Footy superfan to ditch famous lime green suit for exhibition celebrating 40 years of the Canberra Raiders
Sport
He's a man who has gone above and beyond for the Canberra Raiders time and time again, and 2022 will be no different for 'The Lime Green Suit Guy' Christopher Veilands, who is set to donate his beloved green suit to help celebrate 40 years of the NRL club. The Canberra Museum + Gallery will hold a special exhibition, 'Canberra Raiders:...
2021 Year in Review: Sport stars hit it for six
Sport
Sport took a bit of a battering in 2021, with stop-start competitions and COVID-19 cancellations. Despite that, our love affair with all things sporting was undimmed and there was plenty of sports news to keep us going. Take a look back at 10 of our top sporting stories from 2021. 10. Champions among us: Canberra tennis prodigy Helen Gourlay In...
The five momentous moments in the Raiders’ first 40 years
Opinion
As the Raiders lined up for their opening game in the NSWRL in February 1982, there was little understanding beyond the club’s inner circle of the battle behind the scenes to get to that particular moment. The Raiders faced significant opposition from rival centres to be the 14th team in the competition. Initially, there were three bids:  one from Canberra...
Former Wallabies captain David Pocock punts on ACT Senate run
Sport
Former Wallabies captain and political activist David Pocock has thrown his hat into the 2022 ACT Senate ring, declaring he will run as an independent on a platform of climate change action, social justice and integrity in politics. Zimbabwean-born Mr Pocock, who has been an ACT resident since 2012, has been endorsed by the proACT group, which takes its inspiration...
ACT puts its hand up for Fifth Ashes Test after Perth stripped of hosting rights
Sport
The ACT Government has officially announced it will enter an expression of interest (EOI) to host the Fifth Ashes Test after Western Australia lost the rights to host the clash due to their strict COVID-19 border rules. Canberra has witnessed International Test Cricket just once in its history. A match that ended before the tea break on day four against...
From go-karts to Bathurst for local, young race drivers
Sport
Zach Bates has petrol pumping through his veins. The 17-year-old son of former racer Rick Bates and cousin to Australian Rally Champion Harry Bates has just finished his final exam for the year and will be climbing behind the wheel of a race car at Bathurst this week. "Canberra is good for this sort of thing," says Zach. "It's not...
Cannonball! Australia’s biggest mountain bike festival returns to Thredbo in 2022
Sport
Australia's biggest mountain bike festival - the Cannonball - is returning to Thredbo in 2022 and local Sian A'Hern is looking to defend her "Queen of the Cannonball" crown for the fourth year running. "It is always fun walking away with the win," said A'Hern. The festival, running from 8 to 12 February, consists of five events: the Oakley Australian...
Why Jamal Fogarty could be one of the Raiders’ most important signings since 1998
Sport
If ever you need evidence of the importance of an effective kicking game in the NRL, look no further than the 2021 grand final between the Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Nathan Cleary and Adam Reynolds put on a tactical kicking clinic. Cleary, in the 20 NRL games he played for the Panthers in 2021, kicked an average of...
Canberra is an absolute long shot to host a men’s Ashes cricket test, but…
Sport
Canberra has hosted a number of what would be considered international sporting events, but all would be overtaken in terms of significance if a Men's Ashes test came to the capital. To this day, I still believe the 2015 Asian Soccer Quarter Final between Iran and Iraq, the Olympic Games soccer matches in 2000 played at Canberra Stadium, Don Bradman's...
Dalmeny snowboarding ace Valentino Guseli breaks wrist in scary fall in Switzerland
Sport
Valentino Guseli, from Dalmeny on the NSW South Coast, has had a frightening fall at the Stomping Ground Projects snow park in Switzerland, suffering a broken wrist. The 16-year-old was lucky his injuries weren't worse, as in the vision below (taken from his Instagram page) you see him do multiple spins in the air before he mistakenly hits the top...
New ‘Classics’ series cycling event to pedal through Snowy Mountains in 2022
Sport
Hundreds of cyclists will take to the roads of the Snowy Mountains in March 2022 as a new road-racing event is added to the cycling calendar. Organised by Bicycling Australia magazine, the Snowy Classic will be the fifth event in the Australian 'Classics' series that also includes gran fondo ('big ride') races in Bowral, Noosa, Mudgee and Clare. The event is expected...
Basketball legend Lucille Bailie embraces laidback coastal community
Community
Former Australian Opals basketballer Lucille Bailie is giving back to the beachside community of Bawley Point that has welcomed her with open arms. Lucille and her family moved to the close-knit coastal hamlet north of Batemans Bay three years ago, and she instantly fell in love with the people, the spectacular beaches and the laidback village lifestyle. The general manager...
Was Wayne Bennett one of the most significant signings in the history of the Canberra Raiders?
Opinion
Legendary rugby league coach Wayne Bennett will lead the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL grand final this weekend against the Penrith Panthers. It will be his 10th NRL/NSWRL grand final appearance as coach. His first was with the Canberra Raiders in 1987, in his only season at the club, in which he took it to its first grand final....
Why Sia Soliola is the greatest clubman in the history of the Canberra Raiders
Sport
Canberra Raiders forward Sia Soliola has announced his retirement after 17 seasons playing professional rugby league in the NRL and English Super League. He will be remembered as a tough, hard-running player, who emigrated from the backline well before he arrived in the ACT, in 2015, where he went on to play 137 games for the Raiders. However, it's his...
Australia’s regional sporting capital: Queanbeyan or Wagga Wagga? The case for Wagga
Sport
When I started looking at Australia’s top sporting cities per head of population, I felt it would be hard to go past Queanbeyan. That is, until I took a closer look at Wagga Wagga. I discovered that it’s daylight between Wagga and every other city region of comparable size, not just in Australia, but potentially globally. READ MORE: Australia’s regional...
Developers promise world-class Mogo Adventure Trail Hub
News
Rocky Trail Destination will deliver the world-class Mogo Adventure Trail Hub after the company signed the contract for its detailed design, construction and maintenance this month. Rocky Trail Destination is very familiar with the region having run mountain bike events in Mogo since 2018. With its sub-contractor Next Level Mountain Bike, the two companies have pledged to bring the best...
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