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Australian school bans clapping to protect sensitive children

Is this what modern society has evolved to?

We can’t applaud in public?

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Australian Turtles

If you want to see Australian Turtles – Guaranteed, you have to visit the Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland!

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World Class Squash Player Comes To Sydney

Madeline Perry Signs with East Coast Squash Academy

Sydney, NSW, Australia (19, January, 2016) – The East Coast Squash Academy is proud to announce and welcome Former World #3, Madeline Perry, as the Academy’s Head Professional. Perry will be responsible for managing and coaching a variety of programs at both Willoughby Squash Club and Bondi Waverley Squash Club.

Perry joins the Academy after playing full-time on the WSA/PSA tour for the past 17 years. Perry represented Ireland in 5 Commonwealth Games and is the most successful squash player in history of Ireland Squash. She has won 13 World Tour Titles and was ranked within the top 10 WSA players for over 10 consecutive years. Perry retired from the professional world tour in the middle of 2015.

“I am really excited to be joining the East Coast Squash Academy’s coaching team” Perry exclaims. “Having recently retired from the world tour, coaching will be a new and exciting challenge for me. Australia has always been a big influence within the squash world and it will be great to be a part of it.”

Aaron Frankcomb, Director of The East Coast Squash Academy is also very excited to welcome Perry to the Academy. “We are thrilled to have such a great player like Madeline, join our team. This will be a great opportunity for our juniors, members and master players to gain outstanding guidance from such an experienced and accomplished player.”

The East Coast Squash Academy aims to consistently provide professional, world-class squash coaching, whilst also offer job opportunities for top players coming off the tour. “We are proud to offer coaching roles to retiring world class players, encouraging them to settle in Australia to strengthen the game of squash here,” Frankcomb adds. “This opportunity places Sydney and Australia in a great position to increase the standard and exposure to our junior, elite and professional players who are training to one day go on the professional playing circuit. We also hope this will continue to increase female participation within the sport.”

Frankcomb also believes it is important to have professional coaches inside clubs building coaching programs and competition. “For squash clubs to succeed, they need to expand the pool of players by providing  children and adults a wider range of opportunities within a variety of programs matched to age and level of proficiency. This is why we seek out masters of the game like Madeline to attract the most keen squash players of both genders and all ages. Everyone wants to get close to a world-class champion!”

The East Coast Squash Academy:

Founded in 2011 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy set out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within local communities surrounding squash centres. The first installation was at Willoughby Squash Club where Frankcomb was hired as the club’s resident squash pro.

Since inception, the Academy has produced some stellar results including: Attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour. Its junior program has the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, Australian junior teams and Australian senior players. The Academy has developed NSW and Australian Junior Champions.

The Academy is home base to two full time senior players that have reached careers highs of top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour.  Its best female professional reached a top world ranking  of 130.

The junior program now boasts over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads have increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations are at an all-time high.

The Bondi Waverley Squash Club is the second squash club to join the Academy, in 2014.

Contact details:

Tel: 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Facebook: East Coast Squash Academy

Aaron Frankcomb:

Aaron Frankcomb was ranked in the top 100 professional squash players for 8 years, 4 years in the top 50, winning 3 PSA titles. He represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was a Junior Champion in all age groups including 2 times in the Under 19 category and holder of scholarships in the Tasmanian and  Australian Institutes Of Sport. He now coaches professionally and remains Sydney’s top ranked squash player and is still considered within the top 5 players in Australia.

Contact details:

Tel: 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: www.AaronFrankcomb.com.au
Facebook: Aaron Head Pro WilloughbySquash

Willoughby Squash Club

Willoughby Squash Club has been Sydney’s premier squash club for over 30 years. Boasting 10 singles courts and Sydney’s only regulation championship sized doubles courts. Willoughby is also a site for Australia’s #1 squash store, with the largest selection of squash racquets, shoes, and accessories; the club also has an onsite restringing service.

(i) www.WilloughbySquash.com.au
(e) squash@bigpond.com.au
(w) 0299581399
(a) 443 Willoughby Road, Willoughby NSW 2068

Bondi Waverley Squash Club

Bondi Waverley is a member-run club located in the heart of Bondi Junction. A beautiful four-court centre and bar, Bondi Waverley Squash Club has entered teams in Sydney’s pennant competition for over 40 years. In addition to courts, the club is also available for functions in the spacious bar and lounge, with pool tables and poker machines. The club is now the second location for East Coast Squash Academy and hosts annual tournaments as well as regular programs for all skill levels and age groups.

