Summer News

Members of the Australian Women's Sevens squad at a Road to Rio: IGNITE session at the NSW Institute of Sport on 19 November, 2014.

RUGBY SEVENS: Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh is set to hand World Rugby Sevens World Series debuts to two players after naming an extended 13-strong party for the season opener in Dubai next week.

Gold medallist sailor and closing ceremony flag bearer Malcolm Page poses during an Australian flag handover at the Olympic Park Common Domain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Park on August 12, 2012 in London, England.

2015 PACIFIC GAMES: Australian Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page has been named Chef de Mission of the 2015 Australian Pacific Games Team.

The mascots for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games are unveiled to the media during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on November 24, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been unveiled. Inspired by Brazil’s fauna and flora and targeted primarily at children, the public are now voting on what to call these mascots.

Nick Kyrgios speaks after winning the Newcombe Medal at the 2014 Newcombe Medal Awards at Crown Palladium on November 24, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios was tonight awarded Australia’s top tennis honour, the prestigious Newcombe Medal, at a gala celebration at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Taliqua Clancy serves during the Grand Slam final at Manly Beach on 23 November 2014. Clancy and Louise Bawden won the event.

BEACH VOLL: Australia’s top-ranked female beach volleyball team has underlined its class with a comprehensive straight-sets win in the opening round of the Australian Grand Slam tour

Alanna Audley-Murphy (red) of Northen Ireland competes against Shelley Watts (blue) of Australia during the Women' Light 57-60kg Semi-Finals Boxing at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 1, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

BOXING: Shelley Watts' quest to become Australia's first ever amateur world boxing champion is over after the 27-year-old lost on points to Yana Allekseevna on Friday.

Cathy Freeman and John Coates at a media conference in Melbourne to announce changes to the AOC constitution to reflect Australia's Indigenous heritage on 21 November, 2014.

AOC: Cathy Freeman is says she's thrilled and proud that the Australian Olympic Committee will recognise indigenous Australians.

Steve Hooker OAM, VOC President Nicholas Green OAM, Minister for Sport and Recreation Victoria The Hon Damian Drum MP, 2016 Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller and Paralympian Richard Colman, acknowledging the State Governments contribution at the 2014 Olympians Club of Victoria Gala Dinner on November 21, 2014.

RIO: The Victorian Olympic Council today announced it has received $575,000 in funding from the Victorian Government to support the athletes representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Shelley Watts of Australia celebrates winning the gold medal against Laishram Devi of India in the Women's Light (57 - 60kg) Final at SSE Hydro during day ten of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 2, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Boxing: Commonwealth Games champion Shelley Watts is one fight away from a Women's World Championship boxing medal

A computer generated projection of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium.

TOKYO 2020: Tokyo is looking to slash the price tag for the 2020 Summer Olympics by $US1.7 billion ($A1.84 billion) through scrapping or scaling back plans to build new facilities amid fears over spiralling costs.

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