Trail Running and Walking

Bush Walking and Trail Running for Fitness and Well Being

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Bush Walking and Trail Running are two very worthwhile activities. It is well documented that a good walk or jog in natural surroundings is beneficial for psychological and physical health.

In this blog you will learn how to safely walk or run trails, by GPS, navigating your directions using a free App and a Smartphone.

It is assumed you know the correct gear for your walking and running activity. Safety should be the first priority when heading off for a stroll or run in the bush. National Parks and Wildlife in NSW, Australia have information on their site of a sensible checklist for you. The Packing Checklist is below. Click through and download/print the list.

What you wear, your footwear, and what you take in your backpack is also very important. Having friends with you on the trek and also informing family or a friend where you are going and expected return, is a common sense necessity. Note also that NP&WS recommend a GPS facility as part of your essential packing.


Step1:  Download “Map My Walk” to a PC or Laptop.

  1. Search “Map My Walk” on PC or Laptop
Image showing SERP for Map My Walk Key Word
Search for Map My Walk and Click “Sign Up”

2. Click the SIGN UP button circled above and fill in the details on the new page. I have recommended, as a start up, to have your own Username and Password rather than using your Facebook Account. If you wish to change this option you can do this later.

Screen Shot of Map My Walk Sign Up Page
Note that you use your current email address. A gmail address was used here as an example only.

 3. The permissions page is the next page that opens. In the first instance you do need to understand and accept the below.

Map My Walk, Under Armour Privacy form
As always please check the permissions under the “Learn More” click through in Yellow.

4. The Dashboard Page opens

Screen Shot of the Dashboard Page in Map My Walk
Screen Shot of the Dashboard Page In Map My Walk.

5. Scroll Down to the Bottom of the Dashboard Page and Click Through to find “Account Settings”.

Screen Shot of where to find the click through for the account settings in Map My Walk
Click Through to find your account settings. Check your email address is the one you will be using. When you set up your iPhone or Smartphone you will be using this email address. The email address is your ID/Username and the password you set earlier can be changed in the Account Settings Page.
Check all Settings for your account in Map My Walk Page
Check all 7 Settings for your account in Map My Walk Settings Page. The Account Settings are where you can update email address and password. In any of the above “Click Throughs”. Don’t forget to click “Save”
  1. Profile Information: Name, Height, Weight, Gender, City Address. Click Save.
  2. Account Settings: Set the email address that you will be using and your Password. Click Save.
  3. Display Settings: Metric or Imperial. Click Save
  4. Connected Apps: You can connect to your Garmin connect, Withings, My Fitness Pal. Fitbit, Suunto and Samsung Health. So if you map your walk or run or any activity the details will be sent to Map My Walk. If you don’t have a mapping watch viz Garmin you will map the walk with your Map My Walk App on your iPhone or Smartphone, which will be explained shortly.
  5. Privacy Settings: Click through and choose your profile, workouts and routes settings. I suggest, to start, that you keep your profile with friends or Private only. Your workouts and routes can be public but you may need to be careful with privacy when you have workouts and routes that are mapped coming from your house. Perhaps keep these ones, or other sensitive areas for Friends who know you well, or keep them totally private. The routes, in particular, are very important so others can follow your safe directions on GPS on their mobile while on the trek or run. This can be a great community service whereby others can follow a route, off the beaten track real time GPS, and not get lost or take a wrong turn.
  6. Email Settings: At the bottom check your Language setting. I recommend (a) Newsletters, (b) Emails of critical changes.
  7. Privacy Centre: There are 7 aspects here you can familiarise yourself with on this page. An important one is the Contact Support click through.

Some click throughs, eg Contact Support, may take you to a page with the header being “Map My Fitness”. This is normal so proceed with confidence.

Step 2. Now get the App “Map My Walk” downloaded onto your iPhone.

Search for “Download Map My Walk” on your iPhone or Smart Phone. You will get a few options on the 1st response page. Seek out and download from either the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.

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Image of Search Result for “download Map My Walk”. Click through to start the download process on an iPhone. If you have an Android mobile download from Google Play. Download from the App Store for your iPhone.
A screenshot of the Map My Walk App for iPhone
Once the App has downloaded click to open. You will open the App using the username/email and the password that you used for the desktop PC or laptop previously.


























Note that you will see advertisements in the free App.

If you wish to remove the Ads and get more features you can always upgrade to Premium.

I will now continue with the set up which is very easy on an iPhone. What has been described above is consistent for both platforms in the mobile phone space (Apple, Android), but for now I will proceed for the iPhone only. You will see 3 dots in the lower right of your iPhone. Touch the 3 dots to see 15 exciting avenues for you to explore, as at 21/11/2020. If you are serious about making your mapping and fitness a part of you everyday living you should have a look through. If you are just here for the mapping it will be extra easy.

This screenshot shows 2 iPhones on blue background for Map My Walk Tutorial
The above screenshots show the position of the 3 dots and the clickthrough result on the right image.
  1. Upgrade to Premium
  2. Profile
  3. Log Workout
  4. Workout Routines
  5. Routes
  6. Apps & Devices (Syncing)
  7. Gear Tracker
  8. Friends
  9. Live Tracking
  10. Nutrition
  11. Goals
  12. Training Plans
  13. Settings
  14. Privacy Centre
  15. Help

Not all of the above aspects will be covered in this blog

1. Upgrade to Premium will give you an ad free experience together with many features including live tracking. Live tracking enables you to sent the walk or run to a contact while in progress. This is a great safety feature. There is a 14 day trial at the stage of writing this passage. The cost in Australia is  $44 per year ($3.67 per month). I used the free version before upgrading.

2. Profile stores all of your workouts viz. Distance, Time, Workout number and Calories. It also makes a route that you can share for others to follow.

4. Routes stores all the routes that you have made. You should name the route so you will will be able to execute a search on the PC or Laptop.

Screenshot of the My Routes window on an iPhone in the Map My Walk App
This screenshot on my iPhone Shows “My Routes”. Note the 3 tabs near the top of the image. My Routes, Bookmarked and Nearby. When you click through it is usually the “Nearby” tab that you will see by default. The “Nearby” are the routes of other contributors that you can follow in real time off your phone.

