Summer News

HISTORICAL VIGNETTE: More than a decade before Andrew Gaze, Mark Bradke and Luc Longley announced Australia’s arrival as a power on the world basketball stage Australia already had an internationally-rated male star. His name was Edward (Ed or Eddie) Sebastian Palubinskas.

Eddie Ockenden past Pakistan defense during the men's pool hockey match at the Beijing Olympic Games on 15 August, 2008.

Young hockey gun Eddie Ockenden has proven his blistering Beijing Olympic form was no fluke, with the up and comer named the 2008 WorldHockey Young Player of the year overnight. The 21-year-old was awarded the honour during the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Congress Dinner in Los Angeles

Britain opened the first venue for the 2012 London Olympics on Friday when it unveiled the sailing facilities in southwest England.

Robin Bell, Canoe

Beijing Olympic star Robin Bell has had his Games canoe stolen and warns it's useless - even dangerous - in inexperienced hands. The West Australian paddler earned national acclaim when he became the first Australian to win an Olympic whitewater canoeing medal in Beijing in August.

Geoff Huegill of Australia celebrates his bronze medal in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Sydney Olympic bronze medallist Geoff Huegill has confirmed his return to competitive swimming as part of coach Grant Stoelwinder's star-studded squad in Sydney. The five-time Commonwealth champion has had major battles with his weight since quitting the sport following the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Emma Snowsill of Queensland celebrates victory in the Womens Division of the Noosa Triathlon, November 7, 2004 in Noosa, Australia.

Emma Snowsill insists she has been taking it pretty easy since finally breaking through for Australia's first Olympic triathlon gold

Hackett calls it a day

27 October 2008

Grant Hackett has pulled down the curtain on one of Australia's greatest swimming careers to a standing ovation. The national team captain announced his retirement at Swimming Australia's swimmer of the year awards in Sydney and it drew the entire crowd to their feet.

Stuart O'Grady of Australia and the CSC-Saxo Bank Team rides during the preface of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour on October 12, 2008 in Traralgon, Australia.

Veteran Stuart O'Grady finally sealed the elusive Jayco Herald Sun Tour on saturday when he safely negotiated the final stage criterium in Melbourne. The 35-year-old won the seven-day classic, Australia's oldest stage race, from his teammate Lars Bak of Denmark with Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ben Day third.

David Palmer of Australia (L) returns a shot to John White of Scotland during their men's singles squash match at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on day three of the 2006 Commonwealth Games March 18, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Legendary Pakistani squash player Jahangir Khan says his sport has its best ever chance of gaining entry into the Olympics next year.

Matthew Mitcham celebrates his historic gold medal in the 10m platform at the Beijing Olympics.

DIVING: Australian diving sensation Matthew Mitcham says he's proud but sad to have been the only openly gay athlete at the Beijing Olympics.Mitcham was universally acclaimed for producing the highest-scoring dive in Olympic history to snatch gold in the men's 10-metre platform at the Water Cube.