Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane is a sports writer with The Age's sports section. She joined The Sunday Age's sports team in 2005, where she specialised in the coverage of Australian Rules football, before joining the daily Age in 2007. She has a wealth of multi-media broadcasting experience since starting her journalism career in 2002 at She is also a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game. Samantha covered the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be reporting extensively on the 2012 London Olympics.

Kylie Palmer could still make Rio Olympic Games despite drug charge

Samantha Lane and Phil Lutton Olympic gold medallist Kylie Palmer, suddenly sidelined after being confronted by a re-opened drugs case, may still be selected by the Australian Olympic Committee to compete at next year's Rio games...

AFLPA boss Paul Marsh attacks threat to players' trade veto

Rejecting draft change: AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Samantha Lane Emphatically rejecting a mooted draft system change that would remove the power of a contracted footballer to veto a trade, AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh said the move would see his members...

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AFLPA says 'majority' would feel like Chris Judd

Chris Judd

Samantha Lane Chris Judd's candid reflection, in retirement, that his inability to truly detach from football while he was playing had at times detracted from the richness of his broader life was no surprise to...

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Cricket, swimming take hit in sports-funding overhaul

Facing a cut: Swimming received $866,000 in participation funds from the government in 2014-15.

Samantha Lane Cricket, gymnastics and swimming will take funding hits, while rugby league and basketball will enjoy noteworthy boosts, in a complete overhaul of annual participation distributions that sports...

Suns duo break booze pact as Charlie Dixon confesses to regular match-eve drinking

Charlie Dixon's use of alcohol generally is now a concern for the club.

Samantha Lane Since Jack Martin and Charlie Dixon's breach of a Gold Coast Suns' pact to a period of sobriety, concerns have emerged over a separate confession from the club's top goalkicker to a match-eve...

Olympics funding boost: cycling, table tennis win

Table Tennis generic.

Samantha Lane Australian sports are set to receive a $2 million financial injection in the countdown to the Rio Olympics.

Blues boss won't let Malthouse comments slip

Samantha Lane Carlton boss Steven Trigg has admitted his dismay at the latest comments of Mick Malthouse that have put the already precariously placed coach at odds with the club hierarchy and its messaging about...

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Mass exodus of Carlton staff continues

Carlton CEO Steven Trigg

Samantha Lane Carlton's extraordinary turnover of staff continues with a one-time membership boss who was demoted from the Blues' executive the latest key resignation.

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Australian Sports Commission missing its own female board representation target

Of the ASC's seven voting directors and eight members in total, only one – Alisa Camplin – is female.

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Commission finds itself in the unfortunate position - even if temporarily - of failing to meet the same women-on- boards target it has mandated for national sports bodies.

Stand Up for gay rights: A sporting dynasty with different goals in mind

Angie, 8, Steven (top), 12, and Brent Greene, (right), 10.

Samantha Lane Angie Greene was inspired by the contrasting experience of her sporting brothers, one gay and one straight, to campaign for more inclusive sex education and challenge heteronormative culture.

Greene campaign against homophobia in sport coincides with AFL push on issue

Steven, Brent and Angie Greene at their parents Hampton home. Their family is part of Melbourne's Sport royalty. Brent is gay, his sister Angie is fighting against homophobia in sport and Steven played for Hawthorn.  Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. 14TH MAY 2015

Samantha Lane Angie Greene, daughter of Hawks legend Russell Greene, hopes her pride-themed fun run can become an annual fixture.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan throws weight behind national women's league


Samantha Lane AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the best, most proactive, thing the league can do to promote women in football is back — and expedite — the establishment of a national women's...

AFL pressed to help close gender gap

Sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick (centre).

Samantha Lane Australia's sex discrimination commissioner has challenged the AFL to be a gender equity leader.

Driving change across sport's great divide

(From L-R) Ian Robson CEO Melbourne Victory, Gary Pert CEO Collingwood Football Club, Brendon Gale CEO Richmond Football Club, Craig Tiley CEO Tennis Australia, Elizabeth Broderick Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Simon Hollingsworth CEO ASC, Anthony Moore CEO Basketball Australia, Mark Anderson CEO Swimming Australia, Paul White CEO Brisbane Broncos.

Samantha Lane and John Stensholt Australia's sex discrimination commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, has turned her attention to sport. She says sport is male dominated and won't change without bold intervention.

Sports dragging the chain on women-on-boards target

ASC chairman John Wylie mandated a target of 40 per cent women board members when the administration of Australian sport was radically recast after the London Olympics.

Samantha Lane The majority of Australia's top government funded sports have failed to meet a women on boards target set three years ago, with the Australian Paralympic Committee dragging the chain most glaringly.

Elite sports CEOs committed to promoting women in leadership

Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

Samantha Lane An elite sport male champions of change group is blowing the whistle on gender inequality in sport.

Fist pumps for the game that changes it all

Women playing footy

Samantha Lane It is one game, but it is a game changer. The money-can't-buy magic moment. The red-letter day.

History-making day for female umps

Umpire Libby Toovey

Samantha Lane An exclusively female corps of umpires will officiate a TAC Cup match on Saturday in another female football first a now milestone rich season.

Joint major city bid idea rejected by IOC head

IOC President Thomas Bach in Sydney this week.

Samantha Lane, Olympics International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, has dismissed outright the possibility of any joint bid from major cities winning Games hosting rights.

Medal plunge? AOC won't go there

Kitty Chiller is confident standards for the Olympics would be up to scratch in time for August 2016.

Samantha Lane Australia's Olympic Committee will not entertain the prospect of a slide in the international pecking order in Rio next year, despite the Australian Institute of Sport's forecast of a plunge as low...