Leigh Howard

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 09:38
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Sport: Cycling – Track
Event: Endurance
Olympic History: Olympic Debutante 
Year Born: 1989
State Born: Victoria 


About Leigh

In 2017, Leigh Howard stepped away from a successful road cycling career with a view to representing Australia in the track cycling at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. With his selection to the Australian Olympic Team, this Olympic debutante has achieved a goal more than four years in the making and one that started with a nine-year-old competing as a track cyclist at the Geelong Cycling Club.

Growing up on peninsula, Howard’s childhood dream was to turn professional cyclist, a feat he achieved in 2010 after competing on the road and track in the under 23 category.

He enjoyed success in the early part of his track cycling career, winning silver in the Omnium at the 2008 Track World Championships. A year later he claimed the crown.

In 2010, he won the first of two Madison world titles with partner Cameron Meyer. The pair successfully defended their title in 2011.  

On the road, Howard has spent time with professional teams such as Team HTC-Columbia, GreenEDGE, IAM Cycling and Aqua Blue Sport and contested all three Grand Tours.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A return to the boards at the start of 2018 ignited a newfound flame in Howard who made history at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast when he joined Alex Porter, Sam Welsford and Kelland O’Brien to become the first quartet to break the three-minute fifty-second barrier on their way to winning gold in the team pursuit.

The team stopped the clock in a time of 3:49.804. The same quartet smashed their own world record at the 2019 World Championships, clocking 3min 48.012secs.

At the 2020 World Championships, Howard was part of Australia's title defence in the men's team pursuit. The team was unable to reclaim the title falling just two-hundredths of a second off fourth, from Italy who claimed bronze.Off the track Howard holds a private helicopter licence and together with his partner operates an Australian inspired café in Andorra.

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When I was a kid it would have been Magnus Backsted (SWE). I don’t know why but I loved watching him race. 

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My fiancé and I run an Australian inspired café in Andorra. It’s called the Odei Coffee and Kitchen.

What do you do for fun?

Go to the movies 

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AOC announces measures to counter COVID-19

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 16:50
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The AOC has announced a range of additional measures to protect athlete and Team official health and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

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The measures include:

  • A protocol for event owners to protect athletes who have been selected for Tokyo Olympic Games or who are aspiring to selection for the Games, as well as Team officials.
  • The postponement of multiple Team Appeal Dinners until after the Olympic Games in July.
  • The replacement of scheduled Team Selection announcements involving athlete appearances with a virtual or packaged format along with alternative access arrangements for media

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll says the aim to ensure athletes seeking to compete in the Tokyo Games are not exposed to unnecessary risk.

“We take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and the health of our athletes and Team officials is our highest priority. The Olympic Games are going ahead and our athletes are training hard to get there and do their best.”

“These measures will help them achieve that. They reflect the situation as it is right now and we will continue to monitor.”

Event Protocol
The Event Protocol enforces standards and procedures to ensure athlete and officials’ hygiene is preserved. The Protocol applies to the owners of AOC sanctioned events, including the AOC’s own functions, where athletes and Team officials will be appearing.

Measures include standards for venue cleaning, social distancing, the exclusion of guests who have returned from overseas within 14 days of the event and those experiencing respiratory symptoms.

Team Appeal Dinners Postponed
Starting with the “Spirit of the Games” Gala dinner in Sydney which was scheduled for Saturday March 21st, the AOC has advised table purchasers and guests that the dinner is postponed and will be held after the Tokyo Games as a celebration event.

The postponements by the AOC and Team Appeal Committees also include Team Appeal dinners planned for West Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

Mr Carroll says the decision has been received positively.

“We have offered a full refund, but to date the vast majority who have taken tables have rolled their contribution over to the post-Games celebration functions. Others have promised to recommit after the Games to celebrate the achievements of our athletes when they return,” Mr Carroll said.

Team Selection Announcements
A decision has also been taken to amend Team Selection announcements and some other announcements into a minimal format that gets the news out there, but not in a large set-piece manner.

Arrangements for each announcement will vary but provision will be made for media to access individual athletes remotely. Pre-packaged material will also be made available to media outlets.

These arrangements will be reviewed early next month.

Matildas secure ticket to Tokyo 2020 and fourth Olympic appearance

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 10:44
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For the first time in 16 years, Australia will be represented by both a women's and men's football team, after the Matildas secured their fourth Olympic berth this week and the Olyroos qualified for the first time since Athens 2004.

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Australia confirmed their fourth Olympics appearance with a 2-1 away triumph over the Southeast Asian nation in Wednesday evening's away leg at the Cẩm Phả Stadium, which was played without spectators due to coronavirus precautions.

