Richard Cooke
is a contributing editor to The Monthly, and the Mumbrella Publish Award Columnist of the Year.

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Sport June 11, 2016

Different strokes: Jarrod Poort, 21, long-distance swimmer

Open-water swimmer Jarrod Poort’s plan to make waves in Rio.

Sport May 21, 2016

On the fast track: Alex Hartmann, 23, sprinter

Alex Hartmann on the little one percenters and that “magical” sub-10-second 100 metres.

Culture May 07, 2016

Roger Ballen’s lens a dark mirror

Photographer Roger Ballen’s darkly theatrical depictions of Johannesburg’s marginalised white poor reflect a universal helplessness.

Sport April 30, 2016

Double vision: Shelley Chaplin, 31, kayaker and wheelchair basketballer

Why Shelley Chaplin won’t let her disability stop her doing anything.

Sport April 23, 2016

All fired up: Ruan Sims, 34, rugby union/league player

Ruan Sims on the similarities between football and fighting fires.

Sport April 02, 2016

The Wanderer: Dario Vidošić,
28, soccer player

Western Sydney Wanderers marquee player Dario Vidošić on the privileges of playing all over the world.

Sport March 26, 2016

Taking her shot: Gretel Tippett, 22, netballer

Gretel Tippett on her switch to netball and her famous sporting brothers.

Sport March 19, 2016

Down the barrel: Matt Wilkinson, 27, surfer

Quiksilver Pro winner Matt Wilkinson.

Sport March 05, 2016

Heart in the game: Michael Ennis, 31, rugby league player

NRL star Michael Ennis on rebuilding confidence and making a difference in the community.