Vince Prevost is 18 years old and comes from the Laurentian in Quebec. Vince currently resides in St-Sauveur near his home mountain Mt-Avila. He began skiing at age 7, at Mt-Tremblant. Vincent tried freeskiing at 12 years old. His passion for freeskiing came from his older brother Felix that inspired him in this sport. Vince film with two productions (Brotherhood Films and NSF production) throughout the winter season, always going through the streets and squares to find the sickest urban spots to get some shots. He likes travelling, whether it’s to go to ski or to surf. Music is part of his life, it inspires him every day in skiing, and it allows him to be in a positive vibration while he runs down the slopes.
What’s your favorite Bob Marley song? “Natural Mystic”
What’s your favorite meal? "Sushi"
What’s your perfect day? "Big sunshine, chilling out with my friends, shredding the park and have fun!"
Lee Rumohr was born in Toronto, Canada. He moved at an early age with his father and brother Shane to the Ontario town of Kingston. A natural jock, Lee was the quintessential "all-canadian boy" excelling in hockey, football and winning many sports trophies. Lee saw the musical production "Fire" in 1991 which inspired him toward the performing arts. Singing in the shower wasn't just a hobby. Having discovered his passion, he began training his acting and singing talents. Encouraged by his high school teacher and mentor, Phil Ridley, Lee enrolled in drama lessons and landed roles in several local musical theatre productions. He played the lead role, Danny Zuko in "Grease". He toured Europe in 1993 as part of the cast of "Questions", a musical which addressed the issue of teenage drug and alcohol abuse. In the summer of 2007 Lee was part of the cast of "Wedding Belles" in the Toronto Fringe Festival, written by the talented Davian Den Otter.
There was no connection to the arts within his family, turning it into a career seemed irrefutably wrong. So upon graduating high school Lee attended St. Lawrence College in the field of nursing. In his first year of the program Lee came to the understanding within himself that a medical career was not for him. Acting was his true love, at which point, with $35 in his pocket, he packed his bags for Toronto, Canada's eastern entertainment hub. Lee soon became immersed within the film and television industry and quickly appeared in commercials, as well as several recent television productions including Showcases "Lost Girl", CBC "Murdoch Mysteries", "Cra$h and Burn", CTV "The Listener" the CBS mini-series "The Hades Factor" with rising star Stephen Dorff, a guest star on WB'S Emmy award winning show "SmallVille".
Acted and performed stunt work on "1-800-Missing" with Vivica A. Fox, and a recurring role on ShowTime's "Queer As Folk" as Troy. Lee also made a guest star appearance on "Mutant X" as Lucian, directed by one his favorite directors, the award winner Stacey S. Curtis. Disney's show "The Famous Jett Jackson" was Lee's first guest star appearance on a television series. His film credits include the most recent 2011 TIFF release of "Breakaway" starring Rob Lowe, Russel Peters and Vinay Virmani, where he plays the captain to his hockey team The Hammerheads, the villain of the film. A starring role alongside the well admired and talented Canadian actor... Michael Eklund in "The Experiment", a psychological thriller. Also, "Denied", a worldwide dvd release which Lee played the lead character Troy, a sexually ambivalent searching for love. In Lee's first film he had the privilege of working with the award winning director Antoine Fuqua in "Bait" with oscar winner, Jamie Foxx.
Over the past five years Lee's trek of pursuing his acting career has been a feat. Like all Canadian actors Hollywood is the mecca dream. With much drive and determination Lee tested his talent by moving to Los Angeles for pilot season. That three months turned into two interesting years of auditioning, screen testing for "The O.C" and NBC's soap opera, "Passions". Lee learnt a lot from his trials and tribulations, but found LA to be too isolating, filled with tearful lonely nights. Eventually funds ran out.
Leaving him to feel that the Hollywood dream wasn't what he felt was right. Making the decision to pack his car and head back to his native land to be with family and continue making great projects in Canada, was the right choice. In the past two years Lee has extended his talent by branching out into the voiceover studios. His notable clients are, the ongoing run of "Pedigree", "Schick Quattro Razors", "McDonalds", "Hershey's Swoops" and his first voice over credit, the animated series, "Sailor Moon".To this day Lee continues to broaden his talent studying with acting coaches, taking singing lessons and lots of travelling, the best way to keep the acting muscle in a healthy natural state.
DJ Reddy Fox
Reddy Fox (nee Richard Martin) has been DJing for over fifteen years. A versatile DJ, Reddy plays many genres of music from Dance/House to Top 40 Hip Hop and R&B, Reggae, Soca and Old School.
In 2003, Reddy worked as Kardinal Offishall's official tour DJ for three years. While touring with Kardinal and the Black Jays, he hosted mid-days & weekends on Flow 93.5FM until 2008.
Currently, Reddy Fox is the official DJ for up & coming R&B Artist J Melody and is represented by Ree Ree Phillips of Ree Ree Productions and is a contributing blogger on www.FreemansMind.com.
DJ Scott Boogie
Hailing from the city of Scarborough, Ontario, and currently commuting between Toronto and Montreal. DJing in Canada for the past 15 years, Scott Boogie is a veteran in the music industry. Starting his career with a crew called VIP and gaining a national audience when a television special was shown across the country about them. Subsequent to that he joined a crew called the Dogg Squad, which included members Dr. Jay and Mikey Wizdom (whom are now both Soca DJ’s) and then proceeded to move to Ottawa where he starting a crew called the Groove Train in 1992.
Nominated 5 years straight as Soul Choice DJ record pools DJ of the year. Rated the number one Campus radio show in the country in 1998 till 2000, for the Comfort Zone program on CKCU. Coining the phase “Ain’t no party like a Groove Train party!!” Scott Boogie has also run the promotions for Ottawa’s #1 club called Cachet.
In 2003, Scott was asked to help launch a rhythmic CHR station in Ottawa where he was named the music director and night jock. Scoring a 24 share in the spring book and a 20 share in the Fall book in the night slot. Scott showed his radio skills were definitely something people wanted to hear. Moving to Toronto to finish school in 2004. The “Next Prime Minister” started working at Flow 93.5 where he won more awards as Rogers Stylus DJ Awards, Canada’s Party MC of the year in 2007. Scott’s show “The Weekend Live” is a weekend staple on the airwaves.
Scott Boogie has been dubbed as Canada’s #1 party MC as he has opened and hosted shows for KRS – ONE, Beatnuts, 50 Cent, Boot Camp Click, Redman, KC and Jojo, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige, TLC, Noreaga, Ludacris, Fabolous, Robin Thicke, Akon, Kardianal Offishall and many more.
When asked, “What are you on...that makes you so hype?” Scott answered, “... making the crowd go nuts, makes me hype. No drug or alcohol can replace that!!”, “So what’s next for Scott Boogie?” The answer according to Scott was simple, ”...that elusive next level...reaching it and taking everyone with me...”
Currently programming and mixing on a Galaxie satellite station for CBC, with over 38 million subscribers North American wide.Scott is also the Official DJ of the Oldest Professional Sports Franchise in North America, The Toronto Argonauts. Be sure and catch him game day rocking over 25,000 fans in the staduim and 500,000 television viewers on TSN.
THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER STORY People always ask the question. Why do you call yourself “the next prime minister”? The answer is very simple. Young people do not vote. So as a weekly segment during the elections. I called myself “the next prime minister” as a way to make younger voters 18 to 34 aware that if they all registered to vote and voted for me. I could be the next prime minister. I will continue my crusade to get the younger generation to vote and make their voices heard.
