first_imgYOUTH WORLD CUP JUST 2 DAYS AWAY! The Australian Teams have been in camp for 3 days now and their form against the Brisbane City sides in practice matches showed positive sides for the Youth World Cup staring on Wednesday. After being presented with their uniforms by current Australian representatives Sharyn Williams, Chris Farrow and Hall of Famer Scott Notley, team spirits are high for the kick off of competition. If you’re in town, don’t miss the Opening Ceremony, 8:30am at Kings Beach amphitheatre, Caloundra. Will be a great welcome to the tournament! INFORMATION: A media alert regarding the Youth World Cup, Australian team presentation night, Youth World Cup Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony can be viewed using the following link. MEDIA ALERT YOUTH WORLD CUP The Australian Presentation Night will be held at Rydges Oasis Resort, Lansborough Parade, Caloundra on Sunday January 16. The Australian players, staff and special guests will have dinner at 6:30pm followed by the official presentations beginning around 7:30pm. While the dinner is not open to the public due to catering restrictions, family and friends wishing to watch the presentations are free to come along at 7:30pm. The Youth World Cup Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:30am on Wednesday January 19 at Kings Beach, Caloundra, with official proceedings beginning at 9:00am. The Opening Ceremony is open to the public and ATA and FIT would like to encourage everyone to attend. A local Aboriginal Dance Troupe will be performing, as well as official dignitaries opening the tournament and all Nations taking part in a parade. The Youth World Cup Closing Ceremony is being held at Aussie World, Palmview on Saturday January 22. It is only open to participants and staff, beginning at 7:00pm with an hour of free amusement rides, followed by dinner. Presentations of awards will begin around 8:30pm. YOUTH WORLD CUP STORIES AND DRAW: All Youth World Cup stories can be found on several websites. 1) ATA homepage: Stories will be on the homepage, as well as archived later under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the page. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. The ATA homepage will also contain links to the FIT (Federation of International Touch) site and to the SportingPulse draw and results site. 2) The FIT homepage will also contain Youth World Cup stories and information: 3) The SportingPulse Youth World Cup homepage can be accessed via the links on ATA’s and FIT’s homepage or the following link: SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGE This page contains a draw and results, as well as information and access to each countries individual homepage. As you can see there will be plenty of options for viewing the latest news and events at the 2005 Youth World Cup. The ATA homepage and FIT homepage will provide all the latest news, stories and happenings at the tournament, as well as photos and links to the other websites and SportingPulse results page. The SportingPulse Youth World Cup site will provide the latest results and statistics, updated following each match, as well as stories and pictures. Rachel Moyle (ATA Media Manager) and Lisa Plummer (Media Scholarship 2005) will be on the Sunshine Coast reporting on the tournament in general and the Australian sides, as well as managing local/state/national media interested in the event. For all enquiries please contact Rachel on [email protected] or 0422 233 165 YOUTH WORLD CUP STATUS: Many may be aware that for a World Cup division to be sanctioned as official, it requires a minimum of four teams to be playing. This is a Federation of International Touch (FIT) tournament requirement. ATA and FIT have worked together to ensure all divisions at the 2005 Youth World Cup have been given official Youth World Cup status. This official status is despite the fact that three of the divisions only have three teams entered in the competition. FIT is aware of restrictions on countries, their finances, resources and players and want to continue to build and encourage the growth of Youth Touch internationally. To make this possible, some of the divisions will be playing cross-over matches against teams from other divisions, adding more competition and experience for the players and spectators involved. “It’s a very positive step for the development of Youth Touch internationally,” said Peter Topp, Australian Tour Leader. “To have all of the teams competing for a Youth World Cup title that has been officially sanctioned by FIT, is going to help the popularity of Touch for young players around the World grow and be an experience of a lifetime for those chosen to represent their country,” he said. “FIT want the involvement of Touch nations in the Youth World Cup to increase every tournament and we’re hoping that by giving all divisions official World Cup status we will improve the profile of Touch world wide,” said FIT Secretary-General Bill Ker. “Building growth at an international Youth level is always going to take a significant amount of work because of the restrictions faced by young Touch players in terms of their resources and finances,” he said. HERO EMAILS AND FAXES FOR YOUTH WORLD CUP TEAMS: Yes, just like the Olympics we want to give all Touchies out there the opportunity to support our Aussie athletes. If you want to send the Australian teams or players (or even the staff) a message of encouragment, congratulations or best wishes, you can email or fax: [email protected] or fax (02) 6285 2820 All emails and faxes will be distributed to the players at the Youth World Cup. So keep in touch with the latest results and stories from the Youth World Cup via the websites and take the opportunity to show your support for the Aussie players with a hero email or fax. We’re sure they’ll do us all proud! By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

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