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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Kimberley Wells wins back-to-back stages in Adelaide Tour

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Kimberley Wells has finished the Adelaide Tour with back-to-back sprint wins in the National Road Series on Sunday.

Canberra Olympic recruits announce their debut with matching hat-tricks

David Polkinghorne Canberra Olympic coach Frank Cachia said recruit Philippe Bernabo-Madrid came to the club with a point to prove and the former Canberra FC striker did exactly that  in emphatic fashion with a...

Canberra cyclist Mathew Hayman to lead Orica-GreenEDGE at Paris-Roubaix

Canberra's Mathew Hayman will ride in the prestigious Paris-Roubaix.

David Polkinghorne Bone-jarring sections of cobblestones are just a fall away from broken bones and rain can turn the race known as the "Hell of the North" into a muddy nightmare, but that's what Canberra cyclist...

Belconnen United win 4-2 after Gungahlin United player sent off for headbutt

David Polkinghorne Gungahlin United appeared on course to a dream start in Canberra's National Premier League until a Liam Walsh headbutt and resulting red card proved to be a "game changer".

Australian football

Ainslie and Eastlake get off to losing start in NEAFL

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David Polkinghorne Ainslie coach Chris Rourke is expecting a tough Canberra derby next after both ACT teams were outplayed in their NEAFL season openers on Saturday.

Belconnen United form alliance with A-League club Sydney FC

SPORT: FFA Centre of Excellence v Sydney FC Youth at the Australian Institute of Sport in Bruce. Sydney FC Youth player George Timetheou in action. 8th February 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Belconnen United will kick off its premiership defence by creating a genuine pathway to the A-League.

Canberra clubs Ainslie and Eastlake expecting tough new NEAFL structure

Eastlake captain-coach Ben Waite, left, and Ainslie recruit Jesse Manton at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne Ainslie coach Chris Rourke says the Tricolours "expect to play finals" in 2015.

Just A Blur to back up in $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes

Just A Blur is an outsider for the Queen Of The Turf at Randwick on Saturday.

David Polkinghorne Just a Blur given a crack at country's best.

Artlee wins inaugural NSW Country Championships


David Polkinghorne Canberra horses can't match Artlee's withering finish.

Lauren Wells and Melissa Breen among Canberra's chances at the Stawell Gift

Lauren Wells will take on the Stawell Gift before heading to China.

David Polkinghorne Olympian Lauren Wells is unsure what she is most excited about.

Racing NSW look to make NSW Country Champs 'bigger and better'

Support: Racing NSW Chief Steward Ray Murrihy.

David Polkinghorne Plans are afoot to make next year's NSW Country Championships "bigger and better".


Canberra trainer Nick Olive goes on Easter feed hunt after NSW Country Champs postponement

Canberra trainer Stephen O'Brien with his horse Rose's Song.

David Polkinghorne Instead of an Easter egg hunt, Canberra trainer Nick Olive went looking for feed as Sydney's rain washed out the inaugural final of the $300,000 NSW Country Championships (1400 metres) at Randwick on...


Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien happy with Rose's Song ahead of the NSW Country Champs

Canberra trainer Stephen O'Brien with his horse Rose's Song at his stables at Thoroughbred Park. 

Photo: Rohan Thomson
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2 April 2015

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien splits his time between the three family businesses - the farm near Hall, the construction business, as well as breeding and training horses.

Senior Canberra racing identities Keith Dryden and Kevin Sweeney part ways

Kevin Sweeney spent 12 years working with trainer Keith Dryden.

David Polkinghorne After 12 years as a team, Canberra's most senior trainer-jockey partnership has come to an end with Keith Dryden  and hoop Kevin Sweeney parting ways.

Snake Gully loss set Without A Shadow on NSW Country Championships path

Sport.  Trainer Nick Olive with Single Gaze ready to race in the Magic Millions.  31 December 2014.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Will Canberra bring home the inaugural NSW Country Championship?

Canberra still a chance of four runners in NSW Country Championships at Randwick

Paul Jones and Barbara Joseph.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien says the ACT's representation at the $300,00 NSW Country Championships at Randwick on Saturday shows how strong racing is in the region and justifies the $50,000...


Belconnen Bandits upset Ainslie-Gungahlin Bears to win ACT Baseball crown

SPORT: These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Tim Beard and Hayden Beard who play for the Bandits and Lee Mills, Reece Mills and Trent Mills who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final. 26th March 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Is the minor premiership a poisoned chalice?

Canberra para-cyclist Sue Powell claims back-to-back world crowns

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David Polkinghorne Evergreen Sue Powell is once again champion of the world, but the Canberra para-cyclist knows her competition is "coming to get her".

Water polo

Water Polo ACT could be homeless with Civic pool closure

sport. 28th March 2015.  ACT Water Polo Champions. ACT first Grade women's teams Nordek vs Vikings. (from left) Vikings player Karen Penney, and Nordek player Mel Taylor.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

David Polkinghorne Dual Olympian John Fox says Water Polo ACT could be homeless following the expected closure of the Civic pool.

Canberra breeder Bernie Howlett takes trifecta with Brazen Beau

David Polkinghorne A group 1 jockey, a group 1 trainer and now Bernie Howlett is a group 1 breeder. He could also have Australia's next sprinting star frolicking about in his paddocks on the outskirts of Canberra soon.