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Player Profile | Harvey Shepherdson-Beck
Oct 29

Player Profile | Harvey Shepherdson-Beck

October 29, 2013 - 7 years ago

World, meet Harvey. He is a solid human, and we are chuffed to have him as one of our crew.  He came into Urban Rec as ain individual, and he has been quietly conquering ever since. 

Hey, what's your name?

Hey, my names Harvey

Which Urban Rec Sports do you play?

I currently play touch football, but just finished an exciting season of dodgeball

What's your team name?

Our team is called 'The Rocky Sonics'

What's a random fact about you?

I played in a Rock/Metal band throughout my teens

Why did you choose UR and Social Sports over the more competitive sports played in Sydney?

I do some more competitive indoor and outdoor soccer on the side. So I like UR for the social interaction and keeping up my fitness. Plus it's a good excuse to catch up each week and stay in touch.

If on an Individual team, how have you gone getting to know your new team mates?

We've kept a small companion of friends since our first season of Touch football, so now we all just sign up together

What is your best advice for someone who hasn't played your sport before, if they would like to come along to try?

Great!!,you make friends easily on an individual team as you're often always working together anyway, so everyone learns to get along. It's all about taking that first step, If you don't give it a go, your never going to know. 

Tell us about a funny moment on the court/field?

We had an 80's dress-up themed dodgeball game as our final match last season. I decided to wear some bright orange glasses as part of my outfit. At the start of the match I realised the glasses restricted my vision too much on the field, so I put them to the side. Final few minutes feeling confident about our teams chances, I decided to wear them again.After stepping back on the court for a few seconds, I jumped behind a player, turned my head, then bang!!, a ball straight to the face, glasses go flying, pieces everywhere ,guess it wasn't meant to be.

How long have you been playing your sport?

I've played one season of dodgeball and am currently playing my second season of touch, so almost a year between both now.

What sport do you wish you could play? or what sport are you choosing next season?

I wouldn't mind trying out 'ultimate frisbee' at some point. But for now I'd be happy to continue onto another season of touch; it's just that fun I can't get enough.

What is your favourite thing about team sports?

Team sports are the best for group bonding and keeping fit together. Sometimes it's not always about the sport itself, but the people you play with that keeps you coming back for more

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Annual Festival Guide
Sep 12

Annual Festival Guide

September 12, 2013 - 8 years ago

We have taken the liberty of creating Sydney, or maybe even Australia's BEST list of cool, different, and maybe less popular Festivals. (With a few regular goodies in there too). 

Think we missed one? Let us know, this is an evolving list for a constant supply to all UR members, and we want it to be contributed by all the cool people that attend the Festivals, YOU! So have your say. 

What's more, please add some comments for tips, and ideas in the comments section. I.e. Did you know if you go to Falls Festival in Melbourne they don't sell ice onsite at the camping ground, so you have to take a bus into town, and get it! We should add that for sure. 

Anyway, here it is. Hope you like it folks!

Festival Name







Indie, pop, rock, 




Alternative Music Festival

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Lecton, VIC


As well as banging beats, the festival offers spiritual massage and healing, thought-provoking discussion panels and speakers, video arts and a kids zone. 

Secret Garden Festival

Held at a secret farm one hour from Sydney


Not to be confused with the similarly-quirky British festival of the same name, SG organisers keep most of the details a surprise so partygoers are fully immersed in a secret world.  Creative groups set up their own themed areas in the forest and partygoers never know who or what to expect. Make sure you pack a fabulous array of fancy dress for this one.

Big Day Out



You know!

Subsonic Music Festival

Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort, Barrington Tops, NSW 


A three-day camping festival in lush green surroundings by a creek for swimming, Subsonic offers a mixture of electro, techno, hip hop and roots music. Performance art is a big part of the weekender - expect ariel acts, a cabaret zoo, yoga and healing herb workshops, bush tucker and body art. And it's not all about frantic beats - The Tantric Turtle cafe will be on hand to offer partied-out festival goers organic cakes in a sensual atmosphere inside a gypsy caravan. The festival is in its fourth year and around 2500 people attend.

Byron Spirit Festival

Byron Bay, NSW


Yoga, Tantra, Music, Dance, Healing

East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival

Byron Bay, NSW


Music and Cultural Festival

Future Music Festival

Randwick Racecourse, Sydney


Electro House Music

Meredith Music Festival



Art rock, avant garde, electro, rock 

Falls Festival

Victoria, and TAS


RGEN Regrowth Festival

Braidwood, NSW


The festival focuses on sustainability and rebuilding bush and over the past seven years, more than 60,000 trees have been planted by partygoers. Wobbly beats, minimal, glitch hop and dub reggae are just a few of the music styles on offer over three stages, as well as a cinema with arty films, market stalls, art installations, live body painting, hooping and fire performers. 

