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.

WADA boss David Howman coming to Australia

The WADA boss is Australia-bound ahead of its Essendon appeal

Samantha Lane The head of the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency, David Howman, will visit Australia in October, a matter of weeks before his organisation seeks to prove that 34 AFL players received banned...

Cut Australian swimmers some slack: Olympic team boss Kitty Chiller

Chef de mission Kitty Chiller.

Samantha Lane The new boss of Australia's Olympic team has used the year-to-go milestone before the Rio games to call for an easing of pressure on the nation's top swimmers.

AFL boss recommits on gender diversity despite loss of sole female executive

Resigned: Dorothy Hisgrove.

Samantha Lane The resignation of the AFL's sole female executive has led competition boss Gillon McLachlan to re-state his commitment to diversifying the league's still heavily male dominant hierarchy.

Campbell Brown returned to Dover alone to re-attempt English Channel swim

The happy swimmer after a training session.

Samantha Lane Campbell Brown returned to Dover this week prepared to have a second go. Yet again the retired AFL premiership player who has spent the past 18 months training for the 34-kilometre exercise departed...

Melbourne players to wear Aboriginal colours in support of Adam Goodes

 Melbourne footballer Neville Jetta has rallied his team in support of Adam Goodes.

Samantha Lane Melbourne players will tape the three colours of the Aboriginal flag around their forearms this weekend in what they hope will be a strong, and eye-catching, message of support for Adam Goodes.

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'Ashamed of sport', says AFL's longest serving chairman Richard Colless

Former Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless.

Samantha Lane The AFL's longest serving chairman, former Sydney boss Richard Colless, says he feels ashamed of the sport he helped lead for two decades and has lamented football's delayed response to the...

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Sydney's Goodes a victim of workplace bullying, says lawyer

Bullied: Swans player Adam Goodes.

Samantha Lane Adam Goodes is not only being racially vilified through spectator jeering, the dual Brownlow medallist presents as a quintessential victim of bullying.

Gerry Ryan hunts for third Orica-GreenEDGE partner

The Orica GreenEDGE team.

Samantha Lane Australia's Orica GreenEDGE is poised for a name change before next year's Tour de France, in a deal that stands to put the four-year-old team well ahead in its financial planning.

Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews hopes to overcome crash setback in Tour de France

Michael Matthews of Australia and Orica Greenedge

Samantha Lane There have been no wins, as such, for Australia's elite cycling team in its fourth, and particularly brutal, Tour de France.

Tour de France 2015: 'One can ruin it for everybody'

A police officer watches on as Team Sky riders prepare for the day.

Samantha Lane The morning after the Tour de France was stained with an unfortunate kind of yellow, team SKY cordoned off its warm up area with retractable barrier tape.

Tour de France 2015: 16 hours with Orica-GreenEDGE

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Samantha Lane On Bastille day, Samantha Lane spent 16 hours embedded with Australia's Orica-GreenEDGE team for stage 10 of Le Tour de France. This is what she saw.

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Mission abandoned: Campbell Brown pulled out of English Channel

Campbell Brown after his aborted swim.

Samantha Lane AFL premiership player Campbell Brown had to be pulled out of the English Channel, an extreme turn in weather conditions causing his mission to swim the 32-kilometre distance between Dover and Calais...

Campbell Brown channelling a dream

Former AFL player Campbell Brown, who will attempt to swim the English Channel this weekend, training at Brighton Beach.

Samantha Lane Increasingly impatient, a retired AFL premiership player sits in a humble, though magnificently located, caravan park on the cliff tops of Dover, England, steadily demolishing bags of chocolates.

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Hardhat at the ready, meet the AFL players' new boss

Samantha Lane So this is the man who plans to battle the AFL, come what may, to achieve an unprecedented result for players that will profoundly change the financial face of Australia's richest and most popular...

Kylie Palmer could still make Rio Olympic Games despite drug charge

Olympic gold medallist Kylie Palmer.

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.