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Athens gold medallist Mark Knowles and Simon Orchard show off their Mos as part of the Champions Trophy charity - Movember.

Although competitiveness is natural in any sporting team, the term took on a new meaning yesterday for the Kookaburras as they put down their hockey sticks to compare moustaches as part of the Movember challenge

Cadel Evans of Australia waves as he crosses the finish line to win the Men's Road Race at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships on September 27, 2009 in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

World champion cyclist Cadel Evans is amazed at the number of people who have taken up the sport because of him. In the wake of the controversial Crawford Report, Evans said it is important that government funding for sport continues.

Hooker versus Bolt

11 November 2009
Steven Hooker competes in the men's Pole Vault Final during day eight of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Berlin, Germany.

World and Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker has joined some exclusive company in being shortlisted for the male world track and field athlete of the year award.

Lisbeth Trickett makes her way out the pool after competing in the Women's 50m Freestyle Heats at the National Aquatics Center on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Libby Trickett is still agonising over her future in the pool as fellow golden girl Leisel Jones dips back into international competition for the first time in 15 months today.

Jimmy Tansey (adidas), Fiona de Jong (AOC), Mattheww Mitcham, Sally McLellan, Melissa Wu, Cate Campbell and Robin Bell.

A group of Australian Olympians today received a timely financial boost, in the form of the adidas Medal Incentive

AOC President John Coates.

Australia has slipped to 7th on the gold and overall medal tally according to the latest benchmark study conducted by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

Lauren Mitchell of Australia poses with her silver medal after she came second in the floor exercise during the Apparatus Finals on the sixth day of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 at the at O2 Arena on October 18, 2009 in London, England.

Two stunning silver medal performances by Lauren Mitchell helped Australia notch up its best world gymnastics championships result as the competition wrapped up on Sunday.The 18-year-old finished second in the balance beam and the floor exercises in an outstanding result for the Perth schoolgirl.

Lauren Mitchell competing on the beam at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Australia have achieved their best ever qualifying results at a world gymnastics championships

Wembley Stadium in London which will host the 2012 Olympic Football finals and now proposed for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics.

Organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London are set to scrap plans for a new temporary venue to host badminton and rhythmic gymnastics as a cost-cutting measure.

Rio - Let the party begin

3 October 2009
Crowd gather to celebrate the International Olympic Committee's announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Olympic host, at Copacabana Beach, on October 2, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Rio overthrew Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

While still stunned by the early exit of Chicago the mood at the IOC Session in Copenhagen is “let the carnival begin” for Rio.