70% of Commonwealth Games medals won by swimmers wearing Speedo


Team Speedo has delivered a stand-out performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this week, with nine Commonwealth Games records broken and 90 medals won by swimmers competing in Speedo suits.

Athletes and para-athletes competed in the six-day international swimming event, with Speedo swimmers, representing various Commonwealth nations, experiencing phenomenal success in the pool. 70% of the medal-winning swimmers wore Speedo’s Fastskin LZR suits. Developed for racing, the textured fabric zones reduce drag in the water.

The stand-out Speedo stars of the Games were Australia’s Emma McKeon, who is now the most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time with a total of 20 medals, as well as Tom Dean (ENG), who won seven medals, and Duncan Scott (SCO), who won six medals, becoming their countries’ most decorated athletes at a single Commonwealth Games.

Two of the most courageous gold medal performances in the pool came from triple Olympic champion Adam Peaty (ENG), winning gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke, only ten weeks after breaking his foot in the gym, and para-swimmer Alice Tai (ENG) winning gold in the women’s 100m backstroke (S8 category), only months after learning how to walk again following an elective leg amputation.

Other Team Speedo athletes taking home gold were Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), Ariarne Titmus (AUS), Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS), Kaylee McKeown (AUS), para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe (NZL), Josh Liendo (CAN), Kylie Masse (AUS) and, the recently signed, Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA).

Kev McFadyen, global brand director, Speedo said: “We’re incredibly proud of our Team Speedo athletes and their success at the Commonwealth Games. Swimming doesn’t receive the regular media attention that other sports enjoy, so the Games is a brilliant opportunity for the world to see these world-class athletes in-action. Our hope is that they’ll inspire the next generation to take up this amazing sport.”

In parallel to the Games, Speedo and its partners are campaigning to help more people to learn to swim through its Swim United programme. The brand is supporting initiatives that raise awareness about water safety and make swimming inclusive for everybody. To find out more, go to https://www.speedo.com/swim-united.list.

ONE Punt, ONE Pass, ONE Kick, And ONE Big $25,000 Prize from CommonWealth One Federal – Credit Union

(Alexandria, VA) — CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union could give away more than $25,000 in a unique Punt, Pass and Kick sweepstakes this fall!
One lucky individual at the Nov. 6 James Madison University homecoming football game will have a chance to punt a football from the end zone, pass a football from where their punt lands, and then kick the football. If the kick goes through the uprights, the individual will score $25,000!
The JMU Dukes will be playing against the Campbell University (Buies Creek, North Carolina) Fighting Camels at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Nov. 6. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The Punt, Pass and Kick excitement will take place during halftime.
In addition to the $25,000 sweepstakes, CommonWealth One is giving away additional prizes. These include a $1,000 consolation prize if the sweepstakes participant does not get the football through the uprights on Nov. 6. Plus, sweepstakes entrants have a chance to win $250 every week from Nov. 13 through Dec. 1.
“We’re excited to be working with JMU Athletics to bring this opportunity to members of the JMU and Harrisonburg Community,” said Frank Wasson, President and CEO. CommonWealth One has been the official credit union of James Madison University since 1992, serving students, faculty, staff, parents and the greater Harrisonburg community. 
The credit union is offering multiple ways to enter the sweepstakes. These include: Opening a new account at CommonWealth One to become a member of the credit union; actively use their CommonWealth One checking account; get a CommonWealth One personal, car, home equity, or mortgage loan of $5,000 or more; meet with a CommonWealth One financial expert for a checkup; and text WIN to 833-798-0007. There is no purchase required. Details and additional information about the rules for this sweepstakes are available at www.cofcu.org/punt-pass-kick-sweepstakes.
The entry period for the Punt, Pass and Kick sweepstakes closes on Oct. 15.
 About CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union

Since 1944, CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, has grown to become one of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia’s top credit unions. CommonWealth One is a full-service, member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to being its members’ lifetime financial partner. CommonWealth One has branches in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA, and Harrisonburg, VA (including at James Madison University). 

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About CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union

Since 1944, CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, has grown to become one of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia’s top credit unions. CommonWealth One is a full-service, member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to being its members lifetime financial partner. CommonWealth One has branches in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA, and Harrisonburg, VA (including at James Madison University). 


