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Travelodge Aussie Spirit celebrate 2020 NAIDOC week with inaugural Indigenous supporter top

This is an extract from Softball Australia’s press release here.

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Travelodge Aussie Spirit celebrate NAIDOC week with inaugural Indigenous supporter top

Softball Australia and the Travelodge Aussie Spirit are pleased to unveil the team’s first ever Indigenous supporter top celebrating individual athlete’s journeys from all parts of Australia, to the pinnacle of women’s softball in the country.

The supporter tops are an idea brought to life by Travelodge Aussie Spirit captain and proud Kamilaroi woman, Stacey Porter who is the current record holder for most games played for Australia with over 430 and counting, along with her West Australian teammate Leah Parry.

“Leah actually suggested it to me, we had a chat just after the Super Netball Indigenous Round, and she suggested we do something like that,” said Porter. “It was good timing because we had just signed on to the new apparel company GAME Clothing so it was great to kickstart it and get the ball rolling.”

Based in Queensland when she’s not competing internationally, Porter reached out to Ipswich Indigenous artist Kylie Hill – after previously connecting through softball – to create a unique design.

Not only a talented artist who runs her own business, KJH Artworks, Kylie and her family are fixtures of the softball scene in Queensland.

Kylie’s journey with softball began in Mt Isa for the Wanderers Softball Association; she has since played, umpired and scored in the Redlands Softball Association for Sharks, Logan Softball Association for Chiefs, South Brisbane Softball Association for Southside Stingers and now her home Association in Ipswich where she has played with Raiders, Tigers, Stingers and the Murri Taipans Softball Club.

She has also been part of the annual Murri Women’s Softball Tournament for the past seven years as both a player with the Sista Girlz United team and playing a role in delivering the event.

Her son Jak also contributed to the design of the supporter tops. A talented softballer himself, Jak has represented Queensland at the schoolboys level, and played with the Metropolitan West Schoolboys team, Redlands – Sharks Softball Club, Logan – Chiefs Softball Club, South Brisbane – Southside Stingers and Ipswich, his home association. He has also played for Raiders, Outlaws and is currently playing for the Murri Taipans. Jak is also an Australian accredited umpire and has coached.

Kylie and Jak have titled their design “Our Aussie Spirt Journey”, the story behind the artwork being:
“We came from all over this beautiful country we call home, Australia. We have shared our journeys with families and friends and now we want to share it with you. All the hard work, dedication, sweat and tears have made us what we are today. We will be playing hard for our country and won’t let anything bring us down. We are the Travelodge Aussie Spirit Softball Team.”

“That’s what the Aussie Spirit is, it’s all about bringing people together and Kylie did a fantastic job coming up with the design, she was super involved and really excited to be asked,” Porter said of the design and story.

“The way she and Jak pulled the drawing together is really special and I’m really proud they’ve done such a good job.”

Kylie and Jak have created two designs: a supporter top available for purchase through Softball Australia’s Apparel Partner GAME Clothing, and a training singlet to be provided exclusively to the Travelodge Aussie Spirit squad members.

Porter says having Kylie’s design on their training apparel while they’re competing for Australia at home or overseas fills her with immense pride for her culture not only herself but for Indigenous Aussie Spirit representatives before her and of course her current teammates Janice Blackman and Tarni Stepto.

“It’s such a special design, the Indigenous culture is something that myself, those before me and Janice and Tarni who are there now are really proud of,” added Porter.

“And when we’re travelling around the world and we’ve got that design on our singlet, we can connect to that spiritually really quickly. It’s a really special thing to be anywhere in the world and know that you’re connected to somewhere, that’s something you can’t make up.

“I think it’s something that can bring us together, the girls in the squad who aren’t Indigenous are all on board with it which is really cool, and it’s something for the other countries we compete against to understand a little more about the Indigenous culture and the Australian culture too.

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The Travelodge Aussie Spirit Indigenous supporter top is now available to order from Softball Australia merch portal.

