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 www.afl.com.au. 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.

AFL pressed to help close gender gap

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...

Top-five Rio finish ‘aspirational’

Olympic flame.

Samantha Lane Australia's predicted performance at next year's Rio Olympics has officially been revised down from the lofty top-five target initially set by the Australian Sports Commission.

Bulldogs boss says AFL not doing enough for women's footy

Samantha Lane Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti has challenged the AFL to swiftly lift its game on advancing women's football.

Simon Gerrans to ride Giro d'Italia

Samantha Lane Simon Gerrans' strong rebound from injury has seen him named as Orica-GreenEDGE's headline rider for the first grand tour of the year.

As clock ticks on appeal deadline, ASADA still waiting on crucial Dank finding

With a sense of urgency, McDevitt inquired about the matter and was reassured he would be informed of the tribunal’s findings on Dank soon after the Easter break.

Samantha Lane Pondering the biggest call in its history, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has still not received crucial information that was to strongly influence its decision on whether to appeal the...

Hawthorn players back club's increased drug tests, says CEO Stuart Fox

Hawks boss Fox wants to see players' hair tested quarterly to improve surveillance of illicit drug use.

Samantha Lane Hawthorn's self-funded move to double hair testing at the club after the 2014 premiership only occurred after the Hawks' football subcommittee's suggestion was approved by players.

Hird lawyer calls for ASADA CEO, AFL Commission and AFL CEO to stand down

Samantha Lane Steven Amendola, the lawyer who has acted for James Hird throughout Essendon’s two-year drug scandal, says Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief executive Ben McDevitt, his AFL opposite...

Former WADA boss says Essendon should not feel exonerated by drug ruling

Former WADA president John Fahey says Essendon should not feel exonerated by the ASADA ruling.

Samantha Lane Far from feeling exonerated by a favourable ruling for its players, Essendon should re-read the scathing assessment published about its experimental 2012 regimen, according to former World...

The Essendon verdict: ASADA boss lashes Essendon's 'utterly disgraceful' program

Samantha Lane Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority boss Ben McDevitt, contemplating whether to appeal an adverse AFL tribunal finding, has lambasted Essendon for running an injection program he has termed...

Team boss raises fears over water pollution at Rio Games

Concern: Sailors may be at risk.

Samantha Lane, Olympics 2016 Olympic host city Rio is under mounting pressure to ensure the safety of athletes competing in open water competitions.

Depleted Dons could ‘skew’ year for other teams

Samantha Lane The entire 2015 AFL season, including the finals series, will be compromised if drug bans lead to Essendon fielding a severely weakened team and the AFL does not find a way to address the matter for...

'Dream' deal for Rachel Neylan

Timely breakthrough: Rachel Neylan.

Samantha Lane In a watershed moment for her career, Rachel Neylan has won a contract with leading professional women’s cycling outfit, Orica-AIS, and will debut for the Australian team within a week.

Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship 2015: Mark Bolton ready for his first Ironman

After a year of 4.30am starts, former Bomber Mark Bolton is ready to take on one of sport’s great challenges.

Samantha Lane Mark Bolton has become a lot of things in football retirement. Husband of Alex, father of Maggie, co-founder and CEO of not-for-profit youth homelessness organisation, Ladder, head the list of the...