Career Highlights: • 24 Share 18 to 34 (Male and Female) • Starting CHR Station Hot 899 (Ottawa) • Soul Choice DJ of the Year • Soul Choice Out of Time DJ of the Year • Stylus DJ MC of the year • Tech.nition DJ (USA) • CORE DJ (Canadian President) • TSM DJ (Montreal) • 38 Million Subs on Galaxie • Worldwide tours • Sponsorship deals
Eleven-year veteran NHL goaltender, Kevin Weekes, can also add the titles of broadcaster, philanthropist, and advocate to his already long list of accomplishments. In 1993, Weekes was drafted 41st overall by the Florida Panthers in the NHL entry draft. Weekes played parts of 12 NHL seasons with seven teams, including an appearance at the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals with the Carolina Hurricanes.
In September of 2009, Weekes made history when he became the television’s first black hockey analyst. Weekes joined CBC’s iconic program, Hockey Night in Canada as a colour commentator, as well as co-host of CBC’s After Hours. Weekes can also be seen on the NHL Network as an analyst on its nightly flagship program, NHL On The Fly, as well as on guest appearances on Versus and MSG Network’s Hockey Night Live!
Known as one of hockey’s most charitable citizens, he is dedicated to numerous causes and youth based initiatives throughout North America and Barbados. Weekes’ philanthropic efforts have been focused on youth education and sports based charities, empowering youth to fulfill their dreams.
A dancehall connoisseur for over more than a decade, Spex’s love for spinning has ensured reggae is celebrated in the hearts of rhythm aficioados throughout the world. A DJ praised for his mastery of mixing island beats, Spex is deservingly known as The Riddim Track Master. Although born in Scarborough, ON, Spex bred his musical talents in the sounds of Jamaica, his family’s birthplace and land of reggae legends. Honing his DJ abilities from early on with King Turbo, Spex perfected his mixing and music selector skills playing with internationally known artisits, and by dominating the city’s airwaves since the beginning of the millenium.
Spex’s musical taste and personal style has secured his presence amongst industry heavy weights for almost two decades. Spex has played on international stages, opening for some of reggae’s most influential players and superstars including Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond and Movado.
Since 1995, Spex marked the urban radio scene with his dynamic mode. Staritng as one of the hosts of The Morning Ride Show (CIUT 89.5 FM), a radio reggae show that served as the catalyst for Riddim Track® - Spex’s signature style of showcasing the best of Rub-a-Dub, Lover’s Rock, Dancehall, as well as featuring artist and producers. Spex continued to own the city’s radio signals every Sunday, until early 2011, with the acclaimed Riddim Track World® show on Flow 93.5, coining the term HALLAMANASHUNDAE! It is without a doubt that Sunday’s airwaves has lost momentum since the show’s culmination, however Spex continues to share his mastery of track selection through www.riddimtrackworld.com. In Fall 2011, he will be heard again via G987 FM radio playing the sweet sounds of reggae once again via his Riddim Track World radio show.
Launched in 2008, The Riddim Track World is a digital hub for reggae fans and music lovers. Featuring the likes of the #1 Reggae DJ, music news, mix tapes, Spex-clusives, pictures and Spex-casts – Spex’s podcasts available through iTunes. The Riddim Track World is a source for smooth sailing music, as the Riddim Track Master’s selection never disappoints.
Spex has proven to be prolific at his craft. Winning the Best Reggae DJ award at the inaugural Stylus DJ Awards in 2006, for his contributions to the Canadian Reggae and Dancehall scenes. In 2007, Spex’s reach and impact was solidified by his ability to “out-clash” two of the world’s most infamous reggae clash teams, Mighty Crown and King Addies, in Tag Team Clash Part 2. Spex has been continuously garnished with accolades, nominated each subsequent year in the “Best Reggae DJ” category at the Stylus DJ Awards, acquiring a second win in 2009 and a third in 2011.
Spex has played at the NKPR Gifting lounge (during the Toronto International Film Festival) for House of Marley brand, impressing all of those who attended with his musical taste. Spex’s unmatched skills has granted him the honor of playing for the Marley family and guests at the launch of House of Marley in Canada. It takes a Riddim Track Master to ensure this special audience enjoys the best Canada has to offer.
Keele Wenger is 19 years young, and is originally from Barrie, now currently resides in Toronto, Keele skates, surfs when he is not on the slopes. His typical winter day consists of park laps tuned in, or a rail sesh with friends! Keele said "I want to be snowboarding till I can no longer walk, I might not go as hard later on but always on a board". I love the parks in ontario, rail jams and contests are always fun, but also a big fan of going out west.
David Golab has been filming for over 6 years and has worked on snowboard films as: Vitamin and Minerals (2010), as well as Neck of the Woods (2011). David filmed Wakestock in 2010, for the company Sprite and he captured the Damn Am skate contest for push.ca. David have also recorded performances and interviews with Kari Hilson, Bow Wow, T-pain, Public Enemy, Ricky J, and more.
We asked David the Following questions:
What is your favorite pair of Marley Headphones? Redemption Song OE
What is your Favorite Bob Marley Track? My favorite Bob Marley track easily has to be Three Little Birds!
Check out YouTube.com/HouseofMarleyCA
Name: Catriona Boyd
Hometown: London, ON
Age: 20 yrs
Sport: Snowboard. With some wake and skate.
So what do you like to do in your free time?
"snowboard anytime anywhere. mostly rails. home hill is good ol' Boler Mountain. Spend my summers up in Cognashene Lake wakeboarding, cliff jumping, enjoyin life"
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
"I'll be done school and outta my parents house and doing only what I love being snowboarding. Probably adventuring around in places other than Canada maybe like Australia or NZ, perhaps Chile"
"that's a tough one.. I'm pretty picky and tend to stay away from vegetables. Grilled cheese maybe."
Favorite snowboard trick?
"let’s see.. to watch would be anything involving a kink. to do, I like back lipslides"
"I'm currently rocking the positive vibration headphones and loving it "
Favorite Marley jam?
"Three Little Birds"
Tony T-Rex Williams
Tony "T-Rex" Williams (born 12 December 1988) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles of the National Rugby League (NRL). AnAustralian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative forward, he previously played for the Parramatta Eels.
Prior to the 2011 NRL season, Williams primarily played on the wing and only moved to the forwards when he played for Tonga in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, but Manly coachDes Hasler has moved the 6'4" (192 cm), 114kg giant from the wing to the second row, a move that has been expected of the giant Williams almost since his debut for Parramatta in 2008.
Williams was also named in the Tonga squad for the post-season 2008 Rugby League World Cup where he not only played lock forward but also took on the responsibility of being the Tongan goal kicker with success. He again represented Tonga in a 2009 Test match against the New Zealand Kiwis.
Following Manly's 24-10 win over the Warriors in the Grand Final on 2 October, Williams was named in Australia's 2011 Four Nations squad. He made his test debut off the bench for Australia in a one off test against New Zealand atNewcastle's Ausgrid Stadium on 16 October, before scoring his first try for the Kangaroos in the opening match of the Four Nations tournament in Warrington on 28 October.
A Parramatta Eels junior, Inu made his first grade debut in 2007 against the Canberra Raiders. After just one first grade match he was named to play for the Kiwis in the ANZAC Day Test.
After the test, Inu was dropped back to Premier League but returned to first grade through a series of injuries to regular players. Inu took on the kicking duties as Parramatta's primary kicker and full-back, Luke Burt, was injured mid-season.
