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ANZA Job Vacancy: Full-time Graphic Designer

Posted By Kerry Low, Thursday, 27 September 2018
Updated: Wednesday, 27 September 2017

We are in search of an enthusiastic, conscientious, organised individual to join the ANZA team as Graphic Designer. This role is a fantastic opportunity for a creative individual to take ownership of the creative vision of the ANZA Magazine and our annual events. The Graphic Designer is responsible for designing content for both in-house graphics and the monthly ANZA Magazine.

The applicant will need a solid knowledge of Australian and New Zealand culture.

The role will include responsibilities as follows:

  1. Magazine
    • Working with the Editor to implement needs the ANZA Magazine
    • Design and prepare the monthly ANZA Magazine for print
    • Purchase, source or create graphics for magazine content
    • Ensure all incoming advertisements are ready for print
    • Liaise with printer to oversee monthly production
  2. In House Graphics
    • Working with the events manager to conceptualise and design all artwork for events including posters, programs, media boards, backdrops, leaflets, tickets etc.
    • Manage and maintain the ANZA brand and corporate identity
    • General designs including updating in-house stationary and large format banners
    • Source for printers and suppliers
  3. Website
    • Design and create all inhouse website creatives including home slider and footer, banners, event landing pages
    • Design microsites for event sponsorship promotions


  • Minimum three years experience in publication design and production
  • Must be able to manage design process from conceptualization to production
  • Must have experience in, and strong understanding of, print production requirements for various formats
  • Advanced knowledge of Creative Suite 5.5
  • Website design knowledge will be highly regarded
  • Strong time management skills to concurrently handle multiple projects
  • Meticulous with keen eye for detail

Interested applicants please email your cover letter,CV and portfolio to Kerry Low before Friday 31 October 2017. Please include your available starting date and current visa status. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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Gloves Up

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Charley Larcombe talks to Australian boxer, Tommy ‘The Titan’ Browne on rolling with the punches ahead of his bout this weekend at The Roar of Singapore III.



In light of the late summer’s super-bout between Mayweather and MacGregor, it’s no wonder that boxing is enjoying its time in the spotlight. Undoubtedly many of our ANZA members were glued to the screen to see the undefeated “Money” take on the MMA “Notorious” and go to ten rounds in what turned into a good fight – despite all the fanfare around it. If you’ve caught the boxing bug, you’re in luck with the return of The Roar of Singapore III this month at Suntec.

The co-main card fight will see Sirimongkhon Iamthuam – a.k.a. ‘Sing Wang Cha’ – of Thailand challenge for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Asia-Pacific Super-welterweight title against Tommy ‘The Titan’ Browne in what is set to be a fascinating duel between the 39-year-old Thai veteran (95 bouts, 92 victories, 3 defeats, 57 knockouts) and the challenger (42 bouts, 34 victories, 6 defeats, 2 draws, 13 knockouts). I spoke to the New South Wales boxer prior to his visit to Singapore.


What does your regime look like?

I normally give myself three months to prepare for a fight. My training in the gym involves a lot of pad work, heavy bag drills, strength training, such as explosive movements, core strength, band work, body weight exercises, rowing machine sprints and sparring. At times, I travel to Las Vegas for intense training camps.


How do you psychologically prepare for a bout?

I believe in myself mentally and physically. I take no short cuts during training. I do have a few nerves before a fight, which keeps me on my toes. I have high expectations of my ability and always want to perform well, not only for myself but for my team and fans. I do everything to win; if you can accept losing, you’ll never be a champion.


I was so sorry to read about the loss of your brother in 2015 and that you had a hiatus from boxing for a couple of years. How haVE your thoughts changed towards the sporT?

Words could never explain the way I feel over the loss of my brother. A big part of me has died. Every fight now, I carry him with me and now we fight together. I feel I’m not satisfied with my career and the sport owes me. On fight night, my mind is very busy. I think about my family. I think about my brother. I think about my fight plan and all the sacrifices I’ve made to be there on the day.


Describe the atmosphere to those who have never attended a match?

The atmosphere on fight night is like a big adrenaline rush. The fans are loud and when you’re walking out to your entrance song, all eyes are on you. It’s like walking down the red carpet. This is what brings us fighters back for more.



What are the highlights of the sport? And the struggles?

My favourite career highlight would be when I challenged for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight World title.
I naturally, struggle with the loss of
my brother.


What can people expect when coming to watch you fight? Is your style recognisable?

I’m exciting to watch; no toilet calls when I’m on! Don’t even blink. This is what I get paid for, to entertain you. I’m a showman with talent. I have good boxing skills, a lightning jab and power in both hands.


