Indian grass, a Townsville RSL stadium, an American indoor sand pit, a mountain bike trail, an Italian velodrome. The places our athletes take us!
Friday 18 Mar 2016

Australia kicks off its T20 World Cup defence tonight/early morning when it meets South Africa at Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur, India.

Follow the game here on the ICC site from 1am AEST (7.30pm IST), the Southern Stars Twitter account and Cricket Australia's website

Catch an interview captain Meg Lanning gave ahead of the first match. 

A must win encounter for Perth Lynx tonight after their first game loss to reigning champions Townsville last weekend in Perth 73-57. 

Townsville Fire are headed up by newly crowned 2015/16 WNBL MVP, Suzy Batkovic who along with her side and the fans will want to avoid a third game back in Perth on Sunday. 

The only other player to win four MVPs in the WNBL is basketball super star Lauren Jackson. 

Tip Off - 7.00pm (AEST) (8.00pm AEDT)

LIVE from Townsville RSL Stadium: 

Via Livestream: 

Via LiveStats here.  

If you're in Townsville, get down to the RSL Stadium. Ticketing information call 07 4727 9797. 

And follow these Twitter accounts during the game:

Cross-country mountain bike (MTB) rider Bec Henderson heads to this weekend's Subaru Australian MTB Championships in Bright, VIC, not only as reigning national champion but fresh off claiming the 2015/16 National Series. 

The Trek Factory racer is looking forward to this weekend's event. 

“I like a climbers course and Bright suits that really well.”

 

 

The two-time Olympian's 2016 goal is qualifying and racing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is sure to qualify if she again pulls on the green and gold stripes of Australian champion. 

Henderson won the international UCI under 23 MTB World Cup in 2013, finishing 18th and 25th in the elite category in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Henderson's event starts Saturday, 19 March at 10.30am (AEST).

SBS is streaming the MTB Nationals here.

For other information check the event website

 

 

Winter and Summer Paralympian Jessica Gallagher treads the boards in Montichiari, Italy, on Saturday and Sunday at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. She will compete with her pilot Madison Janssen in the tandem time trials on Saturday and the sprint on Sunday. 

Gallagher was the first Australian woman to ever medal at a Winter Paralympics when she claimed bronze in the slalom. She picked up a bronze at the 2014 Winter Paralympics for the giant slalom and in between competed at the 2012 London Paralympics in long jump and javelin. There, she was hampered by an injury and placed fifth and sixth respectively. 

In 2014, she tried out track cycling in 2014 and was hooked. 

In year 12, Gallagher was diagnosed with a rare eye disease, cone dystrophy and is now classified as legally blind.

To follow the event online 

Jessica Gallagher sprinting for Rio on a bicycle built for two
The Para-Cycling World Championships start today and dual Winter and Summer Paralympian, Jessica Gallagher, is looking to head to Rio competing in her 3rd sport.
 

Australian long jumper Brooke Stratton takes on the world this weekend at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Oregon, Portland.

Last weekend in Perth, Stratton smashed a 14-year-old national record held by Bronwyn Thompson by .05m with a 7.05m jump. This length would've been enough for a bronze medal at the London Olympics. 

While 20cm further than the gold medal-winning jump at the last indoors in 2014 the field is stronger at Oregon and includes two-time world indoor champ Brittany Reese and her American teammate Janay deLoach, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist.

This will provide Stratton with valuable experience at the elite level ahead of the Rio Olympics.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on myself but hopefully I can come away with a medal if I get a good jump in," said Stratton.