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Australia and Olympic Archery

Australia has been represented in archery at every Olympics since its return in Munich 1972. South Australia’s Simon Fairweather won the gold medal in the individual men’s event at Sydney 2000, nine years after being the World Champion. In Athens four years later Tim Cuddihy, still a schoolboy, finished third in the same event. 

For many years it was thought that Donald MacKintosh had won Australia’s first archery medal, a gold, in the game shooting event at Paris in 1900. It took almost 90 years for it to be confirmed that the game shooting was in fact a shooting not archery event.

Taylor Worth and Elisa Barnard competed in the men’s and women’s individual events at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. Having beaten world number one Brady Allison of the USA to make the round of 16, Worth lost in a sudden death shoot off and just missed out on the quarter finals. Barnard was knocked out in her opening match after the ranking round.

Four years later at Rio, Worth returned to Olympic competition where he lined up alongside debutants Ryan Tyack and Alec Potts in the men's team event. The trio would make history at the iconic Sambodromo winning the nation's first Olympic team archery medal after defeating China to claim bronze. Worth went on to record Australia's best result in the men's singles competition, going down in a shoot-off in the quarter-finals. After overcoming illness, Alice Ingley was Australia's sole female representative at Rio where she was knocked out in the second round.

Archery first appeared in the Olympic Games in 1900, was contested again in 1904, 1908 and 1920. After an absence of 52 years, archery returned to the Olympic programme in Munich 1972 and events for three-person teams were added in Seoul 1988. Recurve events are the only style contested at the Olympic Games. 

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Archers shoot their arrows from a distance of 70m, aiming at targets 122cm in diameter, marked with 10 concentric rings.

Points are scored by hitting a target consisting of five coloured rings. The closer the arrow lands to the centre of the target, the higher the score achieved.

The centre ring, or bullseye, measures 12.2 centimetres in diameter, and counts 10 points. The outer ring counts one, and the rings in between increase by one point in value as they near the centre.

Archers, or teams, compete in head-to-head matches in single elimination after being ranked from one to 64, following a 72-arrow qualification round. Matches are 18 arrows at and from the quarter-finals on are 12 arrows. The semi-finals winners decide the gold and silver medals in the final, and the semi-finals losers shoot for the bronze.

Australian Olympians

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The concept and formation of an Australian Olympians Club was initiated in Victoria after the Tokyo Games with the first events/functions being held in 1965.


These were modest events held at the Olympic Park greyhound track and the Carlton Bowling Club, both venues no longer exist.

The main organisers were, among others, Charlie Morley (Coach of the Hockey team in 64), Edgar Tanner and Geoff Henke. A new group took responsibility in the 70s with Bill and Betty Hoffmann, Ralph Doubell, John Konrads and Leon Wiegard.

Olympians came and went but some of those who made significant contributions from the 70s up to the current time include; Bob Lay, Margot Foster (President), Peter Doak, Jenny Holliday, Shirley Harris, Wendy Grant and Ray Weinberg. Geoff Henke from the original committee is still an active committee member.

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In Sydney a group including canoeists Dennis Green, Phil Coles (IOC member since 1982) and gold medal swimmer Kevin Berry started a similar club soon after the Mexico 1968 Olympics. But, unlike Victoria which was closely associated with the Victorian Olympic Committee from day one, the NSW model was set up to be independent of the “official” Olympic administration and so “The Five Circles Club” was formed. Other states and territories followed with all but NSW opting for “The Olympians Club” as a name.

In 1999, with the Sydney 2000 Games approaching, the AOC began the process of bringing all of the Clubs across the nation into some official structure. This would ensure that each Club was being managed in a way to benefit all Olympians and protect the use of the Olympic Rings and emblems.

By early 2000 a common constitution was adopted (in Principal) by all Clubs. NSW became the Olympians Club of NSW and the Olympians Club of Australia was formed, with Leon Wiegard as President and Bob Elphinston (Secretary General of the AOC) as secretary. That organisation is now part of the AOC.