Parkes Elvis Festival

Parkes, NSW


Elvis Music Festival

Playground Weekender Festival

Wiseman's Ferry, Sydney, NSW


Indie Music Festival

Snowy Mountains of Music

Perisher, NSW


Opening of the Snow Season

Splendour in the Grass

Belongil Fields, Byron Bay


Needs no explaining

Sunburnt Christmas

Bondi Beach, NSW


Christmas Day Music Festival

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Tamworth, NSW


Country Music Festival

The Gum Ball

Hunter Valley


Music Festival


Sydney, NSW


Short Film Festival


Katoomba, NSW


Celebration of Winter Solstice

Wide Open Space

Ross River Resort, Central Australia, Northern Territory


This unique desert arts, music and culture gathering 85 kms from Alice Springs is organised solely by volunteers. With contemporary dance, sculpture inspired by the outback skies and tribal fusion bellydance, this festival is a great way to experience the Aussie outback in a quirky way.

Peats Ridge 

Glenworth Valley, NSW


Sustainable Arts and Music Festival

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8 Ways To Be A Healthy Human Today
Aug 14

8 Ways To Be A Healthy Human Today

August 14, 2013 - 8 years ago

Stop your liquid addictions 

...and were not talking about the big nasty addictions you’re thinking. I am talking about the ones that 95% of us have developed. That daily coffee, that daily sugar in your tea, or worst, that daily coke, or EVEN worse, that daily DIET coke. These things are fine (sort of) every now and then, but don’t be fooled. If you have to have one of these on a daily basis, your body is addicted to a nasty and unnatural food source, and you need to ween yourself off, and make them a ‘sometimes’ drink.  

Walk a little more 

At lunchtime today, promise yourself to leave the office, get some sun, some wind, some rain. Walk to see your colleagues up on level 2. Not only is it ten times more productive, you might actually get a quicker answer if you are hovering over their desk. Plus its social, people will like seeing a new smiling face drifting through the desks. This is dead simple.

Commit to something  

Humans are goal orientated things, so go and commit to something, a challenge for yourself, and NOT a weight loss challenge (that is really hard and daunting to measure). Sign up for a race, or adventure There are tons going on this year in Sydney, every level of fitness, and interest. Pick one that you know will be difficult, but you are sure you can achieve, then write out your weekly training plan to get there. Hopefully if that training schedule is hard enough it will keep you off the booze to often each week. Bonus.

Sign up for a team sport 

This is seriously important to your health and wellbeing. Why? Because you are 100% more likely to turn up and work out if you have your team mates depending on you. This is at least one way a week you can guarantee you will get some fitness in. What’s more it will be social, and you can have some fun with it, maybe meet new people. You can play in a serious league or try a different sport each season in a rec league, like Urban Rec.


Find your local farmers market and head there each weekend. Everyone needs more vegies, and fruit in their diet, and frankly, everyone should be eating that alone more often. So get there, talk to the farmers, you know where the food is coming from you know its organic, and you are helping local farmers, and the Australian economy, and saving money. You don’t need another reason.

Write your ‘Just4Me’ Diet 

Stop following fads, and diets, no matter how natural and normal they might seem. Find what is right for you, take a little bit from each one, and create a “Just4Me diet” if you do your research, and listen to your body you will know what works best for you. Write up the rules you have created for yourself, e.g. no fast food, no carbs after midday, 4 glasses of water per day.

Wake up early 

The hardest one by far (for some). But this is every successful, and dedicated persons secret – access to STOLEN TIME. Wake up, and fit in 45 minutes of yoga, swimming, lifting, running, rowing, walk your dog, whatever it is. Lord knows it will be good for your soul too.

Keep your sanity 

save ONE night per week for your nothing night, for you to be able to sit on your indulgent bum, and do nada… OR see your friends, and enjoy yourself. And save ONE night or day for you to do your chores, so you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed, don’t overbook, don’t overcommit, and go with the flow. If you don’t want to work out, then give it a rest, remember that your healthy lifestyle should be an enjoyable, and rewarding choice.

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Netball Hints and Tips
Jul 10

Netball Hints and Tips

July 10, 2013 - 8 years ago

Sometimes, it pays to be clever. Urban Rec Netball staff have put together some of their best hints, and tips you may not have thought of, or know. Use this in your weekly league nights, along with a big fat smile, and good attitude. 