Ante Milicic made two changes from the eleven which beat The Golden Girls 5-0 in Newcastle five days earlier. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Elise Kellond-Knight replaced Tameka Yallop at the base of midfield, while Kyah Simon dropped to the bench for Hayley Raso, who was deployed on the right of a front three.

As a result, Chloe Logarzo stepped back into the midfield.

A power failure within the first minute stopped play for 20 minutes but it wasn't long after the stadium was lit up that the Matildas' 5-0 goal buffer was built upon, thanks to first-half strikes from Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso.

Kerr - who minutes earlier had hit the underside of the post after she was slipped through on goal by Foord - opened the scoring after knocking Steph Catley's cross past Vietnam number one Tran Thi Kim Thanh with a tidy volleyed finish.

It was a goal that moved the captain into outright second on the all-time Matildas scoring charts - the Chelsea forward's 42nd effort in 88 games. 

Australia began to turn the screw and having broken the deadlock herself, Kerr turned provider as Raso scored her sixth international goal and put Australia 2-0 up on 27 minutes.

Huynh Nhu scored Vietnam's first-ever goal against Australia in the second half at the Cẩm Phả Stadium.


Australia are now one of three AFC representatives to feature at the global football showpiece, to be played between July and August this year.

Korea Republic will battle with China PR for the other AFC spot, with Japan having already qualified as tournament hosts.

The Matildas will join the Olyroos who secured their Tokyo 2020 ticket after winning the third-place play-off at the AFC U-23 Championship in January.

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Olympic flame for Tokyo 2020 provides beacon of hope following lighting cermony in Ancient Olympia

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 08:45
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The Olympic flame for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was lit today in Ancient Olympia, Greece, marking the start of its journey to Japan where, in only 134 days, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will begin.

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As a symbol of peace and hope, the Olympic Flame will now travel on towards Tokyo, conveying the Olympic Values.

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach and several guests joined the lighting ceremony, showing their unified support for the Games.

These included the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee acting President, Toshiaki Endo, IOC Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chair John Coates and Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos. 

“This ceremony demonstrates once more our commitment to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Nineteen weeks before the Opening Ceremony, we are strengthened in this commitment by the many authorities and sports organisations around the world which are taking so many significant measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

“At the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 we will stand together, united in all our diversity. We will be united by our commitment to the Olympic values. We will be united by our emotions. This makes each and every one of us a member of this unique Olympic community. This Olympic community will show the entire world that our shared humanity is stronger than all the forces that want to divide us,” he added. 

In his speech during the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony, President Bach also praised the Organising Committee: “Our Japanese friends are interpreting the noble mission of the Olympic Games in an outstanding way. Japan will demonstrate its ground-breaking innovation and boundless creative energy with regard to sustainability, technology and human-centred growth,” the IOC President said.


Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee acting President Toshiaki Endo said: “The Olympic Torch Relay in Greece is the origin of so many wonderful episodes and stories, and I very much hope that the torch relay that begins today will engender many dreams and aspirations, and bring hope for tomorrow.” 

Held near the Temple of Hera, the traditional ceremony celebrates the Olympic Games Greek heritage, reaffirming the connection between the modern Games and their historic origins.
 

During his visit, President Bach also offered his gratitude to the Hellenic Olympic Committee and its President, IOC Member Spyros Capralos, for the close cooperation with the Greek government to ensure the flame lighting could take place despite the COVID-19 virus.

Given the unprecedent circumstances the world is facing, the health and safety of the thousands of torchbearers, spectators and staff will be the first priority along the route of the Olympic Torch Relay both in Greece and Japan.

Following the ceremony, the Olympic torch began its journey with Olympic gold medallist from Rio 2016, Anna Korakaki from Greece. It was then passed to Japanese athlete Noguchi Mizuki, the winner of the women’s marathon race at the Olympic Games Athens 2004.

A week-long tour of Greece then follows before the Japan leg of the Olympic Torch Relay begins on 26 March. There, supported by four Presenting Partners, including Worldwide Olympic Partners Coca-Cola and Toyota, around 10,000 torchbearers will carry it through all 47 prefectures, incorporating 859 local municipalities, for a period of 121 days, before arriving in Tokyo for the Opening Ceremony. 

Once the flame is lit at the Olympic Stadium on 24 July, just over 11,000 athletes, representing 206 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will compete in what will be the first gender-balanced Olympic Games in history.

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Tokyo 2020 Flame Lighting Ceremony LIVE from Olympia

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 13:41
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Signalling the start of the countdown toward the Olympic Summer Games, the Olympic Flame Lighting ceremony is a captivating and historic event which will start the Olympic Torch Relay on the road to Tokyo 2020.