(i) www.BondiSquashClub.com.au
(e) BondiSquashClub@optusnet.com.au
(w) 0293871452
(a) 8 Denison Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

 

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Australian Squash Creates A Buzz In New York City

Sydney, NSW, Australia (29, January, 2016) – Believe it or not, Australian Squash Clubs are thriving. The East Coast Squash Academy’s founder and managing director Aaron Frankcomb recently attended the Tournament Of Champions in Grand Central Station in New York City and was pleasantly surprised by the positive buzz about Australian squash.

“The pros on tour as well as recent retirees from the professional circuit have been excited about what’s happening in Australia” exclaims Frankcomb. “We’ve seen a surge in the number of applications from all over the world for positions available with the Academy, but the buzz goes beyond that.” Frankcomb explains, “Pro players, coaches and aspiring future champions see the grass-roots enthusiasm of the Sydney/Australian community on social media and online squash discussion boards.”

Admittedly, this feedback was bolstered by the large Australian contingency of attendees at the ToC in New York from Sydney’s Willoughby and Bondi Waverley Squash Clubs – 13 people travelled to the event as part of the Academy’s International initiative to expose local players to the global squash “scene”.

“We endeavour to strengthen the local squash community by organising junior and senior members to travel and compete in both local and international squash events” Frankcomb states. “Successful trips have included The Bega Open (NSW), The City of Clarence Open (TAS), The Australian Open (VIC) and recently The Tournament of Champions in New York city.”

Fuelling this buzz was the recent announcement that the East Coast Squash Academy secured former World #3, Madeline Perry, as the Academy’s Head Professional.

Perry joins the Academy after playing full-time on the WSA/PSA tour for the past 17 years. Perry represented Ireland in 5 Commonwealth Games and is the most successful squash player in history of Ireland Squash. She has won 13 World Tour Titles and was ranked within the top 10 WSA players for over 10 consecutive years. Perry retired from the professional world tour in the middle of 2015.

Sydney squash has been very dynamic over the past few years but it’s in large part due to strong advocates of the sport.  “Peter Aitken’s tireless enthusiasm and promotion of squash at the social, pennant and tournament levels at Willoughby Squash Club has been the foundation of Sydney squash for the past decade” states Frankcomb.

“The Academy would not be here today without Pete’s support and dedication to the local and national squash community. I don’t know where (Sydney) squash would be without him” admits Frankcomb.

“The positive support for what we’re doing is amazing. We’re getting emails from parents, kids and adults of all ages who feel the resurgence of the sport, confirming that the momentum is building as well as player (ranking) results improving” adds Aitken. “Aaron’s love and passion for the game has clearly contributed towards the growth and success of the Willoughby Squash Club community. I believe he has affected positive change to the development of squash and I am excited to see this continual growth for the sport we all are so passionate about.”

The East Coast Squash Academy:

Founded in 2011 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy set out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within local communities surrounding squash centres. The first installation was at Willoughby Squash Club where Frankcomb was hired as the club’s resident squash pro.

Since inception, the Academy has produced some stellar results including: Attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour. Its junior program has the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, Australian junior teams and Australian senior players. The Academy has developed NSW and Australian Junior Champions.

The Academy is home base to two full time senior players that have reached careers highs of top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour.  Its best female professional reached a top world ranking  of 130.

The junior program now boasts over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads have increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations are at an all-time high.

The Bondi Waverley Squash Club is the second squash club to join the Academy, in 2014.

Contact details:
Tel: 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Facebook: East Coast Squash Academy

Aaron Frankcomb:

Aaron Frankcomb was ranked in the top 100 professional squash players for 8 years, 4 years in the top 50, winning 3 PSA titles. He represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was a Junior Champion in all age groups including 2 times in the Under 19 category and holder of scholarships in the Tasmanian and  Australian Institutes Of Sport. He now coaches professionally and remains Sydney’s top ranked squash player and is still considered within the top 5 players in Australia.

Contact details:
Tel: 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: www.AaronFrankcomb.com.au
Facebook: Aaron Head Pro Willoughby Squash

Willoughby Squash Club

Willoughby Squash Club has been Sydney’s premier squash club for over 30 years. Boasting 10 singles courts and Sydney’s only regulation championship sized doubles courts. Willoughby is also a site for Australia’s #1 squash store, with the largest selection of squash racquets, shoes, and accessories; the club also has an onsite restringing service.

