Hooker turns to sports psychologist in bid to beat the yips

Chris Barrett Steve Hooker is placing his faith in a sports psychologist to help him evade a return of the yips in the final rundown to the Olympic pole vault competition.

How we'll turn the British sports minister into a dribbling Kookaburra

Senator Kate Lundy.

Samantha Lane Picture this: a British sports minister, dressed in a kookaburra-print shirt, dribbling a hockey ball through Australia House in central London.

Crowds laud royal jolly good sports

Olympic Notebook John Huxley PRINCE Philip once famously remarked of his daughter Anne, now Princess Anne, ''if it doesn't fart or eat hay she just isn't interested''.

Coates delivers blunt message to Olympics sports bosses

John Coates

Samantha Lane AUSTRALIA'S Olympic chief, John Coates, has put the presidents and chief executives of the country's sports federations on notice, revealing he suspected some were not giving their all to the London...

Sports bible boost for our medal hopes

Olympic rings, mounted on a barge, are positioned in front of Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London February 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Andrew Winning    (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CITYSPACE SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

Chris Barrett, London Modest and even dim predictions abound about Australia's medal tally at the London Olympics.

IOC vote to scrap 28-sport Olympics cap

Ossian Shine The Olympic dreams of some athletes look set to be shattered after Games chiefs agreed on Monday to scrap a cap on the number of sports, preferring instead a limit on events.

IOC opens way for return of baseball, softball to Olympics

Karolos Grohmann Baseball and softball, out of the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Games, edged closer to a return to the world's biggest multi-sports event on Monday when the IOC approved programme changes.

IOC to dip toe in waters of change

The new IOC president, Thomas Bach.

Christopher Clarey Sebastian Coe, who ran world records and then ran the successful London Olympics, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of track and field's world governing body.

International Olympic Committee to open bids for 2024 Games

Karolos Grohmann Potential bidders for the 2024 Summer Olympics will be invited for a consultation with the International Olympic Committee as early as next month, with the IOC looking to enforce new bidding rules...

Olympics' swimming, triple jump and race walking under threat

Hot foot: Jared Tallent wins silver in London.

Michael Gleeson Key Olympic events in which Australia is traditionally strong such as some swimming events and race walking are under threat after new rules were agreed by the IOC.

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What would the baron think?

Not so pure: Usain Bolt has made millions.

Harry Gordon Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, probably wouldn't recognise his distant offspring today. If he did, it is uncertain that he would approve.


Introducing the founder of the modern Olympics

Far-sighted: Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

Harry Gordon Baron Pierre de Coubertin was a very small man (1.62 metres) with a large handlebar moustache and a huge dream.


Public brawling has an Olympic history

Harry Gordon’s From Athens with Pride, published by University of Queensland Press,  was launched  this week. Booksellers will be stocking the book
 from July 28.

Harry Gordon It was during the 2012 London Games, when Australia’s situation was looking desperate - it had won one gold medal and 12 silvers, and was languishing in 24th place on the medal table - that...

Harry heads for the beach as royal cheerleader


Gordon Rayner in London The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend almost 30 events between them during the London 2012 Olympics, and there are no prizes for guessing who bagged a ticket to the beach...

Pearson still 'hard to beat'

Sally Pearson

Michael Gleeson Sally Pearson was not shocked at losing last week - she was just shocked at running badly.

'This was an absolutely crazy thing to do': Olympics protester jumps from Tower Bridge


A man dived off London's historic Tower Bridge into the River Thames on Monday during a protest by taxi drivers over their exclusion from part of a special Olympic Games road network in the capital.

Hooker backs up Steffensen's Beijing abuse claims

Steve Hooker and John Steffensen.

Michael Gleeson Australian team captain Steve Hooker today backed up John Steffensen's claims that he had been poorly treated by an athletics official at the Beijing Olympics, saying the incident continued to...

Australian Athletics Training, John Steffensen

Australian athletics team training Tonbridge High School, an hour out of London. 23rd July 2012.

Photographer Jason South watches John Steffensen and the Australian Athletics team during track practice at Tonbridge.

Nothing personal: steeplechaser LaCaze thrilled to wear the green and gold


Michael Gleeson in Tonbridge The athlete and the coach who said she shouldn't be on the team have finally met and shaken hands at the athletics team's camp south of London.

Sacked coach to help rivals

Daniel Koum... Mike Keelan was one of the most outspoken in the scandal over the weightlifter.

Phil Lutton Mike Keelan given a role with the men's team from the Pacific nation of Palau.