What is your ultimate goal?

Dancing under the lights in Las Vegas for a world title on PPV.


Away from the ring, What do you do to relax?

I love spending time with my wife and two children, and golf with the boys. I also like a good cup of cappuccino in a cafe by the beach.


Talk to us about The Roar of Singapore. What is the audience like here? Does a good audience (knowledgeable, enthusiastic) have any effect on your match?

Singapore is a beautiful clean country and the people are very friendly. My first experience with the Roar of Singapore was world class. The whole event was very well organised and will only get bigger. The audience was big and loud. Having the support definitely gives you that confidence to do well. I had a great time and look forward to returning for the Roar of Singapore III this October.


What do you most enjoy about fighting in Singapore? Do you get to enjoy any down time here?

Scott Farrell and everyone involved with Ringstar Management have done a great job. That’s the reason why we are involved in the Roar of Singapore. I’ll have all my family at my next fight and I’ll enjoy a few days on Sentosa after, celebrating my victory with my new International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Asia-Pacific Super Welterweight belt.


Photos: Ryan Tang

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Weekend Adventurer

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Monday, 9 October 2017

Real Life getting in the way of your dreams of pushing yourself to the extreme and seeing nature’s wonders? Charley Larcombe looks to a company offering life-changing vacations from the norm.


I’ve known Bobby Melville of adventure company, IGO, for years. A great friend, he is the sort of person who given five minutes in a crowded room will be holding court with jokes and good nature, and a host of new mates added to his iPhone contacts. Four years ago he told me that having met an equally charismatic person, he was inspired to row the Atlantic. He’d never picked up an oar or sailed around an island – let alone considered taking up a challenge to row across open sea with nothing but three companions and a glorified canoe to tackle the crashing waves of one of the world’s greatest oceans.

The Talisker Atlantic Challenge is a race of over 3,000 nautical miles, from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua. Unsupported, competitors face 40-feet waves, ocean storms where all they can do is deploy a sea anchor, concertina themselves into the miniscule cabin with a teammate and ride out the sea sickness. They cope with continuous two hour on, two hour off rows and sustenance from the freeze-dried limited packs they can carry within their 21-foot boat. More people have travelled into space than successfully crossed the Atlantic this way.

Despite the fears and concerns, Bobby, his teammates and the trusty ‘Tiny Dancer’ cast off and headed off into the blue. Incredibly, 48 days later, he and his crew rowed into Antigua to great cheers; several pounds lighter, with a beard to rival any old sea dog – and with elation like he’d never felt before. “I thought if I could bottle that emotion and share it with everyone, it would be fantastic.”

That moment had taken nearly two years of preparation, training and funding before even dipping a toe into the water. He saw that this experience of pushing yourself to the brink and earning that sense of achievement wasn’t possible for the average person with responsibilities and jobs and families at home. They couldn’t go off the grid like that. They needed something else. And so the idea of IGO was born…

Essentially, the company organise multi-discipline challenges in the world’s most spectacular wildernesses with a real focus on the importance of camaraderie. The push is that life-affirming moments such as these don’t have to be for the Ernest Shackletons of history, but that those with an adventurous spirit can still undertake extraordinary things.

“We created IGO Adventures in order to offer a new level of accessibility to life-changing experiences,” explains Bobby. “We have experts creating customised training plans specific to each person and terrain, and set up the logistics to make this sort of adventure possible within a week.”

The events – so far having taken place in Norway, Montana and Morocco – are a host of challenges suitable to the terrain of each location. For the Norway expedition, the competitors face four days of ski-touring, fat-biking, cross country skiing and a 26-mile marathon to round it all off. Covering the Hardangervidda Plateau – where the British Special Forces carry out their cold weather training - the route takes you around mountain passes, over glittering frozen lakes, and through icy dunes of powdery snow. Days are spent under a vast blue sky, whilst at night, exhausted from the exertion, you sleep under canvas Norwegian Lavvu tents. That’s if you can sleep at all, as the added adventure on this particular trip is witnessing the Northern Lights.

The team have also recently completed their first expedition in the trails of the Flathead National Forest, Montana. Another type of ‘big sky’ country, if you undertake this expedition, expect a tetrathlon of swimming across glass-like lakes, five-hour mountain bike treks, a day of kayaking and a several-hour mountain trek on the homeward stretch, all under the watchful eyes of elk and bison which outnumber humans in that part of the world.

