London, UK, 21 November 2019: Pixel Artworks, the award-winning specialists in light and pixel technology, today announced the company was behind the creation of the dynamic set and show experience for the recent first world tour of The International Swimming League (ISL), a new start up swimming competition that is changing the world of competitive swimming.Swimming is a hugely popular sport during global events including the Olympics and World Championships, and The International Swimming League aims to re-envisioning the sport, bringing it to a new social audience to increase engagement and promote public health. The ‘matches’ feature fast-paced, electrifying short-course swimming sessions with the world’s most elite swimmers competing, including Olympic and World Champions from over 10 different countries.The ISL approached Pixel Artworks in October 2018 to create a unique audio visual sporting experience to fit with the leagues vision of reinventing swimming and spectating for a new generation.Pixel Artworks created the huge modular set with a 67sqm of 2.6mm pixel pitch LED that radically changes the shape and angles of each of the venues. To create a fanfare and an engaging atmosphere throughout each event, Pixel Artworks produced a graphical video that acts as the narrative for each ISL ‘match’. The accompanying sound design was digitally composed to build a soundscape that heightens the senses and intensified the audience and viewer experience, designed to emphasise the narrative of the celestial origins of swimming.Natalie Harvey, Senior Producer at Pixel Artworks explains the complexities and creative thought process behind the showstopping production and set: “ISL had a strong vision for the production, and already had a recognisable logo and character figure that we brought to life through the creative content. The 90-second opening animation is abstract and draws inspiration from illustrative animation like manga.”Working on a show that is being broadcast globally for the first time hasn’t come without its challenges, explains Harvey: “Broadcast times and run programmes are not produced until much nearer showtime. Not only this, but due to the nature of sport, there can be changes in teams up to the event starting. We had to create content which could be swapped quickly as each team also has its own animations.”The unmissable set piece has now become a vital part of The ISL experience and travelled to every stop of the tour. Teams walk out to the cheering crowds through the set, take photos in front it, and a DJ booth has also been built in. “Our knowledge in spacial design was really pushed, as every venue was very different,” explains Daniel Postlethwaite, Production Director at Pixel Artworks. “We had to consider audience flow, athlete entry and welcome, and pool position, whilst still providing an engaging audio visual experience. We also had to consider the audience, both in the stands and viewing at home, so we chose a very high-resolution LED product that looks fantastic both in person and on camera.”“Our production team really have been at the core of making this a reality,” continued Postlethwaite. “We had to design and build a modular design to fit all venues, where every rigging and lighting point is different and complex in its own right. The set had to be transportable and relatively flexible to fit various spaces. We had to consider audiences, swimmers jump blocks, and accommodate for unpredictable sized gaps between the LED set and the swimming pool. The new concept meant we had to do onsite testing, and as with any live broadcast, there can be changes. Using disguise servers, combined with real-time workflow Notch, we’ve created a bespoke adaptable system that fits the brief.”This weekend, in the sixth match of the series, The ISL arrives at the London Aquatic Centre for a sold-out two-day spectacular with four European teams doing battle in the derby match. The biggest names in international swimming will be competing, including Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, Hungary’s Hosszú Katinka and Australia’s Cate Campbell.The inaugural season of ISL started in Indianapolis in October and progressed through seven venues across the United States and Europe. The European crowds have responded incredibly well to the new swimming league coming to town, with the Naples crowd reaching near-capacity at 1,600 in attendance, and the Budapest crowd seeing 2,000+ attendees each day. The league culminates in a grand finale at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on 20 and 21 December.As The ISL reaches an exciting climax, the final in Las Vegas is billed to be an even bigger achievement for the Pixel Artworks team. “To celebrate the success of this extraordinary new competition, we have proposed an even more extravagant set, featuring extended LED and a more visual experience, all designed to engage and excite spectators around the world,” added Kelly Eagle, Business Director at Pixel Artworks.
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The President of the Nigeria Referees Association, Tade Azeez, on Friday, urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to hire a foreign coach to re-position the Super Eagles.He said that hiring a foreign coach was the only way for the NFF “since indigenous coaches cannot separate coaching from business’’.Azeez said that indigenous coaches usually had their biases for some players, making such players to feature in tournaments, not minding the implication for the team.“If the board believes they can get a foreigner that will work very well and they know that they have a way of paying the salaries without affecting them, I support the agitation for a foreign coach.“This is because our indigenous coaches cannot separate their coaching abilities from business.“They are all businessmen, who have interest in one player or the other and because they want to make money, they force such players on Nigerians.“That has been the problem with them. “ They are not after the best players representing us and I think as professionals, they should be able to differentiate between coaching and business. I doubt if any of them can do that,’’Azeez said. The Super Eagles have been without a substantive coach since the sudden resignation of Sunday Oliseh.On April 20, the NFF named a Technical Director, Shaibu Amodu, and Salisu Yusuf to take charge of the Super Eagles on interim basis.The duo are expected to lead the Eagles to two international friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg’s national teams on May 27 and June 1, respectively.Yusuf is to take charge of the team, while Amodu is to supervise.To assist the duo are the coach of Rangers International FC of Enugu, Imama Amapakabo, and Kennedy Boboye, the coach of Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia.Aloy Agu remains the goalkeeper trainer.The match against Mali is to take place at Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, France, while Luxembourg will host the Eagles in Luxembourg.