In 2007, Inu was the Eels top try-scorer. Inu's successful season was recognised when he was nominated for Rookie of the Year at the 2007 Dally M awards but was narrowly beaten by Melbourne Storm centre Israel Folau.
Inu made his international debut for New Zealand on Friday, 20 April for the 2007 Anzac Test against Australia at Brisbane, as a replacement for the unavailable Brent Webb after playing only one first grade match in Round four against the Canberra Raiders.
In August 2008, Inu was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. He was a member of the team who defeated Australia in the Grand Final to win the World Cup.
In 2009 Inu was also part of the Kiwis Four Nations squad.
Ben Barba (born 13 June 1989) was born in Darwin, Northern Territory, is an Australian Aboriginal professional rugby league footballer who plays fullback in the National Rugby League (NRL) for Sydney team, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
In September, 2008, Barba was named in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year. The previous season, playing for the Bulldogs in the Jersey Flegg competition, Barba scored 130 points in 11 games. In 2009, Barba was an integral member of the Bankstown City Bulls team that won the New South Wales Cup.
Barba made his NRL debut for the Bulldogs on 28 July 2008, against the St. George Illawarra Dragons, scoring one try. At the time he was called up to first-grade, Barba was working at a car wash. It was announced on July 20, 2011 that Barba had signed to the Bulldogs until the end of the 2015 season.
Barba had a successful 2011 season and scored 23 tries from 24 games. Barba's form has been so impressive it earned him a selection into the 25 man Queensland state of origin squad, however Barba did not make his origin debut.
Barba began his 2012 Campaign by playing Representative Rugby League for the NRL Indigenous All Stars team in the 2012 All Stars Match where the Indigenous Team lost to the NRL All Stars 36-28. Ben scored his opening try of the 2012 NRL Season in the opening game in a 24-14 away win over the Penrith Panthers. His second try of the season came in Round 3 in Canterbury's 34-18 away win over the New Zealand Warriors.
Barba was named as the Queensland rugby league team's 18th man, a backup player for use in case of an injury in the lead up to Game II of the 2012 State of Origin series.
Barba has scored an impressive 19 tries in 21 games so far this season.He leads the NRL in linebreaks with 19 so far this season at NRL [Round 20].
At the 2012 Dally M Awards Barba was awarded the Dally M Medal as the NRL's player of the year. In addition he won the 'Peter Frilingos Headline Moment of the Year', the Provan-Summons Medal as 'People's Choice' player of the year as well as being named fullback of the year.
Cyril Rioli (born 14 July 1989) is a professional Australian rules footballer currently playing with Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL). Primarily a small forward, Rioli also spends time in the midfield.
Born to a bloodline of acclaimed professional footballers, which includes uncles Michael Long and Maurice Rioli, the first eight years of Rioli's life were spent in the Tiwi Islands. He moved to Darwin and began playing for the St Marys Football Club. When Rioli was 14, he moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in the AFL—boarding at and playing for Scotch College. Rioli emerged as a standout performer in the 2007 AFL national under 18 championships, earning himself selection in the U/18 All-Australian team. On the back of this success, Rioli was selected at pick number 12 in the 2007 AFL Draft by the Hawthorn Hawks.
Continues to battle injury but when he's up and about he is possibly the most exciting player in the competition. Had an up-and-down season in 2011: personal-best hauls of five goals against Fremantle and then six against Port Adelaide were balanced against two hamstring injuries and a sub-par qualifying final outing against Geelong. Rioli rectified that with electric performances in the remaining two finals. His 2012 has been electric and will be playing off in the 2012 Grandfinal.
Joshua "Josh" Gibson (born 13 March 1984) is an Australian rules footballer for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Gibson is known for his tough play as a back-pocket defender. He was instantly recognisable because of his afro hairstyle before he cut it. Gibson has direct links to Barbados, where his father was born. He attended Trinity Grammar School in Kew.
Josh came from Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and was drafted onto the Kangaroos rookie list.
A left footer, he is originally from Oakleigh Chargers and played 10 matches with the Kangaroos in 2006.
On 3 June 2007, he suffered a head injury in the bathroom at his home as he was preparing for training. After initially being ruled out of football for the remainder of the season, he was able to return to the AFL in round 21 and was able to shut out Lance Franklin who had kicked seven goals the previous round.
Traded to Hawthorn - Immediately after the 2009 season, Gibson requested to be traded to the Hawthorn Football Club. The deal was done early on the first day of the 2009 trade week, with Gibson traded, along with North Melbourne's fifth round draft pick (#69 overall) for Hawthorn's second and third round draft picks (#25 and #41 overall).
Gibson had a season interrupted by injury in 2010; he tore his hamstring in the third round but recovered to play 12 games. He played in every game in 2011, holding the backline together after longterm injuries to key backmen Ben Stratton and Stephen Gilham.
Josh’s 2012 has been superb and he has been intricately involved in Hawthorn success in 2012 and will play in the AFL grand final.
Drafted by Hawthorn with 2nd overall pick in the 2004 AFL Draft, Roughead and Lance Franklin were keys to Hawthorn rebuilding under new coach Alastair Clarkson.
He Received an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 19, 2005.
In 2007, Roughead showed his true skills after scoring 40 goals in 22 games. Although inaccurately kicking 36 points at just 52.6 percent in 2007, Roughhead showed he could hold down a key forward position.
So far in his career Roughhead has shown he has tremendous athletic capapbility with a huge leap. In season 2008, Roughead fell under the radar of teams with all the focus on Lance Franklin. Roughead kicked 75 goals from 25 matches. Despite having the ability to go into defence, Roughead has become a regular Centre Half Forward for Hawthorn. In the 2008 Grand final Roughead struggled to get the ball at times but finished with a respectable 2 goals. Jarryd Roughead is well known for his consistent assists to other forwards and his endurance.
Roughead kicked a career high 8 goals against Carlton on the MCG during the 2009 season.
In 2011, Roughead played in the ruck and forward due to Hawthorn's injuries. In Round 12, against Geelong, Jarryd Roughead ruptured his achilles during the final quarter. Roughead was stretched off the ground and is ruled out for the remainder of the 2011 AFL Season. Roughead had kicked 16 goals for the season and has returned to football without any hiccups. He will play in 2012 Grandfinal.
Stick Mareebo The DJ
Stick Mareebo is one of Melbourne’s iconic DJ’s. With a career spanning 15 years, DJ’ing at several popular Melbourne night clubs, pubs and bars, including Tom Thumb, The Australian Grand Prix, The Metro, The Prince Band Room, Hard Rock Café, Heat night club at Crown and Bar Rouge at Zagames but has recently been the resident DJ at all Wine Quest events at Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley, including the annual Cuban Jazz Festival, Grape Grazing Festival, Salsa Beats, and the annual Rhythm and Vines festival. Stick Mareebo has the ability to get your party going regardless of whom you’ve invited. With years of experience, Stick Mareebo has got the ability to read the crowd, and decide what it would take to get them on the dance floor.
Stick Mareebo is versatile in his DJ’ing style, and can adapt to play for any crowd at any party. Whether it be a wedding, engagement, 21st, significant age birthday party, Bar mitzvah, Bat mitzvah, or any special occasion.
Stick Mareebo is also a very experienced MC. He has worked for several of Melbourne’s big corporations and events, such as the Mother’s Day classic, Run for the Kids, Starry Starry Night children’s charity, and the Sids and Kids red nose Ball. Stick Mareebo has also hosted the Media Room at the TV week Logie Awards on more than one occasion.
