first_imgWelcome to another edition of the Touch happenings from around Australia and the world… Photo courtesy of: http://www.pacific-picture.com/english/samoa.htm * 2 weeks until Christmas! (Crazy last minute shopping begins with people using rolls of wrapping paper as weapons to fight their way through the crowds.) 5 weeks until Youth World Cup! Under 3 months until National Touch League (NTL)! * In NTL news, get your nominations in for being a referee or selector, use the following link for all the information and relevant forms. NTL REFEREES AND SELECTORS NOMINATION FORMS For selectors a massive 23 are needed to do selections for the All-Nations Cup being held in New Zealand next October. For referees the numbers again need to be between 90-110 for both Opens and Seniors. With numbers being so large and the office being busy with Youth World Cup preparations, please help by getting this process started now! Please also remember all referees nominations must be endorsed by the relevant State Office. For any information contact Maree on [email protected] * The Youth World Cup sides are continuing to leave their mark in the media circles. The list of players who have had stories written about them by their local players is growing and includes: o Jay Miller (Newcastle Herald) o Kelvin Caspani (Northern Territory News), o Kathy O’Brien (Toowoomba Chronicle) o Ricky Morris (Macleay Argus) o Lehetta Lane and Katie Shaw (National Indigenous Times) o Nikki and Gemma Etheridge (Toowoomba Chronicle) o Nathan Harrison (Bayside Bulletin) o Melinda Ingram (National Indigenous Times) o Mark Holloway (Burnie Advocate, Launceston Examiner, Hobart Mercury) o Dylan Hennessey (Central Coast Express Advocate) o Shannon Miller (Muswellbrook Chronicle) o Kelly Pepper (Port Macquarie News) o Clare Giarola (Southern Star) o Gian Guerra and Brendan Thimble (Townsville Bulletin) o Ji Bonner, Josh Dwyer, Dane Evans, Lauren Barclay, Nikita Daley, Courtney Hipperson, Teneille Shaw, Mellisa Tyack, Toni Eltherington, Belinda Hammett, Ashley Shepherd and Jerome Waitohi (Gold Coast Bulletin) Obviously the Youth World Cup is bringing the best young Touch Footballers in the World to Australia. The competition, especially between Trans Tasman rivals New Zealand, will be fierce. The Youth World Cup is already proving a great avenue for media coverage and growth of the sport, please feel free to contact Rachel Moyle at [email protected] if you would like help with media releases/information for your local papers. There’s certainly the opportunity! * In other Youth World Cup news, the uniforms and merchandise is starting to arrive in the office. The Aussie players are going to look great like usual, while the merchandise on sale is looking awesome, there’s even a surf-style amongst some of the clothing. Make sure you check it out when you’re at the event. * The National Training Squad profiles and pictures have been loaded onto the website. Check out the link `Team Profiles’ on the left hand side of the ATA homepage and then go to Mens, Womens or Mixed and follow the relevant links. There’s certainly some interesting facts and photos. * All Touch offices will close over the Christmas break, keep an eye on the ATA website later this week for an article listing all closing and re-opening dates for the Touch offices around Australia. * After last week’s 60 seconds mentioning the baby boom on the Gold Coast, it looks as though this week it’s WA’s turn! Congratulations to Jeremy (TouchWest’s Executive Officer) and Donna Sorensen on the arrival of Alex Thomas Sorensen. Also congratulations to Rosalie Touch’s David and Sara Cooper on the arrival of Jack David Cooper…Apparently the WA training regime is already underway! * A vacancy currently exists within the NSW Touch Association for the position of State Development Officer. The position is responsible for the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association development and education programs for playing, coaching, refereeing, and selecting throughout the state. The Development Officer also assists Associations in the development of the sport of Touch, working with the Operations Manager, New Business Manager, NSWTA State Development Officers and Regional Committees, to maximize opportunities for Touch to be a first choice sport among current and perspective participants. The position has a focus towards an important role in increasing both the quality and quantity of coaches, referees, selectors, administrators and players of all ages as well the quality of domestic competitions. The Development Officer will have involvement from grass root to elite level. This current role will have a strong focus in Sydney basin of NSW and will be responsible for the delivery of the sport within those boundaries. Applications should be in writing and addressed to the: General Manager NSWTA PO Box 27 Bardwell Park 2207 Or via email [email protected] Touch.com.au Job descriptions and enquires can be obtained from the Office of NSWTA on 9558 9333 or [email protected] or www.nswtouch.com.au Applications close at 5pm on Friday 31st December 2004. * Andrew Barr has been appointed as Executive Officer for the Queensland Touch Association for the next 12 months, while current Executive Officer Melanie Woosnam, take maternity leave. Andrew is currently the QTA Finance Administration Officer. He has many years non-profit organisation experience with PCYC’s, a youth service and of course QTA. His previous experience and involvement in the sport ensures that QTA will be able to continue developing the sport and organisation. Andrew starts in the new year and is looking forward to a rewarding and successful year in 2005. Andrew can be contacted by email [email protected] or ph (07) 3392 2211. * In other Queensland news, the QTA have launched a new website. It looks great, with news, events, contact details, and everything else you may be looking for. Check it out at www.qldtouch.com.au * After literally no rain all winter, the start of summer has been drenching a significant area of SA, ACT, NSW and Queensland, causing havoc for touch footy! The finals for the ACT competition were cancelled on Friday night, keep an eye on your State’s website for all the wet-weather news. (And as a side note, the ACT website had these really cute little pictures of a sun if the games are on or a storm cloud with lighting if wet weather is causing their cancellation, as well as a wet weather phone line. Check it out www.acttouch.com.au) * Once again it’s time to focus on a country that has perused the ATA site in the past few days and one that will also be arriving in Australia in mid-January for the Youth World Cup. This week’s `Country of the Week’ is…Samoa! The following information comes from Lonely Planet. “The pace of life in Samoa is so laid-back it’s only a heartbeat away from being a nice little snooze. Its palm-fringed beaches, booming white surf, and lush rainforests wreathed in misty clouds make it the kind of place that Hollywood location scouts go gaga over. If Robert Louis Stevenson had clapped eyes on Samoa a little earlier he wouldn’t have dickered around in the clammy highlands for so long. The islands are so idyllic they’re almost a cartoon version of a writer’s hideaway. Then there’s the beachcomber lifestyle where time is the haziest of concepts. But the history of Samoa has not always been so relaxed. Over the years it’s been visited by trading ships bringing disease, massacres and exploitation; it’s been a bolt hole for the homeless riffraff of the seas – ex-whalers, escaped convicts, bawdy traders, dipsomaniac sailors, and pirates retiring from the business; it’s been carved up by arrogant European powers seeking a political toehold in the Pacific arena; and it’s suffered God’s glory boys bringing Bibles and everlastin’ perdition. That the sunny and easy-going nature of the Samoans should survive all this is a triumph of optimism over experience.” Full country name: Independent State of Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) Area: 1,115 sq km Population: 178,631 People: Samoan 93%, Euronesians 7% Language: Samoan, English Religion: Christian 99.7% (about half of the Christian population belongs to the London Missionary Society) Government: Constitutional monarchy under native chief Head of State: Chief of State Chief Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II Head of Government: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi GDP: US$618 million GDP per capita: US$3,500 Annual Growth: 6.8% Inflation: 3% Major Industries: Tourism, food processing, building materials, auto parts. Major Trading Partners: New Zealand, Australia, USA, Indonesia, American Samoa, Germany * Remember, all media ideas or requests for assistance can be sent to Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img