Meanwhile a World Olympians Association was formed in 1995 with Australian Peter Montgomery as the inaugural President, followed by gold medallists Herb Elliott and Keiren Perkins as Board members. 

World Olympians Association website can be viewed at where the latest news and opportunities for Olympians can be found, including registering for their OLY post-nominal letters.

Olympian Clubs seek to connect Olympians through functions and events, support for fellow Olympians in need and to support the current and upcoming Olympians and the ideals of the Olympic movement.

Each Olympian becomes an automatic member of the Olympians Club. Olympic Team Officials are also automatic members but the constitution does not allow them to be eligible for election as President or Secretary.

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President - Louise Dobson


New South Wales 

President - Anthony Deane



President - Andrew Trim 

Address: Qld Olympic Council, PO Box 1020, Oxley Qld 4075

Call: 07 3121 6428


South Australia 

President - Stuart O’Grady OAM 

Address: South Australian Olympic Council, PO Box 219, Brooklyn Park, SA 5032 

Call: 08 8457 1497



President - Bethanie Kearney

Call: 0438 355 102



President - Leon Wiegard OAM 

Call: 61 3 9427 0700

Western Australia 

President - Ms Liane Tooth

Address: WA Olympic Council, PO Box 225, Claremont, WA 6910

Call: (08) 6168 9185


What We Do

Submitted by admin on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 19:30
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The Objectives of the AOC are set out in the constitution and have been approved by the IOC under the Olympic Charter which regulates IOC recognition of all National Olympic Committees. Chapter 4 of the Charter explicitly sets out the mission and role of National Olympic Committees as well as their composition and structure.

The Objectives are in effect the strategic aims of the AOC, providing clarity of role and mission.



The Objectives of the AOC are set out in the constitution and have been approved by the IOC under the Olympic Charter which regulates IOC recognition of all National Olympic Committees. Chapter 4 of the Charter explicitly sets out the mission and role of National Olympic Committees as well as their composition and structure.

The Objectives are in effect the strategic aims of the AOC, providing clarity of role and mission. The challenge and focus for the AOC is to ensure we successfully achieve and improve on this mission year on year.

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Our 14 Objectives

1. Develop, promote and protect the principles of Olympism and the Olympic Movement in Australia in accordance with the Olympic Charter and all regulations and directives issued by the IOC;


2. Promote, raise awareness of and encourage participation in sport for benefits of health, longevity, fitness, skill, achievement, social interaction, wellbeing and other benefits of exercise for all individuals in Australia;


3. Encourage the development of sport for all for the health, wellbeing and other benefits to all individuals in Australia, and in support and encouragement of those objects, the development of high performance sport as the pinnacle of the benefits of sporting participation;


4. Promote the fundamental principles and values of Olympism in Australia, in particular, in the fields of sport and education, by promoting Olympic sporting and health, educational programmes in all levels of schools, sports and physical education institutions and universities, as well as by encouraging the creation of institutions dedicated to Olympic education, such as National Olympic Academies, Olympic Museums and other programmes, including cultural, related to the Olympic Movement;


5. Ensure the observance of the Olympic Charter;


6. To recognise the heritage, culture and contribution of our nation’s first people, and to give practical support to the issue of indigenous reconciliation through sport;


7. Take action against any form of discrimination and violence in sport;


8. Protect clean athletes and the integrity of sport by being a leading advocate in the fight against doping and all forms of manipulation of competition and related corruption.


9. Adopt and implement the World Anti-Doping Code;


10. Encourage and support measures relating to the medical care and health of athletes;


11. In support of the above objects, to effect its exclusive authority for the representation and participation by Australia at the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games, Youth Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Winter Games and at Regional Games and do all matters incidental thereto, including the selection and discipline of all members of the teams to represent Australia at those Games. The Committee is obliged to participate in the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games by sending athletes;


12. In order to fulfil these objects, the Committee may cooperate with governmental bodies. The Committee shall not associate itself with any activity which would be in contradiction with the Olympic Charter. The Committee may also cooperate with non-governmental bodies;


13. To exercise its exclusive authority to select and designate the city or cities which may apply to organise Olympic Games in Australia;


14. Preserve the autonomy of the AOC and resist all pressures of any kind, including but not limited to political, legal, religious or economic pressures which may prevent the AOC from complying with the Olympic Charter.


