The WCSN Official Blog is moving!

The Official Blog of the World Championship Sports Network is moving!

From Wednesday February the 2nd (AEDT), the WCSN blog will now be located at blog.wcsn.com.au. The WCSN blog will include new features such as WCSN Sports TV, an Athlete Blog, a monthly blog by WCSN’s CEO Jon Field, and a host of new exciting features.

The official WCSN Blog can now be found here

WCSN forms partnership with E-Cast.TV to supply Sports Content to New Zealand

Melbourne, Australia 6 December 2010 – World Championship Sports Network (WCSN), the home of world champions has announced today the partnership with New Zealand company e-cast, an innovative streaming platform covering a range of genres, including extreme sports and now with WCSN’s involvement, Olympic style and lifestyle sports.

WCSN is Australia’s and soon to be, New Zealand’s premier destination for fans of World Championship sports, delivering an immersive and diverse experience via exclusive live, and on demand coverage of world class competitions, interaction with top athletes and in depth access to sports news and information year round.

“We are extremely pleased with this partnership and look forward to providing e-cast with unique content covering such sports such as Rowing, Yachting, Gymnastics, Badminton, Equestrian, Water Polo, Athletics, Ice Hockey and a multitude of other Snow Sports”, said Jon Field, Executive Director, WCSN.

“E-cast .tv is delighted to be partnering with WCSN to deliver viewers in New Zealand a line up of their favourite sports online, be it live or on-demand. For too long television networks have dictated what people watch and many sports codes have missed out. The rapid rise of internet television has facilitated a major shift in viewing habits – to the benefit of sports fans across the board,” said Steve Brebner, Managing Director, e-cast.  Check out http://www.ecasttv.co.nz

WCSN have recently successfully launched dedicated on line TV channels for both Rowing and Yachting, and will be adding a numerous other World Championship sports to their WCSN sports portal and unique and compelling .TV network.

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Australian Rower Kim Crow chats to Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson chats with World Championship Silver Medalist Kim Crow on the banks of the Yarra River at Melbourne Rowing Week.

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WCSN on LinkedIn

You can now follow the World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) on LinkedIn.

To add to WCSN’s other social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and here on WordPress, fans can now see the team behind WCSN by following us on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of  November 2010, LinkedIn had more than 80 million registered users, spanning more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

The World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is the premier destination for fans of olympic, world championship and lifestyle sports. You can visit our LinkedIn profile here.

 

 

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Russia beats Brazil for gold; Japan tops U.S. for bronze

Courtesy: Universal Sports

TOKYO (AP) – Russia defended its title by beating top-ranked Brazil in five sets on Sunday in the final of the women’s world volleyball championship.

Russia rallied for a 21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11 win over Olympic champion Brazil to capture its second straight world title.

Ekaterina Gamova led the Russians with 35 points. Sheilla Castro had a team-high 26 for Brazil.

“(Ekaterina) was able to grab the chances she had throughout the match,” Russia coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin said. “Nobody played poorly on the team today. The whole team can be credited for the good result.”

Russia captured its seventh world title. Brazil, which was coming off a tough 22-25, 33-35, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11 win over Japan in the semifinals on Saturday, has never won the world championship.

“I think Brazil played a very good match, but in the end, the difference was the counterattacks of Russia,” Brazil coach Jose Guimaraes said.

Russia also defeated Brazil in the final of the world championships in 2006 in Japan.

Japan upset the United States 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-8 to win the bronze medal. Yukiko Ebata led the host with 28 points.

“Finishing in the top three was the target we had set ourselves,” said Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe. “The players tried so hard so I am grateful. I really believed in them.”

Japan claimed its first medal at the worlds since 1978 when it won silver.

European champion Italy finished fifth after a 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 win over Turkey.

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Tom Slingsby wins 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award

Courtesy: Yachting Australia

Tom Slingsby has been named the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, becoming the first Australian to win the prestigious award which was announced at a gala ceremony in Athens, Greece, overnight.

In winning the 2010 award Slingsby was rewarded for his stellar year in which he won two World Championships in two weeks and returned to the top of the world rankings in the Laser class.