There’s a strong focus on the trips being an adventure challenge - but the IGO team will be welcoming you with a hug and a beer as you complete the various phases; it is supposed to be a holiday after all.

However, the IGO trips aren’t for the feint-hearted or those looking to be coddled across the finish line (although the IGO team will very nearly carry you, so dedicated are they that you finish the challenge together!). You set the pace – which is why it is possible for the amateur as well as the regular triathlete to compete – and the IGO guides are there to show you the stripped back wilderness, help you navigate the man versus nature sensations, but as Bobby says; “it’s you and you alone who is responsible for making the journey.”

It is the race that appeases your competitive edge, it’s the endurance test that tests your dedication, it’s the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is life-changing. And yet the actual event itself can be taken within your annual holiday time.

These expeditions are designed by adventurers, for adventurers so isn’t it about time you packed your bags?


The Preparation

Normal holiday prep’ may involve a trip to the waxing parlour a couple of days pre-flight, but for this vacation you’ll need to get match-fit a little earlier on. IGO offers a full assessment – that can also be done via the powers of technology and Skype – meaning you can prepare from anywhere in the world.


Medical Assessment

You get a complete medical and ECG as well as a review of your training and nutritional history, plus an injury prevention screening involving a detailed musculoskeletal assessment.


Gait Analysis

A gait session and slow motion video analysis means the specialists can then translate the biomechanics and implement changes to your technique to reduce injury.


Performance Coach

An online assessment carried out to look at the competitor’s judgement and decision making, their resilience, hardiness and grit; and what their aims are for the challenge.


Medical Review

By combining all the various assessments, competitors have all the info on the best training and mental prep’ ahead of them.


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The Breakfast Run

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Grab your trainers and beat the Singapore heat with an early morning run. Adam Jordan from ANZA Running takes us for a jog around the Little Red Dot - and recommends some top breakfast spots too.


Central, Marina Bay & Singapore River Run

The loop around Marina Bay is one of the most famous and popular running routes in Singapore, taking in some of the island’s most famous sites. We at ANZA Running sometimes do the following run which is approximately 10km, starting and finishing in Raffles Place. First, we head north across the Cavenagh Bridge and then towards the Esplanade Theatres, at which point we head back across the river to the Merlion, the icon of the city. Even at an early hour there are plenty of tourists to dodge here! Past the Merlion, our route follows the water’s edge, past the historic Fullerton Bay Hotel (the arrival point for passenger ships in colonial times) and Customs House, then past the Marina Bay Financial Centre and around to Marina Bay Sands.

Before crossing the bay via the Helix Bridge, we like to rack up a little bit more distance by running past the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome to the Marina Barrage. The Barrage has a sloping green roof that’s perfect for a little bit of hill training, with a great city view from the top as a reward. This is a nice spot to pause and catch your breath before heading back to the Helix Bridge. A sharp left turn on the other side will take you past the Float (the floating platform at the mouth of the quays) and back to Esplanade Theatre and Cavenagh Bridge.

There’s no shame in stopping here, especially if it’s been a fast run, but for a little more distance we like to keep going along the north bank of the Singapore River as far as Clarke Quay before crossing the bridge and running back through Boat Quay to the finish line at Raffles Place. One of the great things about this course is that the length can be easily extended by crossing one of the other bridges further upstream as the pedestrian path continues on both sides for a couple more kilometres.

The city centre can be a bit of a ghost town on the weekends, but there is one great café right in the middle of Raffles Place. The Providore serves breakfast from 9am on the weekend and has a range of tempting food options and great coffee. There’s also outdoor seating which is perfect for sweaty runners. The Breakfast BLT and English Breakfast are good options for post-run carb loading, while the Organic Muesli is a good lighter choice.


East – Kallang Basin & East Coast Park

For our most recent weekend run, we did the following 9km course which started at Stadium MRT and crossed the suspension bridge to Tanjong Rhu before following the water’s edge around to the ECP motorway flyover. Turning left here takes you along the north edge of Gardens by the Bay East and the Marina Bay Golf Course before entering East Coast Park from its westernmost extent. It’s the site of the weekly East Coast Parkrun which is a free (and fun) 5km run every Saturday morning at 7:30am.

Heading further into East Coast Park, after a couple of kilometres, the path starts running parallel to the coast, with great views of the Singapore Strait (and the multitude of container ships sitting offshore). One reason why this is such a great place to run, is that there are segregated running and cycling paths, with plenty of other people out and about enjoying the morning. After a few kilometres following the coast, we usually start thinking about breakfast and head inland at Siglap Canal, but there is plenty more park to explore for those who want to do a longer run.