STICK MAREEBO THE RADIO PERSONALITY - Stick Mareebo’s career in radio began in the Summer of 1994 on Fox FM working on the popular HOT 30 countdown show and is known for whipping crowds into a frenzy whether it’s MC’ing a celebrity appearance, or playing at some of Melbourne’s hottest venues. Stick has got a 15 year career on commercial radio in Melbourne, at Fox from 1994-2000, and currently at Mix 101.1 since 2000. During this time in commercial radio, Stick has hosted several mega stars that have toured Australia including, a 25,000 strong crowd to see Hansen, Boys to Men, Take That (Robbie Williams’’ band), Destiny’s Child, PINK, Avril Lavigne, Shaggy, Human Nature, Anastasia, Jessica Simpson, Reese Witherspoon, Will Smith, Lawrence Fishburn and many more.
CURRENTLY - Stick Mareebo is the host of the Friday night and Saturday night party mix on Mix 101.1 from 7.00pm to midnight. When he’s not doing that he’s keeping it real by heading up the street team at Mix 101.1 and heads out to the streets of Melbourne on a daily basis, giving away sample products from all of the clients advertising on the radio. If you’re looking for a DJ, why would you look any further?
Shaun Playford Burgoyne (born 21 October 1982) is an Australian rules footballer playing with the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League. Burgoyne played most of his career with Port Adelaide through to 2002 to 2009 before being traded to Hawthorn in late 2009.
The younger brother of former Port Adelaide player Peter Burgoyne and son of former Port Adelaide player Peter Burgoyne Snr., Burgoyne is of Indigenous Australian descent and his ancestry can be traced to the Kokatha.
Port Adelaide career (2002–2009) Burgoyne made his AFL debut in 2002. He had been a steady contributor across the forward line for the Power, before becoming a rebounding defender to great effect. After a series of midfield performances that culminated with selection to the All Australian Team in 2006, he was described by retiring Port player Josh Francou as being "as good as Judd" Burgoyne was important in The Power’s midfield in 2008, despite attracting the opposition’s best tagger most weeks. While not reaching the heights of past seasons, he finished fourth in the best and fairest and was second at the club in centre clearances, tackles and inside 50s, and fourth in goals (23), contested possessions and bounces. 2009 was a disappointing year after injuring his knee in round three and missing three months of footy. He was able to come back and play a few good games late in the year.
Hawthorn career (2010–present)As Vice-captain he shocked the football club by requesting to play for a Victorian team in 2010 after his brother had retired. Port traded him to Hawthorn for two first round picks. He was handed club champion Shane Crawford's No. 9 jumper. After having surgery on his knee during the off season that delayed his preparation for the 2010 season, Shaun was unfortunate to have his jaw broken while playing for Box Hill. He made his debut against Richmond in Round 8, 2010. Burgoyne played the last sixteen games of the season during the games his class and skill was on display. During 2011 Shaun Burgoyne played excellent football for Hawthorn, showcasing his silky disposal and hard running. He was part of a side that was unlucky to lose a preliminary final to eventual runners up Collingwood by 3 points.
Jordan Michael Lewis (born 24 April 1986) is an Australian rules footballer, currently playing for the Hawthorn Football Club of the Australian Football League. His nicknames are "Taz" and "Chief".Lewis was voted Hawthorn's best first-year player in 2005. He was a 2005 nominee for the AFL Rising Star award.
He is one of the toughest players in Afl today and a great leader at the Hawthorn Football Club.
Lewis was named a joint vice-captain at the start of 2011 and the tough footballer did not disappoint. He was back to full fitness after lingering effects from concussion impacted on his 2011, and he enjoyed another fine season, playing through the midfield and as a lead-up half-forward. He was the No. 1 provider of goal assists to Coleman Medal winner Lance Franklin. A great team man who gives his all for the club.
'Sonny Bill' Williams
Sonny William 'Sonny Bill' Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union player, heavyweight boxer and former rugby league player. He is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league. In rugby union he usually plays as a centre. He is particularly known in rugby league and rugby union for his ability to offload the ball in the tackle He started his professional rugby league career with the Canterbury Bulldogs in the Australian NRL. In 2008 he controversially left the Bulldogs mid-season to play rugby union with French club Toulon. In 2010 Williams signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union in an ultimately successful bid to play for the All Blacks at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He played for Canterbury in the 2010 ITM Cup before being selected for the All Blacks' end of year tour in 2010, making his debut against England at Twickenham. He played for the Crusaders in the 2011 season ofSuper Rugby and plays for the Chiefs in the 2012 Super Rugby season. He was a member of the All Blacks squad that won the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Since 2009 he has boxed five times, winning all five of his heavyweight bouts. He is the current New Zealand Professional Boxing Association (NZPBA) Heavyweight Champion.
Josh was born in Belmont, Newcastle NSW, 30th August 1993 and lives in Lake Munmorah / Catherine Hill Bay, Central Coast NSW
Josh is currently competing on the Australasian Pro Jnr circuit, travelling to such great places like Tahiti, Hawaii, Cloud Nine in the Philippines and Indo to compete and surf.
When he's not surfing, he skateboards, paints, enjoys music and hanging with his old friends and his dog Sarge.
He wants to be involved in all aspects of surfing, surf culture, and the lifestyle, which include shaping and board making, surf art, writing about surfing and traveling.
In his immediate future he plans to return to Hawaii, Bali, Mentawaii’s and Sumbawa to hone and improve his surfing, and experience the cultures and new friendships along the way. He also wants to learn more about the craft of making a surfboard and his equipment.
His favourite surfers include: Bede Durbidge, Mick Fanning, Parko, Dane Renyolds, Michael Spencer, Damien Hobgood & Julian Wilson and his favourite waves include: Sunset and Backdoor Hawaii, Teahupo and Avatour Tahiti, Anywhere in Indo, Sumbawa (lakey) Bali, Lembonganan & Nias (been four times and going again this year) Birdie Beach, Ghosties & Catho (there my local breaks)Snapper, Lennox Point, Angourie Point, Cowries Sth Coast, Green Island & Nth Narra.
Kelly was born in Gosford NSW and moved to Coolum at age 9 to compete more with nippers.
He was the NSW state ocean swim champion and is fantastic at any water sport. At age 11 Kelly decided he just wanted to surf and has been following that path ever since.
Kelly's home club is Coolum Boardriders Club on the Sunshine Coast Qld.
His idol has always been Andy Irons. Kelly also looks up to Dane Reynolds and Michael Jordan.
Kelly’s immediate goals were to be the U/18 Qld State Champ again this year and make the team for Nationals and to win Nationals which is held in Tassie in December this year. Following on from that he will concentrate on pro junior events and moving his Open Mens world ranking up the ladder. Kel hit the world rankings this year at 386 of the 550 listed and hopes to do more Open Mens Star events next year.
His ultimate goal is to make the tour.
DOB: October 31, 1992
Resides: Falls Creek, Victoria and Breckenridge, Colorado
Free skiing: 7 Years
Sponsors: House of Marley, Dragon, Nine22, Elan Skis, Giro, Rad
Cook has been skiing and traveling for 7 years, being lucky enough to have skied Japan, Korea, Canada and America.
After completing year 12 in 2010, Cook decided he would dedicate himself to his skiing career and focus on reaching the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In the following year he has become a part of the Australian Ski and Snowboard Association Australian Ski SlopeStyle team.
