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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Three Canberrans competing at Taekwondo world champs in Russia

David Polkinghorne One knockout  and Keshena Waterford was hooked on taekwondo.

Michael Matthews sets sights on stage wins at Giro d'Italia

David Polkinghorne Can Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews start winning sprinters jerseys?

How Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary met his 'Uncle Gerry' Harvey

Joe Cleary and Glen Boss celebrate Landlocked's victory in the Wagga Gold Cup.

David Polkinghorne How does one of Australia's richest men end up in a partnership with a larrikin from Queanbeyan?

Rugby union

Canberra coaches back Brad Harris' appointment as Canberra Vikings coach

Ex-Tuggeranong coach Brad Harris will take the reins of the Canberra Vikings in the NPC.

David Polkinghorne Rival coaches have backed the appointment of Tuggeranong Vikings coach Brad Harris to the Canberra Vikings NRC program.

Boxing Australia hope Mayweather-Pacquiao fight boosts numbers

Counting down to 'The Fight of The Century: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio.

David Polkinghorne Boxing Australia development coach Don Abnett says Jeff Fenech's three world titles  brought a "massive increase" in boxers and he expected the "Fight of the Century" to have a similar...

Davis Cup coach Wally Masur says Nick Kyrgios will thrive against Roger Federer

David Polkinghorne Australian Davis Cup coach Wally Masur says Nick Kyrgios will "thrive" if he gets the chance to add to his resume the scalp of world No.

Canberra distance runner Emily Brichacek runs world champs qualifying time

Emily Brichacek ran a qualifying time for the women's world championships 5000m.

David Polkinghorne Canberra distance runner Emily Brichacek is one step closer to booking a ticket to the world championships in Beijing in August after running a qualifying time for the women's 5000 metres in the...

North Canberra get first win on board against United

Charley Nisbet, and Kate Allen of North Canberra  take on Katie James of United.

David Polkinghorne North Canberra secured its first win of the Capital League 1 hockey season on Sunday.

Dean Alessi expects ACT Speedway lights to make it tough to defend title

David Polkinghorne ACT champion Dean Alessi is expecting a tough time defending his national four-cylinders title.


Eastlake fightback gives Aspley NEAFL scare

David Polkinghorne After  six games in two years,  Eastlake forward Mitch Frail says running out on to Manuka Oval again felt like it was his first game.

AFL Canberra

Gungahlin Jets make winning return to Canberra AFL first grade

Sport. ACTAFL match at Manuka Oval between Eastlake (red and black) and Gunghalin Jets, Michael Lawless, left and Jasper Kidd.
May 2nd.
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

David Polkinghorne Gungahlin coach Adrian Pavese hopes the Jets winning return to AFL Canberra first grade is  a "launching pad for the next decade".


Central repeat ACT Hockey grand final victory over Goulburn

Penny Slater of UC and Nicole Wicks of United vie for possession.

David Polkinghorne Goulburn might have lost 3-1 to reigning premiers Central, but coach Steve Downey was confident they would knock off the team that beat them in last year's decider.

Australian football

Gungahlin Jets aiming for finals in AFL Canberra first grade return

Gungahlin Jets player Tim Lewis remembers how tough their last first grad campaign was, while new coach Adrian Pavese brings plenty of finals experience.

David Polkinghorne Coach says success will pave way for other clubs to follow.

Patience, It's A Virtue for Canberra trainer Jules de Smet at Wagga Gold Cup

David Polkinghorne With a Town Plate already under his belt, Canberra trainer Jules de Smet is hoping patience is a virtue when it comes to this year's listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup.

Alicia Coutts backs Australia for top-five finish at Rio Olympics

David Polkinghorne Can Australia push for top-five finish at Rio Olympics?

Frank Cleary wins Kevin Sweeney Tribute at Queanbeyan

The Kevin Sweeney Career Tribute F&M benchmark 55 Handicap 1200m race at Queanbeyan Racecourse. 
John Kissick riding By Virtue celebrates the victory.

David Polkinghorne Golden Slipper winner Frank Cleary was just starting out as a trainer when Kevin Sweeney was an apprentice jockey, which made By Virtue's win in the Kevin Sweeney Career Tribute (1200 metres) all the...

Chynna Marston still suffering headaches and memory loss from Tumut fall

Canberra jockey Chynna Marston after her fall in November.

David Polkinghorne Almost six months after her crash, Canberra apprentice jockey Chynna Marston wakes up with a headache and is struggling with her short-term memory.


No NEAFL doubts for Eastlake

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File pic 'Tying the bootlaces

David Polkinghorne Will they suffer their third straight 100-point loss of the year?

Canberra jockey Brendan Ward hoping good form continues into Wagga carnival

Sport.  Race 4 at Queanbeyan Racing Club.  Jockey Brendan Ward after winning Race 4 on Basilus.  9 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne Hoop hoping to take form into Wagga Wagga carnival.

Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews finishes third in Amstel Gold Race

David Polkinghorne Orica-GreenEDGE young gun Michael Matthews has claimed his second Spring Classics podium in a month.