Note that in the My Routes screenshot that I have named the routes. eg Kincumber to Green Point. This can be done in App on you mobile phone or later on your PC/Laptop.

The Next tab at the top is the “Bookmarked” tab. To bookmark any walk from My Routes click on the walk to open in a new page and click on the 5 pointed star at the top right of your phone screen. You will notice that it turns light blue. By doing this you will have downloaded routes to your Smartphone from your own routes or from the list just to the right called “Nearby”. Have a look in “Nearby” to see what is suggested from the location that you happen to be in. If you like the look of the route bookmark it.

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5. Apps & Devices. This is the section where you will be able to connect your Map My Walk App with other applications and devices. You will find Garmin Connect, Suunto  and other worthwhile connections here. Some of the smart watches will connect with wrist pulse rate date during your trek or run. The GPS watches will also check the GPS trail you have taken and you are able to compare both trails ie from Garmin and Map My Walk, for accuracy or glitches in GPS reception. Ultimately I would advice that however you have recorded the route (eg by phone or watch) that you log it as a workout with Map My Walk. You will then be able to to access the route and modify or add waypoints to your route for next time. If you make your route public it is available in the nearby sector as described above in the “Routes” clickthrough. If you have named your walk instead of leaving the default description name you will always be able to find it on your PC and “Bookmark” it. Then it will show up in the “Bookmarked” tab on your Smartphone.



Early Rugby Union History In Australia

Rugby School England – The Birthplace of a New Football Code

The Private School of Rugby in England where W.W Ellis picked up the football and ran with it.
Rugby School England

At the turn of the 19th century in Old Sydney Town there was not a lot of entertainment happening in the city. The pursuit of water, food and keeping the so called “Fellons” in line was foremost in the minds of the Governors and soldiers from the Hyde Park Barracks on Macquarie Street.  Happily there was some leadership coming from forward thinking men and women in the Colony. The infertile soils around the landing sites at Sydney Cove meant that the market gardens and the growing of vegetables and fruit had to be done up-river at places like Parramatta.

This left room to create parks and other areas around Macquarie Street for enjoyment and recreation. Manageable regions on the hill near today’s NSW Parliament and St Mary’s Cathedral were cleared to create Hyde Park, The Domain and the Botanical Gardens. The Barracks housed the soldiers who were responsible for the management of the ill-fated prisoners from Ireland and England. The Botanical Gardens were set aside in 1816 for flora research and propagation. So, the sporting areas seemed to be in The Domain and Hyde Park.

What was Football Like in 1829

Using a rough excuse for a ball and turning up to the newly cleared “Domain” was a great pastime for many of the soldiers to display strength and valour in an attempt to advance the ball.

Early Image of the Reverend William Webb Ellis
The Rev. William Webb Ellis

It was only 6 years since William Webb Ellis had succumbed to his frustration  and picked up a ball and ran with it. The refinement of any rules that may have happened back in the 6 year period was certainly lost to those attempting to play “Football” in Sydney back then. The Domain precinct was shared with some cricket sides but the budding Rugby Teams were providing some fun for the spectators, in spite of (or because of) the lack of rules. The modern day game of Rugby Union has more rules now but perhaps the simplicity of a lawless game like this was the attraction.

Rugby ball circa 1900. Quite round but slightly elongated. Pigs bladder wrapped in leather. Dark Tan colour
Early Turn of the Century Rugby Ball c. 1900

There was an attempt to make a Gilbert Ball as used in England but the local manufacturer was nervous about being sued as he did not have a licence or approval. So everything appeared to be a bit roughshod – venue, players and ball alike.  William Gilbert and Richard Lindon were responsible for the development of the Rugby Ball back in The Motherland but as it was originally a leather covered pig’s bladder, it seems that patents may not have been applied for in England anyway.

Extracts can be found in the “Sydney Monitor”, a newspaper at that time, with specific reference to the “Football” games that were being played at The Domain. Up until the 1860’s, the sporting space was shared with Sydney cricketers and orators, who were hell bent on getting a message across by standing in the park and proffering words of wisdom to anyone who would listen.

Quotation from The Australian RU  Website

“The first football matches played in Australia were reported on 25 July 1829 in the Sydney Monitor. ‘The soldiers of the Sydney barracks amused themselves with a game called football.’ The paper made no attempt to describe the game or the rules, but a commentator in Old Times wrote later that because soldiers in those days were far from gentle mortals, it could be assumed that the game was ‘a very willing go’. Football of a kind continued to be played in the Sydney Domain before a public starved of entertainment.”

The Formal Beginnings of Rugby Union Clubs

The rough and tumble beginnings of the park football emerging from The Domain and other parks nearby, such as Hyde Park, were becoming more formalised. In 1863 Sydney University created a Rugby Club. It remains as one of the first Rugby Clubs anywhere in the world. Although created at the campus of the University, the home ground was to be at Hyde Park in the early years in the mid 19th century. Another pioneer club, The Wallaroos, were very keen to create a standardisation in the game and looked in particular at the Gilbert Rugby Ball. A sort of fluid standardisation of rules and laws followed.

Balmain Rugby 1884 Royal Blue and Yellow colours Horizontal Bars
Balmain Rugby 1884
Waratah Rugby 1874 Red and White colours Horizontal Bars
Waratah Rugby 1874
Redfern Rugby 1883 Mid Blue and White colours Horizontal Bars
Redfern Rugby 1883
Sydney University Rugby Club Colours Blue and Yellow
University Rugby 1865
Wests Rugby Club Colours Bar White and Black Horizontal
Wests Rugby 1920





In 1864, one year after the inauguration of the University Club, Eldred Harmer MP tried to have the game outlawed and banned. Despite Harmer being a member of the NSW Parliament, he was unable to get a seconder for the motion. So Rugby survived its first crisis. The first official game was in mid June 1865 and crowd control was an issue. Notwithstanding that, the spectators turned up and the 1st official competition known as the Gardiner Challenge Cup was launched with the above clubs participating.

