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Why Children Should Receive Academic Rewards

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Should children receive academic awards at school? That question has been asked countless times in recent years and it appears as though there is quite a divide in opinions. On one side there are those who believe that everyone should receive an award or no one should, while on the other, there are those who believe that only those who achieve the highest academic standards should be entitled to receive an award for their achievements. Something to Work Hard For Academic awards, like sporting awards, are seen by many as something to strive for, something to work hard for, so…

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Australia’s Most Popular Sports – You May Be Surprised!

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Australians love their sports – that’s never been in question. But who among us really knows which sports are our most popular? If you reside in Brisbane, Cairns, Newcastle or Sydney, then chances are you’ll be of the opinion that footy (rugby league) is our nation’s most popular sport. But alas, you’d be wrong there. As would most people who presume that the sport most popular in their part of the country is the sport most embraced by the Australian population. Moreover, how to assess sports in the popularity stakes? By participation, by attendance, or by the most searched for…

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Baseball, Basketball and Football – Australia’s New Favourite Sports?

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Australia is a nation of sports lovers with high participation levels at all ages, from children through to adults. In terms of popularity, different parts of Australia prioritise different sports, with rugby league the most popular sport in Queensland and New South Wales, Australian rules football the traditional sport of Victoria, though football (soccer) has long vied for the top spot, as is also the case in Adelaide. Here in Western Australia, along with cricket and netball which are popular everywhere, Australian rules football is the most popular, but as in all parts of Australia many sports have been gaining…

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Australia’s Most Successful Olympic Sport

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With three gold, four silver and three bronze for a total of 10 out of our 29 medals at Rio 2016, swimming is Australia’s most successful Olympic sport, as has been the case for many years. While Australian swimmers didn’t pick up as many medals as was expected this Olympics, they competed admirably and did their supporters across the country proud. A Glorious Tradition Many Australians may be surprised to learn that along with Greece, Australia is the only country to have entered a team in every Summer Olympics since the 1896 Athens Olympics. While that year our sports-loving nation…

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Australia’s Rio Olympics Medal Tally

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For a country with a population of just 24 million to finish the Rio 2016 Olympics in the top ten, even at number 10, should be considered quite an achievement. That would not seem to be the case, however, for a sports-loving and fiercely competitive country like Australia that was tipped, and widely expected, to finish much higher up the board. With eight gold, eleven silver, and ten bronze for a total of 29 medals, Australia’s Olympians did their country proud in so many ways, but not everyone Down Under shares that opinion. In fact, many Australians have expressed dissatisfaction…

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Why Do Olympians Bite Their Medals?

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There are nearly as many rumours circulating about why Olympians bite their medals as there were medals won in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Some of these rumours are in good fun, such as they aren’t really made of precious metals at all, but rather chocolate wrapped in foil, whereas others beg and try their hardest to be true, for example, the athletes are using an age-old method of biting precious metals to check for purity. No matter how much some of us would love such rumours to be true that, unfortunately, will never be the case. However, that doesn’t mean…

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Trophy Ideas for Sports and Other Competitions

Are you having trouble deciding what type of trophy to order for an upcoming competition or tournament? Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of trophies available, along with a few suggestions on which sports and events they’re best-suited to: Figurine Trophies These are some of the most common trophies available for team sports. In this case, the award itself depicts a scene from the sport in question. They’re great for highly active sports such as basketball, football or volleyball. With these trophies, you might see a baseball player poised and at the ready, preparing to swing the bat;…

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Honouring Long-Term Employees on the Occasion of Their Retirement

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There are mixed feelings on the value of retirement parties and gifts as far as corporate accountants are concerned but there is no doubt that individual employees appreciate such gestures. While you may not see the value of spending money on somebody who is leaving your company, you should consider the wider picture: what would your remaining employees think about your organisation if you were to treat retiring workers with indifference? Suitable Mementos for Retiring Employees Below, we have compiled a short list of ideas for companies who are not sure what to present their workers with on the occasion…

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Motivate Your Workers with a Monthly Employee Awards Ceremony

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While annual salary increases are an excellent way to show employees how much you value their contributions and are sure to motivate them to try even harder in the future, the fact they only occur once a year means that it is very easy for complacency to set in and for standards to slip in the interim. One possible solution to this problem, which has been used successfully by a number of companies in Australia, is to hold a monthly employee awards ceremony. What to Award Your Most Valuable Members of Staff? If you are going to have an awards…

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Should Everyone Get a Trophy?

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There has long been quite a debate about whether all children who participate in sports and other activities should receive a trophy, a debate which shows no sign of abating any time soon. On the one hand, there are those who believe that participation in an activity or event should be rewarded, with many perhaps also of the mind that ‘there are no winners or losers’, while on the other, there are those who believe that only the ‘winners’ should receive an award. In the USA, the debate was ignited last year when James Harrison, star of the Pittsburgh Steelers,…

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