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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews takes on his idol Cadel Evans at world championships

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews has looked up to Cadel Evans as a role model from the moment he saw him dominate a world championship, but that respect won't stop the 24-year-old from trying to...


Four Canberra Capitals to be named in extended world championships squad

Capitals player Carley Mijovic has been named in the extended Opals squad for the world championships, along with Lauren Jackson, Abby Bishop and Nat Hurst.

David Polkinghorne Extremely mobile, great ball-handling skills and athletic - they're the tools Opals coach Brendan Joyce believes could help Canberra Capitals forward Carley Mijovic make the final squad for the world...


World championships beckon


David Polkinghorne Chloe Hosking backs Oceania road race champion as ''a great asset'' to Australia at this year's worlds.


Jess MacLean wins world championship silver in women's team time trial

Jessie MacLean.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Jessie MacLean wins silver as part of the Orica-AIS team time trial in Spain.

Locker room

Caroline Buchanan battles Torah Bright and Sally Pearson for top female athlete prize

Chris Dutton

David Polkinghorne Caroline Buchanan up against female sport's glamour girls for top prize, Gregan a hit at Hall of Fame and Josh Papalii welcomes first child.


Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews using Michael Rogers as inspiration

Michael Matthews turned in a star performance at the Giro d'Italia.

David Polkinghorne Michael Matthews looks to fellow Canberran Michael Rogers for inspiration for recovering from injury.


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...


Cycling Australia will welcome Canberra's Michael Rogers back with open arms

Michael Rogers will be welcomed back.

David Polkinghorne Michael Rogers free to return to national set-up.

Mountain Biking

Blair has his sights set on Games gold

While most athletes find the nine-to-five grind a hindrance to elite performance, the 35-year-old is the opposite and said his job as an ACTEW Water project manager had helped him train more.

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan mountain biker Andrew Blair spent every day of the working week on Mount Stromlo.


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.


Test spin leads Paul Kennedy to tandem racing

David Polkinghorne Paul Kennedy is a goalballer who thought cycling might help him get over a torn anterior cruciate ligament.


Track cyclist Alex Bird moves on from snub to nationals swansong

David Polkinghorne Canberra's Alex Bird says he was ''miffed'' with Cycling Australia selectors, but he bears no grudges or regrets.


Nat Hurst in push to regain bounce

Australian Opals and Canberra Capitals player Natalie Hurst.

David Polkinghorne Nat Hurst admits the past few weeks haven't been her best, but Opals coach Brendan Joyce was confident that form was just around the corner and encouraged her to focus on what she was doing a month...


Narrabundah Velodrome reopening puts cyclists back on track

David Polkinghorne Paralympic gold medallist Sue Powell says the new Narrabundah Velodrome could be the difference between winning and missing out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.


Mailman has medals in his sights

Daniel Ellis

David Polkinghorne He's spent the past 14 months delivering Adelaide's mail, now Canberra cyclist Daniel Ellis wants to deliver Australia medals at next year's world championships and Commonwealth Games.

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...

Mountain biking

Teammates finish lap as Batterley rides off to hospital

xray of broken collarbone.

David Polkinghorne Officially, Ian Batterley's Australian 24-hour mountain biking championships ended after just one lap, but in reality he fell agonisingly short of completing it.


Time to bury the past as new, clean breed embraces future

Michael Matthews

David Polkinghorne Michael Matthews will still join Orica-Greenedge next year and is adamant the sport is ''getting really clean'', despite team director Matthew White's admission of doping with Lance Armstrong.


High-flying Bird hopes to land in Mexico

alex bird

David Polkinghorne Alex Bird is one step closer to representing Australia at a world track championships.

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.