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Australian Olympic Change-Maker

Submitted by admin on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 18:48
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The pride we share in watching our Olympic Teams striving on the world stage has inspired Australians for generations. This spirit transcends the sporting field and is a force for positive change.



The Australian Olympic Change-Maker program recognises and rewards students who are demonstrating the Olympic spirit through leadership and driving positive change in their communities. 

2020 entries are now open - this is a great opportunity to showcase the great work being done by your students across Australia.​

Nominate your 2020 Australian Olympic Change-Makers


Entries are open to all Australian high schools, and teachers are invited to nominate up to two students per school from years 10-12 who demonstrate the Olympic Spirit. ​

This can take on many forms – from major projects to small examples of daily positivity. This is a chance to have your students recognised for their fantastic work in leading teams, coaching juniors, supporting seniors, making a difference at a sports club, a national cause or effecting change on the world stage.

Every Award recipient will receive:

  • Certificate of recognition
  • Invitation to attend a virtual forum
  • Consideration for selection to attend the National Olympic Change-Maker Summit

Virtual Forums: September 2020

All nominated students will be invited to attend a Virtual Forum to be held in September 2020. The Forum will provide Change-Makers the unique opportunity to connect with like-minded young people, learn from Olympians and experience the Olympic spirit first-hand. 

The Forum is free and further details will be provided once your school nominates your Change-Makers.

National Summit: December 2020

CLICK HERE to nominate your 2020 Australian Olympic Change-Makers

Additionally, up to 25 students from around the country will be selected, by a panel of Olympians, to participate in a National Change-Maker Summit in December 2020. ​


In order to be considered, students must submit a one-minute video which actively demonstrates how they are: 

•    Displaying leadership through sport in their school or local community, and / or 
•    Using sport as a vehicle to improve health & wellbeing and drive social change in their school or local        community. 

Nominations will be assessed based upon the student’s ability to demonstrate: 

•    Leadership;  
•    Social Impact;
•    Innovation; and   
•    Inclusion of the Program’s 2020 theme: “Discover Tomorrow”; and 
•    Otherwise complies with the Video Criteria in the Terms and Conditions

The National Summit will be held in person or virtually, in line with government guidelines at that time, which the AOC will confirm closer to the event. If the National Summit is to be held in person, students' attendance expenses shall be covered by the AOC – refer to the Terms and Conditions for more details.

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Olympians inspire communities across Australia in leadup to Olympic Day

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 01:55
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Olympians are inspiring communities across the country in the leadup to Olympic Day on Sunday 23 July.


From schools, to hospital visits and a special run at Uluru, Olympians are sharing the spirit of the Olympics with the Australian community.

AOC CEO Matt Carroll said Olympic Day is an important opportunity to highlight the power of sport brought to life through the inspiration of Australian Olympians.

“Olympic Day is a chance to celebrate everything Australians love about the Olympics – inspiration, fair play, coming together to be your best both on and off the sporting field,” Carroll said.

“Olympic athletes connect with and inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life. Their dedication and resilience provide an example to our young Australians to be the best they can. While we see athletes performing on the biggest stage at the Olympics and may know the hard work they put it to make an Olympic team, many people don’t see the uplifting work our proud Olympians do to give back to their communities.

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“Seeing Olympians giving back to the community in schools, hospitals and fun runs in the leadup to Sunday’s Olympic Day highlights the values of the Olympic movement and the positive impact this can have across Australia.”

Olympians are visiting the schools of the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Team to honour the young athletes’ achievement and present their school with an Olympic Flag.

2012 London Olympic breaststroker Tessa Wallace presented Youth Olympic gold medallist swimmer Kaylee McKeown’s school Pacific Lutheran College on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with a flag, as a permanent symbol for the school of the importance of following a goal and striving for success.

