Richard Cooke

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

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News June 12, 2021

The QAnon conspiracy

An American conspiracy theory about a Satanic child sexual abuse ring has gained a foothold in Australia. Tim Stewart is one of the believers, and also a long-time friend of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Opinion January 23, 2021

The Facebook Uncle Caucus in the Coalition

“As Joe Biden prepared to take office as the 46th president of the United States, promising to ‘restore the soul of America’, his mission statement found an echo in Australia. The language was less portentous, and the crowd more mundane. But in a speech …”

News November 14, 2020

Biden looks to square the Oval Office

It is likely a Biden presidency will change the world. The question is: will it change it quickly enough?

Opinion September 26, 2020

The media’s Covid-19 contrarians

“I bought John Kehoe a coffee in 2016, when we were both in Washington, DC. Too late now for a refund, and there was, as far as I can remember, no hint of any latent Oedipal drive behind his small talk, nothing to indicate that on April 9 of this year, …”

News August 08, 2020

Opening the Ghislaine Maxwell files

New files ordered released in the Ghislaine Maxwell case reveal the depth of her involvement in child sex-trafficking offences that implicate Prince Andrew, the former leader of the US senate and others.

Sport October 26, 2019

Rick Kelly’s driving forces

Having saluted the chequered flag on many occasions, Supercar driver Rick Kelly knows what it’s like to push himself – and his car – to the limit. The former King of the Mountain talks about ambition, and becoming older and wiser.

News August 24, 2019

The power and hypocrisy of George Pell’s supporters

As the Victorian Court of Appeal affirms the cardinal’s guilt, he retains dogged support from many in the conservative establishment.

News July 13, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein and his famous friends

The latest arrest of Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking minors has again focused world attention on the multimillionaire’s relationships with the rich and powerful.

Opinion June 15, 2019

Free speech, censorship and media raids

“The Australian Federal Police raids on the offices of the ABC and the home of a News Corp journalist keep being described as ‘unprecedented’. They are certainly a degeneration, though these goonish interventions have always been there. Only their …”

Sport March 09, 2019

How cyclist Peter Milostic got back on track

When chronic fatigue threatened to stop him competing at an elite level, masters cyclist Peter Milostic turned his focus to nutrition and health, and was able to step up another gear.

Sport November 17, 2018

Going off: Sophie Molineux, 20, cricketer

As she competes in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, Australian cricketer Sophie Molineux talks about the advantages of being a left-handed all-rounder and why she no longer bowls a wrong ’un.

Sport October 06, 2018

Life’s a pitch: Simone Wearne, 37, baseball manager

How Simone Wearne followed her parents and grandparents into baseball, and became a world champion.

Sport September 15, 2018

Swing shift: Su Oh, 22, golfer

Golfer Su Oh on keeping her game simple and trying to find the right balance amid a crazy life on the road with the LPGA tour.

Sport July 21, 2018

Next wave: Kobie Enright, 18, surfer

Kobie Enright on going from competitive child to champion surfer, and the creativity needed to succeed in her sport.

Sport July 14, 2018

Gaming machine: Brandon ‘Claire’ Nguyen, 20, eSports player

Brandon “Claire” Nguyen on giving up a ‘normal life’ for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play eSports full-time.

Sport June 02, 2018

Fighting spirit: Tai Tuivasa, 25, mixed martial artist

Mixed martial artist Tai Tuivasa on being a proud Indigenous Australian and the gladiatorial challenges of cage fighting.

Sport May 12, 2018

Heart and soul: Ashleigh Hewson, 38, rugby player

Wallaroo Ashleigh Hewson on how rugby union burned into her soul and why she’d love to get into coaching.

Sport May 05, 2018

Molly’s game: Molly Taylor, 29, rally driver

Molly Taylor on the cruelties of motorsport and why rally driving never gets boring.

Sport April 28, 2018

Throwing in the Powell: Joe Powell, 24, rugby player

Joe Powell on getting the call-up for the Wallabies.