(i) www.WilloughbySquash.com.au
(e) squash@bigpond.com.au
(w) 0299581399
(a) 443 Willoughby Road, Willoughby NSW 2068

Bondi Waverley Squash Club

Bondi Waverley is a member-run club located in the heart of Bondi Junction. A beautiful four-court centre and bar, Bondi Waverley Squash Club has entered teams in Sydney’s pennant competition for over 40 years. In addition to courts, the club is also available for functions in the spacious bar and lounge, with pool tables and poker machines. The club is now the second location for East Coast Squash Academy and hosts annual tournaments as well as regular programs for all skill levels and age groups.

(i) www.BondiSquashClub.com.au
(e) BondiSquashClub@optusnet.com.au
(w) 02 9387 1452
(a) 8 Denison Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

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Australian fibromyalgia research explores the benefits of floatation therapy

Great news for fibromyalgia sufferers residing in Melbourne, Australia!

Back in 2012, a Swedish fibromyalgia international research initiative shone a light of hope in the dark tunnels of this often confusing disorder. At first, the findings were met with some scepticism, but soon, as more fibromyalgia sufferers joined the study, the light got brighter.

The Swedish Fibromyalgia Research group demonstrated compelling evidence that floatation REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) “provided significant temporary reductions in pain, muscle tension, stress, anxiety and sadness, as well as significant increases in relaxation, feelings of well-being, energy and ease of movement.”

Improvement in the quality of sleep was also reported. The real beauty of the fibromyalgia research was that participants reported positive health benefits.

Holy Moly! What’s floatation therapy, you ask? Well, you might not remember when you were in your mother’s womb, but a foetus floats in a special liquid called the amniotic fluid. That’s what flushes out when a woman’s water break. A miracle of life! And it’s what made us feel warm and cosy inside the protective womb.

A floatation tank is intended to mimic that experience. As you float in magnesium-enriched water, you feel totally relaxed, and your body is free of the effects of gravity. The combination of zero gravity and relaxing magnesium salt in a protective environment that is free of outside stimuli can work wonders for many patients.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia and swallowing more drugs makes you gag, then register to participate in the Floatation Fibromyalgia Project. If you haven’t tried floatation therapy before, you’re in for a treat! It is totally relaxing, soothing and peaceful. You can learn more about the Fibromyalgia research project here:

http://www.floatationtankmelbourne.com.au/fibromyalgia-floatation-project-ffp.html

This could be just what you need to get those fibromyalgia demons off your back…!

 

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Aussies can enter the A$2 Billion Powerball lottery frenzy!

What would YOU do with A$2 Billion in lottery winnings? That is the new jackpot for the US-based Powerball lottery…

According to today’s Sydney Morning Herald article, you can get in on in the action.

I am not a gambler or a lottery ticket buyer, but A$2 Billion jackpot is too much to resist… Ya gotta be in it to win it!

If you win because of this blog post, please send me a small, $1million gratuity – you’ll be more than able to afford it!

 

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Australian Manufacturing Reboot

If you thought Australian Manufacturing was down and out – think again… Successful Endeavours in Melbourne is bucking the trend for a good reason, they are antimimeticisomorphic about their business approach to electronic design and manufacturing!

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Australian Manufacturing

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Australia’s First Women’s Squash Camp for Women by Women

PRESS RELEASE

Australia’s First Women’s Squash Camp
For Women By Women

Sydney, 13 July 2015: Squash a gentleman’s sport? Not anymore. The East Coast Squash Academy based in Sydney, NSW is changing the face of squash with the announcement of Australia’s first All Women’s Squash Camp created for women by women.

“There is no reason why more girls and women shouldn’t play squash” explains Aaron Frankcomb, East Coast Squash Academy’s Founder. “Squash is accessible to all levels of physical ability, age, and level of ambition. In the past year, we have more than doubled the participant of female players and thought the time was right to create an all-female squash camp.”

The idea for an all-female camp came from other sports that used this approach as an introduction to their sport – so why not consider it for squash? All-girls or all-women squash camps have been run successfully overseas, but never in Australia – UNTIL NOW.