AKA: Durbo, The White Fijian
DOB: February 23, 1983
Born: Currumbin, QLD, Australia
Resides: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Height: 6’1” (180 cm)
Weight: 178 lbs (82 kg)
Stance: Natural (Regular)
Sponsors: Fox clothing, Xcel wetsuits, On a Mission accessories, Freestyle Watches, Mt. Woodgee Surfboards, Rockstar energy drinks and Sea Stradbroke
Shaper: Wayne McKewen
Magic Stick: 6’2” x 18’ 1/2” x 2’1/4”
Training Ground: Brunswick Heads
Favorite Wave: Straddie
Favorite Maneuver: Aerials
Inspirations: Anyone achieving their dreams
Dub Fx the street-loop-beatboxer grew up in St Kilda / Melbourne / Australia performing in various bands before hitting the world-wide road.
Dub FX uses a Boss RC-50 Loop Station along with a GT-10 effects pedal to create vocal-only beats, and then sings & raps over the top. His music is infused with drum and bass, hip-hop and dub step influences and has the power to turn heads of all backgrounds across the world with his prolific street based performances. After having built up a solid fan-base, he has released several records, including a solo album, Everythinks a Ripple, and many collaborative works. He still travels the world, and seems set to bring looper pedals some much deserved attention from across the genres.
Aaron Davey is a professional Australian rules football player of Indigenous Australian heritage. He currently plays for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Davey exploded onto the AFL scene, quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young players in the league, finishing runner-up to the AFL Rising Star in 2004. He is one of few successful top-level footballers to have been elevated from the rookie list. Davey's representative honours include twice playing for Australia against Ireland in 2005 and 2006.
Davey is a cult figure at the Melbourne Football Club and a highly popular player with young Demons fans. Davey's achievements at Melbourne include a Best and Fairest for an outstanding 2009 season. Davey is also a recognised leader of Melbourne's young indigenous group of players.
Blue King Brown – Natalie pa’apa’a
Blue King Brown are a Melbourne-based, roots band that are fast becoming one of Australia’s great musical exports. They have released a self-titled EP in 2005 and a full length album, Stand Up in 2006. They released their follow-up Worldwize Part 1 - North & South on 20 August 2010. They have opened for acts such as Carlos Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Damian Marley, The John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire, Silverchair, Dispatch and Powderfinger.
The two founding and songwriting members of the band, Carlo Santone and Natalie Pa'apa'a, commenced playing and songwriting on guitar, jamming with residents and itinerants alike in their original base of Byron Bay. They originally performed as a percussion duo and also with a band called Skin, which became the beginnings of Blue King Brown.
They were invited to sit in as percussionists with The John Butler Trio at many of their shows, along with many other guest performances with a number of local and international touring artists over the years.
After moving to Melbourne in 2004 to concentrate on the new collective of Blue King Brown, they recruited Salvador Persico as the band's percussionist, adding a Latin influence to the Blue King Brown sound. Sam Cope is the bands keyboardist and Peter Wilkins plays the drum kit. Hailey Cramer, Ngaiire and Jess Harlen were added as the original backing vocalists.
Success came quickly for the newly formed Blue King Brown. Their debut single, "Water", released on their debut self-titled EP, was quickly added to high rotation on Triple J, as well as earning them an AIR Chart award in 2006.
Blue King Brown backed up their first EP release with a debut album entitled Stand Up, independently released in October 2006 through their own label, Roots Level Records and in Japan through Village Again/Sideout. Their song "Come and Check Your Head" was #100 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2006. They have also spent time recording at “TUFF GONG” Bob Marley’s studio.
Brent "Prizza" Prismall is an Australian rules football player who is currently signed to the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is an up-and-coming talent known for his calmness whilst under pressure and his smooth skills, particularly his kicking. He has endured two knee reconstructions over the last few years.
Resides:Bells Beach, Torquay
Hobbies:Training, Live Music, Big Waves
Magic Stick:5’10” X 18 1/2 X 2 1/4
Training Ground:Bells Beach, Torquay
Favorite Wave:Bells Beach, Torquay
Favorite Maneuver:Barrels & Airs
Inspirations:Adam Robertson, Zeb Walsh, Victorian Juniors
Birthplace:Gold Coast, Australia
Sport:Australian freestyle motocross
Years riding FMX:5 years
What are your likes?
"Nothing more than riding and hanging out with my fiance Brooke and my Southside buddies."
What are your dislikes?
"Crashing and getting hurt"
If you weren't a pro rider, you'd be:
"Probably a concreter or a plumber."
"Bilko, Twitch, Josh Grant, Cheyne Boyd & my boy Kade Mosig."
Favorite place to ride?
"IBilko's place or Deegan's."
Tiki Taane is a New Zealand musician and former member of leading New Zealand band Salmonella Dub. Taane left Salmonella Dub on 1 January 2007 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, "Past, Present, Future", was released on 22 October 2007 in New Zealand and has gone two times platinum, achieving a number one single, "Always On My Mind", which is the most successful single of all time in New Zealand. Taane is also the live sound engineer for New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter.
Dean Michael Cox is an Australian rules footballer who currently plays for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League. Cox is widely considered as the premier ruckman of the competition, as seen by his selection in the last four All-Australian teams.
Dean is very socially conscious and regularly involves himself with community fundraisers.
Heritier "Harry" O'Brien is a professional Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.
He was born to a Brazilian mother and a Congolese father in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to Western Australia when he was 3 years old. However he was raised by his Australian stepfather and was 19 years old when he found out about his biological father.
The 187 cm O'Brien, who has played most of his football as a medium defender (in the style of James Clement), has the distinction of being the first Brazilian-born player in the Australian Football League.
A truly socially conscious person he is currently writing a book “ Cool to be conscious” with the forward written by the Delai Lama and the Reverend Desmond Tutu. He works tirelessly involving himself with charities all over the world.
Katchafire is a New Zealand roots reggae band from Hamilton, New Zealand.
Katchafire formed in 1997 as a Bob Marley tribute band and later began writing and performing their own songs. They have released three albums: Revival (2003) which featured the highest-selling NZ single of 2003, "Giddy Up"; Slow Burning (2005) and Say What You're Thinking (2007).
The band's original lineup consisted of Grenville Bell (guitar), Haani Totorewa (keyboards, vocals) Tere Ngarua (bass guitar), Thompson Hohepa (guitar, vocals) Logan Bell (guitar, lead vocals) and Jordan Bell (drums).
Katchafire has been through many changes over the years with Tere Ngarua replaced by Ara Adams-Tamatea on bass and the addition of Jamey Ferguson (keyboards, sax, lead vocals) and Leon Davey (vocals, percussion).
For the second album Slow Burning the band was augmented by horn section Le Sexion with Feal (saxophone), Mols (trumpet) and Thomas (trombone) from reggae band Mr Gang of France (See album cover inlay credits).
There were further lineup changes in 2006: Ara Adams-Tamatea left the band to become the group's booking agent and original bass player Tere Ngarua re-joined the group as bassist, Thompson Hohepa also left the band.
Katchafire began recording their third album, Say What You're Thinking, as a seven-piece at Auckland's York Studios toward the end of 2006.
The band has toured Australia, the UK, Europe, the USA and New Caledonia and has played at festivals with international reggae acts such as Mr Gang, Horace Andy, Moonraisers, Gentleman and was the only Pacific act to tour with artists Arrested Development, The Wailers, Maxi Priest and UB40 as part of the 2008 Raggamuffin.
Their name was inspired by the Bob Marley and The Wailers album Catch A Fire.
