June 16, 2013
Patriotic Aussies Overseas

Patriotic Aussies Overseas

Australians have always been known the world over as great sports lovers, either as players or spectators.

To harness the spirit of the contagious cry of Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi, heard everywhere Aussies gather around their favourite sports, former four time Olympic Water Polo Captain Thomas Whalan, has launched a range of patriotic clothing and accessories.

From this chant AussieOi™ The Fan Brand™ has been born, celebrating all that’s great about Australia.

“The idea behind the AussieOi clothing is to channel that feeling of excitement and comradery that Australians are so good at creating when we’re at sporting events” Thomas says.  “It’s the spirit of Australian fans that captures the attention and hearts of visitors and I am translating that feeling into something they can take home.”

The line of activewear makes the perfect present for those Aussies travelling overseas, especially for sporting events, or for tourists wanting some memorabilia of their stay in Australia.

The AussieOi™ sports clothing and accessories range covers caps to t-shirts to hoodies and Funnies Sunnies™, offering something for everyone, from kids to men and women.

Fans of Australia can take a piece of the country with them, even if they leave our shores.

The range is available from a list of selected stockists.    Sandra Tiltman.



January 7, 2013

Water Polo 800

What a great start to 2013 when Bondi’s famous Icebergs Pool was the setting for Water Polo By The Sea last Friday, where we saw an evening of International Water Polo.  The evening kicked off at 5.30 p.m. with Sydney University playing UNSW for the University Cup, followed by the Australian Sharks taking on the International All Stars at 6.30 p.m.

Budge Smuggler 400The driving force behind the event is four time Olympian, Thomas Whalan, who commented “Water Polo by the Sea is the perfect way to showcase the sport that we love to an audience that may not otherwise be exposed to the game”.

The international all-star team included three times Olympic Gold medalist and World Champions Tamas Kasas (the world’s most decorated player) and Tamas Molnar from Hungary, the Italian World Champions and Olympic Silver medalists Deni Fiorentini and Maurizio Felugo, Team USA Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Hutten, New Zealand’s only professional water polo player Joe Kayes who is based in Hungary and Britain’s Scott Carpenter.

The huge crowd was served drinks (I can recommend the low calorie margaritas) and healthy snacks by waiters dressed Crowd Bondi 400in “budgie smugglers” which added to the beachside atmosphere.

Not knowing anything about water polo before, I found the game very exciting and fast moving.  The good looking and well built male players were also another plus in making water polo a sport I would not mind watching again.

Hopefully Water Polo By The Sea will become an annual event, I’ll certainly be there to watch again next year.  Sandra Tiltman.    PHOTOS: John Pond ©  


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