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Australia have won the women's rugby sevens title in Brazil with a 24-12 victory over New Zealand.

Tiana Penitani of Australia makes a break to score a try in the Women's Rugby Sevens during day three of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival at St Ignatius College on January 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Winning an Olympic gold medal is an even greater priority for 2016 than Test match rugby.

(L-R) Guzel Khubbieva of Uzbekistan, Melissa Breen of Australia and Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie of the Bahamas compete in the Women's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England.

Melissa Breen of the ACT is the new Australian 100m record holder

Anna Meares of Australia in action in race one of the Women's Sprint Quarter Finals on day two of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at Manchester Veledrome on November 2, 2013 in Manchester, England.

Anna Meares will go into her first world track cycling championships in two years with a simple philosophy - to win.

World class coach recruited

6 February 2014
Rachel Bugg (L) and Loudy Wiggins (R) compete during the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England.

Diving's quest for Rio 2016 glory has received a huge boost, with the recruitment of a world-class International coach and a major expansion of the sport’s High Performance program.

Athletes compete in 3v3 Basketball at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

The international basketball federation has renewed hope the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics could stage its street-inspired 3-on-3 game.

Australia celebrates after they won the second set against Poland during Men's Volleyball on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

VOLLEYBALL: Australia's prospects for the 2016 Rio Olympics have been boosted by inclusion in the 28-nation indoor volleyball World League.

Some of the highlights of 2013.

OLYMPIC: In years squashed between a Summer and Winter Olympics, you get a wonderful blend of inspiration. From the slopes of Austria to the Australian shores, you don't have to look far to see Australian athletes striving for excellence. Relive the #ASPIREtoSochi #ASPIREtoNanjing #RoadtoRio magic of 2013!

AOC President John Coates poses for a photo in front of the Sydney Opera House on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Coates last night was named Chairman of the 2020 Tokyo IOC Coordination Commission.

AOC: The President of the AOC John Coates believes performances by Australia’s Olympic athletes have “bottomed” and results will improve as we get closer to the 2016 Rio Games.

Nathan Outteridge (L) and Iain Jensen (R) celebrate winning gold in the Men's 49er Sailing on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on August 8, 2012 in Weymouth, England.

SAILING: Fresh from coming to the rescue of his injured sister, Australia's Olympic sailing champion Nathan Outteridge wants to step up again for his country by winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.