There is a pedestrian bridge at Siglap Canal to cross the ECP, after which the footpath continues north along the side of the canal. The last time we did this run we saw two wild otters playing in the canal along here, so keep your eyes open - but be careful, since the footpath is a park connector and gets a lot of bicycle traffic. Continue straight along the canal at the first traffic lights and turn right at the second (East Coast Road). This is the closing stretch of the route which ends at Penny University, one of our favourite spots for breakfast in the Katong / East Coast area.

The owner of this café was trained at the famous Prufrock café in London and it shows in the quality of the coffee on offer here. In addition, a good range of food options is available including Turkish Eggs, the house speciality which comprises two poached eggs with yoghurt, harissa and sourdough- not common in Singapore! We also sampled the French Toast which was very tasty (although lacking granola which on our visit was not available). All in all this is a great place to refuel after a beachside run. To head back towards the city, just return to Siglap Canal and walk another fifteen minutes to Kembangan MRT.


North - MacRitchie Reservoir & Rifle Range

OK, full disclosure: MacRitchie Reservoir is only ‘north-ish’, but it IS one of the nation’s best running spots. The most common route here is to circumnavigate the reservoir (a convenient 10km).

The best meeting spot is the taxi drop off point on Lornie Road, and from there we start running clockwise, keeping the water on the right. After a few minutes there’s a zig zag bridge. A sharp turn right after the bridge marks the start of the Lornie Trail and the course becomes an unpaved forest track after this. Please be careful to note the many trip hazards along the trail.

After a few kilometres, there is a break in the forest and the trail skirts the water’s edge again, past the Singapore Island Country Club. The trail becomes a boardwalk where it re-enters the forest and after a few minutes it passes the Jelutong Tower which has very nice views from the top if a little stair training is desired. If not, it might be best to keep following the trail to the turnoff for the Rifle Range trail. This trail is much quieter than the main route and also a bit rougher; there is even a little stream with stepping stones to cross. The trail continues for a couple more kilometres before emerging at the trailhead at the end of Rifle Range Road. From here, we run along the road all the way to the PIE, past a number of local landmarks including the Singtel satellite station and the Temasek Club.

Just after the underpass at the PIE, the road passes next to the Rail Corridor (another great running route) and this is where we usually stop. It’s also close to a great café: Rise and Grind (Bukit Timah Plaza). The setting is a little strange (it’s in the car park) but there are some pleasant outside seats for sweaty runners. Our recommendations include the Mexican-style Huevos Rancheros, Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict and “Avo-ka-Dukkah”.


West - Harbourfront to Kent Ridge

This run involves some serious hill training but it’s only about 8km in total. The first part is the steepest, straight up the Marang Trail from Harbourfront MRT to Faber Peak. Sometimes we run up, sometimes we walk - mostly it depends on what we got up to the previous night! From the top, the course is a gentle downhill as far as the Henderson Waves; then it’s uphill again!

The trail continues through Telok Blangah Hill Park, skirting around the peak of the hill, and then onto the elevated boardwalk that winds through the forest canopy towards Gillman Barracks. This is a very enjoyable way to experience the forest from a different angle.

Next, the route crosses the Alexandra Arch across Alexandra Road, and enters HortPark. It’s an interesting place to explore at leisure, with a wide variety of landscaped areas including a butterfly garden. The route rises again towards a very historical place in Singapore: the site of the Battle of Bukit Chandu, which took place just before the fall of Singapore to Japanese forces in WWII. We then cut through Kent Ridge Park, emerging onto Science Park Road, before the route ends at One-North MRT station. The Bread Yard is an artisanal bakery with a wide range of breakfast options at reasonable prices including a “free-form” list of ingredients to assemble your own plate. Also try the pancakes and breakfast pastries for those with a sweet tooth!



Have a route or breakfast recommendation for us? Please get in touch on Facebook at “ANZA Running”.  We look forward to seeing you out there!

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Tri 4 Jax

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 27 September 2017

As many an ANZA member knows, we aim to be your family away from home – and we always try to look after our family.

One of the ANZA family, Michael Parsons of Accor Hotels has long been a supporter and sponsor of ANZA Soccer, but later this year he and a group of dedicated individuals will be taking on a totally different sport: Ironman 70.3 in Phuket.

They have all come together for one important reason: to raise some much-needed funds for the Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS), the Syndrome Michael’s son, Jax Bay Parsons, suffers from.

Please read, share and support his story.



“On 26 November 2017 myself and seven other dedicated and passionate friends will compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 in Phuket Thailand.