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Commonwealth of Massachusetts and iGrad Partner to Offer Enrich Financial Wellness Platform to Current and Retired State Employees

In the first statewide program of its kind, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and San Diego-based financial education company iGrad have partnered to offer the award-winning Enrich™ financial wellness platform to 156,000 current and retired state employees.

The Economic Empowerment Trust Fund (EETF), chaired by Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, was awarded a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation last year to establish a comprehensive financial wellness initiative(1) for the state’s public sector employees. The Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) carries out the work and the mission of the EETF.

“One of my top priorities has always been to give everyone access to the resources and skills needed to navigate our financially complicated lives,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “By offering the Enrich platform, we are providing current and retired state employees with the skill set necessary to make informed decisions to achieve economic stability for themselves and their families.”

OEE selected Enrich because the portal can provide customized financial education to meet the unique needs of Massachusetts employees and retirees. Enrich offers their users an onboarding assessment, with each user having access to their tailored content.

Enrich fits into overall financial wellness initiatives at OEE with convenient access to digital content. Each Massachusetts employee and retiree can easily navigate their financial wellness journey on their own schedules. Additionally, Enrich offers educational webinars to its users.

Enrich features the Your Money Personality™ financial behavior assessment, which analyzes each user’s financial “personality.” The interactive, mobile-friendly platform also provides:

– Financial education courses with personalized action plans on topics including budgeting, mortgages, healthcare, college savings, student loan repayment, banking, credit, financial planning and more

– Retirement and home affordability analyzers

– A suite of student loan and higher education tools

– Personal finance calculators and a real-time budget tool

Enrich is used by more than 20,000 employers and more than 300 financial institutions nationwide, with artificial intelligence technology that engages each user with the most relevant content based on financial situation and stage of life.

The Enrich platform includes dynamic tools and courses, delivering a highly personalized learning experience on financial topics including student debt, mortgages, budgeting, investing, retirement and long-term care.

A report(2) by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence released in April 2020 found that only 29 percent of state and local government employers offer financial literacy programs to their workforce, while 68 percent of public employees would participate in these programs if they were offered one.

The report found that even before the pandemic, 88 percent of respondents worried about their personal finances and financial decisions, and 66 percent said they worried while at work.

According to a 2021 Capital One CreditWise survey(3), 73 percent of Americans rank their finances as the most significant source of stress.

To combat financial stress, Enrich users are prompted to update their stress score about every four months to gauge the correlation between improved financial wellness and stress levels.

Data from 2019 shows that as Enrich participants improved financial understanding, their stress levels dropped.

Additional Enrich data found positive behavior changes as a result of program participation, including:

– 27 percent increase in emergency savings funds to cover three to six months of expenses

– 28 percent increase in credit cards being paid in full every month

– 32 percent increase in employees getting on track with their financial goals

“Enrich can help people of all income levels and in all stages of life,” said iGrad Vice President of Business Development Sam Evans. “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is demonstrating the importance of financial wellness by offering Enrich to state employees and retirees, who are part of a group that wants to engage with behavior-changing financial education.”

About iGrad
iGrad is a San Diego-based financial technology company that offers artificial intelligence-powered financial wellness solutions to more than 600 colleges and universities, more than 20,000 employers and more than 300 financial institutions. iGrad’s Your Money Personality™ was recently recognized by the Institute for Financial Literacy with the 2020 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Adults’ Education Program of the Year award. iGrad is one of three 2020 honorees in the inaugural Barron’s Celebrates: Financial Empowerment, after being selected by a team of judges for its contributions to improving the financial health and security of Americans. iGrad also received the 2019 Eddy Award for Financial Wellness by Pensions & Investments for its Enrich platform. For more information about the iGrad platform, visit https://www.igradfinancialwellness.com. For more information about the Enrich platform for employers and financial institutions, visit https://www.enrich.org.

(1) https://www.mass.gov/financial-education-for-massachusetts-employees-and-retirees
(2) https://slge.org/news-posts/new-research-shows-state-and-local-public-employees-concerned-about-their-personal-finances
(3) https://www.cnbc.com/select/73-percent-of-americans-rank-finances-as-the-number-one-stress-in-life/