Richard Cooke
is a contributing editor to The Monthly, and the 2018 Mumbrella Publish Award Columnist of the Year.

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Sport September 03, 2016

Up to speed: Amanda Reid, 19, cyclist

Paralympian Amanda Reid on loving the thrill and speed of track cycling.

Sport August 13, 2016

Scorching all-rounder: Hilton Cartwright, 24, cricketer

All-rounder Hilton Cartwright on choosing between batting and bowling, and playing for Zimbabwe, England or Australia.

Sport July 30, 2016

Mogul conqueror: Matt Graham, 21, moguls skier

Winter Olympian Matt Graham on the inspiration to be drawn from watching his Summer Games compatriots.

Sport June 25, 2016

Ten out of 10: Cedric Dubler, 21, decathlete

Meet Rio Olympian Cedric Dubler, a man of many sporting talents.

Sport June 18, 2016

Wanting it more: Aaron Vandenberg, 24, Australian rules footballer

Melbourne Demons midfielder Aaron Vandenberg on the benefits of his late start in the big league.

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.