We have all come together for one important reason: to raise some much-needed funds for the Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS), the Syndrome my son, Jax Bay Parsons, suffers from.

Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS) is a rare chromosomal disorder with very little information and support available to families. Most medical professionals have never heard of PKS.

PKS happens randomly and for no known reason. It is thought that there are under 200 diagnosed cases of PKS in the world however with greater research and testing more cases are being reported and awareness is now building. You can discover more about PKS here:

I am reaching out to the ANZA community to implore your generosity towards our important cause and help raise money that will go a long way to assisting the beautiful children suffering this debilitating syndrome.

For those who don’t know my son’s Jax Bay Parsons’ story I wanted to be open and provide a little taste of Jax’s challenging but marvellous life so far:


Jax Bay Parsons was born premature at 29 weeks on 21 March 2014. Jax was immediately put on life support in the NICU at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, where he spent 311 days before finally being allowed to go home with his very relieved parents.

During his time in hospital, Jax was diagnosed with Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS), a rare chromosomal disorder with very little information and support available to families. Most medical professionals have never heard of PKS. Jax is the only child with PKS in Singapore and while he receives wonderful medical treatment, more education and support is greatly needed.

Since birth, Jax has spent over 400 days of his life in hospital and his will for life and his infectious smile have touched everyone he meets.

Jax suffers from extreme development conditions including mild hearing loss, seizures, chronic lung disease and sleep apnoea – and he is unable to use basic motor skills to grab, roll over or even talk.


A group of dedicated and passionate family friends (Jean-Baptise Le Blan, Tony Chisholm, Scott Gordon, Guillaume Rondy, Jon Lister, Tom Deakin and Trent Standen) have banded together to undertake the physical challenge of completing the IRONMAN 70.3 in Phuket Thailand on 26 November 2017.

This group has the objective of raising funds for the PKS foundation to ensure greater medical research can be undertaken for the rare Syndrome and to create greater awareness and understanding of its impact on those affected and their loving families.

The group would also like to raise some money to assist with the purchase of specific medical equipment to hopefully assist in the development of Jax and other PKS kids in their extremely difficult lives.

We deeply love and are in constant awe of our son, who daily shows us levels of determination, strength and positivity that far outweigh his young age and his life circumstances. He is an inspiration to us all and we want nothing more than to assist other people afflicted by this syndrome and to bring more awareness and support to the families affected by PKS.

We humbly ask for your generosity, support and good will as the team trains passionately for this cause and we greatly appreciate any encouragement you can give to our friends who are taking part.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and you can support the cause here:

Watch out for a full article on the team’s Ironman experience, Jax’s story and how you can help in the Jan/Feb edition of the ANZA Magazine.


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Speak Easy, Baby

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Charley Larcombe draws back the red velvet curtains at one of Singapore’s most dramatic hotels for a little staycation.


Where in Singapore is there a gleaming gold rhino standing as a reception desk, or six hand-hammered brass banyan trees appearing to hold up the ceiling? What sort of place would have great gold elephants looking like they’re emerging from a lift or artwork that isn’t stationary but follows you around the room? Where has red velvet seating so plush you can bury your fingers in the pile and lighting low enough even during the day to evoke the era of elicit cocktail bars?

Ladies and Gentlemen, as the hotel’s adage says, “If you must get into trouble, do so at Hôtel Vagabond.” And the décor certainly makes you feel like getting into trouble here could be very stylish indeed.


The interior of this 41-room hotel close to the banks of the Rochor Canal on Syed Alwi Road, is thanks to Parisian designer, Jacques Garcia – the creative mastermind behind ultimate escapism joints like The Danieli in Venice and Hotel Costes in Paris. These are Bucket List places to stay, that have transcended mere hotel status to be a destination in their own right. Go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, or see all you need to of the City of Light from your Hotel Costes bed, looking at the ceiling? With a hotel as stunning as that, it’s a tough weigh-up. And it seems to be a similar ambience created at Hôtel Vagabond; a place to take a vacation from the everyday; a place quite unlike the rest of Singapore.

There is a distinct nod to Paris here due to the colour palette of bitten-lip rouge and Cleopatra-esque gold, but the touches are all a little more exotic. Going back to that Rhino in the lobby, it was actually curated by a hugely respected artisan family in India who have the proud, multi-generation tradition of making armour for the Rajasthani royal family. Hotel owner, Satinder Garcha and his wife Harpeet Bedi who manages the day-to-day running of Hôtel Vagabond have given many personal touches to this hotel too. In particular with the art, which is clearly a passion for both of them.

