Saturday, October 30, 2010

Edwin Moses applauds ‘amazing few days’ as Laureus celebrates historic Australian visit

sporting legends Edwin Moses and Layne Beachley, along with Olympic gold medal winning triathlete Simon Whitfield and fellow triathletes Lisa Norden and Daniella Ryf were given an enthusiastic welcome by Australian children as they visited a grassroots sports project in Sydney.
The visit took place just 24 hours after the thrilling first round of the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series which had taken place in Sydney.  Laureus is the official Global Charity Partner of the International Triathlon Union.
The project, implemented by the Australian Sports Commission operates at the basketball courts of the King George V Recreation Centre in the heart of Sydney, less than two kilometres from the world-famous Sydney Opera House.  Laureus Sport for Good Foundation have operated in partnership with the Australian Sport Commission since 2000.
There was a special cheer from the young people at the project for Simon Whitfield, who won the inaugural Olympic triathlon in Sydney in 2000 - a memorable race set against the iconic backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Three days before the visit to the project Edwin Moses and Layne Beachley had joined many of the world's leading triathletes in Sydney to celebrate the ground-breaking new link-up with the sport which will benefit disadvantaged young people around the world.  For at least the next two seasons, Laureus will be the official Global Charity Partner of the International Triathlon Union and funds raised will go to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. 
Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: "This has been a really amazing few days for Layne and myself. In this short space of time, we have seen the breadth and scope of Laureus activity.  We have announced a major new tie-up with triathlon, one of the fastest growing sports in the world which will give a significant boost to our charitable programme, we have enjoyed the spectacle of an amazing sports event and applauded the elite athletes that took part in the world championship triathlon, and now we are here to enjoy a very special moment with some of the young people who are benefiting from the positive power of sport."
Australia's seven-time surfing world champion Layne Beachley, who is a member of the Laureus Friends & Ambassadors programme and a former winner of the Laureus World Alternative Sports Award, said: "I've been to a Laureus supported surfing project delivered by the Australian Sports Commission's Indigenous Sport Programme  in Jan Juc, so to come into the heart of the city to see the same care and devotion being offered to the kids in a totally different environment was impressive.  I really want to thank and applaud the volunteers, the coaches and officials who work so hard to help these kids."
Edwin Moses and Layne Beachley's visit to Sydney follows on from the highly successful 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards held in Abu Dhabi last month. The Awards honour the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year and generate support for the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Edwin added: "We had a terrific celebration of sporting achievement in Abu Dhabi.  However, the work of the Foundation and of the Academy and the Friends & Ambassadors continues throughout the year at our worldwide programme of Sport for Good projects."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

South African sporting greats Desiree Ellis and Shaun Pollock named Laureus Ambassadors