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Wallace said the opportunities to touch the hearts and minds of young people across Australia is the greatest part of being an Olympian.

“Being able to share in heart-warming moments with students and see how our story as Olympians can have such a positive impact is an honour and a privilege,” she said.

“While we focus so much on our training and performance, when I see the reactions on students faces when we talk with them and see what an impact it can have, it still blows me away.

“It was touching to see the reaction of all the students so inspired by seeing their schoolmate Kaylee achieve so much – it was special for me too as I trained with Kaylee when she was a junior, and to see her come through the ranks, be swimming so well and inspiring people herself is amazing.

Bobsledder Lachlan Reidy, judoka Josh Katz and 400m runner Steve Solomon put smiles on the faces of kids at Randwick Hospital with the help of Captain Starlight.

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Reidy, a member of the 4-man bobsleigh team at PyeongChang 2018, said it’s special to be part of the Olympic family.

“Being part of the Australian Olympic community allows me the opportunity to give back a little piece to the community,” Reidy said.

“These days are really special – we did some arts and crafts with the kids, really just being a big kid and helping to bring a bit of fun into their day. It feels good to be able to provide a little fun and hope for the kids.

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“Olympic day is a great time to reflect – it signifies great achievement across the board from so many different people and it’s an honour to be a part of. It’s very humbling to part of this Olympic family, I still pinch myself.”

Olympians Bradley Hore (boxing), Louise Dobson (hockey), Rachael Sporn (basketball) and Lara Davenport (swimming) will take part in the Deadly Fun Run at Uluru with the Indigenous Marathon Project this weekend.

The Olympians will join hundreds of runners from Indigenous communities for a 12km relay around the iconic Uluru.

Boxer Bradley Hore is excited to participate in the Uluru Deadly Fun Run for the second time.

“It’s really special for me, as an Indigenous Olympian, to be able to go to one of our iconic, sacred places and share an amazing experience with kids and elders from so many different communities;” he said.

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“Listening to the stories of so many different people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities who come together for an event like this is a pretty rare experience. Seeing hundreds of kids who may have been through a fair bit in their lives be so inspired and get such a lift is amazing.

“It’s an honour to share with these kids our journey as Olympians and let them know to keep doing what they’re doing – if it’s running or anything else they love, to just keep on pushing and following something they love.”

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Rugby and Archery teams secure first Australian Tokyo 2020 quota spots for 2019

Submitted by admin on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:27
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Australian women’s Rugby 7’s and men’s Archery teams have secured quota spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after strong performances in Europe this weekend, marking the first quota spots secured by Australians this year.


TOKYO 2020: Australian women’s Rugby 7’s and men’s Archery teams have secured quota spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after strong performances in Europe this weekend, marking the first quota spots secured by Australians this year.

The Rugby and Archery teams join Equestrian (Dressage team, Jumping team and Eventing team), Sailing (470 men, 49er FX women, Laser men and Nacra 17 mixed) and Shooting (Trap women and Trap men), who all secured quota spots in 2018 based on results at their respective World Championships, making a total of 9 secured quota places for 33 athlete spots.

All quota spots secured so far are attributed to the Australian Team, with individual athlete selections to happen at a later date.

Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman is pleased to see Australian athletes securing quota spots for Tokyo 2020 ahead of 24 July’s one year to go milestone.

“The journey to an Olympic Games starting line is years and years in the making - securing a quota spot for Australia is an integral milestone on that path” Chesterman said.

“It’s encouraging to see the team begin to take shape as quota spots are won and I congratulate the athletes on their hard work to achieve this result.

“With just over a year until Tokyo 2020 it’s great that Australian athletes are positioning themselves well to make the Games and performing at a world class level.”

The coming months offer more opportunities for Australian athletes to secure quota places for Australia at Tokyo 2020, including both men’s and women’s 3x3 Basketball teams at the World Cup 18-23 June in Amsterdam, Beach Volleyball at the World Championships in Hamburg from 28 June and Diving, Water Polo and Swimming relay spots at July’s FINA World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The women’s Rugby 7’s team secured the top 4 overall finish in the World Series needed for automatic Tokyo 2020 qualification, capped off with a fifth place in Biarritz on Monday morning (AEST).

