Going Out: OSN Sports to broadcast boxing reality show

Denzil Pinto 18/07/2015
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Line up: Only 50 enthusiasts will be selected for the trials.

If you ever wanted to experience what life is as a boxer, you can now step into the ring for a new reality TV show.

OSN Sports will broadcast White Collar DXB in September and creators Nomad Productions are inviting Dubai residents, aged 18 and over, to take part in the series and show how white collar workers can become boxing champions.

Participants will get to test their boundaries with gruelling challenges.

They are looking for applicants from all walks of life, with the only essential being that you must have no previous boxing experience. Registrations close this Thursday.

Nomad Productions have received hundreds of applications and only 50 will be selected for the trials on July 31 and August 1 at Dubai’s Round 10 Gym and KO Gym. 

The final 50 will go through a series of tests to see who has the potential to become one of the 12 White Collar DXB contestants. 

The show will pit two of Dubai’s top boxing gyms (Round 10 Gym and KO Gym) against each other. Each training a team of six white collar workers, the competition is set to be as fierce as it will be ent-ertaining; through weekly team challenges, boxing showdowns as well as the inaugural fight night.

Series director, and co-founder of Nomad Productions, Phil Griffiths, said: “We want White Collar DXB to help people find a healthy work life balance. 

“Contestants could be aiming to lose a significant amount of weight or to find a way to deal with the stress of their day-to-day life; to inspire their children to stay healthy or to prove to their colleagues that they are made of stronger stuff than they suspect.” 

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The show’s producer, Gemma Wale, added: “From hairdressers to bankers, stewardesses to CEOs, male or female, if you’re keen to see what you’re really made of, then you’re type of person we want to hear from.”

Chris Miller, who will be the conditioning mentor said: “We’re not looking for the strongest, the fastest or the best boxers. We are looking for individuals with a genuine motivation to use the show to improve their health, and indeed themselves.

"Those chosen will see a complete transformation, not just in their physique but in their mental outlook too.”

Ahmed Abdumagied Seddiqi, manager of Round 10 Gym representing the Red team, said: “It’s great that a show like this is increasing the appeal of boxing at an amateur level. It’s important that people know it’s not just about getting in the ring, it’s about discipline, technique and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

And Zack Taumafai, KO Gym manager and Blue team’s head coach, added: “One thing is for sure. The show is not going to be for the faint-hearted. 

“There’s going to be sweat, tears and every emotion under the sun. I know that these contestants are going to be shocked at what they can push their own bodies to achieve.” If you want to enter, email [email protected] for an application form.

What: White Collar DXB application and trials.
Where: Trials take place at Round 10 Gym, Al Quoz, Dubai on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug-ust 1 at KO Gym, Dubai Marina. Participants must fill the application form before Thursday, July 23 as show producers will shortlist the 50 for trials.
When: Trials on July 31 and Saturday August 1, from 09:00
Contact: To enter email [email protected].

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#360Fit: Find your fastest time by joining Nike’s Midnight Mile Series

Kara Martin 16/07/2015
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Nike will help you beat your personal best time.

Once the heat has subsided, the UAE running scene will be back in full swing with plenty of new and unique races bound to hit the calendar too.

But right now in an attempt to beat the heat, Nike is launching a midnight run series that can give you a head start on your way to your winter race day goals.

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Ready to run your fastest mile or marathon? Then the sport and lifestyle brand’s new campaign is for you.

Following the announcement of Nike’s ‘Find Your Fast’ Campaign, which inspires everyday athletes to run their fastest time this summer, Nike Middle East has unveiled the Nike+ Run Club (N+RC) Midnight Mile Series, a special summer event to help runners beat their personal best.

Kicking off on July 23, the Midnight Mile Series by Nike will host a roster of runs every Thursday at midnight and is set to take place in various locations around Dubai.

This five-week series will lead up to the finale where all runners will be invited to come run their fastest mile in a surprise location.

“Nike Running is all about inspiring everyone to get better and faster. Everyone can run a mile but how fast can you do it?

This summer, we invite you to join in the ‘Find Your Fast’ challenge and break your own personal record,” says Coach Tom Woolf, Nike’s lead Running Coach in the Middle East.

“Whether you train with us in the N+RC Midnight Miles or at your own convenience using the Nike+ app, make sure to beat the summer heat to come out faster and stronger.”

The first of N+RC Midnight Mile series will kick off from the Nike store in Dubai Mall on Thursday, July 23 at 23:00 with participants
conquering the running route around Burj Park, Downtown Dubai.

Subsequent Midnight Mile runs will be revealed ahead of each run on the Nike Running Middle East Facebook page and the Nike Middle East Twitter account.

Registration for the N+RC Midnight Run series is free and can be done through the registration link on gonike.me/NRCdubai.

Runners will be able to try out Nike's new trainers.

If you’re on the hunt for new kicks for race season too, then these events are not to be missed, as Nike will also give participants the chance to trial the latest versions of the Nike Zoom family, a collection of Nike’s speediest running shoes.

The Nike Zoom Air Elite, a favourite among many of the world’s best athletes, will be available for a test run along with new editions of Nike Air Zoom Odyssey, Nike Air Zoom Structure 19, Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32.

Whether preparing for a first mile or looking to shave seconds or minutes off a personal record, all athletes can get faster, which is what Nike’s ‘Find Your Fast’ campaign aims to inspire.

As part of the movement, Nike is inviting all athletes of all levels the world over to put their hearts and minds behind achieving their “fast goals”, with August 30 the D-day for running your fastest mile.

Those participating in this epic journey will include sports stars like Kobe Bryant and Serena Williams, as well as some of the fastest elites from around the world competing at the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing and urban athletes like you.