JOHANNESBURG, April 14, 2010 - One of the greatest South African female soccer players of all time, Desiree Ellis, and former South African cricket captain Shaun Pollock have been named the newest members of the Laureus Friends and Ambassadors programme.
The announcement was made at a press conference hosted by Laureus Academy World Sports Academy Member Morné du Plessis, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa, at the offices of its country patron Discovery in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Also present to welcome the new Ambassadors were Iain Banner, Ntambi Ravele, Neville Koopowitz, Lucas Radebe, Baby Jake Mtlala, Deshun Deysel, Cynthia Tshaka and Tina Buys, all members of the Laureus Friends and Ambassadors programme, Trustees and sponsors in South Africa.
Desiree Ellis played for the South African women's team Banyana Banyana since its inception in 1993. In her debut against Swaziland she scored a hat-trick and one year later became captain, only retiring in 2002 after a remarkable decade-long career. During her captaincy, the team won 23 out of their 32 games. 
Desiree, who received a Silver Presidential Sports award for her efforts in raising the profile of women's football in South Africa, said: "I am extremely happy to become a part of the Laureus team.  I hope that my support will make a difference in the lives of the young people from the various projects."
Bowling all-rounder Shaun Pollock is one ofSouth Africa's greatest cricketers, who was captain of the South African cricket team from 2000 to 2003. He was chosen as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2003. In his career he appeared in 107 Test matches in which he took over 400 wickets and scored more than 3,700 runs. He also played for an Africa XI, a World XI, Dolphins and Warwickshire. He announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket after his 303rd One Day International on February 3, 2009.
Shaun Pollock said: "Through my career in sport I was able to live my dream and experience an incredible journey. Sport can teach fundamental life lessons of teamwork, discipline, the value of perseverance and commitment, the fun and enjoyment of being active and sport provides an opportunity to grow in confidence and self belief. I look forward to supporting Laureus projects which help to inspire others to reap the diverse rewards sport has to offer."
Morné du Plessis, Chairman of Laureus South Africa, said, "This is a very special day for Laureus and I am delighted to be able to welcome Shaun Pollock and Desiree Ellis as Laureus Ambassadors. Both members were very passionate competitors in their respective fields and we are very lucky they want to devote their energy and commitment to Laureus Sport for Good Foundation causes."
Hylton Kallner, Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery, said: "Discovery is extremely proud to be associated with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the great work they do in using sports as a tool for positive change in communities around South Africa.   We would like to welcome Shaun and Desiree and look forward to working closely with them and the Laureus Foundation in communities around South Africa."
Morné du Plessis is a Laureus World Sports Academy Member, a unique collection of 46 of the greatest living sports legends, who volunteer their services as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change. 
The Academy Members are supported in their work by the Laureus Friends & Ambassadors, a select group of current and retired sportsmen and sportswomen who have achieved sporting greatness, plus non-sporting personalities who have made significant contributions to the sporting community during their careers.  In addition to Desiree Ellis and Shaun Pollock, South African Laureus Friends & Ambassadors are Deshun Deysel, Ernst van Dyk, Frankie Fredericks, Bryan Habana, Baby Jake Matlala, John Moeti, Lucas Radebe, John Robbie, Natalie du Toit and Cynthia Tshaka.

Friday, October 1, 2010

AFC & Questnet™ raise the bar of Asian football

Kuala Lumpur, 18 February 2010: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today named international direct selling company, QuestNet as Official Direct Selling Supporter of the AFC Champions League, the region's top club competition.
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome QuestNetTM as a new partner of the AFC Champions League and into the fold of the Asian football family," said AFC President, Mohamed bin Hammam.
"These are exciting times for club football as we continue to raise the level of professionalism within our game here in Asia. With the 2009 season setting records for both attendances and viewers, we are glad to have a partner like QuestNetTM, who will further engage the football fans in this competition."
Bin Hammam's call on the representatives in this year's AFC Champions League to play a more proactive role in helping take Asia's premier club competition forward has become a clarion call for QuestNetTM to also do its bit for football in Asia and bring the game to even greater heights and larger audiences.
As the Official Direct Selling Supporter of the AFC Champions League, QuestNetTM views the sponsorship platform as an opportunity for much more than its own brand exposure. QuestNetTM is actively utilizing the sponsorship to do its part to support football on a regional level, both for the fans and for the football players.
"We are committed in our efforts to support football in the region, so that more youngsters will play the game and broaden the talent pool, helping to propel the region to the forefront of the international arena," said JR Mayer, Managing Director of QNet Ltd, the company behind the QuestNetTM brand. "Much like in our business, to achieve this dream means concentrated effort and dedication from everyone involved.
"We have been associated with the AFC Champions League since late last year, and our role as ‘Official Direct Selling Supporter' will continue until 2012. Our message to football fans and players alike is ‘Dream. Perform. Achieve.' I know that together, we can turn this vision into a reality."
QuestNetTM will be sponsoring several contests and promotional events to delight diehard fans. One of the contests will be the interactive ‘Goal of the Month' voting competition, which has been organized in collaboration with the AFC. Football enthusiasts can vote for what they consider to be the best goal for the month through the AFC's official website, with a chance to win fabulous prizes, thanks to QuestNetTM.
Additionally, football fans can expect to look forward to many more contests and promotional events throughout the year, taking their AFC experience to even greater heights.
The 2010 season of the AFC Champions League set to kick-off on 23rd February promises more exciting action from 32 of Asia's top clubs including defending champions Pohang Steelers. All matches will be broadcast on cable, terrestrial and satellite television throughout the region, as well as online via, accessible worldwide.
This four-year agreement with QuestNetTM was sealed by World Sport Group, the AFC's exclusive marketing and media partners.