Rosemary Popa’s Olympic dream is no longer just a mirage

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The 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games will be like no other Olympic Games before it.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the atmosphere in the Olympic village will be limited. There are unlikely to be any spectators watching live and athletes will be subject to rigorous protocols including a COVID-19 test each day and a requirement to leave Tokyo as soon as they have finished competing.

Tessa Lavey on the importance of female role models

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The Australian Opals are one of Australia’s most successful sporting teams.

With the recent announcement of the Opals squad to represent Australia in Tokyo at the Olympic Games, 12 women are looking to add to the Opals’ dominant Olympic legacy of three silver and two bronze medals from Atlanta 1996 to London 2012 and a silver medal at the 2018 World Cup in Spain.

Jenna O’Hea is ready to lead the Opals at Tokyo

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If you take a look at Jenna O’Hea’s Instagram account, you will see a photo of her holding her ticket to Tokyo.

O’Hea is one of 12 women recently named as part of the Australian Opals squad to compete at Tokyo. The reason I mention this photo is because O’Hea’s face perfectly encapsulates how she is feeling about her selection.

“That face definitely showed what I was feeling inside,” said O’Hea.

Alyce Wood: Tokyo is a family affair

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are certainly going to be different.

In a ‘Playbook’ released by the Organising Committee in April this year, specific rules were set out for all athletes who will compete at the Games. Amongst other things, athletes will be required to wear a mask at all times, even when standing on the dais, athletes have also been warned about singing, cheering and celebrating with their team mates and will unfortunately be unable to access spectator areas to watch other sports.

Hardcore and heartbreak: Shazza McKenzie shows both in the ring

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If you asked Chantelle McTeare to describe herself, she uses words like quiet, shy and timid.

But when McTeare becomes Shazza McKenzie in the ring, it becomes a completely different ball game.

McTeare discovered wrestling when she was 15 years old. Her boyfriend at the time had an interest in the sport.

The sport that won Amie Thompson’s heart

This article was first written for and published by Siren Sport.

Before I introduce you all to artistic swimmer Amie Thompson, I want to set the record straight on two frequently asked questions.

First of all it’s artistic swimming. Not synchronised swimming. The proposed name change from synchronised to artistic swimming was passed in 2017 at the International Swimming Federation Congress in July 2017.