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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

BMX

Olympics give bandits a boost

BMX

David Polkinghorne She may not have won the Olympic gold medal she desperately wanted, but Caroline Buchanan has inspired a new generation of BMX bandits in the ACT.

Cycling

Canberra cyclist Nathan Hart joins Cycling Australia high-performance unit

Nathan Hart is hoping to ride his way into Glasgow contention.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's Nathan Hart has spent the past month rubbing shoulders with Australian cycling royalty and hopes training every day alongside Anna Meares and Shane Perkins will help get him to where he...

Swimming

Swim team culture no longer toxic, says optimistic Coutts

David Polkinghorne Alicia Coutts says the Australian swimming team's much-maligned culture was ''so much better'' last year.

Mountain biking

Buchanan scoops second title in a year

Caroline Buchanan.

David Polkinghorne Caroline Buchanan becomes only the second woman to win two world championships in the same year.

Swimming

Nugent's final word

David Polkinghorne Former Swimming Australia head coach Leigh Nugent knows coaching jobs ''end up in tears''.

Olympics

Canberra Olympians primed for bright futures

15TH AUGUST- 2012 -SPORT -STORY DAVID POLKINGHORNE- THE CANBERRA TIMES- PHOTO BY MELISSA ADAMS.
Caroline Buchanan relaxes at home , after competing in the London Olympics.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's Patty Mills believes he's now ready to lead an NBA team after his heroics at the Olympics Games.

Soccer

Canberra looms as Heyman's home

29 August 2012. Sport. Journalist David Polkinghorne.  Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan. Michelle Heyman training with the Matildas at the AIS.

David Polkinghorne Canberra United's star striker Michelle Heyman wants a few days on her own before she decides her W-League future.

Mountain biking

Henderson on the comeback trail

12 October 2012.  Sport. Journalist David Polkinghorne.  Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.  Bec Henderson with Dan McConnell as he takes a break in preparation for the Scott Australian 24 Hour MTB Championships at Stromlo Park.

David Polkinghorne Riding a mountain bike around a muddy, cold Mt Stromlo for 24 hours isn't really Bec Henderson's thing, but the event's vibe will ensure she spends a big chunk of this weekend at the Australian 24...

Soccer

Old club, new team as Hingst faces Jets

27TH SEPTEMBER- 2012 -SPORT -STORY- LEE GASKIN- THE CANBERRA TIMES- PHOTO BY MELISSA ADAMS.
Germany world cup winner Ariane Hingst has joined Canberra United for the W-League season. Pic taken at the AIS multi purpose fields.

David Polkinghorne The only familiar things waiting for Canberra United recruit Ariane Hingst in Newcastle are some friends and the beaches.

Basketball

Jackson and coach miss, but Capitals confident

Coach Carrie Graf

David Polkinghorne Their superstar is out ''indefinitely'' and their coach has flown home on the eve of the game, but the Canberra Capitals are confident they have the right people in place to cover the two big losses.

Mountain biking

Henderson homes in on shot at national title

12 October 2012.  Sport. Journalist David Polkinghorne.  Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.  Bec Henderson with Dan McConnell as he takes a break in preparation for the Scott Australian 24 Hour MTB Championships at Stromlo Park.

David Polkinghorne It's a far cry from racing in front of 20,000 at an Olympic Games, but Canberra mountain biker Bec Henderson is still excited about competing at the national championships at Stromlo this weekend.

Swimming

Leadership the key to making waves

Bill Sweetenham

David Polkinghorne Former Australian head coach said disastrous London Olympics campaign was a ''long time coming''.

BMX

Buchanan hopes Lady Luck will smile on her Games bid

24 November 2011, sport, story by Chris Dutton, picture by STUART WALMSLEY. Canberra BMX cyclist and Olympic hopeful Caroline Buchanan.

David Polkinghorne Canberra BMX star Caroline Buchanan knows she's the fastest female rider in the world, but she also knows that doesn't guarantee her a gold medal at this year's London Olympic Games - she will also...

Swimming

An Olympic-sized apology?

Kenrick Monk addresses the media today.

David Polkinghorne Under-siege swimmer Kenrick Monk has defended his controversial photo with Nick D’Arcy as ‘‘just a bit of fun’’ after the pair met with Swimming Australia officials in Brisbane today.

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Swimming

AOC should abolish punishment for Monk, D'Arcy: Lawrence

Kenrick Monk

David Polkinghorne The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) should reverse its punishment of controversial swimmers Kenrick Monk and Nick D'Arcy despite the pair being a couple of ''dickheads'', swimming icon Laurie...

Cycling

Hi-tech simulator provides riders with a cutting edge

24 May 2012, sport, photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Olympic cycling hopeful Chloe Hosking participates in Operation Deja Vu at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. The exercise allows prospective Olympians to virtually experience the courses they will compete on in London.

David Polkinghorne If Cycling Australia wants to know how cyclist Chloe Hosking will handle the London road race course, it only needs to check its email.

Athletes in cough risk after outbreak

20th  June 2012, Story by  Chris Dutton,  Canberra Times Photo, Colleen Petch,  Due to an outbreak of whooping cough swimming Australia has cancelled a scheduled swim meet at the AIS pool. Australian water polo captain Kate Gynther talks to the media.

Chris Dutton, David Polkinghorne The Australian Institute of Sport claims there's no need to quarantine its athletes just 36 days out from the Olympic Games despite admitting some may be at a ''high risk'' to a contagious outbreak...