Stepping into the Salon, with a bar presided over by giant baboon installation, La Mona, is like releasing your inner Flapper girl at a speakeasy. Order yourself a martini or one of the cocktails-with-a-twist on offer from Head Bartender, Shah, and take a wander around the gallery-like walls. Contemporary artists are placed alongside classics, as well as striking photography; it’s a cacophony of great pieces. Part of the hotel’s mission is to make culture and creativity more accessible through an Artists-in-Residence programme. Local and international artists are often invited to apply for a residency at the hotel during which they will stay, work and converse with guests. It’s a fabulous touch to make Vagabond like a living and breathing studio.


So, indulge in the cocktails here but skip dinner – you’re slap-bang in the centre of a foodie haven in this part of town, so step out for something delicious. If you need inspiration, either take your trusted copy of ANZA magazine (Our August Check-Out is a gastronomy insider’s guide to Jelan Basar) or take one of the gorgeous printed maps of Little India and Kampong Glam on offer in the hotel lobby. Little hand drawn roads and personal recommendations from the staff, are much more of an adventure – after all there has to be a little bit of that even if you are holiday-ing at home.

Once you’re back, head to your room. As is no surprise in a heritage building – clock the Art Deco design of the exterior – space is at a premium, but the hotel has done a great job at making the best of it. Tapestried sliding doors, rainfall showers and a room that is essentially all bed, is perfect for a hotel room with romance.


For the techies amongst you, you’ll like “Handy” the sleek smartphone which has free local and international calls plus unlimited data. This is rather handy if you want to say, stay another day and set up a temporary office whilst still in your robe…but what a great advantage if you’re an actaul visitor to Singapore too, don’t you think?

For those looking to relax, grab one of the fluffy white robes in the wardrobe, plump-up the pillows and settle back for a movie marathon. From action-packed blockbusters, to art-house avant garde flics; from kids’ classic to Oscar gold, there is enough to keep you entertained. Break into the minibar – you’re on holiday – and indulge.

Staycations may seem an obsolete solution in Singapore where so much is on our doorstep and a short hop-skip-and-a-jump-away on Scoot and you’re at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but now and again, how great is it to just book into a hotel here at home? No fuss; no stress; little organisation. Perfect. After all, isn’t that what a holiday should be about? Take a mini-break from the mundane and check-in to Hôtel Vagabond.

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ANZA Job Vacancy: Part-Time Accounts Executive

Posted By Kerry Low, Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2017

We are looking for a positive and enthusiastic individual to join the ANZA office team as Accounts Executive.

Job Summary:

The Accounts Executive is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting and the accounting functions of the Association for ANZA Executive and ANZA Sports. The Accounts Executive will have contact with the Executive Treasurer and Sport Group Treasurers. This requires strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Purchasing & accounts payable processing
  • Sales & accounts receivable processing
  • Daily banking
  • Monthly reconciliations
  • Preparation of monthly financial statements
  • Preparation of quarterly GST payments
  • Assist General Manager and Executive Treasurer to prepare annual budgets
  • Assist in yearly audit process
  • Support for ANZA Sports Treasurers
  • Ad hoc reports and duties as assigned by General Manager and Executive Treasurer.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years previous experience in an accounts role
  • Previous experience with Quickbooks, Xero or a similar accounting package
  • Strong bookkeeping skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office Excel skills
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Self disciplined, demonstrates initiative, meticulous and a team player

The role is part-time, 30 hours per week. This is a job share position with two individuals working part time hours to ensure ANZA has better continuity of coverage in the accounts department. There will be increased hours when covering for sickness and leave so flexibility to work extra hours is important. Excellent channels of communication must be in place between the employees undertaking the job share to ensure workflow accuracies.

Interested applicants please email your CV to Kerry Low before Friday 13 October 2017. Please include your available starting date and current visa status. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Australian & New Zealand Association
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Speed Demon

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo hails from Perth and so considers the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix as one of his home races. We hear from the 28-year-old about the road to Marina Bay.



What’s the morale like within the team?

It’s strong. I think after the start of the season, like testing and the first couple of races, everyone was a bit down, a bit frustrated as it looked like another kind of long season ahead, if you will. But I feel like everyone has picked themselves up since then; it’s all positive for now. I think everyone’s acknowledged the position we’re in and they know that if we want to make it better for ourselves then we’ve got to put the work in and that’s also from my side as well. These cars have been a bit trickier to drive and maybe the balance isn’t perfect so I’ve got to figure it out a bit more and put the work in to make it better for myself also.