Country Regions and Boarding Schools Were The Real Nursery of Southern Rugby

The playing environment of Rugby in Australia was nurtured and promoted  mainly in the country regions and the Boarding Schools. Both NSW and Queensland were getting more organised, but their attention to the formation of standardised rules left a lot to be desired. Possibly the desire to tone down the rugged and lawless nature of the fledgling code was in the minds of some. The State of Victoria was responsible for formalising some rules to minimise the violent aspects of the game. These became known as The Victorian Rules. The Scrum was in a state of flux as different formations were experimented with on a regular basis.

By 1880 the Southern Union was about 100 teams strong.  Many Games were played at Moore Park with ever fluctuating rules and formations. Add to that, the other teams sharing the park were playing Victorian Rules and Soccer. Ardent supporters of all these sports were milling around in what one could imagine as a disorganised gathering of supporters. Meanwhile the Northern Rugby Union was being set up in the State of Queensland in 1882. Add in the mix of the Private Boarding Schools, and a picture emerges of a developing love of the sport. The Boarding Schools players’ pool was normally garnered from the very fit, well built boys from the farms. Their parents were very keen to keep the “kids” at home on the farms, as labour, and then allow the boarding experience much later than it is now. By that time, the boys were 16-18 years old, young men. The educative polishing ended in the classroom, but what presented on the field was a far cry from what one would expect from school kids. Many of the Schools fitted very well into the Seniors competition and were very competitive. Tough, fit, strong and young.


The Beginnings of Inter-Colonial State Matches

Playing with knee length pants late 19th century rugby playesrs showing wing forward standing off the scrum formation
Wing Forwards standing off the bound scrum

The rugby loving Colonials were now ready. The time was right to set up representative games between NSW and Queensland. Games were played in 1882, about 1 year before the Queenslanders had formalised their state rugby union.

The Bulletin Magazine was very critical of the game and, despite calling rugby a short cut to the grave, the Queenslanders played 6 games in 10 days. The NSW team was victorious in the inaugural match although there was some confusion about what the score was. The game was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front of a good crowd of around 3,000 to 4,000 spectators. The 2nd match 10 days later drew a crowd of about 500 spectators to the Association Ground. It could be said that the official 24-4 scoreline in the 1st game was quite a drubbing on the scoreboard, as this was NSW 4 tries and 4 goals to Queensland’s 1 goal.   The following year NSW travelled to Queensland to play a return match. A keen crowd of Queenslanders were given a very cheap train ride to Eagle Farm to bolster the spectator crowd to about 3,500. Unfortunately many spectators were stranded in central Brisbane. The Queenslanders were rewarded with a 12-11 win in a nail biting game of Rugby. The NSW team was deprived of a victory when Queenslander W. Shiels sprinted from the NSW try-line, after the visitors had scored a try to touch the ball on the attempted conversion. This resulted in a “no goal” under the rules at the time, even though the ball was over the bar and between the uprights.

The 1st International Rugby Match in Australia

English Rugby Players 1881. Picture is classic arms crossed formal stand and seated.
Famous English Rugby Football Players 1881

This picture was taken in 1881 of some of the best players at the time in British Rugby.  English Rugby was building a large body of players. The potential pool of players was formidable and the Colonial teams would have to be at their best to make victory possible.

In 1882 NSW organised a tour to New Zealand, but it was not until 1888 the Rugby governing bodies in the Colony hosted a team from Britain. The British team was formidable. The matches were not tests as we know it now but rather a series of 18 games against colonial sides. The visitors did not lose any games in a 16 win, 2 draw result for the tour. Not surprisingly, the draws were against school teams. Both The Kings School and Sydney Grammar did have some old boys playing for them however.

The First official British Lions Rugby Union team to tour Australia. The picture is a posed B&W photograph in 2 rows. !st squatong or inclining and the second row standing.
Shaw and Shrewsbury Team 1888 The first British touring rugby team. A private enterprise trip to Australia and New Zealand.
Book "The First Lions of Rugby"
Sean Fagan’s book brilliantly chronicles the development of the Rugby football codes in Australia around the turn of the 20th Century

The Shaw and Shrewsbury touring party had players that were paid money or other products that could be sold off for cash. A previous touring British Cricket team had been caught out by paying players to participate and with this particular Rugby tour, it was essential that there were no professionals playing. Shaw and Shrewsbury needed to re-coup their losses from the previous Cricket debacle. So the tour went ahead and the British team arrived.

Perhaps if Rugby had gone professional back in 1888, in England, the football landscape would be different. In England the Rev Frank Marshall, an ardent promoter of amateurism, hounded players and clubs to the extent that many talented rugby players left the Union to play in a Rugby League where payments were made. The body of talented players left for the Union was diminished with the exodus of the talented and cash strapped players that could have remained in the game of Rugby.

In spite of nagging anti-professional exponents and the friction of distance, the British arrived into a divided Rugby Colony. They brought with them an abundance of talent and new ways of playing the game. The “Kick – Chase – Wrestle” the ball over the line was still used with lots of scrimmaging but new scrum formations of 4 front row, 3 second row and 2 at the back meant that, with sound practice, the ball could be securely held between the front and second row. All that was needed was to march the ball to the try line and fall on it. The shove was invented. Wing forwards and the wrestling of previous years were now a thing of the past, thankfully.

The British Tour Captain, R L Seddon, died in a boating accident in The Hunter while touring.  A E Stoddart was given the captaincy and Australia leaned much from him about Rugby ethos. Land was available for Rugby to take on the ownership of their own grounds and structures, but it appears they did not grab the opportunity. In the face of challenges for the football space, this was an oversight. Alternate codes of Rugby League and Victorian Football picked up the ball in William Web Ellis fashion and ran with it.

Ten Years to Garner Strength and Skill

It would take another ten years to the first truly international game in 1899. There was a great learning curve for Australia after the not gaining one victory from the British and Irish Lions, who toured in 1888. The Australian playing pool was greatly affected by its perceived amateur status. If the Union had its own grounds, its coffers would have been better served to look after the code and injured players, just to mention 2 areas. A tour in 1888 from the NZ Maoris lead by the legendary Joseph Warbrick was a complete white wash.