DJ Marcus Far I
DJ Marcus Far I passion for radio & reggae music began while growing up in Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies) for over 10 years. The culture/music & the lifestyles infected Marcus Far I so much that bringing the latest & best of Caribbean music to Australian radio and expose that diverse cutlure was essential to him . Over ten year radio in Australia, hosting many radio program and interviewing big names such as Burning Spear, The late 'Lucky Dube', Ziggy Marley, UB40, Rohan Marley, Xzibit, Aaron Silk, Sam Ghansah, Zennith, Tróy Cassar Daley, Christine Anu, Coloured Stone, Frank Yamma plus so many more. He is regular M.C. at the world acclaimed Reggaetown roots music festival held in Cairns every September and a big supporter of House of Marley, Rasta Far I!
Thompson was recruited from Kyneton and debuted for the Hawthorn Football Club in 1998. A tall marking forward, Thompson was an important young player for the club considering he was selected in the 1997 AFL Draft at pick 82.
A very socially conscious footballer he has been outspoken about his own battles with depression and works to create awareness of this condition.
Nicholas "Nic" Naitanui is an Australian rules footballer, currently playing with the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Naitanui and his twin brother Mark were born in Sydney to Fijian parents (his mother, Ateca and father Bola, are from Suvavou, a small village near Suva).
He is an amazingly talented footballer, with some freakish gifts that make most stare in awe. He is fast establishing himself as one of the league’s best big men.
Nic is also socially conscious and regularly involves himself in charity events.
Nicholas Caruana aka Nicky Bomba is an Australian musician and singer. He is the frontman of his band Bomba as well as the drummer and percussionist of John Butler Trio and has also performed with several other artists. He is also a solo artist.
O-Shen was born and raised in Papua New Guinea, but now resides in Hawaii. He's ready to return to Cairns to appreciate the Reggaetown festivities. A hit sensation in both Hawaii and Papua New Guinea, it is time for Australia to appreciate these Pacific Reggae vibes.
The musical legacy of O-Shen started in the South Pacific Islands of Papua New Guinea. Like a fire, it spread rapidly to Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific, gaining huge popularity among local indigenous populations. His original sound pushed him to the forefront of the Pacific Island Roots music Scene. With a blend of reggae and hip-hop influenced by the culture of the Pacific, O-Shen’s music is purely international.
Tendai Mzungu is an Australian rules footballer for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. Nicknamed Muz, his father is Zimbabwean but he was born in Melbourne and moved to Western Australia at the age of nine.
Tendai won the Perth Demons best and fairest in 2010 and was then drafted to the Fremantle Dockers Football club as a mature aged recruit and performed very well in his first year of AFL football.
THIRD WORLD is a Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. The band started when keyboard player Michael "Ibo" Cooper and guitarist (and cellist) Stephen "Cat" Coore, who had originally played in The Alley Cats then Inner Circle, subsequently left to form their own band. The original drummer, Cornel Marshall, arrived via one of Jamaica's most renowned groups of the sixties, Tomorrow's Children. The lineup for their first album as Third World also included a singer named "Prilly" and percussionist Irving "Carrot" Jarrett. The album included a cover of Satta Massagana, originally performed by The Abyssinians, which became a local hit.
Their second album, 96 Degrees in the Shade (1977), had several local hits and featured the band's classic lineup. "Prilly" was replaced by the distinctive vocalist "Bunny Rugs" Clarke and an all-new rhythm section: Ritchie Daley on bass and former Inner Circle drummer Willie Stewart, who had defected to join the new band. Notable among its eight tracks were 1865 (96° in the Shade), Rhythm of Life and the album's only cover, Dreamland, as recorded by Bunny Wailer. (This song, however, was not written by Wailer, other than the slight lyric and name change. It was in fact written and originally recorded as My Dream Island, by the American R&B band, El Tempos in 1961.)
Third World's greatest success came in the late 1970s and early 1980s, peaking with their cover version of The O'Jays' Now That We Found Love, a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1979. This song brought them to the attention of Stevie Wonder, who worked with them and wrote, along with Melody A McCully, their hit Try Jah Love. They were also guests during the third season of SCTV.
Amid claims of artistic differences "Carrot" split from the band in the mid-1980s. The resulting five-piece band then went on to record more commercial tunes like Sense Of Purpose, Reggae Ambassador, Forbidden Love, and Shine like a Blazing Fire. Despite several more lineup changes, including the departures of Cooper and Stewart, and a decline in mainstream success, the band are still recording and performing up to the present day, including in front of a television audience at the Cricket World Cup 2007 Opening Ceremony in Kingston.
From the deep scrub of Bulwai Country in Kuranda, Far North Queensland, emerges the new future of Australian roots and Indigenous music – Zennith.
Zennith is a core group of six Kuranda musicians, Aden Brim (Songwriter/Lead Singer/Guitar), Astro Brim (Songwriter/Percussion/Vocals), Isaac Crowley (Bass), Lindsay Snider (Drums/Didgeridoo/ Vocals), Biri-Jah (lead guitar) and backing by Willie Brim (Songwriter/Keys/ Vocals/Guitar). What’s interesting about Zennith is the diverse range of ages in the band, and experience. Made up of the Brim family, dad Willie and sons Astro and Aden, it also features close friends of the band, Isaac and Lindsay resulting in a collaborative effort that not only has extreme musical chemistry, but also a cross-section of generations and a similar vision.
They set tongues wagging and wheels in motion for a huge 2009 following their acclaimed performance at the 2008 inaugural Australasian World Music Expo in Melbourne. The band has since been overwhelmed by invitations to perform around the world, from New Zealand to the USA and Europe.
Over the past year Zennith has built up hyped local, national and international support thanks to their high-energy rocking reggae rhythms and rhymes which fuse hip hop and traditional music.
Zennith are passionate about their cultural heritage, and sharing that heritage to the greater public. It is this passion that is aptly demonstrated in their music, lyrics and performances. They take great pride in performing music in culturally diverse locations. The way Zennith slot in to communities is icebreaking, and this ultimately opens doors for more indigenous bands to come on through.
If the bands live performance is anything to go by, 2010 is going to be their year. They already made a massive musical impact locally and overseas in 2009 with a tour to Vanuatu, an acclaimed performance at the QSong Awards, and two Deadly Award nominations.
2009 was jam packed full of festivals, shows and tours – Zennith have now entered international waters taking their music and messages to Fest ‘Napuan in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Zennith boyz were well received and supported by The Australia High Commission, The Vanuatu Government and the people of Port Vila, creating an instant fan base and media hype. The band participated in cultural workshops at the Port Vila Central hospital and Won Smol Bag Youth Centre. They shared their Aboriginal culture by performing traditional song and dance. Zennith have carved their way back across the South Pacific with success.
They were on fire within the festival circuit performing at Woodford Folk Festival, Yabun, Winter Solstice, Reggaetown and West End Carnivale to name a few. They took part in a cultural exchange in The Northern Territory supporting Jessica Mauboy at Katherine’s Barunga Festival. They headlined for the very first time in their hometown at the Kuranda Amphitheatre for Kuranda Roots Festival, sharing the stage with Ash Grunwald and Kingtide, and they wowed audiences at the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair.
Zennith performed outstandingly to open the Annual 2009 Qsong Awards held at one of Brisbane’s most spectacular venues The Tivoli. Aden Brim and Zennith were nominated in three categories ‘Best Regional’, ‘Blues & Roots’ and ‘Indigenous’; Aden accepted the award for Best Regional. They also received two Deadly Award nominations.
