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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Canberra Track Classic books world champs tickets, although Lauren Wells falls agonisingly short

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07: Kathryn Mitchell of Victoria celebrates throwing a World Championship qualifing distance in the womens Javelin throw during the 2015 Canberra Track Classic on February 7, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne Want a ticket to the world championships? Then come to Canberra.

Sally Pearson backs Canberra to host athletics nationals – on one proviso

Sport. 7th February 2015. The Australian Athletics Tour, Canberra Track Classic. Infigen Energy Women 100 meters, with Melissa Breen and Sally Pearson after the race.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

David Polkinghorne It's unanimous. The Canberra Track Classic should be a permanent fixture on Athletics Australia's summer calendar and Olympic Games champion Sally Pearson has backed it to host the nationals –...

Sally Pearson outruns shadow Mel Breen at Canberra Track Classic

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Sally Pearson of Queensland and Melissa Breen of the ACT run in the womens 200 metres during the 2015 Canberra Track Classic on February 7, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne Golden girl Sally Pearson says the fear of losing drives her and that fear is starting to manifest itself in the shape of her new shadow and Australian record holder Mel Breen.


Alex Rowe aiming for world champs qualifier at Canberra Track Classic

Rowe holds the record along with Ralph Doubell,? who set the mark of one minute 44.4 seconds at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, and the 22-year-old wants to hit the ground running at the Canberra Track Classic on Saturday to book his place to the world championships in Beijing in August.

David Polkinghorne And he's backed Canberra to host the nationals, on one proviso.

Coach Matthew Beckenham says beating Sally Pearson an important step for Melissa Breen

Breen Pearson was an ultra-consistent performer and a close result with a quick Pearson would also be a good result.

David Polkinghorne Coach Matthew Beckenham says Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen has the perfect chance to start silencing doubts she can compete against the world's best when she takes on Australian golden girl...


Canberra owner hopes Thorsborne can push on to Black Opal

The daughter of Hinchinbrook scored a gutsy win first up at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park on Friday and is trained by the winner of last year's Black Opal, Gerald Ryan.

David Polkinghorne Thorsborne co-owner Kevin Willis says as a Canberran he would be thrilled to have a runner in the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) next month.


Sally Pearson focused on reclaiming world crown

David Polkinghorne Australian golden girl Sally Pearson's sole focus is reclaiming the world championship crown she lost two years ago and this summer's racing is just to "tick the legs over".

Wally Masur says it would be special to captain a Davis Cup tie in Canberra

Retired Australian players Todd Woodbridge and Wally Masur inspect the work on the new tennis facility at Lyneham on Monday.

David Polkinghorne Wally Masur had his first tennis lesson at Lyneham as an eight-year-old, and now he wants to lead the Australian Davis Cup team in a tie at the redeveloped Canberra Tennis Centre there -- although...

ACT sports minister Shane Rattenbury hands out $2.6 million in funding

The opening of the new boardwalk at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
Shane Rattenbury
2 Feb 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

David Polkinghorne As ACT Sports Minister Shane Rattenbury handed out $2.6 million to community sport, he also took the opportunity to label Canberra bashers such as WA Premier Colin Barnett as "jealous" of the ACT's...


Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey-Lee Roberts calls for Canberra Track Classic to become permanent fixture

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey-Lee Roberts.

David Polkinghorne Even Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey-Lee Roberts is excited about Australia's golden girl Sally Pearson and her showdown with Aussie record-holder Melissa Breen on Saturday and  she...

Nick Kyrgios desperate to play Davis Cup after back injury rules him out of Marseille and Dubai

Nick Kyrgios.

David Polkinghorne Bone stress in Canberra young gun Nick Kyrgios' lower back has forced him to withdraw from two ATP tournaments, but coach Todd Larkham says the 19-year-old is desperate to be fit for Australia's...


Queanbeyan in control against Ginninderra in Douglas Cup clash

January 31 2015.

Canberra first-grade two-day Douglas Cup action. Eastlake first slip Vele Dukoski dives to save four runs on the boundary.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan captain Sam Taylor is confident they can cover the impending loss of opening bowler Ed Barnard, despite the England under-19 representative giving them the upper hand against Ginninderra...


No ACT Meteors in proposed Women's Big Bash League

 ACT Meteors batter Jenny Taffs leaves the field after being caught out.

David Polkinghorne The ACT Meteors could get big bashed off the national women's Twenty20 landscape, but coach Andrew Dawson believes a Women's Big Bash League would help expand women's cricket in Canberra.


Beck Wiasak hopes nationals silver and bronze will see her get to Paris track worlds

Rebecca Wiasak.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Beck Wiasak is so hopeful she will be part of Australia's world championship track team she has let her "Plan B" safety net slip.


Canberra cricketers stay positive despite Manuka let-down

Weston Creek Molonglo's Kevin Jacob, left, and Wests player Joe Cooke before the ACT one-day final.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's cricketers are disappointed they will not get to play their finals on Manuka Oval this summer, but hope it will benefit ACT cricket long-term through the impending arrival of the World Cup.

Temper could hold Nick Kyrgios back, says former Pat Cash mentor Jeff Bond

The psychologist who worked closely with tennis legend Pat Cash, Jeff Bond, believes Nick Nyrgios is hampering his ability through his anger.

David Polkinghorne Nick Kyrgios' fiery temper became a hot topic during the Australian Open, but leading sports psychologist Jeff Bond believes ditching the antics rather than throwing his racquet could be the...

Brett Lee's fairytale ends in disaster at the hands of his Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques

Tough way to end: Brett Lee after his side's final-ball loss to the Perth Scorchers.

David Polkinghorne Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques owes Brett Lee a beer.

Big Bash lights up the nation's capital

From left, Owen McCaughan, 9, Ryan McCaughan, 12 both of Conder and Trent Rogers, 12 of Gordon.

David Polkinghorne "Fire up Canberra" the big screens implored, the Big Bash circus is in town. And fire up it did.


Jack Murphy wins Canberra Calvary's most valuable player award

Jack Murphy won the Cavs MVP award.

David Polkinghorne Cavalry's manager says the Toronto Blue Jays prospect is ready to take the next step.