Photo of the First New Zealand Natives to tour Australia in 1888
1888 Maori – Native Touring Side

The Maoris won all 16 games in Australia. Joseph Warbrick, educated at St Steven’s Native School, played his initial first class rugby game in New Zealand at the age of 15. He added much to Queensland Rugby. He emigrated to Australia and played for Queensland in 1891-93.

These games from across the ditch would have done much to awaken in the administration a truly representative game, as a combined Australian team would be a challenge. The skill levels of Teone Wiwi Taiaroa, from the undefeated Maori side, demonstrated that brute force alone would not be enough to win upcoming internationals. Fending, speed to the breakdown, and being able to kick goals and drop-kick from either foot was daunting. Previously, the 1882 NSW Representatives (pre Waratahs) in New Zealand returned from their tour with tales of the Great Maori who had mastered the game of Rugby.

In the photo above, Joseph Warbrick (C) is in the centre with the ball. He was accompanied by four of his brothers together with the three of the Wynyard brothers. Taiaroa is in the front row left hand end.

The British Lions Return to Cement Rugby as Australia’s Top Winter Game

Crest used for the First Australian International Team 1899
1899 First Australian National Rugby Team Crest

The first truly International Rugby game was against The Australian Combined States XV in 1899. Reverend Matthew Mullineux’s British Lions were victorious in the Series of 4 games. Australia won the first International at the SCG on 24th June 1899 and went very close again in the 3rd match. In other games on the tour, the visitors struggled against tough opposition in the Northern Rugby regions, namely Rockhampton, Mt Morgan, Maryborough, Toowoomba and Bundaberg. The Australians were competitive, on the scoreboard at least. The Australian Rugby regions were strengthened with the passionate involvement of the Private, Associated and Public Schools around the cities of Sydney and Brisbane and country boarding schools.

The First Wallabies 1899
The 1899 Australian Team. The Australian International side was also embarrassingly known as “The Rabbits”. Australian Rugby and Cricket Historian, Peter Sharpham, Author of “The First Wallabies” Sandstone Publishing 2000, confirms that the First Wallabies were the touring side of 1908/9. The picture above pre-dates The First Wallabies.

The First Wallabies Tour as League Establishes a Sydney Stronghold.

Peter Sharpham's 2020 Book on the First Wallabies depicting a lineout from the series on the cover.
Peter Sharpham’s 2000 book of The First Wallabies and the defection to Rugby League. Now considered a rare book and sold mainly by collectors.

The first Australian international tour was part of a watershed year for the running football codes. Victor Trumper and James Joseph Giltinan, in particular, were very actively advancing the Rugby League in the working suburbs around Sydney. The Sydney Rugby League region was further enhanced by the inclusion of Annandale Rugby League Club in the competition at the expense of the Newcastle Rugby Club side. By 1908 The League was gaining impetus and winning over fans at the gate. The Union code was vulnerable to the incursions of the emerging rival code as there was continuing dissatisfaction with financial support given to players. The Union was losing its grip and the League gained in popularity in the working class suburbs. Most regions in Sydney were covered in the emerging code but at this stage the large area included in the St George region remained with the NSW Union. The St George area in early League history took in a huge swathe of territory from around Tempe through Hurstville and down to Wollongong.

The Wallabies Arrive in England

The First Wallabies docked in Plymouth 8 September 1908 on the SS Omrah to tour Britain and America. Getting the business principles right was paramount to make the tour a success. As “amateur” players moved over to Rugby League, the spectators were voting at the turnstiles with their money back in Australia and Northern England. By 1911 The NSW Union was unable to guarantee participating players reimbursement for injury, time lost from work and even jerseys.

A picture of the First Wallabies to Tour abroad. Classic warm monochrome 4 row shot
The First Wallabies “The Wallabies”team name was used for the tour name after dropping the derogatory “The Rabbits”. The team also had a warcry but was not popular with the players and was not used much and finally dropped altogether.

Shortly after their arrival a vote was taken and the name for the team was changed to “The Wallabies” from The Rabbits. By 1910 the Rugby Union code was cash strapped in Australia and could not pay for its rental at the SCG, which they subsequently lost to The League. The Metropolitan SRU then had to sell the Epping Racecourse venue. The defection to Rugby League is covered by some excellent Sporting Historians mentioned below in the acknowledgements.

Rugby was added to the Olympic Games in London and won the match against the British side. During the tour, The Wallabies play 31 matches, and won 25, drew one and lost five. The Wallabies received three shillings a day for expenses.  Scotland would not play the team as they considered The Wallabies to be professional.

The Mass Defection to Rugby League

On arriving back in Australia eleven players became professional and joined the Rugby League code, championed by James Joynton Smith. In all, about half the Wallabies touring team were given life bans by the NSWRU after accepting payment for Kangaroos v Wallabies games. The games were played under Rugby League Rules. Eight of these defectors had rewarding careers in Rugby League. Dally Messenger, as an “Immortal” and International Hall of Fame recipient, was enormously instrumental in the early exodus to Rugby League.

It was obvious, even back in the early formative days in Rugby Union history, that to maintain a game in the amateur realms was going to be a big ask. The game was very popular with spectators in both the amateur and paid ranks in League but it would prove to be very difficult for a player to maintain a family life under the threat of injury and loss of income. Perhaps if the Rugby Unions of Britain and of Colonial Australia could have looked into the future, different decisions may have been made.


1888 Maori – Native Touring Side

The 1st Lions of Rugby:

1899 Australian Rugby Side Photo:

Famous English Rugby Football Players 1881 Sydney Awards & Trophies Rights purchased – Alamy.

The First Wallabies

General Information Overview by Rugby AU:

General advice with timeline content was supplied by P E Sharpham Rugby Historian and Author of the First Wallabies

Crystal Trophies and Crystal Awards – Custom Trophies

The Rewards of Giving Quality Custom Trophies.