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Watch the torch be ignited from Olympia, Greece on Thursday, 12 March starting at 9:15 pm AEDT (9:15 a.m. UTC) on olympicchannel.com

Held in the home of the ancient Games in Greece, a torch at the ancient temple of Hera will be lit by the rays of the sun using a parabolic mirror to set off a domestic relay. The lighting ceremony will feature Xanthi Georgiou performing the role of the High Priestess who lights the flame inside a bowl capturing the rays of the sun.

The first torchbearer will be Greek Olympic gold medallist in shooting Anna Korakaki. She will then pass the torch to Japanese Olympic gold medallist in the marathon Mizuki Noguchi who will carry the Olympic Flame to beyond the Pierre de Coubertin Grove. 

The torch will continue an eight-day journey through 37 cities in Greece before the flame handover ceremony on 19 March as it makes its way to Japan on 20 March. The Olympic Torch Relay in Japan will visit 47 prefectures in Japan over 121 days before arriving at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on 24 July. 

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Recovery Through Sport

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 12:11
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In response to bushfires that have devastated communities across Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Commonwealth Games Australia and the Australian Sports Foundation have rallied together to support communities in their recovery and rebuilding.

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Sport sits at the heart of regional communities across Australia and can play a crucial role in recovery. The four sporting organisations have formed an “Alliance” to raise funds and provide genuine support to the communities.

‘Recovery through Sport’ will;

  • provide long-term, genuine support to Australian communities affected by the bushfires;
  • harness the collective good-will and influence of all four organisations, their member sports, membership base and corporate supporters to back the fund, and
  • assist the rebuilding of communities through sport.

The ‘Recovery through Sport’ fund will allow sporting and community organisations and community members who have been affected by the recent bushfires to apply for grants. Grants from the Alliance will be for damaged or destroyed sporting kit and equipment as well as sport specific apparel.

To complement the Fund, the ‘Recovery through Sport’ initiative will include Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes heading out to bushfire affected communities through various events and programs to help rebuild community spirit.

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In order to help our communities recover and to get affected sports clubs back on their feet, we need the support of your members and networks to raise funds that can then be distributed to clubs and communities in need. Please ask your players, athletes, alumni, supporters and members to make a tax-deductible donation via the Australian Sports Foundation in support of the Recovery Through Sport appeal.

DONATE NOW>>>

Please also promote this Appeal via your website, EDM’s and social media (using #recoverythroughsport ) and encourage your members and networks to do the same – the more we can raise awareness, the more successful the Appeal is likely to be, and the more affected clubs and communities we will be able to assist.

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Do your clubs need help?

If there are clubs within your sport that have suffered loss or damage as a result of the bushfires, and want to apply for funding to help them get active once again, please ask them to visit www.recovery.sportsfoundation.org.au and register their details. The Australian Sports Foundation team will then be in touch to provide information on how to apply for funding.

As a general guide, funding will be available for the following:

  • Replace or repair damaged or destroyed sporting equipment
  • Replace damaged or destroyed sporting kit
  • Replace damaged or destroyed uniforms including those of individual members
  • Pay sports related fees on behalf of bushfire affected members of the community
  • Replace or repair small infrastructure such as the canteen facilities
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Next steps

Once the Appeal has raised sufficient funds, the Australian Sports Foundation will invite those affected to apply for funding online. This will involve a simple online process that reflects the fact that most clubs are volunteer-run and time poor.  The Sports Foundation team will then assess the applicants against defined criteria to identify the most needy and/or deserving, and a Grant Committee – comprising representatives of all four Alliance Partners – will approve final selections.

Finally, the Australian Sports Foundation will distribute funds to the selected successful clubs, and manage necessary reporting to confirm the funds have been spent on the approved purpose.

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Tokyo Unleashed Podcast - Eddie Ockenden

Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:45
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In Episode 28 of Tokyo Unleashed, Olympian David Culbert chats with triple Olympian and Kookaburra co-captain Eddie Ockenden. 

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Three-time Olympian, three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist and dual World Champion Eddie Ockenden talks to David Culbert about his enduring hockey career and growing up playing with the Kookaburras. 

The Tasmanian-born hockey player reflects on the highs and lows of competitive sport and what it is like to fall short of your expectations at an Olympic event. 

Recently becoming Australia’s most capped player in mens hockey history, Eddie shares what he has learned from his many years on the field and his hopes for Tokyo 2020 as co-captain of the Kookaburras. 

Listen to previous episodes of Olympics Unleashed Tokyo here.