The camp will feature an impressive all-female faculty, including current World #31 (and former World #13) Donna Urquhart, East Coast Squash Academy Assistant Professional Moana Gray (former World #131), and top USA College Player Tiffany Hau.

As its name suggests, this Women’s Squash Camp is exclusive to female players and structured to accommodate first-timers to the sport as well as competitive players. Senior and masters players are expected to be the majority of participants with the encouragement of mother-daughter registrations.

”It’s always super exciting for me to come to a squash centre and see women competing with men on court, no matter the skill level or age,” Tiffany Hau candidly admits. “Even back home in the U.S., camps like this are either not running or are not marketed enough. It’s a shame for the sport and for women who feel discouraged and ignored in a sport dominated by men. I’m hoping this unique initiative can jump start the growth of women players in squash, at both the club and professional levels.”

Don’t for a second think this is not a serious squash camp! Participants will be on court for more than 12 hours and will also be privy to two hours of sports psychology training by the Academy’s mental toughness coach and resident faculty member, Dr. Marc Dussault.

Dr Dussault’s keynote presentation “How to avoid mental mistakes to instantly improve your squash game” has been a game changer for players across Australia and Canada. The mental aspect of the game is one of the four pillars reinforced by the Academy, along with technical, physical, and strategic development.

The camp will run the weekend of Saturday and Sunday August 22nd-23rd at Willoughby Squash Club (443 Willoughby Road, Willoughby NSW 2068).

Included in the registration fee is all the equipment needed as well as two catered meals and healthy snacks throughout the weekend. Expected to be scheduled only once a year, this is the ideal opportunity for girls and women to  step into the world of squash. The inaugural pricing (early bird pricing is A$495) has been set to entice newcomers to the sport.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES AND SQUASH CAMP BOOKINGS

Contact Tiffany Hau at tiffany@eastcoastsquashacademy.com.au or at +61 0406 350 161.or go online at http://www.eastcoastsquashacademy.com.au/womens-squash-camp.html

East Coast Squash Academy

Founded 4 years ago by Aaron Frankcomb, the East Coast Squash Academy is based out of Sydney, NSW. And now operates in two locations, the Willoughby Squash Club and the Bondi Waverley Squash Club. The Academy works with players of all levels, from social players to high performance players on the PSA tour providing opportunities for juniors to masters players to be coached and compete at their level of proficiency.

This year, the Academy had 22 juniors ranked on the New South Wales Junior Rankings, two at number one in their divisions.

Aaron Frankcomb

(m) +61 0424 474 001
(e) aaron@eastcoastsquashacademy.com.au
(w) www.AaronFrankcomb.com.au
(w) www.EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au

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 Donna Urquhart

Donna Urquhart (Yamba, NSW) is current World #31 and former World #13. She has won 8 titles while on the tour. In addition, she has represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, earning a bronze medal.  As a junior, she won 5 titles and came runner-up at both the Scottish and British Junior Opens. Donna is still competing on the tour and will be playing on home soil at the Victoria Open and Australian Open before coming to Sydney to coach the Women’s Camp!

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 Willoughby Squash Club

Willoughby Squash Club has been Sydney’s premier squash club for over 30 years. Boasting 10 singles courts and Sydney’s only regulation championship sized doubles courts. Willoughby is also a site for Australia’s #1 squash store, with the largest selection of squash racquets, shoes, and accessories; the club also has an onsite restringing service.

(w) www.WilloughbySquash.com.au
(e) squash@bigpond.com.au
(t) +61 02 9958 1399
(a) 443 Willoughby Road, Willoughby NSW 2068

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 Bondi Waverley Squash Club

Bondi Waverley is a member-run club located in the heart of Bondi Junction. A beautiful four-court centre and bar, Bondi Waverley Squash Club has entered teams in Sydney’s pennant competition for over 40 years. In addition to courts, the club is also available for functions with a spacious bar and lounge, with pool tables and poker machines. The club is now the second location for the East Coast Squash Academy and hosts annual tournaments as well as regular programs for all skill levels and age groups.

(i) www.BondiSquashClub.com.au
(e) BondiSquashClub@optusnet.com.au
(t) +61 02 9387 1452
(a) 8 Denison Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

 

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Education Costs In Australia

Australian parents want lots of things for their children; they have big dreams for them which include a happy life, a solid education and a fulfilling job with lots of opportunities. But what does all of this cost?

