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It is a game - Sport

“We play a sport. It’s a game. At the end of the day, that’s all it is, a game. It doesn’t make you any better or any worse than anybody else. So by winning a game, you’re no better. By losing a game, you’re no worse. I think by keeping that mentality, it really keeps things in perspective for me to treat everybody the same.” - Tim Tebow.

August 02, 2019 — Ian Stuart
Winning, just not all of the time.

Winning, just not all of the time.

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” - Wilma Rudolph

July 31, 2019 — Ian Stuart
Employee Awards

Employee Awards

EMPLOYEE AWARD IDEAS FOR EVERY OCCASION

With so many options out there, choosing the right employee award can be daunting. Of course, good looks are important, but you want to choose an award that reflects well on your organisation and properly acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the employee.

With a wide selection of high-quality employee recognition awards The Trophy Superstore has the perfect one for you. We not only have the best employee recognition awards; we have the resources to give you the guidance you need in choosing the right one. With high quality products, excellent customer service, helpful resources and free customization, The Trophy Superstore gives you everything you need to tell your star employees “Thank you!” What better way to show your appreciation?

July 16, 2019 — Ian Stuart
Why use awards?

Why use awards?

You might be thinking why awards, why trophies? Isn’t a ‘thank you’, ‘good work’, or a pat on the back enough?

There’s no feeling quite like receiving an award or trophy for your individual and/or team’s hard work, dedication, services and success - whether it be in the boardroom or the ball field. It’s great to feel recognised and valued by authority figures, but is there really any other purpose to receiving awards beyond that feeling? Believe it or not, awards and recognition have many benefits for your business, club, self and even your customers.

April 20, 2019 — Ian Stuart
BETTER WITH PERSONALISATION

BETTER WITH PERSONALISATION

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We can personalise your award or gift in numerous ways, depending on the compounds used to manufacture the item.
April 16, 2019 — Ian Stuart
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HISTORY OF TROPHIES

HISTORY OF TROPHIES

The History of Trophies

 As human being’s, the desire to be recognised for achievement or a job well done is part of our psychological makeup, and therefore the tradition of presenting awards to recognise achievement has great merit

April 15, 2019 — Ian Stuart
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HOW TO PLAN A MEMORABLE END OF SEASON PRESENTATION

HOW TO PLAN A MEMORABLE END OF SEASON PRESENTATION

Can you believe it’s November already (we certainly can’t)?!

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the often-dreaded end of season presentation. 

April 14, 2019 — Ian Stuart
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THE BEST OF DAY 1: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

THE BEST OF DAY 1: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

The 2018 Commonwealth Games opened with a bang. Literally. From fireworks, music and dancing to Migaloo, blimps and much more if the GC 2018 Opening Ceremony was any indication, the Commonwealth is in for quite the show over the next two weeks.

Day One’s program included; artistic gymnastics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling (track), hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash, swimming, table tennis, triathlon and weightlifting.

And what a display of sport it was.

The First Medal

Flora Duffy claimed the first gold medal of GC2018 at Southport Broadwater Parklands in the Women’s Triathlon. She finished in a time of 56 minutes and 50 seconds, only 43 seconds in front of English Jessica Learmonth and 48 seconds in front of Canadian Joana Brown. Duffy also went down in history as the first female Bermudian Commonwealth Games gold medalist. “I came in the favourite, so that adds its own pressure. For me it was personal, I wanted to do well…” Duffy said.

South Africa’s First Triathlon Gold

Henri Schoeman claimed victory in the men’s Triathlon and became the first ever South African to win a gold medal at a Commonwealth Games.

Australia’s First Medal

Tasmanian triathlete Jake Birtwhistle narrowly missed out on gold yesterday (by 7 seconds!) but his background as a champion Australian junior middle-distance runner, helped him bring it home in the run leg to secure the first medal of the games for Australia. “I am really happy to finish up with a silver today. It feels amazing.” He said in an interview. He then thanked the huge support of the Aussie crowd, stating that they were immensely valuable.