 

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Mara Stransky

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 15:39
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Sport: Sailing 
Event: Laser Radial 
Olympic History: Tokyo 2020 Olympic debutante 
Highlights: Making the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team 
Year Born: 1999 
State Born: NSW

Despite Mara Stransky's late start to competitive racing at the age of 15, she was no stranger to sailing. When she was four-months-old Stransky and her mother flew to the Canary Islands to meet her dad on a yacht and the family spent her childhood living and sailing around the world on an Adams 13.

 

Not that she has any memory of it, but Stransky says her 'first race' was on a yacht when she was five-months-old.

She competed with her family on the regatta circuit in Southeast Asia for three seasons before they returned to Australia and upon coming home, the youngster decided she was ready to start racing her own boat, wanting the challenge of being solely responsible for her own performance.

Racing in a Laser Radial, her first solo international competition was the Radial Youth Worlds in 2016 which she found quite daunting, saying "I'd never even seen that many boats together and couldn't find the start line."

Eventually, Starsky found her bearings and although she was still only 18, managed to place within the top three against Olympians and World Champions who were much more experienced at the 2017 Radial Worlds in Medemblik.


Not one to rest on her laurels, the teenager wanted to improve her down-wind sailing so, in 2018, she undertook an offshore challenge by going on a 150 km 78 nm marathon sail that lasted almost 12 hours. 

It was a resilience-building exercise for the Queenslander, who said that being able to put herself through something so extreme would help her when things felt tough during future regattas.

In 2019, Stransky earned her spot on the Australian Sailing Team and between 2019 and 2020 finished within the top-10 three times.

The 21-year-old will make her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

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What was the first boat you ever raced in?

The first boat I ever raced in was with my family. It was a 50ft cat that my dad designed and built

Why did you choose the Laser discipline?

I love the simplicity of one-design racing and enjoy being solely responsible for my performance on the water. I also think the competition in the Laser class is unparalleled in both quantity and quality!

Who inspires you as a sailor?

Ellen MacArthur, Michel Desjoyeaux, and Francis Joyon, but I think everyone has an aspect or two worth striving to replicate!

What is a fun fact that people may not know about you?

I deferred an Engineering degree to fast-track my sailing, but as soon as I have the time I plan on returning to it. I want to work in the renewable energy field.

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Monday Motivation

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/09/2020 - 16:09
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Welcome to Monday Motivation - where you can train alongside your favourite Aussie Olympians and Tokyo 2020 hopefuls in the comfort of your own home!

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We hope you enjoy picking up tips and skills that will help you on your own sporting journeys.

You can watch all episodes below, or follow #MondayMotivation on the AUSOlympicTeam social channels.

Episode 1: Kaarle McCulloch's Mobility Workout

WEEKEND WRAP: Boxers punch Tokyo tickets, a Peel Crystal Globe and historic milestones in Olympic sport

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/09/2020 - 12:48
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Boxers fight their way to Tokyo, Matildas high five has them halfway to the Games, a full winter podium as Aussie women take on World Cups and historic milestones in Hockey and Rugby 7s headline this weekend in Olympic sport.

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Boxing: Aokuso, Parker and Huni book tickets to Tokyo

Paolo Aokuso, Caitlin Parker and Justis Huni fought their way to Tokyo 2020 quotas at the Asia/Oceania Boxing Qualifying Tournament in Amman, Jordan overnight.

Paolo Aokuso unanimously defeated Vietnam’s Manh Nguyen to lock in a tournament semi-final birth and a Tokyo 2020 quota, after knocking off 2019 World Championship silver medallist Dilshod Ruzmetov of Uzbekistan in the previous round.

2014 Youth Olympian Caitlin Parker also won in emphatic fashion, provisionally qualifying for her Olympic debut in Tokyo after beating Suyeon Seong of South Korea in a unanimous decision.

Heavyweight Justis Huni also defeated New Zealand’s Leuila Mau’u in a unanimous decision to book his spot.

 


The boxers’ provisional qualification to Tokyo 2020 is pending nomination by Boxing Australia and selection by the Australian Olympic Committee in line with the selection criteria, expected later this year.

Harry Garside, Skye Nicolson, Anja Stridsman and Alex Winwood can all win their way to Tokyo in their bouts tonight (AEDT). Find out more HERE.
 

Football: Matildas 5-0 win has Tokyo in sight

The Matildas are just one game away from booking their place at Tokyo after dominating Vietnam 5-0 in Newcastle in the first of their two-leg Olympic playoff.

A double to captain Sam Kerr and goals to Chloe Logarzo, Emily van Egmond and Clare Polkinghorne secured the win.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The team will take on Vietnam in Quang Ninh on Wednesday, with the aggregate winner across the two legs securing their Tokyo 2020 quota.