Sport April 21, 2018

Life on the edge: Rhiannan Iffland, 26, cliff diver

Rhiannan Iffland on the mental and physical challenges involved in plunging from a five-storey-high cliff.

Sport April 07, 2018

Bridge building: Mark Bridge, 32, soccer player

A-League striker Mark Bridge on success with the Western Sydney Wanderers, lost opportunities with the Socceroos and his favourite goal.

Sport March 24, 2018

Spinning gold: Mitchell Swepson, 24, cricketer

As the Queensland Bulls vie for the Sheffield Shield, Mitchell Swepson talks about growing up watching Warnie and the finesse of leg-spin.

Sport March 10, 2018

Full board: Joany Badenhorst, 23, Para-snowboarder

Champion snowboarder and Australia’s Winter Paralympics opening ceremony flagbearer Joany Badenhorst on the joys of proving her doubters wrong.

Sport March 03, 2018

Leading role: Rachael Haynes, 31, cricketer

Test cricketer Rachael Haynes on the individual resilience and collaborative relationships essential to becoming a winning outfit.

Sport February 17, 2018

Ice queen: Kailani Craine, 19, figure skater

Kailani Craine on her love of ice skating, making it to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and always being asked about Tonya Harding.

Sport February 10, 2018

High-flyer: David Morris, 33, aerial skier

Aerial skier and Sochi Winter Olympics silver medallist David Morris sets his sights on PyeongChang.

Sport February 03, 2018

Voice of wisdom: Mel Jones, 45, cricket commentator

The Channel Ten BBL and WBBL commentator and former Australian player on women in cricket and the IPL “circus”.

Sport January 27, 2018

Code breaker: Georgie Parker, 28, Australian rules footballer

Hockeyroo turned Collingwood Football Club recruit Georgie Parker on her love of sport, trick shots and social media.

Opinion December 16, 2017

False Labor and the birth of Manus

“The Laborites’ Deep Concern has been applied to every death, rape and outrage since, along with fretting entreaties that the government be more “accountable” and “transparent”. This purely rhetorical stance evaporates the moment the Greens apply …”

Sport December 16, 2017

All-round success: Jess Jonassen, 25, cricketer

All-rounder Jess Jonassen on the Ashes tour, paving the way for future female cricketers and the importance of education as a fallback plan.

Sport December 02, 2017

Fists of fate: Tyson Pedro, 26, mixed martial artist

Tyson Pedro on how UFC fighting is a human form of chess and why his mum’s banned from watching his bouts.

Sport November 25, 2017

Roll playing: Tyan Taylor, 27, goalball player

How visual impairment led Tyan Taylor to become a key member of Australia’s Paralympic goalball team.

Sport November 04, 2017

Raising the bar: Kiana Elliott, 20, weightlifter

Kiana Elliott on her transformation from elite gymnast to champion weightlifter.

Sport October 28, 2017

Swimming’s lessons: Brenden Hall, 24, swimmer

Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall on losing his leg at six, and why swimming is such an important part of his life.

Opinion October 21, 2017

Australia’s welcome mat for right-wing trolls

“Milo’s year-ending whistlestop is called the Troll Academy Tour, and the baffled reaction of the Sunrise hosts recalled a more innocent time, when alt-right figures weren’t the warm-up act for the Cash Cow. You can chart the change …”

Sport September 23, 2017

All the right moves: Emma, 28, professional wrestler

Melbourne’s Tenille Dashwood on being drawn in by wrestling’s theatrics and big characters, and turning herself into the WWE Superstar Emma.

