Turns out Ferrari’s, choppers and champagne are a winning combo! Yes, this time, the sun came out to play and our heels are intact! Having experienced the excitement and adrenaline of the sport, we aren’t surprised more than 77 countries now play polo. Once upon a time, the game was primarily played by Royalty and later cavalry; today, the sport has become more accessible and attracts a broader spectrum of society.
This year, I introduced the 90.9 Sea FM dash, encouraging women to free their feet for awesome prizes!
90.9 Sea FM Ladies Dash Winners:
At half time, polo player Andrew Fraser-Scott surprised his girlfriend of six years, Jessica Bamford with a proposal before scoring on the field. And to conclude, best-dressed guests were scouted and rewarded in the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion on the Field contest.
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion On The Field fashionistas:
After an incredible sunset, we kicked on at QT Hotel Stingray Bar. A huge thank you to event organisers, Elizabeth McMahon founder of E.M Studios for styling me in 10 minutes flat and Joe Mclnally photography! We didn’t see Prince Harry, but we love polo so much, we are already counting down for The VW Polo Los Loosa 2016 and other Polo in the City events Australia wide. Hair: Kiwi and Bull Salon | Romper & accessories: Miss Darcy Boutique | Clutch: Topshop.
Pictured: Polo players and organiser Craig Barbour.
AUSTRALIA has a long history of hosting world class sporting events, from the recent Cricket World Cup to the Olympic Games in Sydney more than 15 years ago.
Aussies regularly express our underlying passion and enthusiasm for sport.
So, it’s little wonder that the land down under and in particular the Gold Coast has been selected to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Inevitably, the event will highlight our unique city while boosting tourism.
TUESDAY October 9th, Griffith University Gold Coast was announced as an Official Partner for the Commonwealth Games 2018.
We heard from The Honourable Kate Jones MP, Griffith University Professor Ian O’Connor and GC Commonwealth Games Corporation Chairman Nigel Chamier who expressed their excitement.
This is a rare opportunity for local students to network, showcase talent and apply knowledge to a world class event.
As a Gold Coast advocate and past graduate of the Griffith Business School I was invited to attend and cannot wait to contribute to the Games proceedings.
The count down is on!
WHY GOLD COAST? QUOTES FROM MOVERS & SHAKERS…
/ Regional Development Australia
It is a great time to invest in the Gold Coast.The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia, underpinned by strong population growth, an enviable lifestyle and solid investment opportunities.
The opportunity for investment is huge and, as the city grows, opportunities will continue to arise out of the need to service our rapidly growing population.
Regional Development Australia is excited to be part of the Future Gold Coast project which highlights the opportunities for the community, businesses and investors to 2050.
CEO / Events Management Queensland
Warm weather, beaches and parks, as well as top quality training facilities, provide real advantages for athletes looking to experience a world class event, or take in some off-season training in the perfect environment.
CEO / Mercury IT
One of the biggest advantages of being based here on the Gold Coast is the lifestyle and what that means for our business. We have the perfect balance of a corporate Environment with beautiful beaches and rainforests a short drive away.
LAST month curious locals lined to Gold Coast Broadwater to catch a glimpse Australia’s first XCAT speedboat race. Fourteen XCAT teams fought it out at 200kmh in the fourth round of the UIM XCAT World Series – dubbed the greatest motorsport series on water.
Working as an MC and SCA Producer for the event, I was fortunate to get the know the extreme team drivers. In particular, Tom Barry-Cotter, Pilot of the Gold Coast XCAT team who managed to take out second place with fellow Queenslander Ross Willaton.
Providing a platform to honor outstanding and successful business women and industry achievers, the 2014 Gold Coast Women in Business Awards was a fantastic networking opportunity. On October 31st Palazzo Versace was abundant in positive energy uniting and recognising inspiring women of all ages and backgrounds. In the lead up to the awards function at Palazzo Versace, shortlisted nominees were invited to attend networking events including the Julia Gillard ‘My Story’ book launch breakfast and celebratory cocktails at Bond University.
