Olympic Games

Australian Men’s Sevens team seal Rio 2016 berth

Sunday November 15, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has become the tenth team to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The Australians defeated Tonga 50-0 in a one-sided Cup Final at the Oceania Rugby Olympic Qualification tournament at The Trusts Arena in Auckland this afternoon.

The green and gold stunned Tonga – who earlier had shocked a much-fancied Samoan side in the Semi-Finals – as they dominated the decider from start to finish. Read more

Mitchell sets sights on Rio

Thursday May 14, 2015 by  

Australia’s best ever gymnast has confirmed she will push on for the Rio Olympics, with the dream of taking her country to the podium still burning brightly.

In a huge boost to Australia’s aspirations in Rio, Lauren Mitchell, the 2010 world floor champion and 2009 world beam and floor silver medallist, has confirmed she is committed to what will be her third Olympics, and will take the first step towards qualification at next week’s 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

Australia has never won an Olympic medal in men’s or women’s artistic gymnastics, the 23-year-old telling Fox Sports she had her doubts as to whether she would be the one to lead the Australia team towards the podium, something which British Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle believes is only a matter of time away. Read more

Olympian Russell Ford retires

Thursday April 30, 2015 by  

Olympian Russell Ford has announced his retirement from international hockey after 158 appearances for the Kookaburras in a decade-long career.

Russell Ford in action at the 2014 Champions Trophy.
Photo courtesy of Dan Carson/DC Images

The Olympic bronze medallist, 31, scored 72 times for Australia including against the Netherlands in the Kookaburras’ 2-1 victory in the Champions Trophy final on home turf in Melbourne in 2012.

Since making his debut as a 22 year-old in a 4-1 win over India in June 2006 under then coach Barry Dancer, Ford has gone on to represent Australia at the Olympic Games, the World Cup, four Champions Trophies, two Oceania Cups, and the World League semi final and final tournaments.

Explaining his decision, Ford said, “I just believe the time is right to call it a day. I have spent ten years as a part of the Kookaburras and over the past months I have had time to refresh and make my decision with a clear mind. Read more

Vidmar praises Olyroos professionalism

Wednesday April 1, 2015 by  

Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar has praised the professionalism of his squad after the Olyroos cruised to three straight wins to progress to the AFC U-23 Championship, which is the final round of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Olyroos defeated Myanmar 5-1 overnight following victories over Hong Kong (6-0) and Chinese Taipei (4-0) to progress as winners of Group F. They will now face the likes of Japan, Korea Republic, Iraq and UAE in the AFC U-23 Championships in Qatar in January 2016.

Vidmar was pleased by the results but more impressed with the way the players bought in to the National Team blueprint laid down by Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou, which runs down through all National Teams. Read more

Vancouver to join World Sevens Series

Tuesday February 24, 2015 by  

World Rugby has announced that Vancouver will join the global line-up of major city destinations for the World Rugby Sevens Series from 2015-16.

A renowned international tourism, business and major sports event destination, the event will take place at the impressive and innovative indoor BC Place stadium in the heart of the city.

Rugby Canada’s successful Vancouver bid follows an extensive and competitive tender process that saw 25 destinations bid to host the Olympic sport and comes with the full support of national and provincial government that reflects rugby sevens’ enormous appeal in the global sports hosting marketplace. Read more

Jackson’s flag honour welcomed

Friday July 27, 2012 by  

Basketball Australia has welcomed today’s announcement that women’s basketball superstar Lauren Jackson has been selected to carry the Australian flag at the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Jackson was named as the flag bearer by Nick Green, the Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team, earlier today.

She will become the second basketballer to receive the ultimate Australian sporting honour in the past four Games, following in the footsteps of Boomers legend Andrew Gaze who carried the flag into the stadium for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Read more

Kookaburras trounce Blacksticks in series opener

Saturday June 23, 2012 by  

The Kookaburras defeated New Zealand 6-1 in the opening match of a three test series at the Cairns Hockey Association in Queensland tonight without six athletes bound for London.

Five time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer, Simon Orchard, Liam De Young, Matthew Butturini and Matthew Swann sat out the match injured, while Glenn Turner was rested.

But despite the dominant scoreline Kookaburras Coach Ric Charlesworth was not satisfied. Read more

Opals ready to turn to gold

Friday June 22, 2012 by  

With three consecutive Olympic silver medals to their name, the Opals know that a fourth straight is not an option – they want gold.

The Opals have fallen at the final hurdle at each of the past three Olympic appearances to arch-rival USA but under the guidance of one of Australia’s most experienced basketballers in Lauren Jackson, the Opals will be looking to head on a golden journey in London.

Drawn alongside the likes of basketball superpowers Russia and Brazil and home team Great Britain, the Opals know they have a tough road ahead if they are to put themselves in the picture of a fourth straight gold medal playoff. Read more

Boomers ready to stand tall in London

Friday June 22, 2012 by  

The Australian men’s basketball team are ready to stand up and be counted as the Boomers look to win their first Olympic medal with a team of players being drawn from some of the toughest competitions around the world.

Star point guard Patty Mills will be running the show in his second Olympic campaign when the Boomers take to the court in London following his recent trip to the NBA Western Conference Finals with the San Antonio Spurs,

“This is again one of the highest honours, to be selected to represent your country at an Olympic Games,” 23-year-old Mills said. Read more

Smeltz off to the London Olympics

Thursday June 21, 2012 by  

Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz has been selected to represent the New Zealand men’s football team at the 2012 London Olympics.

In a massive coup for Smeltz, the ace goal scorer is one of three players over the age of 23 that is allowed to be selected in the 18-man squad.

“I’m buzzing to be honest,” a proud Smeltz said. Read more