In a mixed final day for the Aussie 7s, Australia fell to Spain in the quarter finals (14-15) but defeated Russia (31-21) and France (24-10) to finish fifth for the tournament, earning enough points to cement themselves in fourth place in the overall standings behind New Zealand, USA and Canada.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach John Manenti said qualification was an important achievement.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach John Manenti said qualification was an important achievement.

“It’s been a massive effort by the whole squad and staff across the Series to ensure our qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and I really want to congratulate everyone on the role they played to get us here,” Manenti said.

“Every player and staff member is looking forward to adding to the next chapter in the history of the Aussie Women’s Sevens jersey.”

The men’s recurve archery team of Taylor Worth, Ryan Tyack and David Barnes finished fifth at the 2019 Archery World Championships in the Netherlands, securing their Tokyo 2020 quota spot by finishing in the top 8.

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With Olympic quota spots on the line, the round of 16 playoffs were the tensest of the year. Rising to meet the challenge, the Australian team shot a perfect 30 to take down Turkey (30-25).

Despite going down to China in the quarter final, Australian Taylor Worth, who won bronze in the Archery teams event at Rio 2016, was ecstatic to lock in a quota spot for the country.

“Going to the Olympics is the pinnacle event for pretty much all sporting avenues,” he said.

“Securing spots this early… we can just get into big hard training blocks now and try and secure those spots for ourselves when the trials come.”

The archery quota spot secures a quota for the teams event as well as spots in the individual archery event for the three athletes selected.

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Kookaburras and Hockeyroos through to Pro League finals

Submitted by admin on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:25
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The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos have both secured a top-four finish in the 2019 FIH pro league.


HOCKEY: The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos have both secured a top-four finish in the 2019 FIH pro league.

The Hockeyroos secured their place in the finals in Amsterdam later this month after a 3-1 victory over Germany in Krefeld on Sunday.

Australia could not have gotten off to a better start, with Jane Claxton scoring twice in the opening three minutes of the match, played in the opponents’ home country of Germany.

Her first goal was the result of a crash ball that collected a touch from a German defender and landed in her path for a regulation trap and back foot shot to the opposite corner of the goal. Less than a minute later, she scored her second from a diving effort to tap the ball in after a long-range aerial ball from midfield caught the hosts off guard.

After the chaotic opening minutes, the hosts settled into the game and started to generate attacks, however an innocuous knee injury to Germany’s Charlotte Stapenhorst brought the match to a halt in the 12th minute. Australia scored their third goal in the 21st minute after a goalmouth scramble - Emily Chalker looked to have scored, however Germany reviewed believing there was body contact with the ball.

After a lengthy review, the goal stood and Germany were allowed to keep their referral as there was no advice possible from upstairs.

Half time came with Australia holding a comfortable 3-0 lead, and confidence running high. However, Germany came out of the break with renewed fight - and a green card to Savannah Fitzpatrick gave the hosts the opening they needed.

Hannah Gablac made the most of the numerical advantage and scored immediately to get her team back in the contest. Australia forced several penalty corners in the third quarter, however they were not able to effectively finish their chances, and went into the final quarter with a two-goal advantage.

The final term started with a brilliant double stop from Jocelyn Bartram, getting down low to stop the initial shot and then following up to deny a possible goal off the rebound. Germany pushed for a second goal to try and set up a nervous finish for the Australians, but their slow start proved to be costly as the Hockeyroos finished 3-1 winners.

Player of the Match Jane Claxton said: “Going into this game we knew that Germany had played a succession of really quality games, so we knew we had to put it to them early today.

"I’m not a huge goalscorer, so I was a bit shocked, as you saw from [ the celebration for] the second goal.

We’ve got two really tough games [against Belgium and Netherlands] leading up to the Finals, but I think that will give us great preparation for the Final series.”

The Kookaburras had to fight for it, but in the end were able to overcome a determined Germany 2-1 to secure their place in the finals.

