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Anna Meares looks back at where it all began

Anna Meares looks back at where it all began

6 October 2006

Anna Meares aged just 17 dominated the cycling at the first Youth Festival in 2001 winning five medals, three gold and two silver. From the small Queensland coal-mining town of Middlemount the Festival was her first international competition and she was stunned by her performance against the overseas riders. “It was the first international meet I had competed in

Snowsill shines at first Festival

Snowsill shines at first Festival

6 October 2006

There were 10 sports on the program at the first Youth Festival in 2001. Triathlon made its debut with the course set in and around the international rowing venue at Penrith. Nineteen-year-old Emma Snowsill from Queensland was to dominate the women’s event. At school Snowsill was a swimmer who dabbled in ballet, basketball, football, rowing, surf lifesaving, gymnastics snow and water skiing plus cross country running. She switched to triathlon after entering the Noosa event for fun.

Schipper uses Youth Festival as launching pad

Schipper uses Youth Festival as launching pad

6 October 2006

Two swimmers dominated the pool at the 2003 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Travis Nederpelt with a remarkable 7 gold medals and Jessicah Schipper with four gold and a silver. At 16 Schipper from Queensland broke the magic one minute barrier for the first time in the 100m butterfly joining an exclusive club headed by Susie O’Neill and Petria Thomas.

Historic effort from Travis

Historic effort from Travis

5 October 2006

In the short history of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival no athlete has created such a stir as swimmer Travis Nederpelt who won a record seven gold medals in 2003. The 17-year-old from Perth made history winning all seven events he contested. His victories included the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle, 200 and 400 metre individual medley, 200m butterfly and he was a member of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team.

Australia crush Argentina for top seeding

Australia crush Argentina for top seeding

5 October 2006

Australia will play Spain and the Netherlands will take on Argentina in the women's field hockey World Cup semi...

John Coates tribute to Peter Norman

John Coates tribute to Peter Norman

3 October 2006

One of Australia’s best track & field athletes, Olympic silver medallist Peter Norman, has died after suffering a heart attack...

Nine Iran weightlifters handed doping bans

Nine Iran weightlifters handed doping bans

2 October 2006

Nine Iranian weightlifters who tested positive for doping on the eve of the world championships have been banned for two...

Mottram sets new world road best for 3000m

Mottram sets new world road best for 3000m

2 October 2006

Craig Mottram’s year has ended with a flourish, setting a new world road best for 3000m at the Great North Run in Newcastle...

Hockeyroos one step closer

Hockeyroos one step closer

1 October 2006

The Hockeyroos are one step closer to a semi-final berth at the Samsung Hockey World Cup in Madrid with a stirring 4-3...

Hockeyroos beat US to top Pool B

Hockeyroos beat US to top Pool B

29 September 2006

Australia moved top of Pool B with a 3-1 defeat of the United States in the women's Hockey World Cup in madrid overnight...

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Indigenous Recognition at AOC 2015 AGM

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Rugby Union will return to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016 with a Sevens competition for men and women.