Opinion September 09, 2017

Australia chases America’s decline

“Now the once-mighty bald eagle of American power is barely hanging onto its perch. You might think this de-soaring would provoke some quietude, or at least acknowledgement that building schools in Kabul instead of Kansas hasn’t turned out very well. …”

Opinion August 19, 2017

Rewarding the politics of failure

“Fired, ousted, ineligible or disgraced, our politicians keep showing up to work anyway, George Costanza-style, barrowing doomed legislation and talking points that expired a decade ago. The Turnbull government has failed. If recent history is a guide, …”

Sport August 12, 2017

Trading options: Paige Hadley, 24, netballer

Australian Diamonds and NSW Swifts centre courter Paige Hadley on the roller-coaster ride of injuries and World Cup wins.

Sport August 05, 2017

Setting goals: Jayden Warn, 23, wheelchair rugby player

Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Jayden Warn on the sporting passion that grew out of adversity.

Sport July 29, 2017

Moore experience: Stephen Moore, 34, rugby player

Fresh from standing down as Wallabies captain, Stephen Moore talks about the importance of experience and a balanced life off the rugby field.

Opinion July 22, 2017

Comments and the discourse of distraction

“You can advocate letting obese diabetics die from their disease, or float the end of universal suffrage, or write about Africans being cannibals who don’t understand cities – if you’re Elizabeth Farrelly, you can do all three – but so long as …”

Sport July 22, 2017

Top of the table: Matthew Bolton, 38, billiards and snooker player

2017 Oceania snooker champion and two-times runner-up world champion Matthew Bolton on chasing the Australian billiards record.

Sport July 15, 2017

Her own league: Maddie Studdon, 22, rugby league player

Australian Jillaroo and NRL All Star Maddie Studdon on training and playing between shifts as a stevedore.

Sport July 08, 2017

World of pain: Robert Whittaker, 26, mixed martial artist

Mixed martial artist Robert Whittaker on why working out how to beat an opponent is a thrilling adrenalin rush.

Sport June 17, 2017

Silver linings: Lisa Darmanin, 25, sailor

For Rio Olympic silver medallist Lisa Darmanin ‘it’s all eyes on Tokyo’, in a bid to go one better and bring home sailing gold.

Sport June 03, 2017

Balancing act: Jo Brigden-Jones, 29, kayaker

Olympic kayaker Jo Brigden-Jones on how pressure – in sporting events and in her work as a paramedic – brings out the best in her.

Sport April 22, 2017

À la kart: Rianna O’Meara-Hunt, 15, kart driver

Karting champion Rianna O’Meara-Hunt on being too young for a driver’s licence but travelling at speeds of up to 120km/h on the racetrack.

Sport April 15, 2017

Pursuit force: Sam Welsford, 21, cyclist

Newly crowned world champion cyclist Sam Welsford on winning team pursuit silver in Rio, funky tan lines and his relationship with Lycra.

Sport February 25, 2017

A life in waves: Cooper Chapman, 22, surfer

Surfer Cooper Chapman on the power and unpredictability of the sea.

Sport February 18, 2017

Strike force: Jason Belmonte, 33, tenpin bowler

Jason Belmonte on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the international tenpin bowling tour.

Sport November 12, 2016

Hitting it hard: Grace Harris, 23, cricketer

Cricketer Grace Harris on smashing boundaries and her love of ice-cream.

Sport October 29, 2016

Pace odyssey: Liam Hatcher, 20, cricketer

Fast bowler Liam Hatcher on being able to take as good as you give.

Sport October 15, 2016

Down to business: Jeromie Hill, 25, basketballer

The Sydney Kings’ Jeromie Hill on the strength of our National Basketball League.

Sport September 24, 2016

Rebounding: Lauren Jackson, 35, basketballer turned administrator

Lauren Jackson on the intensity of being one of the world’s best basketballers, and the heartache of retiring.

Sport September 17, 2016

Staying strong: Gearoid Towey, 39, rower

World champion rower Gearoid Towey on the challenges facing elite athletes when they retire.

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.

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.

Sport February 20, 2016

Tricky wicket: Hamish Mackenzie, 46, blind cricketer

Hamish Mackenzie on the rattle and hum of blind cricket.

Sport February 06, 2016

Wild ride: Toby Price, 28, off-road motorcycle racer

Dakar Rally winner Toby Price on the thrill of racing and the pain of broken bones.

