Linda Pearce

is an award-winning freelance sportswriter, based in Melbourne.

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Sport May 01, 2021

Shooting star Jhaniele Fowler

As West Coast Fever’s goal-shooting machine, Jhaniele Fowler hopes to push her club to one spot higher in the domestic netball league. But the Jamaican’s ambitions don’t stop there. She also wants to be the best player in the world.

Sport April 24, 2021

Hawthorn’s Changkuoth Jiath

Born in an Ethiopian refugee camp, Changkuoth Jiath was raised in rural Victoria and, after picking up the oval Sherrin, soon spotted by talent scouts. Now the 21-year-old is one of Hawthorn’s most exciting players and a firm crowd favourite.

Sport March 27, 2021

Oceana Mackenzie’s ascent

The addition of sport climbing to the Tokyo Olympics line-up sees Melbourne teen Oceana Mackenzie on an upward trajectory in international competition.

Sport February 06, 2021

Stage set for Australian Open

First in doubt and then delayed, the Australian Open is set to begin. But can the drama of coronavirus-positive international arrivals, hotel quarantine fears and social media volleys be eclipsed by actual action on the courts?

Sport January 23, 2021

Stacey Marinkovich’s title fight

In the world of sporting KPIs, those of Stacey Marinkovich, the new coach of the Australian Diamonds netball team, couldn’t be more clear – wrest back the game’s most coveted trophies from England and New Zealand.

Sport December 19, 2020

Demon shows his fighting spirit

A quarter-finals appearance at the US Open was Alex de Minaur’s best on-court performance to date, but the world No. 23 rates making it through the mental challenges and disruptions of 2020 as his biggest achievement.

Sport October 17, 2020

Vixens defender Jo Weston gets serious

As the Melbourne Vixens compete for the Super Netball premiership this weekend, quirky defender Jo Weston will trade the jokes for a serious role in wearing down the opposition.

Sport September 05, 2020

Grand slam tennis resumes … for some

Grand slam tennis has returned with Australian players including James Duckworth having headed into the US Open ‘bubble’. Journeyman Matt Reid, however, opted to sit out the tournament at home, swapping his racquet for a hammer and chisel at a Sydney quarry.

Sport August 01, 2020

Super Netball chair Marina Go

As chair of the national Super Netball league, former Bauer Media executive Marina Go couldn’t have faced a more fraught run-up to the 2020 season. Finally, the first pass is set to be thrown.

Sport June 13, 2020

Teenage girls quitting sport

With the number of young girls dropping out of sport already alarmingly high, will the impacts of the coronavirus lead to even fewer female participants?

Sport February 15, 2020

LPGA world No. 22 Hannah Green

Winning the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship catapulted Hannah Green up the world rankings and into contention for the Tokyo Olympics. The rising star talks about her hunger for further success.

Sport February 01, 2020

Tennis legend Rod Laver

While other former Australian tennis champions court controversy, Rod Laver, the only player to achieve two grand slams, continues to be lauded as Australia’s greatest living sportsman.

Sport December 21, 2019

Tennis champion Sam Stosur

She won her first WTA singles match in 2003 and went on to become a doubles world No. 1 and US Open singles champion – by beating Serena Williams, no less. But Sam Stosur isn’t done yet.

Sport November 30, 2019

Alyssa Healy takes the gloves off

She’s one of Australia’s most celebrated women cricketers in her own right and the niece and wife of two champions of the game. Alyssa Healy talks about the challenges and triumphs of her sporting life.

Sport November 09, 2019

Alicia Molik eyes Fed Cup glory

As Australia sets itself for its first Fed Cup final since 1993, team captain Alicia Molik reflects on her own on-court highs and lows and assesses what makes world No. 1 Ash Barty so special.

Sport October 19, 2019

Netball’s Sarah Klau factor

For the early part of her professional netball career, Sarah Klau was lacking in confidence and accustomed to warming the bench. Now, despite managing a chronic illness, the 25-year-old has secured her spot in the Diamonds line-up.