GAME will take pre-orders for the next two weeks to ensure delivery Australia wide by Christmas.

Softball Australia, Victoria are GAME Ready!

Softball Australia is pleased to announce a formalised partnership with GAME Clothing, an Australian owned and operated apparel company that not only kits out the National teams, but also Victorian state teams.

Already a supplier of uniforms for the Aussie Diamonds Development Tours, GAME will now suit up the Travelodge Aussie Spirit, Aussie Steelers and their respective junior pathway programs as well as staff uniforms.

The 2021 Summer Slam range will also be produced by the manufacturer.

The significant deal also sees GAME Clothing working with Softball Victoria competing in National Championships across all age groups.

“This is a great development for us at Softball Australia and Softball Victoria. Being based in Australia, GAME will provide reliable, efficient and affordable products to both players and fans,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.

“From a Softball Australia perspective, we’re delighted to be able to join forces with Victoria and assist them in a significant partnership that will certainly benefit their respective stakeholders.”

Softball fans will be able to purchase all replica apparel and supporter wear through an exclusive Softball Australia online store.

“To partner with an Australian owned and operated apparel company is a great fit for Softball Australia and our high performance programs,” added Pryles.

“GAME Clothing has provided outstanding products and service already through the Aussie Diamonds Tours and we’re excited to see that extend to the Travelodge Aussie Spirit, Aussie Steelers and our supporters through the online store.”

Softball Victoria CEO Nick Frayne said joining Softball Australia in the apparel partnership is a first step to securing further commercial agreements for the state.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Softball Australia in the commercial space for the betterment of the sport in Victoria,” said Frayne.

“The joint partnership with GAME Clothing is hopefully one of many we’ll be able to take advantage of in the future, and provides our elite athletes with access to high quality apparel that they can be proud to wear representing the Big V.”

GAME Clothing has a 25 year legacy providing quality sports garments and service to all grades of sport with an extensive list of valued customers and partnerships including the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Central Pulse, Hockey Victoria and Volleyball Queensland. The accredited Ethical Clothing company has also worked with the Brisbane Bullets, Brisbane Bandits, Queensland Firebirds, Netball Queensland and the Australian Defence Force.

Mellissa Pashen, Director of GAME Clothing, said they were looking forward to working with Softball Australia on an expanded partnership.

“We were thrilled to have the up and coming generation of talent wearing our Australian made products and to now extend that to the Australian men and women is fantastic. The Aussie staff and players will be GAME Ready, knowing the uniforms they wear are supplied and manufactured in the country they are proud to represent.” said Pashen.

To celebrate the new partnership, GAME Clothing have Australia hoodies and beanies on sale now through the online store.

“We’re looking forward to providing fans, friends and family with replica and supporter gear starting with hoodies and beanies available now,” added Pashen.

The Softball Australia online store is live now on GAME Clothing’s website.

Softball Australia is pleased to announce a formalised partnership with GAME Clothing, an Australian owned and operated apparel company that not only kits out the National teams, but also Victorian state teams.

Already a supplier of uniforms for the Aussie Diamonds Development Tours, GAME will now suit up the Travelodge Aussie Spirit, Aussie Steelers and their respective junior pathway programs as well as staff uniforms.

The 2021 Summer Slam range will also be produced by the manufacturer.

The significant deal also sees GAME Clothing working with Softball Victoria competing in National Championships across all age groups.

“This is a great development for us at Softball Australia and Softball Victoria. Being based in Australia, GAME will provide reliable, efficient and affordable products to both players and fans,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.

“From a Softball Australia perspective, we’re delighted to be able to join forces with Victoria and assist them in a significant partnership that will certainly benefit their respective stakeholders.”

Softball fans will be able to purchase all replica apparel and supporter wear through an exclusive Softball Australia online store.

“To partner with an Australian owned and operated apparel company is a great fit for Softball Australia and our high performance programs,” added Pryles.

