Monday 21 Mar 2016

“We are ecstatic to come away from the Championships with a world title, world record and a bronze,” said Jessica Gallagher, already a summer and winter Paralympian.

“The sprint world title was amazing, to not only break the world record in our flying 200m but to progress through the finals not dropping a heat was fantastic.

“To put on our first rainbow jerseys was a moment we'll both never forget.”

For Queensland’s Maddie Janssen, who finished fourth in the elite women’s sprint behind Anna Meares, Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch at this year’s Track Nationals, was delighted to steer her partner to gold just seven months after the pair began riding together.

“We are over the moon with our first world championships campaign, we came out with two medals and two personal bests. There isn't much more you can ask for.”

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.

A fourth-quarter surge in Game 2 of the WNBL basketball finals issued The Townsville Fire with a Grand Final win over Perth Lynx, and a second-straight title.

Townsville we down by four points at the final break, and then, to open the final term, Fire found Natalie Novosel for a three-pointer. The shot landed and the sold-out home crowd roared; the home side built their lead to win 80-70 and claim the 2-0 series win.

WNBL Grand Final Series - Perth Lynx v Townsville Fire

Sunday 20 Mar 2016

The new three-point supershot helped the Vixens take the lead with thirty seconds to go in the Preseason Shootout final against West Coast Fever, and they held to snatch victory 22-21.

It was a sweet comeback by the Vixens, down by seven goals at half time. Captain Madi Robinson predicted the preseason tournament matches would come down to the wire.

“Coming into it, I had said to people I think games will literally be won or lost in the dying seconds and most games really got a little bit closer towards the last few minutes,” Robinson said.

“It was great to get a win and just wrap up the weekend as a success,” she added.

The Vixens only qualified for the Pre-Season Shootout Final after youngster Alice Teague-Neeld scored a three-point supershot in the dying seconds of their match against the Central Pulse to win by six goals to set up a showdown with the West Coast Fever.

Sister act debuts at Netball Pre-season Shootout
Five ANZ Championship teams will face-off in Netball's Pre-Season Shootout at Sydney Olympic Park with a few new rules to trial and a sister duo to set the court alight!

Lauren Wells is in prime position for a ninth Australian 400m hurdles title and automatic Olympic qualification after delivering a season-best performance at the Sydney Track Classic.

Wells clocked a fourth Olympic-standard qualifying time of 56.07 in her pet event on Saturday night, although she faced a nervous wait to have the result reinstated after initially being disqualified for trailing one leg around one of the hurdles.

Even if the jury had not overturned the track referee's decision, a disqualification would have done nothing to hurt the consistent 27-year-old's Olympic chances.

She now has her sights set on securing her spot on the Rio team at the national championships in Sydney in a fortnight.

"Title No. 9 is in my sights," Wells said.

"I want to win nationals and automatically qualify for Rio and get my name on the ticket."

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Bec Rawlings def. Seohee Ham by way of Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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.

Saturday 19 Mar 2016

Rebecca Henderson is now the three time Australian Cross Country Champion Rebecca Henderson (ACT) after she won the Subaru Australian MTB Championships at Bright, Victoria on Saturday.

She blew her rivals away on the first lap to put no doubt in anyone’s mind that she would be Rio bound in September, and finish in a time of 1:34:33seconds.

“The green and gold is something you don’t want to let go of that easy.”

Lined up to try and spoil the Henderson party was 2013 champion Peta Mullens (VIC) and 2012 title holder Jenni King (VIC) in what was perfect riding conditions.

It’ll be a busy month for the 2016 Australian Champion who will now have to back up for Oceania’s next week before heading to Cairns for the first World Cup of the cross-country season.