MY FAVORITE QUOTES BY EMPOWERING WOMEN:
1) Emma Watson: ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’
2) Oprah Winfrey: ‘I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.’
3) Michelle Obama: ‘I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.’
4) Hillary Clinton ‘I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfil my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.’
5) Coco Chanel: ‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.’
6) Angelina Jolie: ‘Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.’
7) Ayn Rand: ‘The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.’
8) Margaret Fuller: ‘If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.’
Polo is one of the oldest sports in the world, as it dates back at least 2,000 years. Today, more than 77 countries play polo. Once the game was primarily played by Royalty and later cavalry, today the sport has become more accessible and attracts a broader spectrum of society. Over recent years, the growth of the sport across the globe has been substantial, and in Australia, the sport is being embraced by young urban professionals captivated by the excitement and adrenaline of the sport. The 2014 Polo by the Sea fashion on the field and entertainment expectations were definitely met! The only downer on the day was the weather, as some guests questioned if it was polo or water polo! None the less, I would not miss this event if I were you, it’s definitely the highlight of my social calendar.
A DIFFERENT TAKE ON POLO DOWN UNDER-STYLE Source: www.xoprivate.com
It takes a healthy dose of Aussie flair to take something that could traditionally be seen as the elitist Sport of Kings and turn it into an extravaganza that introduces the sport of polo to a much wider audience, while promoting professional polo players and attracting new players to the game. Whereas some polo events, such as the Cartier Queen’s Cup, are steeped in tradition and predominantly attended by the aristocracy and wealthy upper class, Polo by the Sea however positions itself at the other end of the spectrum by bringing us a typical ‘Hamptons vibe’. Introducing a casual front row beer garden dubbed the ‘Polo Lounge’ with live music and DJs, the popular ‘Fashion in the Field’ contest, swimwear fashion parades and bare-chested male therapists for complimentary shoulder massages, this definitely isn’t your typical polo event. Opulence, glamour and stylish entertainment are still perfectly executed though with seaplane transfers, front row VIP tables, designer briefed social photographers and a plethora of sponsors who are keen to partner up with this unique polo frenzy where the competitors mingle with the crowd.
Polo by the Sea actually is the sister event to the award winning Polo in the City, which is the brainchild of Ruki Baillieu (professional polo player) and Janek Gazecki (amateur polo player, polo journalist and former lawyer). They established Polo Enterprise Australia Pty Limited (PEA) back in 2005 and since its inception PEA has managed to significantly increase polo club membership across the country, while creating effective marketing platforms for performance and premium brands, as well as unique corporate entertainment opportunities. Not only is its Polo in the City flagship series considered as one of the best events of the year by many media outlets, but it was actually awarded ‘Best State Event’ at the 2013 Australian Event Awards. That same year Polo by the Sea was first staged on the Gold Coast’s Main Beach, with the Palm Beach edition following in the gallop in January 2015, adding a competitive dimension by also creating rivalling teams in the process.
Both Polo by the Sea events are perfectly located with the upcoming Gold Coast fixture being based at Doug Jennings Park which lies at the North end of the Spit at Main Beach Surfers Paradise. As you turn onto the Spit, the first glimpse of the yachts on the water sets the scene for a glamorous and memorable day out.
Ruki Baillieu and Janek Gazecki have managed to create an extremely successful and engaging spectator sports’ event that is also proving to be very popular with a younger audience. With the ponies going at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour and being capable of stopping and turning on the proverbial sixpence, the crowds are guaranteed some seriously intense and extreme action. Visitors are often surprised and impressed when they first experience the fast-paced exhilarating game that polo actually is.
Where Polo by the Sea – and Polo in the City for that matter – are truly unique is in the way that spectators are constantly engaged not only by stomping the divots at half time, but also by being able to mingle and chat with the competitors or to go out on the field to pat the horses, which offers a refreshingly appealing experience when compared to most other sports. It is no wonder then that PEA’s events are quickly becoming part of Australia’s social calendar, attracting A-listers, celebrities and even royalty, in turn adding to the polo crowd watching appeal of this increasingly popular ‘spectator sport’.