Australia has had to settle for a silver medal at the Pacific Curling Championships, going down in the final to host nation China by 2 points to 9. But the team of Hugh Millikin, Ian Palangio, Sean Hall and Stephen Johns leaves Beijing with a guaranteed place in the 2008 World Championships next April by virtue of making it to the last two. And a strong performance at those world titles could deliver the team a place in the field for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Australia has defeated New Zealand in the semi-finals of the Pacific Curling Championships, claiming a place in the final against host nation China, and securing a berth in the 2008 World Championships.
Australia must win back to back curling matches against New Zealand if it is to claim a place in the 2008 World Curling Championships, and boost its chances of a berth at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Australia's men's curling team is on track for a place in the finals of the Pacific Curling Championships after defeating Korea overnight. The championships are a key step in qualification for Vancouver 2010
Australia's winter sports athletes commence northern hemisphere competition this week, with the Australian Men's Curling Team undertaking the first stage of their quest to qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Jeremy Beck has made his third final in two World Cup events, finishing in 17th place in the 1500m event in the second round of the season In Kobe, Japan.
With the Pacific Championships event getting closer, the Australian Men’s Curling team have stepped up their training, taking part in another training camp in New Zealand.
Jacqui Cooper has been flagged as a major contender for a new people's choice Australian sports award launched by the Fairfax newspapers The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
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