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Mary Hanna and Sancette competing in the Dressage at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Hanna helped Australia qualify a Team spot for Rio 2016 and also made the Grand Prix Special.

EQUESTRIAN: The Australian Dressage team have performed exceptionally to finish in the top 10 at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, and secure a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

AOC President John Coates speaks during the Australian Olympic Committee Annual General Meeting at Museum of Contemporary Art on May 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

DOPING: John Coates has embraced the new WADA Code and commenced moves preventing Rio-bound athletes from dealing with coaches, trainers, sports scientists and other support personnel who have violated anti-doping rules.

Belinda Hocking (L) and Emily Seebohm of Australia celebrate after finishing first and second in the Women's 200m Backstroke Final during day three of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships at Gold Coast Aquatics on August 23, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.

SWIMMING: High praise today from AOC President, John Coates, for the Australian Swimming Team after their outstanding performances against the powerful Americans at the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.

(L-R) Cate Campbell, Alicia Coutts, Lorna Tonks and Emily Seebohm of Australia celebrates winning the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final during day four of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships at Gold Coast Aquatics on August 24, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

SWIMMING: The pool competition at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships have come to an end with Australia coming away with a total of 26 medals – 10 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze from the four day meet at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Australia defeated Kazakhstan in the 5th/6th play-off at the FINA Water Polo World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan 12-6 on 24th of August 2014.

WATER POLO: A controlled 12-6 victory over host nation Kazakhstan has seen the Australian men’s water polo team finish fifth overall at the FINA World Cup in Almaty.

James Magnussen of Australia celebrates winning the 100m Freestyle at the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on August 1, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

SWIMMING: Dual world champion James Magnussen has revealed he was given the option of withdrawing from this week's Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast due to a "pretty dodgy" back.

Damon Kelly lifts the bar during the Men's 105kg group weightlifting event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

TEAM: The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has accepted an invitation to send a Team to compete in the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

Australia defend hard against the USA during the World Cup final in Russia on 16 August 2014. USA won the title 10-6

Rowie Webster has been named the player of the tournament at the 2014 FINA World Cup as the Australians were beaten 10-6 by the USA in the final. Full story and tournament game reports here>>

Dora Antal #3 of Hungary takes a shot on goal during the Women's Water Polo Bronze Medal match between Australia and Hungary on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Australia won in extra time.

WATER POLO: The Australian women’s water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, will this week face off against the world’s best teams when they begin their campaign at the FINA World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame powering to the silver medal in the K2 1000m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia on 9 August 2014.

CANOE/KAYAK: Ken Wallace is back at the top of Australian kayaking but it's anyone's guess which boat he'll be paddling in at the 2016 Rio Olympics.