When women fight back

Amid all of the leadership tensions last week, the Australian Government made one really excellent decision. It banned Floyd Mayweather from entering the country. The decision came just days after Rosie Batty, of whom domestic violence has extracted an unimaginable toll, was named Australian of the Year. And it followed a petition by Angela Burrows,…

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Gough Whitlam: an unlikely sports hero

Australia’s 21st Prime Minister was not a noted sports lover. There is no footage of Gough Whitlam getting a facial rearrangement from an errant cricket ball, bowling like a numpty or making his way around the country in lycra and budgie smugglers. In his household, wife Margaret was the bigger sports nut, the one-time national…

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How about a Nobel Prize for Sport?

In recent days there have been Nobel Prizes handed out for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. But not sport. Never sport. In the 113 years since they started bestowing these lofty awards on ‘those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind’, not once have they named a Nobel…

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An unexpected podium finish

As regular readers might have worked out, I’m not about to make an Olympics team in a hurry. Age being one factor, talent another. Plus a general aversion to cardio. In my teenage years, I was a cross country runner of middling capability, a gymnast who unexpectedly won a regional competition despite a fear of…

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Reader’s request: “Where’s my blog?”

Reader’s Request is as the same suggests. You choose what I write about. Today, a salutary lesson in sports obsession. In the coming weeks, a deep dive into thumb wrestling. Leave your requests in the comments section. Somewhere between elite sportspeople and weekend joggers is a class of athlete I call the nutbag. Not for…

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Warning: contains nudity

It’s the April Fool’s joke that went unnoticed for two months. Only last week, a number of media outlets around the world carried the story about a Crossfit gym in Denmark called Spartan Mentality that had started offering nude workouts. The bloke that came up with the idea said: “People are already so scantily clad…

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Sport and the war zone

In our enthusiasm, we often liken sport to war. Teams go into battle, they conquer the enemy or are put to the sword, they are gladiators and heroes and to the victors go the spoils. From the stands or their couches, fans scream “Kill him” and “Take him down”. They, we — OK, I —…

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Phelps comeback a bit of a wet idea

There’s are many good reasons not to get back with an ex. For a while everything goes swimmingly. The familiarity is a bonus, like emotional shorthand, saving you all the time it usually takes to get to know a new partner. But familiarity does breed contempt. And before long, alarm bells ring, those annoying habits…

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