In Eddie Ockenden’s momentous 350th match, the team battled through a difficult first half before goals to Tom Craig and Blake Govers secured the win.

The opening quarter of the match was closely fought, with neither team making major attacking moves, save for an early penalty corner for Australia that forced a good save from Tobias Walter in goal.

A brilliant display of build-up play set Daniel Beale sprinting into a one-on-one with the German goalkeeper in the 21st minute, however the shot was denied by Walter.

In the second quarter, Germany began to provide some dashing runs through the middle and looked to have the Australian defence in trouble, but they were unable to hit the target when it counted.

Tom Craig in action during the Aus vs Germany FIH Pro League match

Johannes Grosse received a ten-minute yellow card for Germany in the 28th minute but Australia were unable to make the most of the numerical advantage in the remainder of the first half, going into the main break with the scores locked at 0-0.

The beginning of the third quarter saw both teams continue to create opportunities to break the game open without making it count on the scoreboard. Australia continued to have the numbers advantage with Grosse off until the 38th minute.

Finally, in the 42nd minute, Tom Craig rifled in a powerful reverse stick shot in to the roof of the net that was too good for the second German keeper Aly following some great lead up play from Corey Weyer.

A 52nd minute penalty corner was well taken by the Australians, whilst Blake Govers’ first shot was blocked he was able to follow up and made sure with his second shot to put the Australians 2-0 up.

Germany replaced their goalkeeper with a field player for the last six minutes of the match looking to capitalise on having an extra field player. They managed to strike late with a goal to Marco Miltkau in the 59th minute, but by then the chances of a comeback were limited by the clock and a determined Kookaburras defence.

Both Aussie teams will take on Belgium in Antwerp on Wednesday.

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Clancy and Artacho del Solar take 4-star Warsaw crown

Submitted by admin on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:23
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Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have won their fifth World Tour gold medal at the four-star Warsaw event in Poland over the weekend.


BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have won their fifth World Tour gold medal at the four-star Warsaw event in Poland over the weekend.

It is the duo’s ninth overall ninth podium on the World Tour, after they won 6 of their 7 matches in Warsaw.

They won the final in two straight sets (22-20, 21-17) against USA’s Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen.

The gold medal match started off in a fierce battle for every point. In the middle of the first set, 11th-seeded Stockman and Larsen managed a small lead and sustained to a double set point.

However, fifth-seeded Clancy and Artacho del Solar mounted a furious comeback and scored four in a row to take the set. Riding the momentum, the Australians started widening the gap in the second set to reach six consecutive match points.

The Americans did not give up and fought off the first three. On the fourth, a tip of the block by Artacho put an end to it all.

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“The set is not over until the last whistle. We stuck strong together, we kept fighting every point and we kept hustling,” Artacho del Solar commented on the great comeback at the end of the first set of the final.

“It was really good teamwork and really good patience from us and we just trusted the process.”

Clancy said they will now turn their attention to the World Championships in Hamburg from 28 June.

“We are going into the World Championship with the same mentality – point by point, game by game,” Clancy said.

“I am so excited to go back to Hamburg. It’s such a great event and it would be amazing to be in the same position we are today.”

Earlier in the day, the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallists defeated Brazil’s 13th-seeded Maria Antonelli and Carolina Solberg Salgado in the semi-final 2-0 (21-17, 21-16).

It was an all-Brazil battle for the bronze medal with second-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk & Eduarda Santos Lisboa coming out the eventual winner.


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Dolphins ready to take on the world

Submitted by admin on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:21
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Swimming Australia has named a 27-athlete strong team to take on the world in Gwangju, South Korea, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in July.


SWIMMING: Swimming Australia has named a 27-athlete strong team to take on the world in Gwangju, South Korea, at the FINA World Swimming Championships in July. They will join the eight open water athletes who were named last month to compete in Yeosu. 

Consisting of 13 males and 14 females, the squad includes men’s Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers, who clocked the fastest time in the world so far this year – a formidable 47.35 – during the Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials which concluded in Brisbane on Friday night. Chalmers will also compete in the 200m freestyle along with Clyde Lewis, who swam a personal best time to secure the second spot.