The average amount spent on education for an Australian family with two children varies based on the family income. On average a low-income family will spend approximately $22,076; a middle-income family will spend $44,644 whereas a high-income family will spend $191,608. The cost of bringing up two children for a typical middle-income family rose to $812,000, up from $537,000 in 2007; a rise of 50% since 2007 but the household incomes over that same period only grew 25%.

Parents are spending more
on their children than ever before

Based on a report by The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, Australian parents spend on average a total of $50,000 on their education and childcare. According to The Australian Scholarships Group, a not-for-profit provider of education savings plans, the total cost of putting a child through a government primary and secondary school can be as much as $65,829. That cost includes tuition fees and levies (including fundraising contributions), uniforms, school bags, music and sporting materials, computer costs as well as incidentals like private tuition, camps and extra curricular activities. ASG estimates that the private education figure can be as much as $428,723 per child.

The Australian Scholarships Group forecasts the cost of private schooling in Sydney to be $541,275, making it the most expensive city in Australia to educate a child. The breakdown is $175,109 for primary school and $359,043 for high school.

Is your child’s education really worth
half a million dollars?!?!

Education costs are on the rise. The cost of education in Australia has almost doubled the rate of inflation over the last 20 years. According to 2009 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, education costs rose at 5.6 percent compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.3 percent. There are a number of reasons for this including rising teacher salaries as well as technology, infrastructure and maintenance costs.

Couples with an eldest child aged 5-14 years in 2009-10 spent at least double what their 1984 counterparts spent on housing costs, miscellaneous goods and services (which includes education fees), and household services and operation (which includes net child care costs). Their weekly disposable income had increased by 77% ($820) to $1,891 in 2009-10.

The average tuition for senior students at Catholic schools in the Sydney diocese is about $2,200. Public school cost in Sydney is about $71,000 and parents could spend up to $234,877 for their child to attend systemic Catholic schools. In 2011/12, NSW spent $14,123 per full-time primary student in the classroom and $16,749 per full-time secondary student.

In higher education, expenditure per student over the last decade has been relatively stable, while spending per student in government secondary and primary schools has increased 20 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. Meanwhile expenditure per hour of training in VET actually decreased around 25 per cent over the same period. Over the period 2012 – 2013 total expenditure grew only 15 per cent for VET, while schools and higher education experienced growth of 23 and 40 per cent respectively over the same period.

To a certain extent the costs to parents of sending their children to university are reduced by the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS). While there are substantial costs associated with attending university other than fees (for example text books, travel and possibly accommodation fees and the income foregone while participating in full-time study), HECS allows students to defer payment of their fees until after they graduate and begin to earn an income over $49,096 (ATO, 2012). So although many parents will incur substantial costs supporting their children who are studying, those who are not able to help with their children’s fees up-front, part of the cost will eventually be paid by the children after they have graduated and have joined the labour force.

Australian Scholarships Group, a not-for-profit provider of education savings plans, estimates that the total cost of putting a child through a government primary and secondary school to be about $65,829. This figure includes tuition fees and levies (including fundraising contributions), uniforms, school bags, music and sporting materials, computer costs as well as incidentals like private tuition, camps and extra curricular activities. For private education, ASG estimates the figure to be up to $428,723 per child.

It is a fact that Education is one of life’s major investments – in some instances it is probably a bigger investment than a family home. By saving regularly, parents are more likely to achieve the goals and aspirations they have for their children. It is never too late to start saving; obviously the sooner the better.

There are a few specific education funds set up that can help you put money aside for your child’s education. These are called scholarship funds and are offered by the below friendly societies:

Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE proponent of education in all its forms, however like any investment – the Return On Investment (ROI) has to be worth it. I hear horror stories in the United States where people are graduating from University with $250,000 of student loan debt with degrees that are commercially worthless – which begs the question — what were they thinking?!?!

They weren’t thinking… They “thought” a degree was a must-have… It might be, but not just “any” degree and not at “any cost”…

Junior is probably not the next Einstein

Simply put – most students are not worth the investment parents are making. Many parents over-compensate falsely thinking it’s worth the investment when it clearly is not. I am sure it’s a tough realisation when the moment comes that “junior” is not the next Einstein. Throwing money at the problem has never proven to improve IQ…

Sorry for calling it like it is. Someone has to, otherwise keep spending as you are and hope for a miracle!

