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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Wallabies and Brumbies star David Pocock is the ACT Australia Day ambassador

David Polkinghorne ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has appointed the Wallabies and Brumbies star David Pocock as ACT Australia Day ambassador.

Chris Gayle produces record-breaking innings to an empty Manuka Oval

SPORT:  Zimbabwe take on the West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Manuka Oval in Canberra. West Indies batsman Chris Gayle. 24th February 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Canberra, where were you? In years to come, all the people who claim to have watched Chris Gayle's World Cup record score at Manuka Oval will be in the 10s of thousands, but in reality just 5544...

Christmas gift guide for Canberra: Sporting mad with beards

Shine time: Beardy's Beard Oil.

David Polkinghorne Editorial staff at The Canberra Times share their ideas for buying presents for Relax magazine readers.

Capital Football locks out under-12s crowd after violent melee

Capital Football will lock the crowd out of an under-12s soccer game between Canberra Olympic and Canberra FC.

David Polkinghorne An alleged violent incident involving parents and players has forced Capital Football to take the unprecedented step of locking the crowd out of an under-12s soccer game.

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Nick Kyrgios returns to Canberra to hero's welcome

Nick Kyrgios at the airport after returning from Wimbledon

David Polkinghorne Canberra tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios flew straight into the arms of his family as he returned home from his Wimbledon heroics.


Split result leaves Cavs needing luck

Canberra Cavalry pitcher, Steven Chambers, pitching to players from the Perth Heat on Sunday afternoon.
Filed: Sunday, 19 January 2014 2:25:08 pm 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times


David Polkinghorne THE Canberra Cavalry and Perth Heat don't get along, but the Cavs need their Australian Baseball League rivals to do them two big favours if they are going to defend their championship crown.

Australia Day Honours

Golden girl Alicia Coutts adds OAM to medal haul

Alicia Coutts will be receiving a medal of the Order of Australia for her gold medal at the London Olympics.

David Polkinghorne It would be easy for an Olympic gold medallist such as Alicia Coutts to play down the importance of this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but the Canberra swimmer sees them as an important...

Canberra Cavalry catcher's claims of match-fixing offer under scrutiny

Canberra Cavalry players celebrate after defeating Taiwan's Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 14-4

David Polkinghorne The Australian Baseball League is investigating claims a Canberra player was approached to fix the Asia Series semi-final.

Canberra Cavalry's Matt Blazynski offered $30k to fix baseball match

David Polkinghorne Taiwanese police are investigating an alleged match-fixing scandal after a Canberra Cavalry player reported to officials he was offered $30,000 to lose their Asia Series baseball semi-final.

Magpies midfielder takes home Mulrooney Medal

Newly crowned Mulroony medal winner James Bennett.

David Polkinghorne Belconnen ball magnet James Bennett has added a new string to his bow – medal magnet.


Brumbies to question twins over bar brawl

ACT Brumbies players, twins Ruan and Jean-Pierre Smith.

David Polkinghorne ACT Brumbies twin brothers Ruan and Jean-Pierre Smith were allegedly involved in a fight at The Duxton bar, O'Connor on Saturday night.

Civic welcome for brave Brumbies

Hard hats pic: R-L - Laura wright, Matt Sutherland, Kate Inman, Ben Cuttriss. Trevor aka Brumbies Man in the front. In Waikato to see the Brumbies take on the Chiefs - picture by Chris Dutton

David Polkinghorne Canberrans will still get their chance to thank the Brumbies for a season that exceeded all expectations.


Canberra may play in one-day cup competition


David Polkinghorne The restructure of the Ryobi Cup has opened the way for Cricket ACT to return to the Australian one-day domestic competition.

Lions roar into town, bringing their fans in tow

NEWS/SPORT: Brumbies fans L-R James Van, Tom Hennesey, Anthony Webber, Tatsuya Yamasaki, Dan Tuddenham, Jordan Dent, Alex Scott and Doug Dawson at Canberra Stadium to watch the British Irish Lion take on the Brumbies  . 18th June 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

David Polkinghorne Four mates, a campervan and a trail of pizza boxes will follow the Lions around during their Australian tour.

Ban on live betting odds may actually help us, says ACTTAB chief


Sean Nicholls, David Polkinghorne, and Jonathan Swan ACTTAB says the federal government's ban on live odds during sports broadcasts will improve its share of the betting landscape.

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Running festival was simply divine

Canberra Marathon. Carmelo De La Fuente Parmo from Spain ahead of the race.
14 April 2013.
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.


David Polkinghorne It was always going to be a divine Canberra Times marathon after Jesus blessed it with his presence.

Walker outruns pack in marathon

Canberra Marathon. Winner of the marathon, Rowan Walker after the race.
14 April 2013.
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.


David Polkinghorne A Canberran won the men's episode of The Canberra Times Marathon, while the winner of the women's race has earned honorary residency.

Blessed are the fundraisers

Carmelo De La Fuente Parmo from Spain ahead of the race.

David Polkinghorne It was always going to be a divine Canberra Times Marathon after Jesus blessed it with his presence.

We're losing Tallent as athletes hit the wall at AIS

Australian race walker Jared Tallent and wife Claire.

David Polkinghorne Canberra will lose one of Australia's most successful Olympians with Jared Tallent set to leave the Australian Institute of Sport and move to Adelaide to be closer to family.

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Australian Football

Swapping Hill for Hawks

SPORT : Annette Ellis is the new president of Tuggeranong Hawks. 5th February 2013.  Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne PRESIDENT of a football club is normally a job for one of the boys, but that hasn't stopped former Labor member of Parliament Annette Ellis from taking on the job at the North Eastern Australian...