Zennith’s EP ‘I Like It’ is full of uplifting and positive messages. Celebrating the release of their debut single and film clip ‘Simplified’ the prelude off their debut album supported by Arts Qld set for release mid-year, Zennith will be taking their message of understanding, empathy, culture and reconciliation to the world.
House of Shem
House of Shem have had songs featured on the Conscious Roots compilations. In May 2008, their debut album, “Keep Rising” was released throughout New Zealand. It was released again in April 2009 throughout Australia and Hawaii.
In April 2010, House of Shem started recording their second album Island Vibration with engineer and producer Errol Brown who has worked with many well known reggae bands and artists such as Alton Ellis, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh and Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers.
They are one of New Zealands finest musical exports.
Australia’s premier point guard plays an important role on and off court with the NZ Breakers. His vast experience and leadership is invaluable to the club, as is his sweet shooting form that saw him once again pose a constant threat to opposing teams throughout the season, averaging 16.8 points per game and 3.3 assists per game.
Bruton’s career started as a teenager with the Perth Wildcats in 1994 and has included stints with Brisbane (twice), Wollongong, Canberra and Sydney in the NBL, as well as overseas missions in Venezuela and the USA (at college, CBA and NBA level). He was considered one of the best junior college players at Indian Hills Christian College (Div 1, 1995-97) but was then declared ineligible to compete in the NCAA because he had previously played professionally for Perth. The 32-year-old former NBA player with the Portland Trailblazers – originally selected in the second round (#53) of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies – has won four NBL titles, two with the Kings, one with the Bullets in the 2006/07 season and one with the Breakers in the 2010/11 season. An Australian Olympian in 2000 and 2004 and 2008, Bruton won Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne, co-captaining the Boomers with former Breaker Tony Ronaldson. CJ retired from international competition at the start of 2010.
His long and illustrious career is unrivalled, his ability to draw the best out of players around him and to nail the big plays at the right time – who will ever forget that series of bombs against the Taipans in last year’s Grand Final decider. One of the best to have played the game in this part of the world and a key player this season, CJ Bruton.
Bruton’s career stats in the ANBL are 16.7 points, 3.4 boards and 4.2 assists per game.
Kevin Samuel Locke (born 4 April 1989) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League. His usual position is at fullback.
A Northcote Tigers junior, Locke first gained attention when he played for the Auckland Lions in the NSWRL Premier League in 2007. In 2008 he was signed by the New Zealand Warriors and played in the Toyota Cup, finishing the season as the competitions second highest points scorer.
On 31 May 2009 Locke made his first grade debut in Round 12 against the Wests Tigers. He scored two tries and kicked one goal on debut as the Warriors won 14-0. The Warriors failed to make the finals of the 2009 NRL Premiership, but Locke finished the season as the club's top point-scorer. He finished his Toyota Cup career at the end of 2009, having made thirty appearances, scoring eighteen tries and ninety nine goals.
On 27 June 2010, Locke grabbed his first hat-trick in first grade, bagging three tries as the Warriors defeated the Sydney Roosters 20-18 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. In scoring his third and final try, Locke injured his hip when colliding with the goalpost, but it was later disclosed that the injury was not as serious as was first feared.
Locke will remain at the club for 2012, after the Warriors exercised an option on his contract. He then signed a contract with the club until the end of the 2013.
Ruben Wiki, ONZM (born 21 January 1973, South Auckland, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. A New Zealand international representative centre-turned-prop forward, he retired with the record for most number of international appearances of any rugby league player in history.
At club level Wiki played for the Canberra Raiders, winning the 1994 NSWRL Premiership with them before finishing his career with the New Zealand Warriors. He currently works as the NZRL's High Performance Manager and a High Performance Assistant with the New Zealand Warriors.
An Otahuhu Leopards junior, Wiki played first grade for the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors in the Australasian National Rugby League (NRL) competition. Alongside future All Black captain Tana Umaga, Wiki wreaked havoc for the Junior Kiwis in 1992. He represented the New Zealand Māori side in 1992 and 1993, playing on the wing at the 1992 Pacific Cup. In 1993 he played for Auckland.
In 1994, he teamed up with Kangaroo legend and current Queensland State of Origin coach, Mal Meninga (who was listed in the Australian Rugby League's Team of the Century), as centre to score a premiership win for the Canberra Raiders. Wiki joined the New Zealand Warriors in 2005. He became only the tenth player and first New Zealander to play 300 first grade games in the NRL when he started at prop in the Warriors 28-26 victory against the Wests Tigers on the 29 June 2008.
In 2002 and 2003 Wiki was named the Canberra Raiders' player of the year. In 2006, he was named in a Kiwi All Time XIII at a gala awards dinner celebrating New Zealand's centenary of rugby league alongside his good friend Stacey Jones. Wiki and Jones are the only recent players to be named in the side with the majority of the players being from the "immortal" 1950-60s side and the destructive 1980s team.
Wiki was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2007 for his services to rugby league.
Shaun Johnson is a New Zealand rugby league player who currently plays for the New Zealand Warriors.
From Whangaparaoa, Johnson attended Orewa College and played many sports, including basketball and rugby union, but made his name playing touch rugby and Aussie rules. He played rugby league for the Hibiscus Coast Raiders from the age of four until signing for the Warriors. He has represented New Zealand in both touch rugby and Aussie rules and played rugby union in his school's First XV.
Johnson played for the Hibiscus Coast Raiders in the Auckland Rugby League competition before being signed by the New Zealand Warriors in 2009.
Johnson started his professional career playing for the Junior Warriors in the Toyota Cup. In March 2009, League great Andrew Johns commented: "I haven't been this excited about a player in a long time." He was referring to the first time he saw Stacey Jones play, which was in 1995, when Stacey was a junior. Johnson spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Junior Warriors and played 45 matches, scoring 25 tries, 159 goals and 4 field goals to finish his Toyota Cup career with 422 points. He made his NSW Cup debut for the Auckland Vulcans in 2010 and also represented the Junior Kiwis that year. His final Toyota Cup match was being part of the Junior Warriors winning the 2010 Grand Final.
In the 2011 Preliminary Final against the Melbourne Storm, after his team played a flawless second half, Johnson set up a mesmorizing try for Lewis Brown to seal the game in the 76th minute to play the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 2011 Grand Final. The Warriors lost to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24-10 in the 2011 Grand Final however Johnson played a tremendous game and almost sparked a surprise upset comeback with a role in both tries and a few outstanding runs. Johnson was named in the New Zealand Kiwis squad for the 2011 Four Nations but withdrew with an injury.
Johnson has re-signed with the Warriors until the end of the 2014 season.
Awen Guttenbeil is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer. Since retiring after a playing career spanning fifteen years, he now works as a broadcaster for Sky Network Television and as a presenter on Maori TV sports show, Hyundai Code. In 2010 he coached his schoolboy club Point Chevalier Pirates in the Auckland Rugby League's Phelan Sheild alongside former team mate and childhood friend Stacey Jones. He represented both the Tongan and New Zealand national sides in his long career and played in two World Cups. His position of preference was in the Second-Row. He was an integral part of the 2002 New Zealand Warriors squad, noted for being the first team in the club's history to make the NRL Grand Final.
Guttenbeil started his career playing for the Portland Panthers at age 3 in Northland before moving to Auckland and playing for the Point Chevalier Pirates alongside future Warriors teammate, Stacey Jones. Guttenbeil was chased by several professional clubs after an Auckland Development Tour of Australia in 1993 and ended up moving to Sydney at the age of 17 to sign for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles under the then Australian coach, Bob Fulton.
