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The Australian Men's Water Polo Team getting instructions during their tense clash with the International All Stars at Bondi Icebergs, 3 January 2014.

WATER POLO: Australia's men's water polo team, the Aussies Sharks, have come from behind to score a thrilling 15-14 penalty shootout win over an International All-Stars outfit in the Water Polo By The Sea event at iconic Bondi Icebergs in Sydney.

Some of the highlights of 2013.

OLYMPIC: In years squashed between a Summer and Winter Olympics, you get a wonderful blend of inspiration. From the slopes of Austria to the Australian shores, you don't have to look far to see Australian athletes striving for excellence. Relive the #ASPIREtoSochi #ASPIREtoNanjing #RoadtoRio magic of 2013!

Jamie Dwyer of Australia gets to the ball ahead of Richard Smith of England during the match between Australia and England on day four of the 2012 Champions Trophy at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on December 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

HOCKEY: No Jamie Dwyer, no problem. That was Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth's attitude after being forced to overlook the five-time World Player of the Year for their upcoming inaugural World League men's hockey finals campaign in India.

Kellie White of Australia celebrates after scoring the teams second goal of the game during the Investec Hockey World League - Final match between England and Australia at The University of Westminster Sports Ground on June 30, 2013 in London, England.

HOCKEY: Head Coach Adam Commens says “the tournament begins now” after Australia’s women sealed a commanding 5-1 win over rivals New Zealand to set up a crunch quarter-final clash with either Germany or Korea at the World League Finals in Argentina.

Australian Team members supporting the women's basketball team during the Beijing Olympic Games.

The AOC has made public the new restrictions on the consumption of alcohol for members of future Australian Olympic Teams including athletes and officials.

Kimberley Mickle of Australia competes in the Women's Javelin final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Luzhniki Stadium on August 18, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Mickle won the silver and her teammate Kathryn Mitchell was fifth.

ATHLETICS: Javelin thrower Kim Mickle has been rewarded for a stellar 2013 campaign, edging out Sally Pearson to claim the Australian female athlete of the year award.

The Hockeyroos celebrate a goal during the Oceania Test against New Zealand in October 2011.

HOCKEY: The Hockeyroos squad for the forthcoming World League Finals in Argentina has been announced by Hockey Australia.

Kobie McGurk retires

12 November 2013
Kobie Mcgurk during the second half of the Women's Hockey classification match for 5th and 6th place between Australia and China on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena Hockey Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England.

HOCKEY: Beijing and London Olympian Kobie McGurk has announced her retirement from international duties after a stellar nine-year career, spanning 185 caps for Australia.

An aerial picture of the site of the athletes village in Barra as preparations continue ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games on June 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio 2016: Australian Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller has been busy since she was appointed under two months ago. She sets the scene with November 9 marking 1,000 days to go.

Aussies win Oceania Cup

4 November 2013
Kieran Govers of Australia, second left, celebrates his goal with Jacob Whetton of Australia during the match between Australia and Pakistan in day three of the Champions Trophy at State Netball Hockey Centre on December 4, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

HOCKEY: Australia's male and female hockey teams have both won the Oceania Cup with tough finals victories over New Zealand.