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.

Drugs in Sport

ASADA may get more bite

Steve Dank

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority could have the power to compel the likes of Stephen Dank to attend interviews by next week, with the federal sports minister increasingly confident that...


White keen for return

Matt White

Samantha Lane After telling authorities everything he knows about doping, and serving a backdated six-month ban for his sins, former cyclist Matt White hopes to be re-installed as a director of Australia's...


White seeks redemption after six months in sin bin

FILE - OCTOBER 13: Former USPS cyclist and Lance Armstrong team mate, and now Director of Orica-GreenEDGE Cycling Team, Australian Matthew White has been named as part of the USADA inquiry into the actions of the USPS team last decade. White has been named in an affidavit by American Floyd Landis. BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 14:  (L-R) Matt White of Australia and Julian Dean of New Zealand mingle with the crowd as the Boulder Theater played host to the presentation of the 2008 Slipstream/Chipotle Professional Cycling Team on November 14, 2007 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Samantha Lane After telling authorities everything he knows about doping, and serving a backdated six-month ban for his sins, cyclist Matt White hopes to be reinstated as a director of Australia's professional...

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ASC shows displeasure by cuts to athletics, swimming

Aus Mens swim team front the media to admit to their behaviours in London - bringing the swim team into disrepute. James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy and Eamon Sullivan admit to taking Stilnox tablets. Photo: Edwina Pickles. 22 Feb 2013.

Samantha Lane No longer merely on notice for governance failings and mediocre performances, Swimming Australia and Athletics Australia have had their federal government funding slashed.


High-profile sports pay for mediocrity

Sailing a winner: Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page celebrate gold in London.

Samantha Lane Swimming Australia and Athletics Australia have had their federal government funding slashed.


Armstrong's plans for swim comeback blocked

Lance Armstrong

Samantha Lane Swimming's world governing body has blocked Lance Armstrong's planned return to competitive sport by prohibiting the confessed drug cheat from racing at a weekend masters meet.


Women added to AOC board

Nicole Livingston.

Samantha Lane The Australian Olympic Committee has added three women to its board, and promoted another to vice-presidency, in an overdue remodelling that hits new minimum gender balance targets set by the...


Armstrong back in action, this time in the pool

According to reports, January 05, 2013 disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is pondering admitting to the doping offences that saw him stripped of his seven Tour de France titles RODEZ, FRANCE - JULY 17:  Lance Armstrong of the USA and Team Radioshack signs on at the start of stage thirteen of the 2010 Tour de France from Rodez to Revel on July 17, 2010 in Revel, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Samantha Lane Lance Armstrong is preparing to race again, albeit it in the unfamiliar setting of a masters swimming event.

Women in Sport

Gender imbalance may cost top sports

John Wylie.

Samantha Lane Australia's top publicly funded sports face budget cuts if no makeover within 12 months.

Drugs in Sport

ASADA probe team expanded


Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigative team has expanded from six to 22, with 10 additional investigators joining a unit that has been overwhelmed by an unprecedented job.


Industry left on tenterhooks as inquiry drags on

Waiting game: Klaus Mueller.

Samantha Lane Five months have elapsed since ASADA inquiry into cycling was announced.

Sport in Crisis

Call for 'no needle' law in AFL


Samantha Lane The AFL's chief medico wants a ban on players injecting substances.


Fahey hits AFL over 3 strikes

John Fahey.

Samantha Lane John Fahey says the nation's leading football code continues to set a bad example by sticking with its three-strikes policy.


Coaching the coaches next priority

Dr Pippa Grange.

Samantha Lane Athletes not only recurring theme in recently released probes of dysfunctional swimming team.


Lundy denies we fail drugs test

Sports Minister Kate Lundy confirmed nine cases of bullying.

Samantha Lane Stinging critique of Australia's record on drug cheats rejected by federal Sports Minister.

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ASADA: is it working?


Samantha Lane Questions have been raised over the effectiveness of the anti-doping body.

Lundy rejects doubts on ASADA independence

Kate Lundy

Samantha Lane A STINGING assessment of Australia's recent record of exposing drug cheats in sport, from one of the nation's leading anti-doping experts, has been rebuked by the federal Sports Minister.

Sport in Crisis

Eight-year limit no deterrent for ASADA


Samantha Lane Anti-doping body serious about pursuing any athlete or club that has used performance-enhancing drugs.


Hefty fines await offending swimmers

Barclay Nettlefold, president of Swimming Australia, speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Samantha Lane Athletes found guilty of abusing prescription drugs and bullying will face significant fines.

'Culturally toxic': swimmers hit with claims of drugs and bullying


Samantha Lane TWO disturbing reports into a dysfunctional Olympic swimming team devoid of leadership in London last year will see athletes found guilty of abusing prescription drugs and bullying exposed and hit...