Australia will have a strong showing in the female distance events with club teammates Kiah Melverton and Madeleine Gough both posting personal best times to qualify in the Women’s 1500m Freestyle. Melverton had a terrific week in Brisbane, also grabbing spots in the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

Following an impressive meet which saw her set personal best times, Griffith University’s Emma McKeon will contest the 100m and 200m freestyle events as well as the 100m butterfly. Posting the second fastest time in the world this year for the 100m free – behind Dolphins teammate Cate Campbell who clocked the quickest time, 52.12 – McKeon’s stellar meet means she will also form a crucial part of the women’s freestyle relay teams, who are still showing they are at the top of their game.

The squad will include one debutant –butterflier Matthew Temple who has been selected on squad as a relay swimmer after he tied for first with David Morgan in an epic 100m butterfly race which saw both swimmers post personal best times.

Mitch Larkin has qualified in three events after recording a world-leading time for 2019 in the Men’s 200 Individual Medley and setting a new Commonwealth record on night three of trials. He will also line-up in his favoured backstroke events in both the 100m and 200m races – which he was the world champion in 2015.

Larkin’s club teammate Ariarne Titmus made a statement on the opening night of trials in the Women’s 400m Freestyle, setting a new Commonwealth record time of 3:59.35. Titmus also qualified in the 200m and 800m freestyle events.


Queensland young gun and 2018 Youth Olympian Kaylee McKeown proved she is ready to take on the best in the world after qualifying in three events. She clocked personal best times in the 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley, while also placing second in the 100m backstroke. She will be joined in the backstroke events by fellow teenager Minna Atherton whose personal best performance saw her claim the 100m race and secure her the second spot in the 200m.

Chandler’s Jack McLoughlin showed sublime form over the week to post personal best times and qualify in the men’s 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle races. He has a big program ahead in Gwangju after also finishing fourth in the 200m freestyle, putting him in contention for the Men’s 4x200m Relay.  

National Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren said he was impressed with the strong performances from the week given the qualification times set.

“We have very strong qualification standards which is based on the top eight times in previous world championships, so this is a smaller team than perhaps previous worlds, but a very strong team I believe,” he said.

“There have been some fantastic individual performances and the depth in some of our relay teams is very promising.

“Qualifying here is just the first step, we now have to convert and capitalise on these performances in South Korea, so our efforts in the coming five weeks will be focussed on that.”

Joining the 27 strong team will be eight team coaches including, Dean Boxall (St Peters Western), Chris Nesbit (TSS Aquatic), Michael Bohl (Griffith University), Vince Raleigh (Chandler), Peter Bishop (Marion), Simon Cusack (Knox/Pymble), Chris Mooney (USC Spartans) and Adam Kable (SOPAC).

Looking to mirror the preparation they will undertake for the Tokyo Olympics next year, the Australian Dolphins swim team will head to Cairns for a staging camp in the coming weeks, before moving to Nagaoka in Japan to train, and then travelling onto to Gwangju in South Korea for the World Championships beginning on July 21.

Athletes who are selected on the team to compete as relay swimmers only may be entered into individual events, provided there are not already two qualified swimmers racing in any one event. This is possible given they have achieved the FINA A qualifying time in the selection year. Possible additions will be decided in the next few weeks.

The Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships



Minna Atherton

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Bronte Campbell

Knox Pymble

Cate Campbell

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Kyle Chalmers


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Weekend wrap: Gold on the beach and teams qualify for Tokyo 2020

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From Beach Volleyball gold in Poland to Archery and Rugby teams securing quota spots for Tokyo 2020, Aussie athletes have been micing it with the best in the world this weekend.


WEEKEND WRAP: From Beach Volleyball gold in Poland to Archery and Rugby teams securing quota spots for Tokyo 2020, Aussie athletes have been mixing it with the best in the world this weekend.

Beach Volleyballers Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have struck gold in Poland, winning the Warsaw 4-star Beach Volleyball tournament.