Rugby Trophy Male Resin. Kaboom Series. Engravable plate. Running Ball Carries. Antique Silver with gold trim.
Cost Effective Resin Trophy

People love getting trophies.  On sporting fields around our nation, thousands of  trophies are given out each week to an individual “Player of the Match”. This is a very worthwhile practice, particularly in children’s sport where the coach can judiciously tune the criteria for the best player of the match award. In time, all the children can be honoured in some way. The coach’s wisdom is paramount in this and the trophy should be given with due consideration to the assets the young player brought to the game. For example, the unselfish last pass from a player to enable a team mate to score the try or shoot the goal. Junior Sporting and Academic Awards usually are not the more expensive trophies such as Crystal Trophies.

The trophy will probably be a resin style action or icon design. Resin trophies are heavy and look very good these days with expert moulding for accuracy of design. The colouring, presently,  is most likely to be a classic antique silver tone with gold highlights, but there are lots of bronze and gold tone resins as well.
At the end of a junior sporting season, millions of Awards and Trophies are given to all the players just for being part of the team. This is an important aspect of the whole ethos of what being in ANY team is about. It is a reward for turning up and making the effort. The object is to encourage the kids to turn up again next year and do it all again.

Outstanding Glass and Metal Trophies and Awards for the Presentation Evening

Glass Trophies and Awards on a presentation Table for a Sailing Club
A Combination of Glass and Metal Awards with assorted Trophies and Perpetuals being set up for the Annual Awards at a local Sailing Club. The Glass Trophies shown here are Economy Glass with dye printed metal plate on the face.

Where did the concept of Trophy giving come from?

It is a bit disappointing to discover that the origins of trophies could go back centuries to the spoils of war. There is a lot of evidence that trophies were taken (rather than given) by Ancient Greek and Roman Soldiers.  The word “trophy” is derived from the Greek tropaion, which comes from the verb trope, meaning “to rout.”
The Trophies were created after a battle won at the exact location. These trophies were often a combination of weapons used in that theatre of war.

Trophies were not just a product of battles on land. Naval victories, often consisted of entire beached ships. The victors would beach the remains of the vanquished’s ships and preserve them as a reminder of their victory as well as a tribute to the god or gods who favoured and aided the soldiers.

The preservation of the site was deemed essential so that the victors would be remembered. The organisation of the memorabilia certainly was a good reminder in-situ, whether on land or at sea, there was indeed a “Rout” and the victors would be remembered.

Portable Awards Were More Politically Expedient

Politically, especially in the Roman Empire, it was eventually thought to be better to show the spoils at home so the locals could share in the glory and applaud the Government of the day for their success in warfare.
Roman Soldier in armour complete with shield sword and helmet.The Romans and to some extent the Greeks began to build monuments in their homeland. This added not only architectural beauty to their land  but also a reminder for the citizens of the epic battles won aboard. In a way it was great advertising. Magnificent monuments were created with life sized warriors from the Empire. Many of these monuments exist today. These were huge trophies erected in archways, alongside columns. Large, life sized sculptures represented power, wealth and pride in the homeland, rather than in a foreign land. They were often erected portico style on the walls of monuments as depicted in the image here.
Obviously there had to be changes made as far as the portability of a trophy was concerned. Valuable trophy cup and vases were often used and you can read more about the evolution of these trophies in another blog on this site – Cups.

Trophy Presentations are Good for Your Business

The awarding of a trophy now is very different to the war trophies as described above. The value of the ancient trophies would have been well understood by those who engineered the idea of those trophies. That is they imparted a message and a very strong one. If the trophy was left as a memorial in the vanquished region the message would have been acutely felt by those who knew the devastation wrought by the victors. Likewise if the monument was built back in the home countries the home families could celebrate the wonderful victories of their empire.
By presenting successful colleagues and team mates with tangible, quality awards, such as Crystal Trophies, you make a statement about the successful recipient as well as the tone of your business, organisation, sporting group and academic institution. The business context is now far removed from the battles a thousand years ago. It is the visibility and the tangibility that works in the modern workplace.

It is the message that is important. The visibility is remembered.

Studies by ASI Ad Impressions have shown that promotional products such as branded trophies are the most cost effective, high impact advertising medium available. In The United States recipients were asked what kind of promotional products they owned ( defined by anything with a brand on it) and 64% of people said they owned desk accessories. If an award trophy is present on the desk in an employee’s place of work the status of the awardee is elevated. If you own a business that recognises the efforts of your employees you obviously understand the worth of the message the mere presence of the branded trophy imparts to your other employees and also to clients.  The mere fact that an employer has bothered to implement a Presentation Day  speaks volumes about the people at the top of the business. So it makes sense to order the best trophies available. Lets talk about Crystal Awards and Custom Trophies.

Crystal Awards and Crystal Trophies Validate Your Workplace as well as the Employees

Sydney Awards & Trophies Crystal Award. Clear freestanding Iceberg crystal glass on black base. Two piece trophy with frosty edging to the engraved face.

Awarding a Crystal such as the one displayed makes the the moment very special. It is obviously a beautiful object. The successful awardee can take advantage of its portability and take it home or simply leave it on the desk at the workplace, organisation or Club. The trophy can also be placed in the foyer or entrance to the business which has high visibility for all the employee’s team mates and visitors. If it look great people will have a look. Elite Crystal trophies always catch the eye. If the trophy is in a foyer glass cabinet make sure it is big. Smaller for the desk of course as a replica. Many Glass Awards come in up to 3 sizes, so the foyer could house the biggest size and the smaller replica could grace the employee’s desk in the office or at home.
The staff at Sydney Awards & Trophies sell top quality crystal trophies from around the world sourced from leading importers right here in Australia. Because Sydney Awards etch the Crystal Trophy with branding and text it  becomes a very flexible award product. The Iceberg Crystal Award could just as easily be suitable for a Managing Director as it could be for a Top Sporting or Academic Award. Such is the flexibility. All that is needed is a logo and text and some tasteful design work and the branded trophy can be displayed with pride anywhere.

