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COMPETITION: WIN a spot in the Columbia Adventure Academy for a one of a kind outdoor experience

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Columbia Sportswear Middle East is offering one lucky reader and a friend the opportunity to have a unique and authentic outdoor experience in the UAE.

The winners will be part of the first ever Columbia Adventure Academy on Saturday April 8, at Aventura Park and get the chance to learn from the best all the tips and tricks for their next adventure.

Columbia Adventure Academy aims to educate outdoor enthusiasts on terrain, packing, survival and outdoor photography skills while offering a fun outdoor experience in the heart of Dubai.

Get the chance to be part of a thrilling adventure; all you have to do is answer the question below and send your answer to [email protected]

Which sportswear brand is hosting the first Adventure Academy in the UAE?

A. Sun & Sand Sports B. Columbia C. The North Face

Anyone else interested can also register online via http://www.columbiaacademy.ae/

Start: 20/03/2017

End: 01/04/2017

Winners: One plus one friend

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Hashimi triumphs at the Elite Squash tournament

Denzil Pinto 20/03/2017
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Salman Hashimi (l)

Salman Hashimi is hoping his Elite Squash March tournament title is just the start of more trophies to come in the UAE after moving permanently from Pakistan last year.

The 21-year-old enjoyed much success playing in his homeland as well as abroad, reaching a career high of No2 in the Pakistan junior rankings as well as 16th in the senior category.

A remarkable achievement especially considering he did it without the backing of a sponsor. Eager to test himself on a more competitive stage, he moved to Dubai 12 months ago.

Since then, the only way has been up. He is now a coach at Elite Squash, passing on his knowledge as well as playing in various competitions across the Emirates.

Friday’s 11-9, 11-6 victory over Tony Gumbrell at Emirates Golf Club was the third time he reigned supreme in the country and he hopes it’s a sign of things to come.

“This is my first tournament I have won since I’ve joined Elite Squash and it was an amazing exp-erience for me,” said Hashimi, a former runner-up in the Doha Junior Open.

“It was a great competition to be part of. It was difficult because there were some strong players and it meant I had to play some tough games but it was nice to come through. This victory will give me good confidence for the rest of the tournaments that I will play in,” added Hashimi, whose next competitive outing will be in Abu Dhabi in four weeks’ time.

Other winners in the tournament were Abdulbasit Khan and Seif Sameh. Khan claimed the Group B prize after defeating Kareem Bibi 2-0, while Sameh maintained a 100 per cent winning record, including a triumph over his brother Zein, to top the round-robin Group C.

In the ladies event, Andrea Wilkins held off Sandra Albinson in straight games to win 11-9, 11-9.

In the beginners’ level, Karima Al Kaisa was playing the sport for the first time and came away with the trophy after winning 11-8, 11-9. In the Under-11s, Kairav Banerjee took home the top prize after heading the group with 43 points while Serag El Din Ahmed settled for runner-up spot.

The competition, which attracted more than 40 participants across the adults’ and children’s categories, was the first of three in this season’s Elite Squash series. The remaining events are set to be held in June and October.

Elite Squash CEO Neil Young was pleased with the performances he saw in the series opener.

“It went really well and there were exceptional displays from all the participants,” he said. “It was a good way for the coaching clients to see their progress in competitions.”

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Chalhoub Group win big at Dubai Corporate Games

Jay Asser 20/03/2017
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In good company: Chalhoub Group.

A total of 3,550 participants from 56 companies put their talents on display across several team and individual sports at the largest Dubai Corporate Games yet.

Chalhoub Group’s 13 medals, including 10 gold, earned the company bragging rights as the overall winners of the 12th edition, held this past Friday and Saturday at American University in Dubai.

Other major companies to take part included Al Tayer, Pepsi Co, Choueiri Group, Nestle, Mars and Dubai Duty Free.

The 56 companies competed in team sports like basketball, volleyball, football, cricket, dragon boat and tug of war, while individual employees shined in athletics and fitness events.

Jelena Tustic of Chalhoub Group not only enjoyed being part of her company’s team success, but played a significant role in earning the overall title by contributing with four gold medals.

She reached the top spot on the podium in the Ladies 100 metre sprint, the Ladies 1500m and the gruelling Ironwoman, while also contributing in the Relay 4x100m Mixed.

The success wasn’t all that unfamiliar for Tustic, who said she’s used to winning four to five medals at the Corporate Games, but earning all gold easily marked her biggest achievement.

It was also a case of unfinished business for Chalhoub Group after settling for second place behind Al Tayer last year.

“The first year when I started the running team, it was more ad hoc,” Tustic said. “Then we started to build it up. Based on experience, we focused on building up teams we didn’t have. We had a swimming team for the first time this year and we won three medals, so it really does help us to see the potential our employees and colleagues have.”

Another company that impressed was Dubai Duty Free, who racked up four gold medals, including a double in volleyball.

Coach Mohammad Sagheer saw his players triumph in both the Men’s Volleyball final and the Mixed competition.

“It was very good. We were expecting to face the defending champions from last year, Al Tayer, but we got Pepsi and it were good games,” Sagheer said.

“The Corporate Games include all the major sports, everything. For us, Dubai Duty Free, we like to participate in all the games and it’s a good experience for us. Hopefully next year we’ll do even better.”

Aside from the bragging rights, medals and trophy, Tustic believes the Corporate Games truly help build important camaraderie
within companies.

“I like the Corporate Games because I think it’s the best team-building that any company can have,” she said. “The bonds you make among the people and the team-work, it’s absolutely amazing. I think any company can benefit from participating.”

The 12th edition of the Games was organised by High 5 Events.

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