 

 

 

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BRW Rich Women 2015

This year’s list of the BRW Rich Women is out. This is the list of self-made women, inherited wealth recipients not included.

Check out this cool, interactive graphic!

BRW Richest self-made women

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Aussie Homelessness

I never would have thought Australian homelessness was this high. Donate to the Red Cross and let’s help them reduce the numbers.

Aussie Homelessness - Red Cross

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Bondi Waverley Squash Club Signs Up To Join The East Coast Squash Academy

Bondi Waverley Squash Club Signs Up To Join
The East Coast Squash Academy

Bondi, NSW, Australia (19, November, 2014)Bondi Waverley Squash Club has signed up to become the second facility for the East Coast Squash Academy in Sydney, Australia. A complete schedule of coaching clinics, tournaments and activities will be led by a top 100 profession squash player who will become the resident squash pro.

“We looked at several options and chose The East Coast Squash Academy because it met our social/community, financial and elite sport performance goals with the most attractive value proposition” explains BWSC Club President, Steve Greig. “One of the key factors to go ahead was the fact that this was a working model just across town, at Willoughby Squash Club.”

Amongst the objectives Bondi set forth when signing up was to promote and expand the sport of squash across the seaside community, especially for young players with the development of a junior program for boys and girls that accommodates all levels of play, not just the elite.

With the signing of this landmark agreement, activities will launch early in the new year with several “kick off” events that will attract attention to this exciting new collaboration.

‘We’re thrilled to have Bondi join the Academy” declares Aaron Frankcomb, the Academy’s founder and Managing Director. “Bondi boasts an outstanding reputation within the local squash community. The club has a buzz to it, being in a vibrant part of town in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. We’re going to capitalise on that goodwill to create a fun and exciting environment for squash players of all standards with innovative competitions, clinics and activities.”

The East Coast Squash Academy is a value-add to existing squash clubs generating additional revenue by leveraging off-peak time slots whilst promoting the sport of squash in an variety of innovative ways.

The numerous benefits for the hosting squash facility include: Increased use of the facility, more members, higher revenues, longer tenure of members, greater exposure and visibility within the sports and social communities as well as improved health and wellbeing for participants of all ages.

Even though elite performance is at the core of the Academy’s curriculum, after-school and multi-sport programs are an integral part of the offering and cater to participants of all skill levels from young boys and girls to mature seniors who play competitively at the Masters level (35 to 80+ years of age).

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Bondi Waverley Squash Club:

Bondi Waverley Squash Club Limited is a fully licensed not for profit members squash club which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.

The club has a long and proud squash tradition, producing many male and female players that have excelled and proudly represented New South Wales and Australian national teams.

The club continues to provide first class squash facilities with an excellent bar which are open to members and non-member (guests).

Contact details:
Tel: (02) 9387 1452

Email:  bondisquashclub@optusnet.com.au

Website: www.bwsc.com.au

Facebook: Bondi Waverly Squash Club

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The East Coast Squash Academy:

Founded in 2011 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy set out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within local communities surrounding squash centres. The first installation was at Willoughby Squash Club where Frankcomb was hired as the club’s resident squash pro.

Since inception, the Academy has produced some stellar results including: Attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour. Its junior program has the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, Australian junior teams and Australian senior players. The Academy has developed NSW and Australian Junior Champions.

The Academy is home base to two full time senior players that have reached careers highs of top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour.  Its best female professional reached a top world ranking  of 130.

The junior program now boasts over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads have increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations are at an all-time high.

Contact details:
Tel: 0424 474 001

Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au

Website: www.EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au

Facebook: East Coast Squash Academy

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Aaron Frankcomb:

Aaron Frankcomb was ranked in the top 100 professional squash players for 8 years, 4 years in the top 50, winning 3 PSA titles. He represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was a Junior Champion in all age groups including 2 times in the Under 19 category and holder of scholarships in the Tasmanian and  Australian Institutes Of Sport. He now coaches professionally and remains Sydney’s top ranked squash player and is still considered within the top 5 players in Australia.

Contact details:

Tel: 0424 474 001

Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au

Website: www.AaronFrankcomb.com

Facebook: Aaron Head Pro WilloughbySquash

 

 

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Protect Your Dog!

I just read a shocking blog post about graffiti vandals tagging properties to alert “robbers” to steal dogs for fighting…  If you have a dog or love dogs and see graffiti like this – alert the homeowner immediately!

