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University Postgraduate Journalist.Freelance sports journalist filing for News Ltd, WA News and Perth Now outlets since 2014.Former satellite circuit tennis player. ABC radio correspondent for Tennis and rural weather.Initiated first Hopman Cup radio/online commentary in 2010 & 2011. Australian Open Radio 2013-2014 Former track and field athlete as well as state level triathlete. I was told be the doctors I would never run or play tennis again after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Spent the years since proving them wrong. Confessed sport addict. Worked for SOCOG at the Sydney Olympics as a Media Supervisor. World ranked Over 50's veterans tennis player.

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Hot enough (to cancel the Test match cricket) for ya?

We once lost a cricketer in my home town in rural WA…fielding in the outfield after a bowling spell…everyone thought he had just fainted…he collapsed stone dead from a brain embolism…the heat that day was well into the 100F as we measured back then in the 70s…back then we didnt get told every 5 minutes how hot it was…it was either too hot to work or play or not..your body let you know..unfortunately this man did not listen to his

Rethink summer: Has Australian sport had its time in the sun?

Yes..we once laid out in the sun with baby oil on us..A tan was ” healthy”..Just ask Richie Benaut how “healthy” a tan was to him?

Rethink summer: Has Australian sport had its time in the sun?

Yes but we do have a Sally Pearson who is a huge ambassador for not only athletics but for Australians punching way above their weight on the international stage..just think come next Saturday and she runs the race of her life and defends her title and none of us get to see it live!…

Pearson primed to defend world title

thats why I used the word “perhaps” when referrring to the 4 x 400 team…it is a long shot that they will make the final but in all relays anything can happen with batons being dropped etc…..I am quietly excited about our 4 x 100 metre team…they were excellent in London!.

Pearson primed to defend world title

No Ryan Gregson…and Steve Solomen has been at Uni in the USA Stanford I believe…where John McEnroe went..The Brits are talking up Mo Farah for 3 gold medals no less…he is in form BUT 3 is a BIG ask..Lauren could make semis but her the final maybe beyond her on current form in Europe….at least she is there and competing…I am for her for that if nothing else…better than being fat and lazy on the couch! talking about myself there! Zoe Buckman has HUGE future…raw talent…tends to get bullied in the races…needs a bit more mongrel in her to keep her place in the mob and not get shoved around

Pearson primed to defend world title

Eurosports own website say they are running all sessions live but it does not appear in the Foxtel schedule in Aust.
It says Europsort HD is running it. You would think thay europsport in Aust has shown all the Diamond League all season that they would do the World Champs. I am hoping the Europsport News Channel run it in full. Otherwise streaming is the only other way.
Any Olympics the most watched event is the mens 100 metre final..It transcends and defines all other sports…everyone talks about it…and yet it appears come the world championships it is not even televised in Aust. Shame…big shame…..hope it is rectified by the time Sally runs next Saturday.

Pearson primed to defend world title

In a word..Yes if they want to secure sponsorship…the sad truth of the sex sells society…Maria Sharapova the top female earner…Ivanovic has not won a cracker in the last 3 years…but still in the top ten earners…I wonder why?…it is the same for the men…the good lookers get the endorsements and the not so lookers have to rely on talent!…..Remember the sponsor owns the product so he/she are free to chose anyone they
like to be a paid employee to sell their product…are they going to chose an ugly one?would you?

Must female athletes look good, too?

Welcome to the Roar Ross.Great story

Age does not weary Sally Foster

Oh my god you read my mind…this very second I just emailed a sports journo colleague and said the exact same thing…in fact I got the tweet about it on Monday and yet did not read it till today so a whole 24 hours and nothing about the turks in the media….mmmmm.

14th IAAF World Championships - Field events - Preview

Update.30 Turkish athletes have just been banned by their federation & olympic committee for doping violations. Better to be found out now than after perhaps winning a medal in Moscow.

14th IAAF World Championships - Field events - Preview

Not sure about Europsort but better still SBS 2 are the host telecaster in Aust. Yey for free to air. Yes Blanka is something special and was going very close to nudging the world record two years ago. I am afraid the archilles injury she suffered may have stolen that chance from her. It is great to see her back in any case, in any form. Her and Isenbayeva are certainly the poster girls of world athelics.

14th IAAF World Championships - Field events - Preview

Thanks James. Yes aware of Kynaard just that Barshim is more news worthy in a preview context. I will do the track events preview later in the week.