What’s your mindset like when the European season closes and you have the flyaways ahead with Singapore up first?

You kind of reset and go again for another push, one last push I guess. And Singapore requires more preparation as well because it’s normally the longest and hottest race of the year. So physically you kind of take a reset and start-up again mentally. It’s obviously nice for me going that way because it’s closer to home and I enjoy those few circuits.


Singapore will be the biggest fitness test this year. How are you feeling about that?

I think it’s a challenge I’ll certainly welcome. The last few years I’ve put emphasis on that with my training and my preparation before Singapore and I think the results I’ve shown being on the podium three years in a row shows that. So that’s an area of the sport which I feel like I thrive off. I’m not saying I’m the fittest guy on the grid or the only guy that trains but when it comes to that kind of specific training, I feel like I’m definitely putting in what I have to and making sure I’m prepared as well, if not better, than anyone. The aim is to be better prepared than everyone. It’s certainly one [race] that if a driver doesn’t quite take some of those real physical ones seriously, if they’re out enjoying their weekends more than they should, then I definitely feel it will show this year.


What do you think the event has brought to the sport?

I think since Singapore has been on the calendar, it has certainly brought interest from all over the world. It’s actually a race that everyone talks about. Obviously it’s close to home, close to Australia; you know we get a lot of Aussies flying in for that race, but also Europe and even in the States. It’s kind of like one of these iconic races now, which is pretty impressive for a track which hasn’t even hosted 10 Grands Prix yet. I think hats off to them, they do it really well. I think the weekend runs awesome and for us to kind of juggle that European time zone whilst we’re out there is unique so I think that’s cool. And the track’s built a bit of a reputation for being probably the most physical one and the longest race of the year. There’s a lot of hype and excitement that comes with that race and I certainly enjoy it on the calendar.


Was your second place last year your biggest highlight at the Marina Bay Street Circuit?

That was great. I feel like at least since I’ve been with Red Bull [Racing], and had a chance to race closer to the front, I’ve always had some good races in Singapore. But last year was cool to at least obviously keep the race going until the end and give everyone hope that maybe I’ll get him, maybe I’ll get him. But again physically that was rewarding for me to be able to push that hard until the end and show that I wasn’t fading or anything. That was a bit of a testament to the work I put in before the race also so it was rewarding, and people were like it sucks, it was a shame you didn’t win, this and that, but I was happy. I would’ve loved to have won, sure, but I definitely left Singapore feeling pretty content with how the weekend and the race went.



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Athletics are a-changing

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Tuesday, 5 September 2017

As ANZA Athletics gets underway for the 2017/18 season, Lucy James discusses a few changes to see out on the track.



Early in August, the ANZA Athletics Committee gathered all the feedback from the community, from parents, from the children and sought how to improve the current athletics group. They’ve been listening and are shaking up ANZA Athletics to make it better and easier for everyone to take part. There are a few changes which have been made to improve the group whilst still retaining the important values of making new friends, attaining personal bests and simply having fun. The season has just kicked off so there is still time to sign your kids up for a weekly dose of healthy competition – with the following points implemented to ensure we have the best season yet.


The Roster/ Coaches

ANZA Athletics are paying for more dedicated coaches so you, the parents, don’t have to commit every week. The coaches will teach and properly train your kids in the different events. Parents will be rostered on as Age Group Managers, Recorders and Place Setter. This way, you get to watch your kids, have fun with them and be their biggest cheerleaders!


Time-Keeping Accuracy

The coaches will be responsible for keeping an eye on the clock and we will improve the accuracy for our little athletes. We’ve been researching new and different equipment systems and hope to upgrade what we have.



A Facebook Group – ANZA Little Athletics Singapore – has been set up which will be a closed group (just for parents) and will be audited every year. This Group will help us to engage as a community and share photos, kids’ achievements and also be used as a notification board of last-minute cancellations due to rain and haze, etc.



We are going to completely separate the Points System into two groups: Age Group Champions, and Most Improved.


Age Group Champion

Each week every athlete’s attendance is recorded and one point is awarded for each event contested. Points are also awarded if an athlete equals or improves upon their personal best. Additional points will be awarded to the participant with the fastest times and the longest distance jumped/thrown, not the actual place finished. The total of these points determines the end of season Age Group Champion.


The point scoring system for all events:

 1st Place: 7 Points

2nd Place: 5 Points

3rd Place: 4 Points

4th Place: 3 Points

5th Place: 2 Points

 All other competitors will receive one point on completing an event.