Below is an infographic for you if you’re a fellow dog lover!

Woofs of Wisdom Infographic

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So-called “sexting” without consent is now an offence in Victoria, according to MSN.com.au.

From today, anyone who maliciously or deliberately spreads intimate images of another person – or threatens to do so – faces prosecution under two new offences.

According to the MSN.com.au article, the ban applies to intimate images of anyone under the age of 18 as well as images of adults without their consent.

  • Those who illegally spread such images can be jailed for up to two years.
  • Those who threaten to distribute them can be jailed for up to one year.

The new laws also introduce exceptions to child pornography offences so those under 18 will not be prosecuted or placed on the sex offenders’ register for consensual, non-exploitative sexting.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said it was important the law kept up with changing technology. “Previously, the law provided only limited protection against malicious distribution of intimate images and this behaviour can cause considerable harm to victims, especially when images go viral,” he said in a statement.

This is a great first step in protecting our online privacy.

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Graffiti Removal Day is THIS Sunday – October 26th

I recently blogged about that Graffiti is a costly public nuisance that costs taxpayers a lot of money, not to mention kills taggers and graffiti vandals on a regular basis. Even though there are numerous graffiti removal companies, the problem still persists.

The NSW Graffiti Removal Day is this Sunday and its goal is to bring attention to this problem and reduce the graffiti that scars the beauty of our cities. Get out there this weekend and do your bit to help. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!

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Thanks to Amelia Priest of Just Snacks for sending the original notice through. She has done her bit to help as I have (getting the word out to more people), now it’s your turn!

 

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Australian Graffiti Removal Day October 26th

 Graffiti is a costly public nuisance that costs taxpayers a lot of money, not to mention kills taggers and graffiti vandals on a regular basis. Even though there are numerous graffiti removal companies, the problem still persists.

A NSW organisation has created a Graffiti Removal Day to bring attention to this problem and reduce the graffiti that scars the beauty of our cities. Get out there and do your share to beautify our surroundings!

Thank you to Amelia Priest of Just Snacks for sending this through. She has done her bit to help as I have (getting the word out to more people), now it’s your turn!

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Government Eavesdropping – responses

I recently emailed and posted a link to a petition to stop the government from eavesdropping on all our emails and phone calls and it got a lot of responses – some of them noted below – add your comments below and let’s keep the dialogue open!

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Glad to see you are using your rule of “No Politics” as a guideline not a panacea.  I know this is a rare exception for you and that is good.  I think you have chosen well in having the balls to put your business behind this.  It shows strength, leadership and care on a topic we can all back.  I was not sure that you were willing to take that risk.  I have more TRUST and respect that you have the backbone to make that stand now that I see this about you.

History proves without taking action to use appropriate negative feedback loops and without sufficient accountabilities recognised authorities eventually fail to have a conscience and fail to serve, which is “How Civilisations Fail”, as proven time and again historically (refer to Jarad Diamond’s book “How Civilisations Fail”).

Cheers
Andrew B.

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Done!

Thank you, Marc. Glad you have a social conscience.

Of course, it is our own fault. We have tolerated our governments covert dealings for years and perversely justify our unknowing as integral to our interests.

Terrorism spells fear for a weak politician. It is the Shadow – small as this seems now – that arises and engulfs when we abrogate responsibility.

One day when Sunshine comes – when governments disband their CIA’s – we will know what we are all up to and earning, have friends with, and we will wonder what the fuss was about.

Kind Regards,

Nicholas B-Y

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Marc,

I am impressed with much of your work, but I’m disappointed at what appears to be naivety, or self-interest with respect to this issue.

You are a clever man, how would you track down these extreme Islamist terrorists people before they strike?

Were you aware that Australia is the most potent source of home grown extreme  Islamist terrorists in the Western world?

Our intelligence agencies have averted a number of attacks on significant targets which could have cost hundreds and thousands of lives. The people who get seduced into extremist Islamist terrorism are home grown Australians. They live here amongst us, using our internet to connect and share extreme views, recruit others, and plot terrorist attacks to kill their fellow Australians. If we allow their numbers to grow amongst us we could one day become the next Iraq where the ISIL mass murdering hundreds and thousands of non-believers to take over lands and create a Islamist Caliphate.

What would you suggest is the most effective way to find these people before lives are lost?