Guttenbeil was set to star for Manly but his decision to sign with the yet to be formed Super League competition saw him out of favour with the club and so he returned to New Zealand to play for the Auckland Warriors in 1996. He made his first grade debut in round four of that year. In his early years Guttenbeil was plagued by injury but he went on to become one of the longest serving Warriors, playing eleven seasons with the club and became the second player to ever receive a testimonial from the club, the first being Stacey Jones. Guttenbeil is the only player in the club's history to have a playing jersey designed for him. Castleford.
Guttenbeil signed with the Castleford Tigers for the 2006 season, expecting to play in the Super League. However Castleford were relegated, leaving doubts about Guttenbeils future. He decided to uphold his contract and help the Tigers seek promotion. He moved to England to join the club as a player and assistant coach to Terry Matterson. Guttenbeil played in the National League 1 Grand Final in 2007 and scored 2 tries to help promote Castleford back to the Super League. In 2008 he was named one of the clubs co-captains, alongside Brent Sherwin. Guttenbeil decided to retire after the 2008 season.
Liam Messam (born 25 March 1984 in Blenheim, New Zealand) is a rugby union player who plays for Waikato in the ITM Cup and for the Chiefs in Super Rugby, where he is the current Captain. He has also played for the New Zealand Maori in the 2006 Churchill Cup as well as captaining them in the 2010 centenary series and was in the New Zealand sevens team that won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games. His position is loose forward. He was selected as a part of New Zealand sevens coach, Gordon Tietjens' best New Zealand seevens team of all time. After the retirement of then Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina, Messam was named the new captain from 2011 and onwards.
On October 26, 2009, Messam was selected in the All Black end of year tour squad to tour Hong Kong and Europe. He played one test against Scotland and one match against Munster. On May 31, he was selected for the 26-man squad to play France and Italy in the three-test Iveco series, also known as the June tests. He played in the 2011 Tri-Nations but was dropped a month out of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in favour of Victor Vito.
Glen Matthew Osborne (born 27 August 1971) is a New Zealand rugby union player, playing as a fullback and wing. He was born in Wanganui.
Osborne played representative rugby for Wanganui in the National Provincial Championship from 1990–1991, then for North Harbour from 1992. He represented the Waikato Chiefs in the Super 12 competition from 1996.
Osborne made his test debut for the All Blacks against Canada in 1995, scoring two tries, and was the All Blacks' first choice as full back during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, where he played in five of New Zealand's six matches. He continued to play internationally until 1999, playing 19 test matches plus two appearances as a replacement. His final test was a 1999 Rugby World Cup match against Italy, where he scored two tries. He scored a career total of 11 test tries.
Osborne is regularly making appearances in Maori Television. He is filming a new television show 'Bring Your Boots,Oz' where he is the presenter. Bring Your Boots, Oz is a heartland rugby television series created by Julia Parnell with Dane Giraud. It’s a celebration of rugby union and what it means to Maori.
Jenny-May Coffin (born 9 April 1974 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand) is a New Zealand netball player and sports commentator. Coffin previously played for the Silver Ferns, New Zealand's national netball team, for which she was the vice-captain in 2001. She also played for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the National Bank Cup between 1998–2004 and the Auckland Diamonds in 2007; she also played one season in the ANZ Championship in 2008 for the Southern Steel, and is signed to play with the Northern Mystics in 2010. Coffin is currently a sports commentator and news presenter for TVNZ and Māori Television.
Coffin played for the Silver Ferns from 1997–2002. She was vice-captain in 2001, and represented the Silver Ferns at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, 1999 Netball World Championships and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She made 26 caps for the Ferns before retiring from international netball at the end of 2002.
Coffin has been playing in New Zealand domestic netball leagues since 1995 and the National Bank Cup since 1998. She started playing for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic in 1998 and in 2000 was appointed captain. She left the Magic in 2004, going into retirement and worked as a sports presenter on TVNZ. She returned to netball in 2006 and played in the National Championships before playing in the Auckland Diamonds as captain in 2007. With the National Bank Cup replaced by the ANZ Championship in 2008, Coffin was signed with the Southern Steel on a two-year contract. However, she pulled out of the team after the first season to focus on her television career. Coffin announced her return to competitive netball in October 2009, signing with the Northern Mystics for the 2010 ANZ Championship season.
Wairangi Koopu (born 2 April 1980 in Opotiki, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league player for the Pt Chev Pirates in New Zealand. Koopu primarily plays in the second row, although he also can play in the centres.
Before joining the New Zealand Warriors, Koopu played for the Taniwharau Rugby League club in Huntly. In 1998 he also represented the Waikato Cougars, played for the Junior Kiwis and was named in the National Māori tournament team after representing Waikato Māori.
Koopu is fluent in Maori and often appears on Māori Television. He is a part of the iwi Te whanau a apanui.
During the early part of 1999, while on contract with the Warriors, Koopu played for the Glenora Bears and represented Auckland North.
Koopu made his first grade debut for the Auckland Warriors in Round 6, 1999. He went on to play for the club 159 times, earning the nickname "Mr Consistency" while clocking up over 50 consecutive games for the club before being sidelined by injury.
Koopu seriously injured his shoulder in 2006 and never fully regained his consistency with the Warriors. As a result, after ten years with the Warriors, Koopu was released by the club at the end of the 2008 season.
After being released by the Warriors, Koopu considered a switch to rugby union and trained with the Auckland Rugby Union team, but he eventually accepted a one year contract with the Melbourne Storm for the 2009 season. The Storm team won the Premiership that year.
Frano Michael Botica is a former rugby union and rugby league player who represented his country at both sports and also played for Croatia in a rugby union world cup qualifying match.
In a world of professional sport, few athletes stand out with the longevity and experience of Frano Botica.
Frano Botica has played top level rugby for over 18 years. He is one of the few athletes who has worn Triple Black Jerseys, having played for the New Zealand Sevens, All Blacks (both rugby union) and Kiwis (rugby league).
Frano has also played internationally and his profile includes two years in Italy, six years playing Rugby League for Wigan in the United Kingdom as wing and standoff, two years in Wales for Llanelli, three years in France for Biarritz and two years for Croatian International. He also had a career spanning 16 years for North Harbour.
Frano regularly speaks at fundraisers for numerous charities.
Jonathan Ionatana Falefasa "Tana" Umaga, is a New Zealand rugby union footballer and former captain of the national team, the All Blacks. He played for the Hurricanes starting with the Super 12's inception in 1996 and took over the captaincy in 2003. Graham Henry named him as All Blacks captain in 2004; under his leadership the All Blacks won 19 of their 21 games including the clean sweep of the British and Irish Lions and the Grand Slam in 2005. At the end of 2005, after 74 Test caps (where he scored 36 tries), Umaga retired from international rugby.
He is an amazingly talented footballer, with some freakish gifts that make most stare in awe. He is fast establishing himself as one of the league’s best big men.
A socially conscious person, The Tana Umaga Foundation (TUF) was launched at a star studded event in Wellington’s Westpac Stadium in 2008. TUF was established to support talent and reward hard work. The objectives of the Deed are:
- To encourage and assist promising New Zealanders, with a focus on young people who are hardworking and who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to achieve and excel in their education and achieve their potential.
- To establish a scholarship to be awarded to a student or students who have attended Wainuiomata High School.
- To undertake such other activities and provide such other assistance whether by way of financial assistance, scholarships or otherwise as the Trustees see fit of a charitable nature for the benefit of New Zealanders.