Personal Best (PB) points are awarded with 3 points for a new PB and 2 points for an equal PB. These points will be calculated separately and compiled for each athlete’s end of year total. The point score for all events is the overall result of the event. That is, if a child that placed third in heat 1 has a faster time than a child who wins heat 2, then the child in heat 1 will be placed higher overall than the winner of heat 2. In the event of a tie, the athletes will be awarded the same points e.g. two athletes who have exactly the same distance in long jump and are tied for first place will both earn 7 points and the next athlete will be placed third with 4 points.

Age Champion Award: First, second and third highest point-earning girls and boys in all age groups.


Most Improved

This award recognises ongoing improvement throughout the season. Points are awarded each time an athlete achieves a personal best performance in an event. Each Age Group will have a male and female winner and runner-up in this category.


ANZA Athletics caters to kids aged 5 to 14-years-old, with a focus on fun, fitness and skills.

Location: Yio Chu Kang Stadium.





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Meet Spida Everitt

Posted By Charley Larcombe, Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Get your tickets sorted for the ANZA AFL Grand Final party and meet former ruckman, Spida Everitt.



The former AFL ruckman retired from the professional game in 2008 after 291 games, and has since been involved with many radio and TV shows. Catch him at ANZA’s AFL Grand Final party at ParkRoyal hotel on Beach Road, Saturday 30 September.


What do you feel contributes to a stand-out performance?

It is all about your preparation, always be prepared. Remember the 5 P's – practise and preparation prevents poor performance.  


How do you mark a great performance or success?

If you are honest with yourself then you know what your “great” is, but it's others that acknowledge the performance most.


What’s been the biggest challenge of your career?

Going from a local lad having a kick of the footy on weekends, to playing in front of tens of thousands of people and it being shown on TV to hundreds of thousands more. The lifestyle, the training, changes in nearly every aspect of your daily life – what meals to eat, when to eat them – it all had its challenges. The entire footy career had its challenges.


What’s the best decision you’ve ever made?

When I was 15 I went from one local football club to another and was picked up that year by the St. Kilda football club. I question if I would have been picked up had I not decided to change clubs.


How do you deliver bad news?

Personally, face-to-face and to the individual first.


How do you prepare for a major deadline or big event?

Always do the hard yards early so when the deadline or event arrives the hard work is done.


What’s your secret weapon?

I think it is time management and having the ability to look at things as a whole but break it down to make it happen, quicker and easier.


How do you keep a clear mind?

I love the garden so when I'm out pottering around I clear my mind from the stresses of work and life.


What goes through your head during the match or show?

This is it, all the work is done now so it's show time! Don't waste all the hard work you’ve put in; push it out and play hard.


What has been the most interesting thing you’ve learnt in your careers?

Never be late. You can never make a second first impression.


Have you changed your thoughts on performance in the transition of your career from sportsman to media?

Not at all, the media is just like footy - be on time, come prepared and when it's time, give all you have. I think footy has helped with my media career in that it has given me an awesome foundation to build on.


How do you work best? Under pressure? Planned down to finite detail?

A bit of both as I like things planned and worked through, but if I'm under pressure I love the "just get it done" motto. If I’m thrown anything, I’ll work it out, work through it and just get it done.


Who has helped you realise your potential?

My wife, Sheree. She is a hard task master but also has given me the time and encouragement to make sure everything is done perfectly.


Join us at the Parkroyal on Beach Road to watch the final two teams light up the MCG on the last day in September.

With five giant screens dominating the room, you won’t miss one specky or “sausage roll snagged from the pocket” at ANZA’s AFL Grand Final event. Book a table, bring your friends and barrack for your favourite team.

 All-Australian ruckman, Spida Everitt is flying in especially to share AFL locker-room stories and take us through the game, goal by goal.

To keep fuelled for all the sporting excitement there will be free-flow beer, wine and soft drinks – keep hydrated sports fans – and an exquisite all-day buffet. And rather than half-time oranges and a tough team talk, you can indulge in your favourite Aussie meat pies courtesy of The Butcher.

Also, don’t worry about leaving the kids at home – we have so much laid on for them too! Movies, face-painting, balloon-sculpting, selfies in the photobooth and so much more – plus a nanny to keep the chaos under control! Bring them along and make it a real family day.

Our doors open at 10.00am and the first bounce is at 12.30pm.

All is not over when the final siren sounds either keep on celebrating with us after the game. We’ll have buses to take you all to Molly Malones for the after party.

Members $145

Non-members $170

Kids 3-11yrs $60

Kids 12-18yrs $75

Tickets available to Austcham, AAS & Singapore Sharks at member price



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