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Ric Charlesworth, coach of Australia looks on during the match between Australia and the Netherlands during day two of the Champions Trophy on December 2, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

HOCKEY: Former Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth has been named hockey’s International Men’s Coach of the Year.

Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket against the Miami Heat during Game Three of the 2014 NBA Finals on June 10, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

BASKETBALL: Australian basketball history is set to be made when the San Antonio Spurs host the Utah Jazs, with four Australians set to take to the court.

Gold medallist Scotty James of Australia celebrates victory during the medal ceremony for the Men's Halfpipe Final of the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championship 2015 on January 17, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria.

SNOWBOARD: Dual Olympian Scotty James claimed Australia’s second gold medal in the FIS Ski and Snowboard World Championships by taking out the Halfpipe competition, in Kreischberg, Austria.

Australian fans enjoy the action and get close to the women's basketball teams during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

RIO 2016: The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has launched its ticket programme, revealing more information about how the 7.5 million tickets will be sold.

Laura Peel celebrates winning the Aerials at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships on January 15, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria.

FREESTYLE SKIING: Laura Peel has become the first Australian to win a gold medal in the aerials at the freestyle skiing world championships since Alisa Camplin 12 years ago.

Mark Knowles during the Men's Hockey match between Australia and Pakistan on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Riverbank Arena Hockey Centre on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

HOCKEY: Australian men’s hockey captain Mark Knowles has been named as the sport’s International Player of the Year for 2014. The 30-year-old lead the Kookaburras to gold at the 2014 World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

Danielle Scott of Australia flies to fourth place in the women's Aerials at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup during the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley on February 1, 2013 in Park City, Utah.

FREESTYLE SKIING: Danielle Scott and Laura Peel have qualified for the finals of the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria, in first and second place.

Massimo Luongo of Australia is substituted for Mark Bresciano during the 2015 Asian Cup match between Oman and Australia at ANZ Stadium on January 13, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

FOOTBALL: Australia’s impressive displays in their opening pair of AFC Asian Cup victories are a reflection of the football being played by the Socceroos rather than the quality of the opponents, believes coach Ange Postecoglou.

Torah Bright celebrates after winning the silver medal in the Snowboard Halfpipe at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

FREESTYLE/SNOWBOARD: A team of 21 Australians, 10 men and 11 women, will mount their assault on the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Austria, from Thursday.