Find out more HERE.
 

Winter Sport: Full podium as Peel, Anthony and Brockhoff medal

Laura Peel capped off an incredible aerials season, winning gold in the season’s final event in Krasnoyarsk, Russia to also seal the Crystal Globe as overall World Cup champion for the year.

The 30-year-old dual Olympian becomes the first Australian to claim the aerials Crystal Globe since Lydia Lassila in 2009.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mogul skier Jakara Anthony claimed silver in Krasnoyarsk behind Perine Laffont of France, her fourth medal of the season moving her into second place in the season rankings with two events to go.

Snowboard cross athlete Belle Brockhoff finished bronze in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

It was redemption for the 27-year-old to win bronze the first time back to the course since she ruptured her ACL at the same event three years earlier.

Brockhoff sits second on the overall season rankings with just one event to go.

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Rugby 7s: Aussie men win silver in Canada

The men’s Rugby 7’s team won silver in the Vancouver 7s, going down in a nailbiting final 17-14 to New Zealand.

The final was the Aussies’ only defeat of a superb tournament, which included a semi-final victory over hosts Canada and impressive wins against England, USA, Samoa and Scotland.

The Vancouver silver is their second tournament medal of the season and sees the team jump into fourth on the season standings behind New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The tournament also saw vice-captain Lewis Holland become the most capped Australian player, his 52nd tournament appearance seeing him overtake former captain Ed Jenkins.

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Hockey: Ockenden becomes most capped Kooka in win over Argentina

Eddie Ockenden surpassed the great Jamie Dwyer to become the most capped player in Kookaburras history, celebrating his 366th game with a 5-1 victory over Rio Olympic champions Argentina in their FIH Pro League matchup in Perth.

“Having the whole squad and my family here was special, including my partner Louie, but also seeing a video before the game with lots of ex-teammates and old Kookas who made it here has made it more special,” Ockenden said.


The win was well-earned after going down to Argentina 3-1 in a penalty shootout after being locked at 3-3 at full time in Friday’s first match of their doubleheader.

The Hockeyroos went down 2-0 to world number three Argentina in both matches of their doubleheader, leaving the Australians fourth on the table.

Find out more HERE

Shooting: Selection trials with Olympic nomination on the line

Australian shooters vying for Tokyo selection battled it out at the third round of selection trials with two events held over two days in Brisbane.

In the 10m Air Pistol, Bailey Groves made up ground on leader Dan Repacholi, with Groves winning Sunday’s trial event by just 0.1, after Repacholi took out Saturday’s event.

Elena Galiabovitch cemented her lead in the women’s 25m Air Pistol, claiming wins in both Saturday and Sunday’s events, making it her third successive victory across the nomination trials.

Triple Olympian Dina Aspandiyarova also improved her lead with a win in the 10m Air Pistol,  while Sergei Evglevski won the men’s 25m pistol event.

The final nomination event takes place in Sydney later this month.

Find out more HERE

Tennis: Aussies Davis Cup finals-bound after victory over Brazil

John Millman staged a remarkable comeback to beat Thiago Monteiro 6-7 (6) 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) to seal a 3-1 Davis Cup victory over Brazil in Adelaide.

The win capped off the victory after Millman and teammate Jordan Thompson scored singles victories on day one, with James Duckworth and John Peers going down 5-7 7-5 6-7 (6) to Marcelo Demoliner and Felipe Meligeni in the doubles tie.

Australia has now secured a spot in the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November.


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Skateboard: Wilson and Fynn take out Street National titles

Hayley Wilson and Tommy Fynn have won the 2020 National Street crowns, earning valuable Tokyo 2020 ranking points in the process. 18-year-old Wilson took the crown ahead of Chloe Covell and Hayley Powell, Tommy Fynn won the national title ahead of Rome Collyer and Dave Saunders.

 

Surfing: Wilson wins in Newy while Fitzgibbons on fire at Manly

Julian Wilson won an incredibly close Surfest Newcastle Pro over compatriot Ryan Callinan, with Wilson winning on countback after the pair were locked on 14.27 in their final.

Wilson took the win with the highest scoring individual wave of the final, his 8.50 enough to take the crown.

With Callinan born and raised in Newcastle and Wilson relocating there with his family two years ago, the all-local final was warmly welcomed by the big crowds at Merewether Beach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Sydney Surf Pro kicked off in Manly with Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright and reigning World champion Carissa Moore of the USA all progressing smoothly through to the third round.

Competition continues this week, with the men’s competition starting today.

Find out more HERE