Sandblast Glass and Crystal Trophies Make Your Event Memorable

Engraved crystal trophies will set the bar high for your next presentation. The nature and appearance of crystal make the event special with a more formal feel. Potential awardees feel more appreciated and respected in receiving Crystal more than any other award piece. You cannot go wrong with 1st class Crystal. The strong message of worth is innate in Crystal and is acceptable for all awards. A Glass Trophy is most suitable for Tennis, Golf, Rugby, Netball etc as well as Business, Corporate and Academic Awards.   The variations and options are enormous. Hole-in-One trophies, Peak Crystal Trophies. Base and peaked faces with multi faceted ending reflections.Peak shaped Awards as a symbol of top achievement are use often for just about any endeavour. These Custom Crystal Awards have weight. They are not light like many of the plastic trophies that are supplied by Trophy Retailers. Plastic trophies have their place in the in the product stock of the stores and distributors as they are very inexpensive. In many cases, however, it is inappropriate to supply a cheaper trophy. When that is the case, Businesses, Sporting Clubs and Schools should consider the worth of an enduring award such as Crystal. Customised trophies like those shown in this blog can grace fireplaces, desks and occasional tables for many years.

Your Options are Enormous When You choose Customised Crystal Awards

Starburst Crystal Trophies are a circular design two piece style. Faceted edging uses light to beautify the Glass Trophy.
Faceted edging uses light to beautify this Crystal Glass Trophy.
Custom Crystal Award Desk Paperweight. Domed crystal circular shape in gift presentation box.
Paperweight Crystal Desk Awards
Crystal Trophy Plinth for Golf. Two Sizes with custom etching to the column face. On top of the crystal column is a schematic golfer design
Crystal Trophy for Golf
Glacier Optical Crystal Trophy. Very solid freestanding Crystal Award that does not need a base to stand. The clever faceting refracts the light.
Thick Crystal with Refracting Facets







The images of the Crystal Awards above will give you the idea of how diverse and complete awards have become. Within the sector of Glass trophies it is obvious that glass and crystal can be cut and shaped into many aesthetic designs. Angle cut edges and facets are able to reflect and refract light in pure optical crystal. This is what causes the “glint” and in many cases the “rainbow effect” seen in these awards. They are special awards and are trending more strongly every year in quality and design. In 2020 Sydney Awards & Trophies added a huge range of new awards in the Glass and Crystal Trophy Category. We have endeavoured to get them all on display for our business clients as well as the purchasing officers for major sporting organisations. We are well aware that Academic Campuses and Schools are also purchasing these trophies as part of their overall mix of awards.

What Is Cut Crystal ?

Crystal was mostly known as Lead Glass and goes back millennia. Cut crystal is  nearly as old.  The ordinary drinking glass is mostly a composition of silica, sodium oxide and calcium. In the case of “Crystal” lead is added. The percentage inclusion of the lead to warrant being tagged a “Lead Class Crystal” varies around the globe. The variance is roughly 2% to 35% of lead to achieve the level of a crystal piece. The Czech Republic and Venetian Artisans typically have higher levels of lead content in the composition of a non drinkware glass piece. Crystal drinkware mostly contains less lead. The lead and antimony are added, and the result is a differing texture that allows for less brittle cutting. This is better for the craftsperson as there is significantly reduced splintering while the crystal is cut to shape and faceted when necessary for light reflection and refraction of the light spectrum.
The addition of the metals not only makes the crafting of the glass piece easier and more accurate but increases the clarity enormously giving an homogeneous appearance unlike cheaper glass pieces. Crystal with high lead content is able to be shaped and faceted at a lower temperature. It makes the job easier, faster and less frustrating.
Being able to work on the glass trophy at the lower temperatures facilitates the removal of air bubbles and imperfections during the melting and formation process. The result is a flawless pristine award or gift.

Beautiful Clear Crystal Drinkware Is a Useful Award

Tulip Shaped Wineglass. Clear and uncut for sandblasting logos and text.
Suitable for Engraving – Clear and Uncut.

Economy Glass drinkware such as Wine Glasses, Tankards, Stein, Beer Tumblers and Whisky glasses are ideal as Glass Trophies and Achievement Mementos. The clear faces allows sandblast engraving with logos and text. As an engraved stand-alone item it serves as a trophy and doubles wonderfully as a useful drinking glass. Obviously these glass awards are cost effective as they don’t require the “softening” required by a high concentration of lead and antimony with the silica. A good looking shiny clear glass does need some of the elements, however for clear unspoiled clarity. For cost effectiveness we tend to supply glassware for drinking with less lead/antimony. The glassware we supply is perfectly suitable for trophies, awards and incentive.  Sydney Awards & Trophies can supply the finish you need so the end product fits your budget ok. The Image here is one of a complete range of glassware that we supply from our site. By clicking the Sydney Awards hyperlink above you will be taken to the Glass Drinkware Category in another tab.

Drive Your Business or Organisation Forward Fast with Custom Crystal Trophies

Sydney Awards and Trophies can supply your Crystal Awards and Glass Drinkware now. All that is needed is to email Your logo and text to us now and let us know the quantities you need. Your logo and text is sandblast etched onto the faces of the vast range displayed on the pages in the site.





The background behind Football (Soccer).

Football was a game that was played in the ancient world with the use of feet. The “ball” could be made of anything as long as it could be propelled by kicking it. There is some evidence that a game using the feet and a “ball” was played BCE in the Middle East and is well documented in ancient China. There were similar games that were played but many of these included horses. It was when the game was played on foot and not on horseback, that some sports historians believe that it became known as football.
When the ball was propelled by the use of feet only it was then taking the path of the sport that we see today.

Cuju, was an ancient Chinese ball game, also played in South East Asia, Korea, Vietnam, with differing names and differing rules. The game was a competitive and involved kicking a ball into a net to score. The use of hands was not permitted. It is generally accepted that the modern game of Soccer evolved from these beginnings, dating back as far as the 3rd century BCE. The written evidence comes from an ancient Chinese book, “Zhan Guo Ce”, chronicling wars in China and having references to Cuju. The book was written by many authors in the period and it does reference the art of playing the game. It is generally accepted by FIFA that these were the beginnings of the game.

Emperor Taizu of Song playing cuju with Prime Minister Zhao Pu, by the Yuan-era painter Qian Xuan (1235–1305)
The Yongle Emperor (r. 1402-1424 AD) of the Ming Dynasty spectating a game of Cuju.

