Sport

When sport is more than winning: Meet the Tuggeranong Hawks and the Braidwood Redbacks
Sport
In 2016 the Braidwood Redbacks Rugby Union Club didn’t have enough players to field a team, while the Tuggeranong Hawks up until last weekend hadn’t won a game in the AFL Canberra competition in two years. So what motivates clubs to continue when players are scarce and when winning is unlikely? More often than not, it comes down to a...
Meet jockey Kayla Nisbet: Canberra’s most resilient athlete
Sport
At 24 years of age, Kayla Nisbet has experienced plenty: Broken legs, fractured feet, a broken wrist, and a battle with epilepsy, which threatened her career. Such is the life of a jockey. In the saddle most days of the week performing track work or racing, the injury toll is seen as just part of the job. And it is...
To Russia with love: How you can help Gundaroo’s Tahyla Smith make Australia proud
Community
As soon as seven-year-old Tahyla Smith laid her eyes on the twirling red ribbon and spinning hoop, she fell in love with rhythmic gymnastics. Since that moment, Tahyla has spent 27 hours training each week, turning down parties to spend her time in the gym working on her routines. Now eight years on, Tahyla is adamant all the hard work...
The departure of the greats: end of an era or start of something new for the Brumbies?
Sport
As the Brumbies prepare to play the Jaguares in the Super Rugby semi-final this weekend in Argentina, the organisation finds itself at a fascinating juncture. The playing group is one of the tightest I have witnessed in my time covering sport in Canberra and nationally for over 30 years, with each and every player showing commitment to each other. If...
Bungendore Tigers ‘Huddy Day’ looking to spread autism awareness
Sport
This Saturday (29 June) "Huddy Day" will take place as rugby league outfit Bungendore Tigers aim to raise money for autism awareness and the Ricky Stuart Foundation. Huddy Day's main campaigner and namesake, Tigers junior Hudson "Huddy" Fogarty-Apps, says he does not let his autism stand in the way of his love for rugby. Last year, Hudson raised $35,000 for...
Cobargo’s Millie Boyle proves tough contender in lead-up to State of Origin debut
Sport
If Millie Boyle wasn't using her talents to pursue her league and union career, she might have had a successful career as a juggler, such is her skill of balancing her commitments in both sports. Boyle grew up playing rugby league in Cobargo with the Bermagui Eels before she switched to rugby union in high school because there was no...
Tanja’s Indigo Conroy takes gold at National Gymnastics Championships
Sport
What do you do when you've sent one of your teammates flying into the air and when you look up, instead of flying gracefully through the air, she is tumbling towards your face like a sack of potatoes? Do you try to catch her or get out of her way? According to up and coming acrobatic gymnast Indigo Conroy, 18, you...
Abot looking to fire Cooma Tigers FC into history books
Sport
Nicolas Abot has been firing on all cylinders this season and his form up front could prove the difference as Cooma Tigers FC face Canberra FC today in the Federations Cup final. Tigers go into Deakin Stadium in Canberra on the back of a dominating 4-1 victory against Canberra Olympic to stand at the top of the NPL1 standings. At...
How a ‘bullied migrant boy’ became an OAM karate sensei
Sport
It was a tortured childhood memory that drew a teenage Jose Roses to the art of karate nearly five decades ago. Burned into the back of his 18-year-old mind like an unwanted shadow was the schoolyard bullies, who would hammer 10-year-old Jose with kicks to the shins and punches to his arms. In 1963, Jose's parents left Spain to look...
Time to forgive and forget after Heather Reid’s apology
Opinion
How often does the story of a smiling woman photographed in France make the headlines? Rarely, if at all, but your odds will go up if your name is Heather Reid. Eyebrows were raised when Football Federation Australia director Heather Reid was snapped smiling in France where she was invited by FIFA to attend its women's football convention on the...
Ash Barty’s regional connections: the Ngarigo woman following Evonne Goolagong’s footsteps
Sport
As Australians everywhere celebrated a cool, calm and collected but absolutely thrilling French Open win for Ash Barty on the weekend, many commentators noted that she is the second Aboriginal woman to win a Grand Slam title, following in the footsteps of Evonne Goolagong. But few have realised that the Ipswich raised Barty, in fact, has a connection with southeastern NSW...
Local cricket grants available now for summers to come
Sport
Despite the region's pitches being frozen, cricket is a talking point again thanks to the One Day World Cup being played in the UK. Clubs and councils are being urged to think about the local seasons ahead and apply for $2 million in grants to help their cricket community. Member for Monaro John Barilaro is encouraging fans to take advantage...
Scholarship providing a helping hand in Rachel Crothers’ push for Olympic selection
Sport
Gone are the days of Rachel Crothers struggling to balance full-time work, full-time study for her psychology degree and her pursuit of Olympic selection after she was announced as a recipient of a University of Canberra sports scholarship. A wave of relief washed over the Brumbies Super W fullback as she was named one of ten UC students to receive...
Yass Magpies soar into a century of rugby league
Community
When a sea of black and white swamped Queanbeyan’s Seiffert Oval on that exhilarating Sunday in September 2006, Matt Ford could see a plan taking shape. Assistant coach to Owen Gregory the year before, Ford previously coached the Raiders junior grades, Erindale and Dickson college teams and ACT schoolboys’ sides. This was his first crack as a senior coach in...
Where to watch this weekend’s Bega Valley Rally
Sport
Nine local crews are among the 65 who will take on each other and the forest roads of the region at this weekend's Bega Valley Rally. Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Nathan Quinn will join Wallagoot local and ex-Toyota rally driver Ben Barker as headliners, with Barker seeded first after two consecutive wins in 2017 and 2018. President of...
Unlock the secrets of the pros at adult swimmers workshop this Saturday
Health & Wellbeing
As kids, we had swim classes during school hours and some of us probably attended the local swim club. But when school days are behind us, there is nothing much on offer for adults who want to continue this beneficial exercise and sport. At best you might you try to maintain a few laps in the local pool each week...
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