The Future of Swimming Steal The Show

The first events of swimming stole to show yesterday, with a battle of swimming’s superstar 17-year-olds. In a nail-biting 200m freestyle final, Canada’s Taylor Ruck held off a fast finishing Ariarne Titmus of Australia. "I saw Ariarne (Titmus) coming up and I thought she'd won," Ruck said. "Going through my head I thought I just had to keep my head down and try not to breathe because I thought I saw Ariarne coming up really fast and I was thinking, just go as fast as I can. In the last 25m I took two breaths." We are excited to see what both these girls could achieve at future Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Medals in The Velodrome

Beating England in the final and breaking the world record in the process, our men’s team pursuit took out the gold medal. Our Aussies in the velodrome didn’t stop there though, with the women’s 4,000m team pursuit also claiming gold over New Zealand in the finals. The A team; Ashlee Akudinoff, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly also broke the Commonwealth Games record in their win with a time of 4:15.214. The gold medals continued to flow on the cycling track with the pair of Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton beating New Zealand in the women’s team sprint.

Out of the Games

Our resident golden girl of the track, Sally Pearson officially withdrew from the Games due to an Achilles injury, but has vowed not to quit athletics. "I did everything I possibly could do get out and race for Australia," Pearson said. "I was full of confidence warming up (for training two days ago). I went into a hurdles drills and couldn't do it. These injuries can spike very quickly. It was unfortunate the timing was now but my health comes first.”

Our Golden Girls

The favourites going into the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay were our Aussie girls and they sure didn’t disappoint. To end Day 1, lead-off swimmer Shayna Jack powered through her leg and was followed by Bronte Campbell, who established a body-length lead over the rest of the field. The third leg was up to Emma McKeon who managed to further their lead to two body-lengths, before changing over to 100m freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell. Cate showed she was back, powering home to stop the clock at 3.05 minutes, smashing the previous record by 0.6 seconds. 

April 09, 2019 — Ian Stuart
Tags: GAMES
THE BEST OF DAY 3: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

THE BEST OF DAY 3: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

Chad Le Clos is moving closer to Commonwealth Games history with another gold medal, whilst the gymnastics finals went down to the wire in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The para and mixed triathlons were filled with shock and India’s weightlifting gold rush continued on Day 3.

Le Clos Dominates the Commonwealth Pools

South African swimmer, Chad Le Clos claimed another gold medal in the 200m butterfly for the third consecutive Commonwealth Games. The gold was Le Clos’ 16th medal at a Commonwealth Games, making him the second most successful athlete, ever, at a Commonwealth Games. "I wanted to get the three - 2010, 2014, 2018,” he said. "No one has done the triple before so I feel like the Michael Phelps of the Commonwealth (Games) - I'm happy. Tonight was all about history, it was all about business. I had to get in, get the job done, and come out as unscathed as possible." With more events yet to come at the GC Games, Le Clos is still on target to win more medals during the games.

Seebohm & Masse Rivalry Continues

In a heart-stopping 100m backstroke final, Canadian Kylie Masse pipped Australian Emily Seebohm by just 0.03 seconds for gold. Seebohm led the entire race and looked set to win her third consecutive 100m Commonwealth title, before being beaten at the touch. "I know she always goes out quite fast,” Masse said of Seebohm. “I knew she was going to be right there. We were going to be there together. I had no idea how close she was at the end until I got out of the pool and I looked up at the times. She's an incredible swimmer."

England Dominance in the Gymnastics

Nile Wilson of England claimed England’s third consecutive Commonwealth Games men’s individual all-around gymnastics gold with a total score of 84.950 points. On the very last apparatus, only 0.25 points separated the top-three gymnasts heading into the horizontal bar. At this stage, Wilson’s teammate James Hall led the standings, with Wilso and Rio 2016 finalist Marios Georgiou both in second place. First up on the last apparatus was Georgiou, but after a good routine and an all-around total of 83.750, he was quickly outsourced by Hall (83.975).

Canada’s First Gymnastic Commonwealth Gold Since 2002

Elsabeth Black claimed Canada’s first women’s all-around Commonwealth gold medal since Kate Richardson in 2002, by just 0.4 of a point ahead of Australian Georgia Godwin. "I just wanted to show what Canadian gymnastics is all about,” Black said. “I still had some mistakes, but it's a big step up from last time (coming fourth in the all-around at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games)."

