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Lee Gaskin

Lee Gaskin is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Saturday Serve

Canberra sporting extravaganza should happen for 100th anniversary of Anzac Day

Lee Gaskin Next year is the 100th anniversary of Australian troops landing at Gallipoli, and also the perfect time for a Canberra sports extravaganza to remember Anzac Day.

CBR Brave captain Mark Rummukainen returns for first game of Australian Ice Hockey League

Mark Rummukainen.

Lee Gaskin He was a leading force behind the birth of the CBR Brave, and captain Mark Rummukainen has returned from the world championships to lead the side for the first time.

Just A Blur changes gear to loom as Wagga Guineas hope

Lee Gaskin A simple gear change could be just the trick for Canberra filly Just A Blur taking out the $40,000 Wagga Guineas next week.

Melissa Breen skips IAAF world relays to focus on Commonwealth Games build-up

Melissa Breen will skip the world relays to focus on the Commonwealth Games.

Lee Gaskin Australia's fastest woman, Melissa Breen, will miss the inaugural IAAF world relays, but will be available to carry the baton at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hockey

Hockey ACT reigning champions Central, St Pat's have a point to prove

Lee Gaskin While Central is aiming to continue its domination in a vastly different-looking men's division, St Pat's women's team wants to add another piece of silverware to last year's breakthrough success.

Soccer

Tuggeranong United not focusing on FFA Cup before clash with Canberra FC

29 April 2011, sport, story by Natasha Lorenz, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Head coach of Belconnen United Soccer Club Steve Forshaw at the club s home ground in McKellar. SPECIAL 1

Lee Gaskin Sunday: Canberra National Premier League: Canberra FC v Tuggeranong United at Deakin Stadium; Canberra City v Woden Valley at Gungahlin Enclosed; Belconnen United v FFA Centre of Excellence at...

Canberra Raiders' Glen Buttriss brings up 100-game milestone

Lee Gaskin Raiders hooker Glen Buttriss reaches 100 NRL games this weekend after surviving challenges, including possible recruitment of Matt Ballin, Josh McCrone's move to dummy-half and a heap of injuries.

Soccer

Brisbane's Steve Lustica targets championship after switch from Adelaide United

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24:  Steven Lustica of the Roar in action during the round 26 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Melbourne Heart at Suncorp Stadium on March 24, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin Canberra product Steve Lustica would have been happy to see out the season with Adelaide United, but now finds himself 180 minutes from winning an A-League championship with Brisbane Roar.

England netball legend Sonia Mkoloma not slowing down with NSW Swifts

Lee Gaskin She has played at three Commonwealth Games, three World Cups, has more than 100 caps for her country and is in the England Netball Hall of Fame.

BMX

Caroline Buchanan wins opening round of the BMX World Cup circuit

Caroline Buchanan

Lee Gaskin Australia's Caroline Buchanan has shaken off the rust from a year-long absence from the BMX World Cup circuit with victory in the season opener in Manchester.

Athletics

Canberra sprinter Brendan Matthews in Stawell Gift contention after four-year absence

Canberra sprinter Brendan Matthews is in the semi-finals of the Stawell Gift.

Lee Gaskin Canberra runner Brendan Matthews into semi-finals of Stawell Gift. Wrap of other Canberra athletes.

Athletics

Australia's fastest woman Melissa Breen calls for Stawell Gift changes

Melissa Breen runs in the women's event.

John Salvado and Lee Gaskin Melissa Breen bows out in the opening round of the prestigious Stawell Gift event.

Australian football

Winless Belconnen Magpies urged to show more intensity as Queanbeyan Tigers break duck

Tiger, Josh Robinson, left and magpies Matthew Porter, middle and Reuban Towill, contest the ball.

Lee Gaskin Belconnen Magpies coach Jeremy Rowe implores players to show more intensity.

Athletics

Robert de Castella urges funding makeover after Melissa Breen suffers second snub

Melissa Breen, the fastest woman in Australian history, received just $4000 in Athletics Australia's latest round of funding.

Lee Gaskin Former world champion marathon runner Robert de Castella has urged Athletics Australia to increase the amount it invests in developing athletes after sprinter Melissa Breen missed out on substantial...

Athletics

Paralympian gold medallist Evan O'Hanlon takes on able-bodied athletes at Stawell Gift

evan o'hnlon

Lee Gaskin Paralyampic running superstar Evan O'Hanlon set to take on able-bodied athletes for the first time at the Stawell Gift over the Easter weekend.

Football

Player power-led sacking of Matildas coach worries ACT boss

Former Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus.

Lee Gaskin Capital Football boss Heather Reid fears sacking of Matildas coach will hold women back from key roles in the game.

Netball

Sharni Layton balances her roles with Australian Diamonds and NSW Swifts

Sharni Layton says she is finally injury free.

Lee Gaskin Sharni Layton is finally injury free, and is ready to help the Australian Diamonds win gold in Glasgow.

Timeline of CBR Brave entering the Australian Ice Hockey League

Lee Gaskin February 26: After 33 years in existence, the Canberra Knights announced they would be pulling out of the Australian Ice Hockey League just six weeks before the start of the season.

Athletics

Hammer thrower Tim Driesen goes from tossing tuna to dual Commonwealth Games representative

Tim Driesen in action.

Lee Gaskin Canberra-based hammer thrower Tim Driesen will represent Australia in his second Commonwealth Games.

Saturday Serve

Canberra fans show appetite for one-off events rather than new teams

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Lee Gaskin The Canberra sporting public has shown an appetite for one-off events, rather than new teams.