Sport January 30, 2016

Playing for peace: Ali Abbas, 29, soccer player

Soccer player Ali Abbas on putting religion aside and playing to make people happier.

Sport January 23, 2016

Green energy: Danny Green, 42, boxer

Danny Green on what boxing has taught him about human nature, and the Mundine rivalry.

Sport December 19, 2015

Aces high: Sam Groth, 28, tennis player

Late-bloomer Sam Groth on his best year in tennis yet.

Sport December 05, 2015

Higher goals: Sam Kerr, 22, soccer player

Matildas player Sam Kerr on the game she loves and the battle for fair pay.

Sport November 21, 2015

Firing the cannons: Robert Fletcher, 22, croquet player

The Lismore lad who’s been Association Croquet world champion since August 2013.

Sport November 14, 2015

Young gun: Minjee Lee, 19, golfer

Is Minjee Lee set to become Australia’s next golfing sensation?

Sport October 31, 2015

The Boss: Glen Boss, 46, jockey

Champion jockey Glen Boss on the mighty mare Makybe Diva and their three Melbourne Cups.

Sport October 24, 2015

Going the distance: Lisa Weightman, 36, marathon runner

Melbourne Half Marathon winner Lisa Weightman on her campaign for Rio.

Sport October 17, 2015

From the sidelines: Tony Popovic, 42, soccer coach

As head coach of AFC Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers, Tony Popovic knows what it’s like to taste success.

Sport October 03, 2015

Marathon man: Kurt Fearnley, 34, wheelchair athlete

Champion wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley on turning a disability into a strength.

Sport September 26, 2015

Defence department: Lee Spurr, 28, Australian rules footballer

Late-bloomer Lee Spurr on hitting his straps with the Fremantle Dockers.

Sport September 12, 2015

Hoop dreams: Michelle Payne, 29, jockey

Michelle Payne on the hectic, focused life of a champion jockey.

Sport September 05, 2015

Iron maiden: Courtney Hancock, 26, iron woman

The three-time Nutri-Grain IronWoman champion talks about life on – and under – the waves.

Basketball August 22, 2015

Hello, Delly! Matthew Dellavedova, 24, basketballer

The 2015 NBA Champion on the physicality of the Australian game.

Sport August 15, 2015

Diamond life: Erin Bell, 28, netballer

Goal attack Erin Bell prepares to put her body on the line for netball’s World Cup.

Sport August 08, 2015

In it for kicks: Bernard Foley, 25, rugby player

Ahead of the Bledisloe Cup, Wallaby Bernard Foley talks about the challenge of facing the mighty All Blacks.

Sport July 25, 2015

In the driver’s seat: Leanne Tander, 35, race-car driver

Leanne Tander talks about the rise of women of motor sport.

Sport July 18, 2015

The great defender: Anna Flanagan, 23, hockey player

Hockeyroo Anna Flanagan on the craziness of Dutch and Argentine hockey fans.

Sport July 11, 2015

The overachiever: Ellyse Perry, 24, cricketer and soccer player

Dual international Ellyse Perry on the power of sport to bring the world together.

Sport July 04, 2015

Rock solid: Benn Robinson, 30, rugby player

Waratahs and Wallabies prop Benn Robinson on maintaining the passion.

Sport June 20, 2015

Super fish: Mack Horton, 19, swimmer

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mack Horton on the Australian swim team’s cultural turnaround.

Sport June 13, 2015

The stalwart: Corey Parker, 33, rugby league player

Ahead of State of Origin II, the Maroons’ Corey Parker talks longevity, discipline and dedication.

Sport May 23, 2015

The trailblazer: Daisy Pearce, 27, Australian rules footballer

Ahead of this weekend’s exhibition match at the MCG, Demons captain Daisy Pearce talks about the growing appeal of women’s Aussie Rules.