Nike will reveal further details on this special summer run finale via the Nike Running Middle East Facebook page and the Nike Middle East Twitter account, so in the meantime get training with the crew.

If you can’t make it to the Midnight Mile N+RC, you can still train to gain speed via the free to download Nike+ training App.

The App offers runners the chance to track, measure, share and compare their runs against their goals. It’s personal coaching in your pocket.

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A day with: Red Bull Air Race reigning champion Nigel Lamb

Alex Rea 16/07/2015
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Lamb's season has been disappointing after last year's success.

Flying at 230mph and pulling 10g’s on an aerial flip, requires an infinitely cooler head than any ordinary individual. And at 58, Nigel Lamb is the personification of cool.

The South African-born pilot was accepted into the Rhodesian Air Force at just 18. A few years later he moved to England and became the county’s most accomplished aerobatic pilot, winning the British National Unlimited Aerobatic Championship eight consecutive times.

Now backed by luxury watchmaker Breitling, Lamb added the Red Bull Air Race championship to his name last year and in his sixth season, he carries the confident bravado of an athlete at the top of his game.

It’s been a testing campaign so far and Lamb sat down with Sport 360 to discuss his title chances, the growth of the Air Race and what keeps him busy away from the track.

How long have you been with the Breitling team and how do you assess your relationship?
My first involvement with them came 15 years ago when I managed and flew in the Breitling Fighter’s display team.

Of course, I knew who Breitling were for a long time because they have such a big involvement in aviation. In fact, I competed in the first ever Breitling World Cup and won a beautiful Navitimer in 1990 but in 2005 I convinced them to support me in the Red Bull Air Race and as they the rest is history.

How did your flying career take off, as it were?
I was exceptionally lucky that in my A-level year at school in 1975 I was accepted for the Rhodesian Air Force and became a cadet in the military.

I wouldn’t have wanted to change places with anyone but it was very hard work and not always fantastically enjoyable. I had seven hard months before I was allowed to fly. I found it came quite naturally and it was a major turning point for me.

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You won the Red Bull Air Race last year for the first time just how did that feel?
Amazing. It’s been a long hard road for me since I started making guest appearances in 2006. Slowly but steadily the skills needed for racing came to me because it’s completely different objective from the airshows and aerobatics.

Luckily, everything came together and from the start it’s been an upward trend that ended with that incredible victory.

So you’re in cockpit on your own, is this an individual sport or are you depending on a lot of other people?
The team philosophy is huge. It’s like any other kind of motorsport because the driver or the pilot is just one part of the team. You need that strong support behind you because there are so many factors that contribute to a winning team.

I’ve been very fortunate in that regard because I have such a strong group of guys behind me who complement me so well. Having that trust with your team is crucial and that’s definitely contributed to the success we’ve had.

When it comes to race day there’s very little that I have to do because my team have got everything prepared and that’s so important as it allows me to focus on the task ahead.

Because each race course is so different, how do you practise and prepare for that?
In terms of preparation you have to be at one with your machine. You need to know every detail of the aeroplane, how it flies and how it feels because it needs to be like a second home.

Practise is difficult but advancements in technology have made it much easier. In the past you’re looking at the courses in 2D but now we’re going around the tracks so fast you need to analyse the course in great depth. This is where my eldest son comes into it because he’s our track analyst.

Now, I can fly the track in a simulator through a 3D version of my machine. This allows me to rehearse the track over and over again so that by the time race day comes I know how to tackle it.

We’re halfway through this year’s edition of the Red Bull Air Race how do you think it’s gone so far?
Honestly, it’s gone from bad to average. It’s been a bad season so far because, as with any competitive sport, if you don’t make changes you go backwards. We’ve learnt over the years to get better you need take some bold steps and make bold changes.

Without getting too technical I wanted to change the pitching control of the aircraft so the new part we’ve put in I’m struggling with at the minute. My MSX-R doesn’t feel quite right and that clearly had an affect at the last race in Budapest. Before Ascot on August 15, we’re going to assess the situation.

Do you still think you have a chance of retaining the title?
Mathematically it’s still possible. There are still 48 points available so realistically I’d have to win the next four races and rely on a bit of luck elsewhere.

To be on the podium is tough enough so my work is cut out but I think we’ll be a stronger position when it comes to Ascot. I haven’t lost hope.

How do you assess the growth of the RedBull Air Race?
The dream from both the organisers and the competitors is to head toward something like Formula One. It’s a huge challenge but I never fail to be amazed by some of the locations we fly in.

We’ve raced in Abu Dhabi, Budapest, Las Vegas and East London, so we’ve been to some incredibly iconic places. Anybody who enjoys any kind of sport can see the appeal of it. You don’t have to understand anything about aeroplanes to enjoy the air race. It’s very simple: a man in a machine against the clock. As a spectacle it will beat a lot of other sports.

Abu Dhabi is the traditional season opener, what do you make of the track and the UAE?
It’s a spectacular place to race; as long as we race early enough to beat the heat. It’s a great place to kick things off and the fans are so enthusiastic.

I think one of the things we need to improve, though, is that at other tracks we have a better connection with fans because we take off right near them, Abu Dhabi’s runway is slightly divorced from the crowd in that sense.

What other sports do you get involved in away from air racing?
Because I love it and because it’s really good for fitness I play a lot of squash. As a family, we ski at least once a year and I restore retro cars with my sons.

What is your career high and low point?
The high for sure is winning the championship in Spielberg last year. There’s plenty of lows along the way, you know, some accidents in the military. I haven’t had any in the civilian life, but yeah, lots of things in the military were lows.

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