The pair defeated USA’s Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen to claim their fifth ever World Tour gold.

Find out more and check out the highlights here.


Australia’s Canoe Slalom team kicked off their World Cup season, with Jess Fox taking bronze in both the C1 and K1 events in London.

Great Britain’s pair of Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods took the C1 gold and silver on their home course, ahead of Fox, the reigning C1 and K1 World Champion.

“You’ve got to fight for every victory and you can’t really get used to winning,” Fox said. “You earn your victories with the good paddling and this wasn’t my best paddling.

“There were girls who were much better than me today and they deserve that gold and silver medal because the paddled extremely well on their home course.

 “I had an amazing season last year and it’s hard to back that up but I’m feeling good and paddling well and even though I didn’t show it to my potential today, I’m still pleased to come away with two medals and I look forward to next week and get to Bratislava for the second World Cup.”

Daniel Watkins is also looking forward to the second world cup round after promising performances in the men’s K1 on Sunday. Watkins started the day with a fourth place in the semi-final to make his second ever world cup final on the senior level where he finished tenth.

Check out all the results here.


Triathlete Matt Hauser has put together another stunning World Cup performance in Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan to take out the win over a quality field.

With the race moving to a duathlon format of 5km run /40km bike /10km run due to water quality concerns, Hauser showed class and stamina as he pulled away from Wian Sullwald (RSA) and quality runner Matt McElroy (USA) in the final stages of the race to take home the win.

“I was really happy with that and got a lot of confidence,” Hauser said. “I came back with a bit of a chip on my shoulder this year and wanting to prove a few things.”

Hauser’s win in Nur-Sultan comes off the back of a gold medal performance in Chengdu in May and places him in good stead ahead of the Tokyo 2020 test event in August.


Twenty-seven swimmers have been selected to represent Australia at July’s World Championships after some scintillating swims at the trials in Brisbane last week.

Headlined by Ariarne Titmus and Mitch Larkin setting new Commonwealth Records in the 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley, the trials highlighted the Australians are ready to take on the world’s best.

Check out the full team and relive the best moments here


Australia’s women’s Rugby 7s team finished their season fourth in the World Series rankings, earning them a quota spot for Tokyo 2020.

The team finished fifth in Biarritz, with a tight 15-14 loss to Spain in the quarter finals keeping the Aussies out of medal contention.

After dominating day 1 of competition with wins over Spain, Canada and Ireland, the Aussies bounced back from their quarter final loss to beat Russia and France for 5th place, securing enough points to cement themselves in the overall Top 4 ranking.

Find out more here


The men’s recurve Archery team of  Taylor Worth, Ryan Tyack and David Barnes finished fifth at the 2019 Archery World Championships in the Netherlands, securing their Tokyo 2020 quota spot by finishing in the top 8.

With Olympic quota spots on the line, the round of 16 playoffs were the tensest of the year. Rising to meet the challenge, the Australian team shot a perfect 30 to take down Turkey (30-25).

Despite going down to China in the quarter final, Australian Taylor Worth, who won bronze in the Archery teams event at Rio 2016, was ecstatic to lock in a quota spot for the country.

“Going to the Olympics is the pinnacle event for pretty much all sporting avenues,” he said.

“Securing spots this early… we can just get into big hard training blocks now and try and secure those spots for ourselves when the trials come.”


The Hockeyroos and Kookaburras have both secured their place in the FIH Pro League finals with 3-1 and 2-1 victories respectively over Germany in Krefeld.

Check out how the teams locked in a finals berth here.


The Rabat Diamond League saw Brandon Starc finish 5th in the high jump, clearing a season’s best of 2.25, while Stewart McSweyn clocked an outdoor season’s best of 3.36.30 in the 1500m for 5th ahead of teammate Ryan Gregson in 13th.


Australian skaters are tracking well ahead of Skateboarding’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. At the Dew Tour event in Long Beach, USA, Keegan Palmer won bronze in the men’s park event, with Victorian Hayley Wilson finishing 4th in women’s street.

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