Summer News

Work continues on the Olympic Stadium in the East end on March 2, 2009 in London, England. The projected budget for the showpiece has surged to 547 million GBP (623 million euros, 800 million US dollars) from 496 million GBP in November 2007.

London Olympics chief Lord Sebastian Coe said construction work on the main stadium was four months ahead of schedule.

Australian Olympic swimming star Stephanie Rice, cyclist Anna Meares, golfing great Greg Norman and surfer Stephanie Gilmore are all in contention

Tiger Woods celebrates with the trophy after winning on the first sudden death playoff hole during the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 16, 2008 in San Diego, California.

Some of the top names in golf, including Tiger Woods and Australia's Karrie Webb, have come together to lobby the International Olympic Committee to include the sport in the 2016 Olympic Games.Eighteen of the game's biggest stars are sending a brochure detailing golf's bid for inclusion

Marieke Guehrer waves to the crowd after winning the womens 50m butterfly final at the National Swimming Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on March 18, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

Triple Olympic medallist Andrew Lauterstein and company look set to dump cold water on Geoff Huegill's comeback as Cate Campbell crashed out in the 100m freestyle at the world swimming trials.Lauterstein (23.30s) smashed Matt Welsh's national record in the semi-finals of the 50m butterfly on Wednesday night

Rice off to Rome

17 March 2009
Stephanie Rice of St Peters Western celebrates after winning the Women's 200 metre individual medley final during day one of the 2009 Australian Swimming Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on March 17, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice booked her flight to July's world swimming titles in Rome while fellow winner Nick D'Arcy knows his boarding card is far from secured. Rice put aside fitness and niggling injuries to eclipse young contender Emily Seebohm

Hudson retiring ends era

12 March 2009
Nikki Hudson playing against New Zealand at the Sydney Olympics.

Australia’s most capped female hockey player, Nikki Hudson, announced her retirement from the sport Thursday at the State Hockey Centre, Brisbane.Following recurring hamstring injuries which have plagued her over the past couple of years, Hudson stated that she had fulfilled every goal she aspired to on the hockey field

Olympic gold medallist Ken Wallace will aim to secure his place on the 2009 Australian flatwater kayaking team this week at the Australian Canoe Kayak Sprint Championships in Perth.

Tara Kirk of the United States congratulates Leisel Jones following the Women's 100m Breaststroke final at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.

Leisel Jones would spend more time in the shower than a pool nowadays but the Olympic breaststroke champion doesn't consider herself a "part-time" swimmer. The Beijing 100m gold medallist on Wednesday revealed the extent of her radical training regime that has taken preparing for the 'frog stroke' to a totally new amphibious level.

Francis Hergerty, Cameron McKenzie-McHarg, James Marburg and Matt Ryan compete in the Men's Four Semifinal race at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park during Day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 13, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Three of Australia’s Olympic silver medallists showed their strength on Day 3 of the 2009 Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Sally Kehoe of Australia poses during day 2 of the FISA Rowing World Cup at the Ruderregattastrecke on May 9, 2008 in Oberschleissheim, Germany.

Australia’s top rowers were greeted with cold, wet and windy conditions on the second day of the 2009 Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.