  1. Did you know you can run around the outside of the pole and under the net of you are attacking or defending in the goal circle. It's a great way to escape defence, and find a better position in the goal circle
  2. Play your tallest players in more dominant positions like GA and GD
  3. Choose your power play carefully, get to know if you're team play better off the bat or if the play better warmed up
  4. Three pointers are worth the risk, if you have a good shooter, they don't only have to play shooter, they can play another offending position like GA, and score for the team from outside the circle. If you score 3 points in your power round, you're looking at 6 points. 
  5. On the other hand, three pointers in your power round, are a big risk. If you miss all your shots, you may end up not taking advantage of your power round.  
  6. When defending, stick on your opposing player. It might seem obvious, but this is the best way to keep them from scoring
  7. Be careful of big lobbed throws, they can be good if throwing to a taller person, but remember if there are tall people on the opposition, it gives them an easy way to intercept. 
  8. If you are a shooter, and you land, you can actually take another step forward n your pivot foot. Your defender will have to get back, and you can get in a better position for the shot. 
  9. Rebounds are your friend, they can be the pivotal moment in between goal, and no goal, make sure your GK or GD is always ready 
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How To Work Out When You Hate Excersise
May 18

How To Work Out When You Hate Excersise

May 18, 2013 - 8 years ago

Blog post by Darya Rose. Originally published Jan 3, 2011.

You know who you are. As hard as you’ve tried, you’ve never liked going to the gym. Maybe you’ve even hired a personal trainer a few times, hoping the added expense and accountability would be enough motivation to turn you into a regular gym rat.

But it didn’t work.

Every time you’ve started an ambitious workout program with the goal of getting in shape, something–you’re not even sure what–cuts you short before you’ve reached your goal.

Deep down though, you know what the problem is: you don’t like working out. It’s hard, it’s uncomfortable, it’s sweaty and the weight room has a weird smell. You don’t like how you look in those stupid clothes, and who even has time for that sorta thing anyway?

But still you wonder about those people who are in the gym all the time. What’s their secret? How do they stay motivated day after day and year after year? Are they a different species? Or is there something they know that you don’t?

Few people on this earth were born with an innate love of the gym. But what generally separates people who like working out from those who don’t is pretty simple: Fitness. 

Working out sucks when you aren’t in shape. But the good news is that you don’t need to become a complete meathead to get to a place where exercise is no longer a pain. Just like learning to cook, once you reach a minimum proficiency level–in this case fitness level–exercise stops feeling bad and starts feeling good. And just like with cooking, the only way to get there is to Just Do It*.

If you’re just starting a workout program your goal shouldn’t be to get buff or lose weight. The first step is getting to a fitness level where you no longer hate to exercise. And for that all you need is consistency.

When you first start your program don’t force yourself to do anything too hard or unpleasant, just make sure that you stick with it and never quit. I hated running my entire life, so the first time I went jogging after years without any cardio training I told myself I would just run until I got tired. I literally made it about 4 blocks and went home. After a week or two I was up to 8 blocks. That was over 10 years ago and I’ve since completed three marathons. Running is no longer my go-to sport, but I’m now the fit person I’ve always wanted to be.

There’s no reason to torture yourself at the gym. Once you’re in better shape you will enjoy pushing yourself a little harder every now and then. But until you get there, just make yourself do something. Anything. Just do it regularly and don’t make excuses.

The key to being consistent is making your workout so easy/convenient/fun/awesome that not doing it just feels stupid. Here are a few tips to set you up for a lifetime of fitness.

10 Tips For Starting & Sticking With Exercise

1. Commit to consistency

This is worth repeating. Make a commitment to sticking with your plan. If you find yourself not able to meet your goals, change them so they’re easier.

2. Take baby steps

I jogged around the block for years before I got lost one day, accidentally ran 8 miles and decided marathon training no longer seemed so ridiculous. Don’t expect to turn into Superman overnight. For now just try to stop being Hedonism Bot.

3. Pick an exercise that’s fun

Not all exercise happens in the gym. Like to climb rocks? Shoot hoops? Swing the bat? Start with the fun stuff and work your way up.

4. Bring a friend, make it competitive

Having a workout partner is one of the most effective ways to be accountable and make your workout fun. Making it a competition is also great for motivation.

5. Join a sports team

Even better than one friend is a group of friends. Intramural sports teams are a fantastic way to get a few weekly workouts.

6. Get into music, podcasts and audiobooks

If your schedule isn’t conducive to group activities, your iPod still got your back. Put together an inspiring workout mix, download some of your favorite podcasts and audiobooks and whistle while you work.

7. Get a dog

You know what takes a lot of energy? Puppies! If you can’t motivate to exercise for yourself, at least do it for Fluff Fluff.

8. Caffeine charge

Sometimes a long day can make an evening workout seem impossibly difficult. At times like these, caffeine is your friend. After about half an hour you’ll need to workout to burn off that extra energy.

9. Get some nice workout clothes, shoes and mp3 player

New toys are fun. Sometimes it’s the little things that help the most.

10. Reward yourself

Doing something consistently is an accomplishment, even if your actual task seems small and insignificant. If you’ve been exercising regularly, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for many jobs well done.

What motivates you to workout?

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