If you are a fan of jaw-dropping, supersonic performances, then the South Dakota Circuit was the place to be yesterday. There, speed demons Andrew King, Calvin Ming, Kristian Jeffrey and Team Mohamed’s bikers thrilled the fans with scorching displays of racing in the finale of the much-hyped Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Ignite Race meet.King reigned supreme after putting on a tactical clinic to win ahead of Rupie Sewjattan and Mark Vieira who started the final day on top the points standing to take the spoils in the Group 4 class.Vieira in his RX-8 had controlled the races in the early stages, powering ahead and looked destined for victory until King hunted him down in the latter stages.
Broad was kept waiting to join Anderson in the six-strong “500 club” after Monday’s fourth-day washout in England’s series finale with the West Indies at Old Trafford left him stranded on 499 Test wickets.The bowler was controversially omitted from England’s four-wicket loss in the first Test at Southampton but starred in the series-levelling win at Old Trafford and has been the standout performer in the third Test, also at the Manchester ground.The 34-year-old has taken eight wickets in the match so far and scored a dashing 62 in England’s first innings to change the course of the game.Strauss, who captained both Broad and Anderson, paid tribute to their longevity.“They’ve been a phenomenal opening partnership, that goes without saying,” he told reporters. “They are two of England’s greatest of all time.“What has really impressed me with both of them is their hunger to continue. For the two of them to be so hungry is extraordinary.”“I honestly don’t believe Stuart Broad has bowled much better than this. There were a couple of years where perhaps he ‘lost’ his wrist a bit and it was hard work for him bowling to right-handers.“This series so far he seems to be equally potent against left and right-handers.”Both Broad and Anderson, who turns 38 this week, are at an age where previous new-ball bowlers would have long since retired, although England would, ideally, like them to keep going until the 2021/22 Ashes in Australia.“For all of us let’s write them off at our peril and let’s not be in a hurry to pension them off because they have both got a lot more to offer England,” said Strauss.The former skipper also acknowledged the benefit of the competition for places provided by fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, giving England enviable resources to call on.– ‘Something to prove’ –Strauss said the key to Broad’s success was his “competitiveness”, with the Nottinghamshire seamer revealing he felt “frustrated, angry and gutted” at being left out of the first Test.Former England captain Andrew Strauss rings the bell before the start of the third Test between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford. POOL/AFP/File/Michael Steele“He is at his best when he has something to prove,” said Strauss. “He’s had the bit between his teeth in these last two Test matches and that has served him particularly well over the course of his career.”While England have been able to count on Broad and Anderson, they have struggled for a pair of reliable Test opening batsmen since Strauss’s retirement in 2012 ended his partnership with Alastair Cook.But Strauss has been encouraged by the form of Rory Burns and Dom Sibley, whose partnership of 114 on Sunday was England’s first century opening stand in a home Test for four years.“I think Sibley and Burns at the top of the order are made of the right stuff temperamentally,” said former Middlesex left-hander Strauss.“They’ve both got quite quirky games, but very effective games. I think that is a big tick.”The ongoing third Test is also supporting the Ruth Strauss Foundation, which the ex-England skipper established after his wife died from a rare form of lung cancer affecting non-smokers in 2018.This year’s #RedForRuth initiative has already raised more than £655,000 ($844,000) compared to last year’s inaugural total of over £550,000 during an Ashes Test at Lord’s, even though there are no fans at Old Trafford.Strauss said everyone involved in the Foundation had been “blown away” by the public support, adding: “For us to have gone sailing past what we raised last year is almost beyond belief.”
“We are very excited for Kendra,” said Varsity Blues head coach Mark Williams. “It has been fantastic to watch her results this summer and we are very proud of her accomplishments. We look forward to following her racing in Bulgaria and to having her back with Varsity Blues this coming fall.” Fresh off a gold-medal performance at the under-23 world championships, University of Toronto Varsity Blues rower Kendra Wells will now represent Canada at the 2018 world championships, September 9-16, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Story Links A kinesiology major, Wells had a breakout first season on the Blues rowing team, helping U of T to a bronze-medal finish in the heavyweight fours at the OUA championships while competing in both the eights and women’s 2- at the 2017 Canadian University Rowing Championships in Victoria.Notes: Former Varsity Blue and 2015 Pan American gold medalist, Kate Haber (Sauks), will also be competing for Canada in Bulgaria. Haber claimed gold at Toronto 2015 in lightweight double skulls and was named an alternate to the 2016 Canadian Olympic rowing team, following that accomplishment. She will compete in that same event at the world championships this fall. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version The Varsity Blues rowing team opens their 2018 season at the Guelph Invitational on Saturday, September 15. The native of Paris, Ont., will compete in the women’s four crew alongside Jessie Loutit, Karen Lefsrud and fellow under-23 gold medalist Larissa Werbecki. “This summer has been a surreal experience,” said Wells. “If you had asked me three months ago where I would be today, I never would have guessed it would be here. I am very excited for the opportunity to race against the top rowers in the world and continue to wear the maple leaf with pride. Even though I’ll be wearing red and white, I will still bleed blue.”