Vaughn is a hardcore freeride snowboarder who competes in international competitions all around the world. 2022 was a big year for Vaughn taking 1st place in the Junior free rider tour in New Zealand and kicking off sponsorship with Upstate. When he isn’t chasing the snow, Vaughn is skateboarding, fishing, and surfing and is passionate about his local community and sports. Upstate can’t wait to see how Vaughn excels in his career on the slopes.
Breakers Sydney Northern Beaches Water Polo Club
Upstate are proud to be major sponsors of the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers water polo club. SNB Breakers offer development programs and competitions for all ages and levels of experience. As one of the fastest growing water polo clubs in Australia they have had a lot of success at NSW and Australian Club Championships.
To further support our local beach community Upstate provides direct funding to Freshwater SLSC for education. Through nationally recognised courses Freshwater SLSC members are trained and educated to the highest standard, providing opportunities for skills based development, to effectively patrol Freshwater Beach. Working together we can ensure volunteers are always prepared to save lives and keep the beach safe.
Bushfire relief and ocean clean-up
In 2019, we hosted a charity auction event, showcasing a work by renowned local photographer Guy Williment. All funds raised were split between The Salvation Army to support Australian bushfire recovery efforts, and The Ocean Clean Up, for developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Upstate matched the funds raised on the night and donated to these two very worthy causes.
Collaroy Surf Club
Since the beach culture is such a huge part of our life, we also have been a long-time sponsor of Dee Why SLSC. Upstate offers direct funding towards the educational and social awareness of saving lives. Teaching the youth of today valuable lessons around lifesaving provides them with an important skill that they can use throughout their lives. It helps to both strengthen the local community and increases awareness of water safety.
Marine Life Conservation
Upstate is passionate about preserving our local beaches and as such, contributes annually to the conservation of marine life at Manly’s Shelly Beach and Long Reef’s Reef Beach. Donating to support these local conservation organisations both helps preserve the unique marine biodiversity and promotes marine ecotourism for years to come.
Manly United Football Club
We have partnered with Manly United and MWFA to help raise awareness of the importance of supporting the local community and how sport aids in personal development. An innate partnership between the two companies as over 70% of Upstate staff or their families, have grown up playing or are directly affiliated with Manly Warringah Football Association.
Warringah Rugby Club
Warringah Rugby Club (WRC) has a history spanning more than 50 years on the Northern Beaches. We chose to sponsor WRC because beyond Rugby, it’s an organisation with a clear track record of commitment to the needs of the broader community; delivering activities that better and develops the people and organisations.
Originally born in Mexico, Mateo Tapia is a fearsome middleweight boxer that emigrated to Australia. Mateo is six foot tall (183cm) and is a orthodox fighter.
Having taken up boxing at only nine years old, he immediately began improving out of sight and is on the rise to become one of Australia’s boxing prodigies.
Rene heralds from Avalon and after taking first place at two major junior surfing events that ran toward the end of 2020, he’s proving to be one to watch. More recently, Rene was selected for the NSW junior, high performance program run by Surfing NSW plus received a wildcard entry in the Australian Open of surfing Northern Beaches.
2021 was a big year with the surf competitions that kicked off in April and about a dozen major events throughout the year, along with some billabong team trips. Upstate is supporting Rene throughout his sporting career.
Milla Brown, a 13 year old with the passion and drive of any professional athlete. She loves surfing, snowboarding and skating, with a recent win at the Ocean and Earth Regional Titles Under 16s competition and finishing third overall in 2021 Surfing NSW junior titles, Milla has a promising career ahead. A natural talent in and out of the water, Upstate is backing you all the way and hope that your dreams come true.
Jada Brown is a fierce and compassionate competitor with the willingness and dedication of a young professional in the making. Jada commanded an awesome 4th place in the Ocean and Earth Regional Titles in 2021. Jada is one of the surfing twin sisters that Upstate supports and are right behind for a successful sporting career.
Dee Why SLSC
Since the beach culture is such a huge part of our life, we also have been a long-time sponsor of Dee Why SLSC. Upstate offers direct funding towards the educational and social awareness of saving lives. Teaching the youth of today valuable lessons around lifesaving provides them with an important skill that they can use throughout their lives. It helps to both strengthen the local community and increases awareness of water safety
Support local business during COVID
The Northern Beaches suffered significantly through COVID; first the initial lockdown, then again in our peak tourism period over Christmas and New Year. To support our local community and small businesses across the beaches, we partnered with 10 of these local businesses to run a promotion. Upstate ran an eight-week campaign that was advertised via social media, our database and various other channels resulting in an increase in digital traffic and interest for each of the local businesses.