Australia Dominates the Triathlon

Our Aussies continued to dominate the triathlon scene and took home the gold in the mixed team relay. Ashleigh gentle led her country to victory with an outstanding performance in her leg of the triathlon, making up a 15 second deficit on the bike leg before pulling away to beat England by 52 seconds. Already a silver medalist in these games, Jake Birtwhistle had the honour of crossing the finish line to claim the gold medal in a combined time of 1:17.36.

Weightlifting Gold Rush

India claimed yet another gold medal in the weightlifting. Sathish Kumar Sivalingam won the gold medal in the men’s 77kg division. It was India’s third goal in weightlifting and fifth medal overall from the weightlifting program.

McCulloch Does it Again

Australian Kaarle McCulloch claims another gold in the Anna Meares Velodrome. In the race that made Meares a household name, it was fitting that a fellow Aussie would take home the gold in the 500m time trial. Australia’s Stephanie Morton claimed the silver and New Zealand’s Emma Cumming took bronze. 

April 09, 2019 — Ian Stuart
Tags: GAMES
THE BEST OF DAY 5: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

THE BEST OF DAY 5: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

The records are still being broken, and history is still being made on another medal-filled day of competition at GC2018, with 33 gold medals claimed.

History Made at Carrara Stadium

In the women’s 100m final, Michelle-Lee Ahye became the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to win 100m Commonwealth games gold and the nation’s first gold medallist since Ato Bolden won the men’s 100m race in 1998.

In the men’s 100m final today, Akani Simbine won gold in a time of 10:03 seconds. Marking the first time in 20 years that an athlete from a Caribbean country has not held the title of the Commonwealth’s fastest man. He was closely followed by Henricho Bruintijies, also from South Africa (silver) and bronze was claimed by Yohan Blake, the favourite to win the race.

Also on the track, Australian Evan O’Hanlon won gold in the men’s T38 100m final in 11.09 seconds, falling after he crossed the finish. "I think I overstepped my ability a little bit there and ended up on the ground," he said.

Cook Islands into the Record Books

The Cook Islands has won its first medal in Commonwealth games history when Aidan Zittersteijn and Taiki Paniani won bronze in the Lawn Bowls men’s pairs competiton. All it took was a little mojo. “We started off good then we really got our rhythm – we call it mojo – and we were set. We played well,” he said.

Another drought was broken in Lawn Bowls when the Australian team won the women’s fours in a 18-16 victory against South Africa, finally claiming the gold after 12 years.

Weightlifting Wraps Up in Dramatic Fashion

Throughout the games, the weightlifting competition has been full of drama and the final day was no different. New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard was the favourite heading into the women’s 90kg + competition but had to withdraw after injuring her arm on the final snatch. Despite her disappointment, Hubbard said she had no regrets about her performance at the games.

Fiji claimed gold with their 18-year-old superstar Eileen Cikamatana in the women’s 90kg category and in the women’s 90kg +. Sanele Mao of Samoa lifted a personal best of 360kg to claim gold over the Indian favourite Pardeep Sign in the men’s 105kg class.

Another Golden Night for The Aussies

Yet again, the Australian Dolphins have impressed us all winning four of the nine gold medals up for grabs. Mitch Larkin became the first backstroke to complete the 50/100/200m treble when he won the 200m backstroke final. It was a clean sweep as fellow dolphins Bradley Woodward and Josh beaver claimed silver and bronze.

The young superstar of the pool, Ariarne Titmus won her first individual gold in the 800m final. Once again, the Aussies got a clean sweep with Jessica Ashwood taking silver and Kiah Melverton taking bronze.

After finishing second to sister Cate in the 50m freestyle on Saturday, Bronte Campbell joked that it would be nice if the roles were reversed occasionally, and tonight it happened! Bronte Campbell beat her sister Cate to the wall for gold in the 100m with 17-year-old Canadian Taylor Ruck close behind the sisters claiming bronze. Ruck, another young swimming sensation to keep an eye on as she has won a medal in every event she has competed in so far.

Adding to the Aussie’s golden night, Matthew Levy took home gold in the men’s S7 50m freestyle final.

South African Chad le Clos completed his own version of a clean sweep in the men’s butterfly events, overtaking our Susie O’Neill, to become the most decorated athlete in Commonwealth Games History.

Vanuatu is Launched into the History Books

Vanuatu’s Friana Kwevira won bronze in the women’s F46 javelin throw, securing her country’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal.

April 09, 2019 — Ian Stuart
Tags: GAMES