavering pursuit of excellence.

Safee himself shared his thoughts on the series, stating, “This documentary is more than just my story; it’s proof that with hard work and determination, dreams can come true. I hope it will tell a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.”

As the series navigates through the uncertainties of Safee’s early career to his pinnacle as a football superstar and national icon, viewers will be taken back to the roots of Safee’s childhood, exploring the circumstances of the football scene before his arrival and unveiling the making of the man who secured victory in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Adding to the anticipation, the series is proud to announce redONE as the presenting sponsor, further elevating the production to new heights.

Farid Yunus, Chief Executive Officer of redONE Network Sdn Bhd, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “redONE is proud to be the presenting sponsor of ‘SEPULUH.’ Safee Sali’s journey is not just a story of triumph in football; it’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of Malaysians. We believe in the power of such narratives, and through our support, we aim to contribute to the celebration of excellence and determination. While we market our brand, one of our missions is to always be a telco company that gives back to the community and that is why redONE provides affordable and cheapest postpaid plans from as low as RM8 a month.”

Nicholas John, Astro Head of Sports, expressed his excitement about the project, saying, “At Astro Arena, we have been longtime supporters of Safee Sali and have witnessed his journey from the inception of his career. We are genuinely thrilled to have been present during significant milestones in his life. Furthermore, extending beyond the football field, Safee has seized the opportunity to diversify his horizons within the realm of sports broadcasting, serving as a football pundit on Astro Arena.”

The result is poised to become one of Malaysia’s most enthralling sports documentary series, promising a journey that transcends the boundaries of sports fandom. Don’t miss the full episodic documentary, set to air on Astro Arena as follows:

**Every Friday night at 9:00pm, only on Astro Arena (Channel 801)

Episode Date Channel
Episode 1 24 November 2023 Astro Arena (Channel 801)
Episode 2 1 December 2023
Episode 3 8 December 2023
Episode 4 15 December 2023
Episode 5 22 December 2023
Episode 6 29 December 2023

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