By 220 CE the game of cuju had moved from the military to the the courts of the dynasty and the upper classes. There were some fully professional players during the period, usually played for the courts. The “ball” was a feather filled cloth, and the goal posts were in the middle of the playing area.

Modern European football codes were developed from “mob football” . These games have no historical connection to the ancient game of Cuju.

The Trophy Cup

A trophy is synonymous with being a tangible gift from an organisation, recognising peak performance from sporting, academic and business fields.

In antiquity BCE, ancient Greeks left battlefields in foreign and outlying regions decorated with effigy like figures bearing shields, weapons and battle regalia. It is thought that this is where the modern English word “trophy” was forged. The ancient Greeks and Romans set the scene for commemorating these victorious war events with trophies. So it evolved that war artifacts were assembled to celebrate achievement on the battlefield. In some cases trees were adorned with the standards and weaponry of the defeated army.  In primitive societies body parts were often used as trophies. Practices such as headhunting, scalping and  mass mausoleums were part of the culture of some tribes and the collections were viewed as trophies. The laurel wreath, pictured on the left, was given for more peaceful activities such as art, poetry (Ovid pictured as poet laureate) and games. The laurel was famously used as the trophy in the ancient Greek Games.
Big game hunters also kept “Trophies” of animals that they had killed. They were mostly the heads of animals, which were hung on the walls of homes.

Einstein Award Medal

However, today we have many awards such as the Booker  and Archibald Prize. In the scientific field the Albert Einstein Award is a major medal in world scientific achievement.

Amphora of the goddess Athena

The laurel was given as the trophy in most cases in both the Greek and the Roman cultures. As time progressed into the bronze age some athletes in Greece received amphoras, usually filled with oil. The amphora in the household was generally a vessel for wine or oil.  Many of the artifacts were made at great expense particularly with the forging of metals such as bronze and silver. The prizes varied depending on the wealth of the community in which the games or events were held. The chariot races of the ancient world would probably go back to the invention of the chariot wheel. These were major events which required mighty venues known as hippodromes. Chariot races were added to the Olympic Games about 680 BCE but were not the main event. The 195 meters male footraces were the epitome of the sporting festival.

In time, many of the events in 5th century CE Rome became professional and the winners were given money in lieu of a laurel, amphora or cup.

In the 17th century CE the silver cup emerged as the trophy of choice for many events including horseraces. In the late 17th century the Kyp Cup became a popular trophy style for all sports including horse racing. This trophy cup was essentially a smaller cup with two handles and may have also had a lid. They were very often sterling silver and very valuable.
Chalices and cups were awarded to winners of sporting endeavour in the 17th century New World events. The famous Kyp Cup was awarded in America in 1699. It is fair to say that even today the silver cup, now usually silver or nickel plated, is a prestigious trophy.

The trophy is the symbol of the game. The teams and players enter the halls of fame when their names are engraved onto the face, sides or bases of these mementos. In Australia we have so many famous trophy cups and sporting awards as part of this nation’s love of sport – The Davis Cup, Melbourne Cup, Cricket, AFL, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Netball etc.



Melbourne Cup is a good example of a trophy cup.
Melbourne Cup
AFL Replica Cup 2012 Premiership Trophy Cup
AFL Replica Cup
ICC Cricket World Cup
ICC Cricket World Cup
Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
World Netball Trophy
World Netball Trophy











Glass Trophies

Go directly to the glass awards and prices click here.

Glass engraving is an art form that has emerged in the trophy industry in Australia in recent decades.  However the use of glass for decoration and home utensil use has been around for millenia. We have glass windows, cups, bowls and even glass walls in some buildings.

Decoration and art glass has many forms, such as blown, moulding, slump as well as many more techniques.
In order to personalise a piece of glass it really comes down to being able to engrave or mark it in some way, i.e. to tell a story. A good hand engraver, using a drypoint and stipple engraving tool, can create works of art in the engraving itself. These days the common practice in the trophy industry is to congratulate an awardee by name and to further mention the accomplishment.
Glass trophies are now being used as an upmarket way of rewarding a recipient for success in their endeavour.

Sandblasting is now a fairly common and accurate way to produce a message on glass. The drypoint etch and engrave is too slow, and the product can vary from trophy to trophy in style and execution. In order to keep cost down, at this end of the production cycle, it is better to make a mask from art organised on a computer which includes a logo and text. This way the customer can check the wording, logo and layout before the glass trophies are sandblasted.
A common layout could be:
Transport Industries Australia
Courtesy and Safety Award
Awarded to
Derek Hisname

2017 Touch Football and Oztag

Touch Football trophies have been uploaded to the website. The new resin oztag trophies are the best we have seen to date. The above trophy is one of the the newest in the range. Resin trophies start at $7.70.
We have been in operation for over 40 years and in 2016 our website was upgraded so it is now mobile friendly.

Click here to go straight to the Oztag and Touch football trophies pages

Rugby Touch Oztag medalTouch Football and Oztag medals are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. Many medals can be personalised with club inserts. The medals can have your logo applied using 25mm and 50mm inserts, or
you can create your own design. Email  us for a quote and delivery time.


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2017 Tennis Trophies

We have added new tennis trophies to the website. The new resin tennis trophies are very high definition and are top quality products. The above trophy is one of the the latest. Resin trophies start at $7.70.
We cover a wide range of prices from $4.40, and have been supplying trophies for over 40 years. We are the most price competitive on the internet. Our site is mobile friendly.

Click here to go straight to the Tennis Trophies pages

Gold Tennis Medal MH918tTennis medals are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. Many medals can be personalised with club inserts. Tennis medals can have your logo applied using 25mm and 50mm inserts, or
you can create your own design. Email  us for a quote and delivery time.


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2017 Surf Life Saving Trophies

New lifesaving  trophies have now been added to the Sydney Awards & Trophies website. Many new resins have been added. The above trophy is one of the the latest resin lifesaving trophy. Resin trophies start at $7.70.
We cover a wide range of prices from $4.40, and have been supplying trophies for over 40 years. We are the most price competitive on the internet. Our site is mobile friendly.