14th IAAF World Championships - Field events - Preview

You are onto it. But just wait and see

Sally Pearson returns to the scene of her Olympic triumph

Sally is lacking the blinding speed she had in the the last two years just due to lack of races as a result of the injury. However, what is encouraging me, is that her technique is still smooth and classic Sally. The thing is when you lose some speed, and you try too hard, is that your technique and rhythm break down. Sally so far has held it togehter well and only concentrates on her lane, her race and her technique no matter what place she is in the race at the time. This encourages me greatly for Moscow. It is the Brianna Rollins factor that is unknown at this stage…being so young she may race while Sally will hurdle…bit like two boxers sometimes..one will fight and try to knock the other out and the other will box and last the distance and win on points for not letting his guide down.
In regards to all the other medal chances I will do a full preview in next week. There are two serious chances at long term world records being broken at these championships in Moscow. Weather permitting.

Sally Pearson returns to the scene of her Olympic triumph

Those players for those countries still believe in the honour and privelage of playing for their country. I feel like the Australians in the last 6 years have become a bunch of media celebrities and who believe in their own publicity and become complacent as a result rather than cricket players where the cricket is the focus in their lives and not the fame and fortune that goes with it.

Is the Big Bash League to blame for our Test plight?

In a word..YES…what is to blame is people selling out to the pay packet and getting by with average techniques that are not exposed in a dash and bash of 20/20 and very badly exposed when they have to concentrate in the heat of the day for more than half an hour!

Is the Big Bash League to blame for our Test plight?

Just when things seem to get back on track with a good result and some positive outcomes they take the 12 gauge and empty both barrels into their foot…AGAIN…Cricket Aust must have seen this coming and you would have thought had an issue strategy ready to go?

Australian cricket in more trouble off the field than on

Yes good point. adn that is why I used the word “perhaps”…. but I am referring to competing at the same time against each other at the highest of international competitions …Lou followed Jo in consecutive championships but did not have perform to be be on the same world podium at the same time as Kathryn and Kim do now and like Christine and Vanessa did.

Mickle shines for Australia as Mitchell Watt withdraws

Thank you Barney…at the time of writing yesterday(F
riday Perth time) the IAAF web site had the qualifying results up as the final…You are so right and Eleanor did indeed win the gold overnight australian time as did Matthew Denny who took the bronze in the boys hammer throw. Great results all round taking Australia to third on the medal count behind Jamaica(no surpirse there) and China and even ahead of the USA….so thank again Barney for being so onto it and taking an interest in track and field.

Australia's Little sets world championship record

Oops yep typo…good point!…the others are all there abouts as semi finalists but have not put in any performances recently to asses where their form is at…..Dani Samuels could come from nowhere again as she did in Berlin….traditionally for all athletes the world champs following an Olympics is lacklustre as the Olympics has been the pinacle and either motivation or injuries from a very hard year prior raise thier head as in Sally’s case. Even Usain Bolt has admitted he is struggling this season after being “lazy” during the winter following the Olympics. The last few lead up events before Moscow will let us know what form everyone is in. I am REALLY looking forward to Sallys’ race againgst Rollins in Monaco.Sally is such a big time event performer she could pull out a big one.

Mickle shines for Australia as Mitchell Watt withdraws

Yes Robz i agree ..I think Clarke is cut from the same cloth Ponting was as captain…more focussed on being “one of the boys” in the team and popular with his team mates rather than making the hard leadership decisions and setting behaviour standards…Agreed that members of past teams may not have been angels either but remember then there was not a CCTV camera on every street corner and/or everyones hand in the form of a phone …away from the glare of the worlds instant media, what went on on tour, stayed on tour….times have changed and because of it, behaviour has to as well….this goes for all high level sports people and those who derive a huge lifestyle from being in the spotlight….

Warner should be on his way home

Someone needs to remind Warner and the whole team for that matter they are NOT on a school camp or an end of season football team trip to Bali….Is it just me or is it not an absolute privelage and honour to be selected to represent your country for ANY team? and thus treat it as a privelage and behave accordingly with some decorum!…..I thought cricket was a gentlemens sport….there seems to be very few in the team these days…standards of behaviour have slipped badly since Steve Waugh retired…I wonder what the culture in the team would be like now if Gilchrist had been chosen instead of Ponting as captain. MIke Hussey should be sent over as a chaperone if not a player perhaps!

Warner should be on his way home

The ADHD medication you will find is emphatamine based…a stimulant…and banned

Justin Gatlin and the question that remains

it means that he has lost on clay to other top ten players than any OTHER suface.

French Open preview: Men's draw most open in years.