Dubai Fitness Challenge heads to Kite Beach on 27 and 28 October for second of Five Free Weekend Fitness Carnivals

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Following its opening fitness carnival in Safa Park, Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is heading to Kite Beach this weekend for a completely different two-day event featuring over 40 exciting sand and sea activities, celebrity training sessions, team and individual sports and stage acts to keep family and friends motivated and entertained.

DFC’s second weekend carnival builds momentum in the month-long, city-wide fitness initiative which aims to make Dubai one of the most active cities in the world by encouraging residents and visitors to commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

Commencing at 1pm on Friday 27 October, the Kite Beach event promises to inspire participants as they continue to progress towards their #Dubai30X30 goals and accelerate the collective activity being tracked across the city.

Involving everything from paddle boarding, kite surfing and kayaking, to beach cricket, Ultimate Frisbee and Beach Bootcamp, this first-of-its-kind festival of fitness showcases the very best sporting activities Dubai’s beautiful beaches have to offer.

In addition, award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur and online personality Cassey Ho will be jetting in from Los Angeles especially for Dubai residents.

The creator of Blogilates, Cassey is the owner of the number one female fitness channel on YouTube with over 3.9 million subscribers and 500 million video views.

She will be leading the festivities with her unique POP Pilates© class that launched on YouTube and is now taught in gyms all over the world.

Ahead of her involvement at Kite Beach, Cassey Ho said: “I am so excited to be visiting Dubai for the very first time and I am even more excited to be teaching POP Pilates at Dubai Fitness Challenge. It is so fantastic that the city is putting so much of an emphasis on getting healthy as one big community. I’m honoured to be a part of this journey.”

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One of the weekend’s highlights will be Dubai City Swim*. Starting ahead of the carnival at 8am on 28 October, this annual fitness event is suitable for novice to advanced swimmers who can safely enjoy a more adventurous swim accompanied by expert kayakers every stroke of the way.

Dubai Fitness Challenge participants are encouraged to grab their swimsuit and sign up for this amazing event, while those not so keen on swimming are invited to cheer on the action from the beach.

Highlights on the Kite Beach Weekend Fitness Carnival’s main stage include:

An ‘Animal Flow’ class with renowned trainer Parveez Saligh demonstrating a wide range of exercises and movement combinations to engage the whole body.

Les Mills, the world’s leaders in group training, will be engaging the audience with a host of group fitness classes ranging from Hatha yoga and SH’BAM fun workouts to CX works core training sessions.

Celebrity radio host Malika Varadan will keep participants energised with her “Let’s Move” class.
A series of energetic Salsa, Samba and Body Jam classes in the beautiful outdoors will keep participants moving.

Participants will be wowed by a Rhythmic Gymnastics display featuring hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons.

Experienced trainers from Fitness First and Fly Wheel will share their expertise and lead the audience through a series of GRIT PLYO classes and Barre sessions.

Meanwhile, sports at the Come and Try Fitness Zone include beach soccer, beach volleyball, beach cricket, Frescobol, paddle boarding, kayaking, kite surfing, paragliding and Beach Bootcamp classes.

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The Children’s Fun and Fitness Zone includes bubble soccer, a climbing wall, trampolines, a range of inflatables and a ball pond in addition to beach soccer, volleyball, cricket, Ultimate Frisbee and a kite surfing class especially for kids class run by DUKITE.

Also inspiring kids to get more active will be Les Mills’ Born to Move classes, designed to instil in young people a lifelong love of physical activity.

As Dubai takes up the challenge, everyone is encouraged to take this opportunity to make a positive step towards a healthy lifestyle – not just for themselves, but also for their family and friends.

Dubai Fitness Challenge has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

Running from 20 October 20 to 18 November 2017, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling and football to paddle boarding, team sports, walking and yoga and everything in between.

All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate individually or together with friends, family and colleagues, enjoying new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels. Participants can track their performance on the Dubai Fitness Challenge app.

For more information, see:

www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com
www.facebook.com/dubaifitnesschallenge
Instagram: @dubaifitnesschallenge
Twitter: @dxbfitchallenge
Hashtag: #Dubai30x30

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Record number of Netball Teams at the Dubai Rugby Sevens

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The Invitation Tournament at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is getting bigger and better and the Netball Tournament is back for its third year with 46 teams confirmed – a record number which will ensure the biggest Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens to-date.

The launch of the Netball Tournament in 2015 was a key step to ensure that the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens remains the sporting event in the UAE.

This year’s Netball Tournament will see the teams battle it out in three categories, Gulf Women, Open Youth and Open Women – an extra section since the event launched with teams travelling from all over the world to take part.