“GAME Clothing has provided outstanding products and service already through the Aussie Diamonds Tours and we’re excited to see that extend to the Travelodge Aussie Spirit, Aussie Steelers and our supporters through the online store.”

Softball Victoria CEO Nick Frayne said joining Softball Australia in the apparel partnership is a first step to securing further commercial agreements for the state.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Softball Australia in the commercial space for the betterment of the sport in Victoria,” said Frayne.

“The joint partnership with GAME Clothing is hopefully one of many we’ll be able to take advantage of in the future, and provides our elite athletes with access to high quality apparel that they can be proud to wear representing the Big V.”

GAME Clothing has a 25 year legacy providing quality sports garments and service to all grades of sport with an extensive list of valued customers and partnerships including the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Central Pulse, Hockey Victoria and Volleyball Queensland. The accredited Ethical Clothing company has also worked with the Brisbane Bullets, Brisbane Bandits, Queensland Firebirds, Netball Queensland and the Australian Defence Force.

Mellissa Pashen, Director of GAME Clothing, said they were looking forward to working with Softball Australia on an expanded partnership.

“We were thrilled to have the up and coming generation of talent wearing our Australian made products and to now extend that to the Australian men and women is fantastic. The Aussie staff and players will be GAME Ready, knowing the uniforms they wear are supplied and manufactured in the country they are proud to represent.” said Pashen.

To celebrate the new partnership, GAME Clothing have Australia hoodies and beanies on sale now through the online store.

“We’re looking forward to providing fans, friends and family with replica and supporter gear starting with hoodies and beanies available now,” added Pashen.

The Softball Australia online store is live now on GAME Clothing’s website.

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3 Exercise tips for getting volleyball fit

The type of fitness needed to develop your volleyball game includes vertical jump power, stamina, speed as well as explosive strength. A range of different exercises and training is needed to excel at these skills.

Power training for volleyball

Strength training is essential to your volleyball game. Exercising to establish a powerful vertical jump to be able to spike, set, block and dive quickly and with accuracy over and over during a game involves increasing your explosive strength.

Training to increase your explosive power could include a program of lifting weights. It’s important to gradually build up your weights over a period of weeks to avoid injury.

Plyometrics workouts

Plyometrics workouts involve specific high intensity exercises to build up explosive strength and speed.

These exercises are ideal for the speed and power needed in volleyball’s fast paced game. They teach your muscles how to react fast and with force. Some examples of a plyometrics exercises are:

For legs

  • Drop Jumping – dropping of a step, landing on the floor and immediately jumping up onto another step or box
  • Bounding – over sized strides are used in a running action
  • Standing based jumps – jumping on the spot with a leg tuck or splits when jumping

For arms

  • Chest pass – quickly passing a medicine ball between two players, beginning the throw pushing off from the chest and drawing the ball into the chest when catching.
  • Press up hand clap – press up with a hand clap at arm extended position

A good warm up is essential before carrying out plyometrics exercises.

Volleyball player cardio conditioning

Increasing cardio stamina with high intensity interval training (HIIT) enables you to stay on top the whole game. HIIT cardio training 3 or 4 days per week will increase lung capacity and staying power. One of the great benefits of HIIT is that the period of exercise is usually short but the fitness pay off is substantial.

HIIT is a group of exercises performed at high intensity for a short period with a rest in between exercise of less than a minute. An example of a HIIT workout is:

  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks – 10 second break
  • 30 second wall sit – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of push ups – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of ab crunches – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of step ups – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of squats – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of triceps dips- 10 second break
  • 30 second plank – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of high knees running on the spot – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of lunges – 10 second break
  • 30 seconds of rotational push ups – 10 second break
  • 30 second right side plank – 10 second break
  • 30 second left side plank – 10 second break

The pay off for all this hard work is your performance on the volleyball court will become more responsive and increased over all fitness means you’ll still have energy and power to give it all in the last minutes.

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