You talk about loosing our privacy, but what does that mean? Why should we be concerned if a law enforcement agency maintains records of online activities? How is this going to affect me?  I’m a law abiding citizen. The bigger online threats we should be concerned about are those threats from online fraud, distributed access denial attacks, etc.

I agree that the cost and logistics of government’s proposed approach needs to be thought through, but in the absence of a better way to track down extremists, I think it’s the right thing to do.

Correct me if I’m wrong but surely the only people to fear their data being stored are those who have something to hide from authorities.

So, what is your reason for running this campaign to stop the legislation? Did not know that Australia is such a potent source of extreme views, or do you have a better way to find them, or is there something you have to hide from the Authorities?  If you have a better way, why not share it with us?

Kind Regards,

Malcolm L.

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Hi Marc to fix the problem we have with this internet reading is that there are 15 million people online in australia so all we have to do is for 3 months just talk about guns bomb making killing etc etc and try downloading rubbish like this and that will give the Federal police ASIO etc enough work to last them like 12yrs of flat out understaffed work and it will just go in the too hard basket reverse psychology

John G.

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The statements below are incorrect. Reading emails etc without a warrant is not what is proposed.

John L.

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Imagine if ANYONE could read ALL your personal emails and listen to ALL your private phone calls…

Imagine if ANYONE
could read ALL your personal emails and
listen to ALL your private phone calls?!?!
 
I am not into “causes” – but I can’t let the privacy pirates get away with this.
I received this information from Avaaz.org and believe we need to come together to ensure this doesn’t happen:Phone TappingGeorge Brandis is trying to rush through a plan to monitor ALL internet traffic in Australia. Mandatory metadata retention would mean that every phone call, every tweet, every email would be stored and law enforcement would be able to access it without a warrant. It’s a huge privacy breach, but we can stop this plan before it becomes law.
The government is counting on us not understanding exactly what the policy threatens — but the same ISP companies that will be burdened with collecting the data are some of the most vocal opponents to the plan. One of the bill’s authors, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has opposed similar moves in the past and as the founder of the Internet company, Ozemail, he knows the negative impact the bill will have.
Let’s overwhelm Malcolm Turnbull with a call to fight within Cabinet to scrap this over-reaching plan.
Sign the petition now to stop the snooping.
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/asio_in_your_email_2/?baiPCgb&v=43546

Collecting and storing huge amounts of data on citizens is a radical move. Brandis claims that the new measures are necessary to protect us from the threat of terrorism, but current laws provide intelligence agencies with more than enough information, while maintaining strict rules on privacy. And now Tony Abbott appears to have massively broadened the scope of the proposed scheme.

Telco’s don’t want this plan to go ahead either. The collection and storage of so much information may add up to 100 terabytes of data a day. It’s also extraordinarily expensive and is estimated to cost $500 million for each provider — a cost that will inevitably be passed on to customers.

Malcolm Turnbull was critical of the previous Labor government’s plans for mandatory data retention and has said he is “absolutely committed to individual liberty and privacy”.

Let’s keep Turnbull accountable to his previous statements — sign the petition now.
As a community, we have to come together to protect the freedom of all citizens in this digital age, we can’t let them get away with this.

If you don’t stand up and be counted NOW, you can’t then whinge about the government you’ll tracking and monitoring you 24 hours a day, seven days a week – secretly.

All we’re asking is that you take 10 seconds to click on the petition.

If you want to do more than that, “your share” of the solution would be to promote this through social media and/or your email lists as I have done to TENS OF THOUSANDS of fellow Aussies and let’s stop this dead in its tracks – NOW while we still can.

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Australian Public Holidays 2014

Ever look for a list of public holidays and school holidays to plan your activities and events?

Look no further, here is a complete list of Australian Public Holidays for 2014.

If you are technically oriented, here is a list of Australian technical Events for 2014.

You’re welcome!

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More Australians working from home

Today’s post is an interesting infographic showing more Australians are working from home with as many as half of Australia’s working population now identified as ‘digital workers’, using the internet to work from home or on the go. New research reveals it actually enhances the productivity of employees through increased flexibility, but at the cost of their independence and the ability to shut “off” from work.
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Because it can be very lonely, remote workers need support mechanisms to make up for the physical isolation they find themselves in. Being part of a MasterMind Group helps.

A big thank you to Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne for forwarding this to me so I could share it with you. If you come across stuff like this, send it to us at info @ AustralianBlogs.com.au.

 

 

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