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VOLLEYBALL: The team now widely referred to in Australian sport as “The Volleyroos” – the Australian Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team may have missed the medal rounds at the London Olympics but they have landed a deserved consolation prize – a huge jump in the world rankings from 22 before the Games to 11th in the world at the Games end.

Alicia Coutts signs autographs during the Australian Olympic Team Homecoming Parade in the Sydney CBD on August 20, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

SWIMMING: The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of Alicia Coutts.

Taliqua Clancy of Australia in action during the VISA FIVB Beach Volleyball International at Horse Guards Parade on August 9, 2011 in London, England.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Australia’s emerging beach volleyball stars Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Taliqua Clancy have given their 2016 Rio Olympic hopes a huge boost, winning bronze at the 2012 FIVB Swatch Junior World Championships in Canada.

Melanie Schlanger of Australia reacts after she competed in heat 7 of the Women's 100m Freestyle on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England.

SWIMMING: London Olympic gold medallists Melanie Schlanger and Brittany Elmslie will headline a group of more than 450 athletes heading to Perth for the EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships next week, with swimmers vying for selection for the FINA World Championships in Turkey this December.

VOLLEYBALL: Following a hitout at the Olympic Games that promised big things to come for Australia's Men's Volleyball Team, a development side looking to the future has begun with a loss to India in the 2012 Asian Cup

Australian Sports Minister Kate Lundy rows in Great Britain colours after conceding an Olympic Medal bet to her British counterpart Hugh Robertson on day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Eton Dorney on September 2, 2012 in Windsor, England.

Calm waters are not a common occurrence for a federal politician, but that's what greeted Kate Lundy in Britain.

Head coach Carrie Graf of Australia coaches against Russia during the Women's Basketball Bronze Medal game on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 11, 2012 in London, England.

BASKETBALL: Australian women's basketball coach Carrie Graf concedes her future is undecided, but the veteran mentor says she's in no rush for that to change.

Crow's single focus

31 August 2012
Kim Crow of Australia competes in the Women's Single Sculls Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 4, 2012 in Windsor, England. on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 4, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - IOPP Pool /Getty Images)

ROWING: Next on Kim Crow's to-do list is the rowing World Cup round in Penrith in March, but the dual London Olympic medallist says she'll stick to the single sculls for the time being.

Tom Slingsby of Australia celebrates winning gold in the Men's Laser Sailing on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on August 6, 2012 in Weymouth, England.

Laser sailing world champion Tom Slingsby has been urged to stop "torturing himself" and switch to a heavier class rather than opt for a premature Olympic retirement.

Erin Densham (C) of Australia competes in the Women's Triathlon on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park on August 4, 2012 in London, England.

TRIATHLON: Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham has made the most of her rivals sitting out the ITU triathlon world championship event in Stockholm.