New winter training facility is a game changer for Abbey Willcox

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rowing up, Abbey Willcox’s first love was gymnastics, starting when she was just five years old and continuing to compete for the next decade.

But during that decade, Willcox also developed a love of skiing.

It was also a love she shared with the rest of her family, who would travel to the Snowy Mountains in Jindabyne once a year to ski.

Milly Tapper qualifies for her first World Cup in table tennis

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After watching Cathy Freeman win gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Milly Tapper had dreams of becoming an Olympian.

While Tapper was a talented child, representing her hometown in basketball and netball, she always thought athletics would be the sport that would make her Olympic dream come true.

On this day: The Aussie Stingers win gold at the Sydney Olympics

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On this day 20 years ago the Australian women’s water polo team beat the United States to claim the first-ever women’s water polo gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Those who can recall the match tend to remember one key moment.

There was 1.3 seconds left on the clock. Australia’s Yvette Higgins took a shot. It hit the outstretched arm of Bernice Orwig, the goalkeeper for the United States, and struck the back of the net. The crowd went wild. Australia had won.

Advertisement Opinion Melissa King hopes to leave a legacy through the FIBA Women’s World Cup

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In July 2018, New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian declared the NSW government’s ambition to bid for ten world cups in the next ten years.

These world cups spanned many sports and it was estimated they would generate a total visitor spend of $1 billion.

Since that announcement, Australia and New South Wales have been part of some massive sporting events including the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, the Rugby League Nines and the ATP Tennis World Team Cup.

Belle Brockhoff’s tribute to mate, Alex Pullin

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You could say that Belle Brockhoff was born to be a winter athlete.

Her uncle Peter Brockhoff competed in the 1960 and 1964 Winter Olympics in alpine skiing and her great aunt Joyce Brockhoff still has a run named after her at Mount Hotham for her work encouraging and supporting women involved in snow sports.

An Australian record and getting engaged all part of a big year for Jessica Hull

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One of the biggest challenges during this pandemic for many of us has been the stillness.

Due to restrictions on our movement, many of us have been forced to spend plenty of time in the one spot.

But for many of our athletes who spend the year travelling the world pursuing their sporting dreams, the pandemic meant an opportunity to stay put and get some much-needed time with family.

Lisa Darmamin changing one beach at a time in the lead-up to Tokyo

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arlier this year it was announced that Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin had been selected to represent Australia at the (then) 2020 Tokyo Olympic games in sailing.

The selection followed an incredible period of success for the pair. In 2018-19 the cousins had a run of four out of five international wins, with back-to-back bronze medals at the 2019 and 2020 Nacra 17 World Championships.

After finishing in second place at Rio, Darmanin is hopeful that her and Waterhouse can finish one better in Tokyo next year.

Wallace supports Daffodil Day ahead of historic Tokyo appearance

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lite sport is part of the fabric of the Wallace family.

In 2008, Bernadette Wallace’s brother Ken made history as Australia’s most successful male Olympian in Beijing. Ken won two gold medals in the K1 500 and 1000 events.

Now, Bernadette will follow in her brother’s footsteps having earnt selection for Tokyo when she won the C2 500-metre event at the Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships alongside teammate Josephine Bulmer. In Tokyo, Wallace will be one of just two Australian women to compete in an Olympic canoe event as the discipline makes its debut for women in Tokyo.

One step at a time towards Jemima Montag’s Tokyo dream

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our years ago, Jemima Montag and her family took a trip to Tokyo. With the results of the Rio Olympics firmly in mind and while touring the stunning city, Jemima’s younger sister asked her for something.

“Wouldn’t it be great, Jemima, if you did us all a favour and tried to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics so we can all come back to Tokyo?”