Click here to go straight to the Surf Life Saving Trophies pages

Life Saving medal bright starSurf Lifesaving medals are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. Many medals can be personalised with club inserts. Swimming medals can have your logo applied using 25mm and 50mm inserts, or
you can create your own design. Email  us for a quote and delivery time.


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2017 Swimming Trophies

New swimming trophies have now been added to the Sydney Awards & Trophies website. The new trophies now include the latest resins from more manufactures. The above trophy is the latest resin lifesaving trophy. Resin trophies start at $7.70.
Sydney Awards & Trophies covers a wide range of prices from $4.40. We have been supplying trophies for over 40 years. We have cheapest prices on the internet. Our site is mobile friendly.

Click here to go straight to the Swimming Trophies pages.

Swimming medal bright starSwimming medals
are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. The centres can be personalised withclub inserts. Swimming medals can have your logo applied using 25mm and 50mm inserts, or
you can create your own design. Email  us for a quote and delivery time.

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Click the link supplied here.

Netball 2017 Summer Range

The 2017 Netball trophies have now been added to the Sydney Awards & Trophies website. The new range includes some of the best looking award and trophies that we have seen for years. The above trophy is a newly designed resin trophy. Resin trophies start at $7.98.
Sydney Awards & Trophies covers a wide range of prices from $4.40. We have always been a most competitive trophy supplier for over 40 years, and now online and mobile friendly we can offer the best netball trophies and netball medallions at the cheapest prices anywhere. We also have combinations of netball figurines on a variety of bases ranging in price from $6.05.
Click here to go straight to the Netball Trophies pages.

Netball medals
are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. We can personalise your netba65mm Basketball medal glass seriesll trophies for you by adding specially designed inserts of you club or school logo. Netball medals can also be personalised by using 25mm and 50mm inserts.
If you wish to create your own design you should email  us for a quote and delivery time.

If you need to find a netball club in your region then click the link supplied here. Good luck and play well. Find a club in my region.

Baseball 2017

The 2017 Baseball trophies have now been updated to the Sydney Awards & Trophies website. There are more baseball trophies now than ever. We cover a wide range of prices from $4.40. The above trophy is a newly designed resin trophy. Resin trophies start at $7.70. Click to go straight to the baseball page –  Baseball Trophies.  After 40 years we are still the most competitive baseball trophy and T-Ball trophies, having over 80 combinations of baseball figurines on a variety of bases ranging in price from $6.05.

Softball/Baseball medal bright starBaseball Medals
 are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. We can personalise your Baseball trophies and Baseball medals for you by adding specially designed inserts of you club or school logo. Medals can also be personalised by using 25mm and 50mm inserts.
If you wish to create your own design you should email  us for a quote and delivery time.

If you need to find a Baseball club in your region then click the link supplied here. Good luck and play well. Find a Baseball club in my region.

Athletics 2017

The new range of 2017 Athletics trophies has now been added to Sydney Awards & Trophies website. There has been an increase in the number of track trophies while some new field event trophies have also been added. As usual we offer the athletic trophies and the new field event trophies to you, at Australia’s cheapest prices.
The above trophy is a tastefully designed trophy. See this trophy and others like it at Athletics Trophies.

Little Athletics medal bright starAthletics Medals
 are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. We can personalise your Athletics trophies and Track and Field medals for you by adding specially designed inserts of you club or school logo. The medal shown to the left is for little athletics. Medals can also be personalised by using 25mm and 50mm inserts.
If you wish to create your own design you should email  us for a quote and delivery time.

If you need to find an Athletic club in your area then click the link supplied here. Good luck and compete well. Find an Athletics club in my region.


There has been a significant increase in the number of cricket trophies available for ladies’ cricket. We have now included all of these trophies into our range in the cricket page on our website. Most of the manufacturers of the trophies have responded to the increasing interest in women’s cricket, much of which is a direct result of the success of the Women’s test cricket side. Resin Cricket Trophies start at $7.17.
The trophy  above is a tastefully designed ladies batting figure. There are ladies’ cricket bowling and fielding trophies as well.
To see the complete range of Cricket Trophies please click here.

50mm Cricket medal antique seriesCricket Medals
are priced from $4.40 and include ribbon. We can personalise your Cricket trophies for you by adding specially designed inserts of you club or school logo. Medals can also be personalised by using 25mm and 50mm inserts.
If you wish to create your own design you should email  us for a quote and delivery time.

If you need to find an Athletic club in your area then click the link supplied here. Good luck and compete well. Find a Cricket Club in my region.




School Trophies



Academic Classic Style. Wreath and stars with book, quill and lamp detail.
Classic Iconic Resin School Trophy
12025_t Antique Gold Logo Resin Trophy with gold engraving plate and holder for 1" insert logo
Generic Resin School Trophies with School Crests Added


Generic Resin Trophy with School Crest in 1″ insert holder.ogoSchool crests are now easier to add than in past years. Sydney Awards & Trophies have a variety of methods to manufacture your school or your organisation with an accurate logo to place onto a resin, plastic or even a glass trophy. As long as the resin has a 1″ or 2″ holder a logo can be added to your trophies. FOR RESIN LOGO TROPHIES CLICK HERE.

You will need to contact us with your design and check the price/quantity requirements. Our contact EMAIL and PHONE are at the top on this page.

We have been supplying trophies for schools for over 40 years. The Academic, Sporting, Music,  and Citizenship awards have evolved so well, that now the choices are far better than just a cup or a plaque. In recent years well designed Resin Trophies have just about covered the all the awards that a school would need.  To visit the RESIN PAGE CLICK HERE

The resins are are great choice as they provide a very solid alternative the the older cheaper plastic trophies. They are cost effective and have realistic and iconic designs.


Mobile friendly Trophy website launched

Gold shield with Ist Academic trophyThe new Sydney Awards and Trophies site was successfully launched on Wednesday 12th October 2016.

All pages are now mobile friendly so that our trophy customers and award clients can access the vast range of Sporting Trophies and Business Awards quickly and clearly on all devices . The pages are all mobile friendly and we are confident that all customers past present and future will be pleased with the new upgrade.

The management and staff of Sydney Awards and Trophies are proud to continue the same high standard of service coupled with being Australia’s most price competitive Trophy website.