Sport May 09, 2015

Keeping up with the Jones: Taylor McKeown, swimmer, 20

Commonwealth Games 200-metres breaststroke gold medallist Taylor McKeown reveals her animal instincts.

Sport May 02, 2015

Astro Girl:Alex Chambers, 36, mixed martial artist

Meet the astrophysicist who packs one heck of a punch.

Sport April 18, 2015

The natural: Holly Ferling, 19, cricketer

Her dad thought girls don’t play cricket, but Holly Ferling, rising star of the sport, proved him very wrong.

Sport April 11, 2015

Blazing paddles: Jessica Fox, 20, canoeist

Jessica Fox, C-1 and K-1 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist, talks about taking on the rapids.

Sport April 04, 2015

The captain: Bob Murphy, 32, Australian rules footballer

Rascally Bob Murphy on finding inspiration for his writing and loving the Bulldogs.

Sport March 28, 2015

The professor: Cameron McEvoy, 20, swimmer

Is this Australia's brainiest sportsman?

Sport March 21, 2015

The finisher: James Faulkner, 24, cricketer

Cricket allrounder James Faulkner on closing out the big games.

Sport March 14, 2015

Making waves: Felicity Palmateer, 22, surfer

A love of the ocean led Felicity Palmateer to both surfing and creating art.

Sport March 07, 2015

Back in the saddle: Kimberley Wells, 29, cyclist

Champion cyclist Kimberley Wells on practising medicine, beating pneumonia and Lance Armstrong's fall from grace.

Sport February 28, 2015

Gold rush: Ellie Cole, 23, swimmer and wheelchair basketball player

Four-time London Paralympics gold medallist Ellie Cole on the shock of being a champion.

Sport February 21, 2015

Winging it: Madi Robinson, 27, netballer

Australian Diamonds netballer Madi Robinson on the perfect game.

Sport February 14, 2015

Paying a debt: David Pocock, 26, rugby player

Brumbies season-opener captain David Pocock talks rugby, protest and privilege.

Sport February 07, 2015

Small wonder: Ben Tudhope, 15, snowboarder

Life with cerebral palsy hasn't stopped this 15-year-old snowboarder from taking on the world.

Sport January 31, 2015

Sharp shooter: Jordan McRae, 23, basketballer

Melbourne United and Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Jordan McRae on college basketball, prayers and doing it for his kids.

Sport January 24, 2015

Quiet achiever: Mile Jedinak, 30, soccer player

Socceroos and Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak on playing for his country and tackling the EPL.

Sport December 20, 2014

King of the high seas: Mark Richards, 46, yachtsman

Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards on why he loves wild oceans but dreams of perfect race conditions.

Sport December 13, 2014

Breaking back: Casey Dellacqua, 29, tennis player

Last year marked an amazing turnaround in the fortunes of tennis journeyman Casey Dellacqua. Can she play even better in 2015?

Sport December 06, 2014

Bronzed Aussie: Rachel Jarry, 23, basketballer

Rachel Jarry plays for one of Australia's most successful sporting teams. So where's the recognition?

Sport November 29, 2014

On the back nine: Nick O’Hern, 43, golfer

Nick O'Hern is a picture of calm as he considers stepping back from the greens.

Sport November 22, 2014

Better breaks: Laura Enever, 23, surfer

Surfer Laura Enever tells how she won her battle with anxiety and learned to love her sport again.

Sport November 15, 2014

The big hitter: Meg Lanning, 22, cricketer

Still in her early 20s, Meg Lanning is breaking cricket records around the world.

Sport November 08, 2014

Road to Victory: Nathan Coe, 30, goalkeeper

Nathan Coe on pro soccer in Australia and keeping against the world's best strikers.

Sport November 01, 2014

Gai’s golden time: Gai Waterhouse, 60, horse trainer

Gai Waterhouse is no stranger to controversy. She's also no stranger to winning.

Sport October 25, 2014

Wind in his sails: Mathew Belcher, 32, sailor

Is this man the world's best sailor? Many think so.