Invitation Tournament Manager Jill Conlon said: “The launch of the Netball Tournament at the Dubai Sevens in 2015 has given us an opportunity to provide even more sporting entertainment for all our fans and the popularity in the event has been fantastic. Teams are coming from all over the world and we look forward to welcoming all players to the biggest sporting festival in the UAE.”

Tickets for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens are now on sale and fans can save AED100 buying them in advance.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.dubairugby7s.com or at selected outlets including Costa, The Toy Store, Hallmark, Prosport, Virgin MegaStores, Park n Shop and Go Sports.

Record Number of Netball Teams at the Dubai Sevens (2)

Ticket Prices for General Admission are:

Thursday, 30 November – free admission

Friday, 1 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400

Saturday, 2 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400

Season Tickets (Friday and Saturday) – in advance AED500, on the day AED600
Children under 12 admitted free

Special Reserved Seating and Corporate Hospitality packages are available – please visit: www.dubairugby7s.com

Emirates Skywards Members can redeem tickets for the event using their Miles; members should visit the Sports and Culture section of Skywards at www.emirates.com to avail this offer.

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Tragedy and joy mark Gary Ablett's return to Geelong Cats

Alex Broun 23/10/2017
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Gary Ablett

It should be a time of rejoicing for Gary Ablett Jnr. Late last week it was confirmed that he would leave the Gold Coast Suns and return to his boyhood club next season: the Geelong Cats.

The club where he and his father both scaled extraordinary heights – and where no doubt he will again having left six years ago. But on this most joyous of weeks he has been hit by family tragedy, with the sudden death of his sister Natasha in Melbourne.

So when he should be celebrating he is instead mourning at his sibling’s funeral. Bizarrely, one event played a part in the other. Before Natasha’s untimely death, Suns CEO Mark Evans had been talking tough about holding on to Ablett.

But once the news about Ablett’s personal loss had surfaced, Gold Coast’s resistance melted away. The deal was tied up in a day.

“We respect and understand the circumstances of Gary’s decision,” said Evans striking a conciliatory tone. “And wish Gary and Jordan (Ablett’s partner) all the very best in the coming years and look forward to welcoming them both back to our club in the years to come.”

Ablett had tried to return to Geelong last year, but the Suns blocked the move. Tragically, one of the main reasons Ablett cited in wanting to mke the 1,700km move back to his home town last season was family issues.

It’s pointless now to speculate on whether Gary Jnr’s presence closer to his sister may have made a difference. She is gone and the family is devastated.

AFL’s trade deals are modelled on the NFL system so as part of the deal, Geelong received Ablett, pick 24 in this year’s national draft and Gold Coast’s fourth-round pick in 2018.

The Suns received the Cats’ pick 19 (compensation for free agent Steven Motlop) and also handed over their second-round pick in next year’s strong national draft. The Cats were understandably thrilled to bring Ablett home.

“It was good that Gary ended up joining Geelong” said Cats list manager Stephen Wells. “The Gold Coast have done what they said they would do and tried to help Gary get back to Geelong. “We’ve given up a bit … but it is a great story.”

Or it would be, if not for the underlying tragedy. Ablett for his part has not said anything and the family has asked for privacy at such a difficult time.

Often this is not respected in the cut throat world of the Australian sporting media, but in this instance word is journalists are giving both Ablett Snr and Jnr a wide berth.

Moving away from the personal dimensions of the story, Ablett’s return is great news for the Cats.  Geelong went close this season, losing to the Crows in the preliminary finals.

But with Ablett, who has played 302 AFL games over a 16-season career, joining fellow superstars Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood at the Cattery, they should now form the most formidable midfield in the competition.

It may be enough to extend their season an additional week and even capture a first flag since 2011. It could have been a good move for the Suns too, as Ablett’s departure freed up salary cap space, but their trade activity has been just as misguided as recent seasons.

Brisbane Lions great Mal Michael was so bemused by the Suns trade period he quoted tennis legend John McEnroe on Twitter: “You cannot be serious.”

The triple premiership-winning full-back is among those baffled at a window which delivered wantaway Dockers youngster Lachie Weller, a 2018 first-round draft pick and fringe players Aaron Young and Harrison Wigg – but cost plenty.

Out the door went Adam Saad, Brandon Matera, a host of second round selections and, while it wasn’t all in the Suns’ control, Gary Ablett Jnr.

Former Hawthorn recruiter Gary Buckenara graded the Suns a ‘C’ in his trade wrap for Melbourne’s Herald Sun.

So the Suns have done right by Gary and his family but their playing prospects may have suffered.

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