Though not everything went the 26 year-olds way with a violent electrical storm in Sydney on Monday evening cancelling his flight to Athens and leaving him stranded half a world away from the ceremony.

The three time Laser World Champion headed across the country to join his fellow Australian Sailing Team members at a camp in Perth with the team, including Slingsby’s coach, Olympic Bronze medalist Michael Blackburn, alongside him for the announcement in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“Winning this award is a great honour, the sailing greats have been nominated for and won this award before, I don’t feel like I’m up there with those guys and was thrilled just to be nominated in the first place,” said Slingsby.

“I remember about 10 years ago sitting on the rocks on Sydney Harbour watching two greats, Ben Ainslie and Robert Sheidt, two former winners of this award go to battle at the Sydney Olympic Games and I remember that that was the moment that I realised that this was really what I wanted to do and it’s a great honour to have my name said in the same breath as people like that, people I’ve looked up to, ” he said

In being named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Slingsby has capped off a remarkable comeback from the depths of his unsuccessful 2008 Beijing Olympic Games campaign and is now progressing well towards his next goal, a Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Slingsby headed into the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as favourite for the Gold medal but struggled in the light conditions finishing the regatta 22nd. The Gosford based sailor had a tough start to his 2012 London Olympic Games campaign finishing 17th at the 2009 Laser World Championship before getting his sailing career back on track.

Since September 2009 Slingsby has been unstoppable, winning six of the seven Laser regattas he has competed in, including the 2010 Laser World Championship and four ISAF Sailing World Cup rounds, including back-to-back victories at the venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games in Weymouth, England.

Slingsby has also had great success in other sailing classes, finishing second at the 2010 Farr40 World Championship in the Dominican Republic aboard Transfusion and then winning the 2010 Etchells World Championship alongside sailing legend John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey.

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James Tomkins receives the Thomas Keller medal

The Thomas Keller Medal committee is honoured to announce that Australian rowing legend, and stroke of the famous Oarsome Foursome, James Tomkins, is this year’s winner of the Thomas Keller Award – rowing’s highest distinction.

Tomkins’ career spanned over 23 years, beginning in 1985 at age 19. By the age of 20 Tomkins was already a World Champion. In 1988 Tomkins made his first Olympic Games appearance in Seoul. This would be the first of six Olympic Game appearances.

After Seoul Tomkins took a break before returning to the international scene in a four. Right from the beginning the four was fast. They claimed back-to-back World Champion titles then won the 1992 Olympic Games. Tomkins had earned his first Olympic gold medal.

Tomkins was back in the four a year before the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Leading into Atlanta there was just one crew change from the 1992 gold medal crew, young Drew Ginn had come into the boat. The four of Tomkins, Ginn, Mike McKay and Nick Green won. Australia took notice. The term ‘Oarsome Foursome’ was coined and the popularity of rowing in Australia boomed.

Tomkins’ Oarsome days turned out to be just one phase of his rowing career. As it happens, Tomkins is the only man ever to win world championship gold medals in every sweep oar event, the men’s eight, pair, four, coxed four and coxed pair. He also has three Olympic gold medals and an Olympic bronze.

According to former partner Drew Ginn, when asked about Tomkins he says: “It was not about what he said or did, it was intangible, invisible, but I could feel this amazing force or influence he had. He could perform under pressure and do it in a way that appeared magical. It was extraordinary,”

In 2008 Tomkins, 42, prepared for his sixth Olympic Games as a member of the men’s eight. He was rowing with crew mates who hadn’t yet started rowing when Tomkins was racing with his 1996 crew.

Tomkins is known to have successfully balanced rowing, family life and a career, continuing to work throughout his entire rowing days. He is married and is the father of three daughters. He is currently a senior account manager for BT Financial Group.

The 18-carat gold Thomas Keller Medal was presented to James Tomkins during the World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand in November.

The other nominees for this year’s award were:

Vaclav Chalupa (CZE)

Iztok Cop (SLO)

Drew Ginn (AUS)

Eskild Ebbesen (DEN)

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