Sport October 18, 2014

Hit machine: Richie Vaculik, 31, mixed martial artist

Former Bra Boy Richie Vaculik has swapped chasing big waves for the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon.

Sport October 11, 2014

Belle on wheels: ShortStop, 29, roller derby skater

At times, roller derby can be contact sport with dress-ups, but you won't get ShortStop in a tutu.

Sport October 04, 2014

Midcourt magic: Kimberlee Green, 28, netballer

A terrier on the netball court, Kimberlee Green will this month be nipping at the heels of the Silver Ferns and England.

Sport September 27, 2014

Tearing up the track: Caroline Buchanan, 23, cyclist

From BMX bandit to dual world champion… Caroline Buchanan loves life on two wheels.

Sport September 20, 2014

Manly man: Geoff Toovey, 45, rugby league coach

Manly coach Geoff Toovey talks team culture and tactics ahead of his club's do-or-die NRL semi-final clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Sport September 13, 2014

Rallying forces: Chris Atkinson, 34, rally driver

Veteran driver Chris Atkinson is set to send the Coffs Coast gravel flying this weekend at Rally Australia.

Sport September 06, 2014

Final eyes: Shaun Burgoyne, 31, AFL player

Dual premiership player Shaun Burgoyne once again sets his sights on September glory.

Sport August 30, 2014

Prop master: Ben Alexander, 29, rugby union player

All the world's a stage for Wallabies scrum anchor Ben Alexander.

Sport August 23, 2014

High society: Liz Cambage, 23, basketballer

Australian Opals star Liz Cambage on social media, homesickness and the pressure of expectation.

Sport August 16, 2014

Forwards, backwards: Kate Hornsey, 32, rower

Olympic silver medallist Kate Hornsey on the psychology of rowing.

Sport August 09, 2014

Maul world: Bec Clough, 25, rugby player

Rebecca Clough is a key player in the Wallaroos' bid to lift the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Sport August 02, 2014

Straight shooter: Jeremy Cameron, 21, AFL player

He's a rising star of the AFL, but Jeremy Cameron's 2014 season has been cruelly cut short by injury.

Sport July 26, 2014

Pipe dreams: Corbin Harris, 28, skateboarder

Pro skateboarder and TV presenter Corbin Harris on cultivating his dream career.

Sport July 19, 2014

On a roll: Matthew Flapper, 35, lawn bowler

Commonwealth Games debutant Matthew Flapper on the mind games of lawn bowls.

Sport July 12, 2014

Making a splash: Cate Campbell, 22, swimmer

Her best friends were always the nerds and never the jocks, but then Cate Campbell fell in love with winning.

Sport July 05, 2014

In the fast lane: Daniel Ricciardo, 25, formula one driver

In the run-up to the British Grand Prix, Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo shares his thoughts on high-speed rivalries and staying humble.

Sport June 28, 2014

Knowing the score: Chelsea Roffey, 32, AFL umpire

Chelsea Roffey became the second woman to umpire in the AFL. This year she celebrates 10 years as a first grade goal umpire.

Sport June 21, 2014

High point: Patty Mills, 25, basketballer

He shoots; he scores… How star Aussie export Patty Mills set the NBA alight.

Sport June 07, 2014

Brothers in arms: Tommy Berry, 23, jockey

Each time jockey Tommy Berry climbs aboard his mount, he's hoping to make his late identical twin brother proud.

Sport May 31, 2014

Golden girl: Alicia Coutts, 26, swimmer

Only three Australians have taken home five medals from a single Olympic Games. We meet one of them.

Sport May 24, 2014

Front and centre: Tameka Butt, 22, soccer player

As the Australian women's soccer team gets set to face Japan in the 2014 Asian Cup decider, we talk to Matildas midfielder Tameka Butt.

Sport May 17, 2014

Speed demon: Jamie Whincup, 31, V8 Supercars driver

Australian motorsport great Jamie Whincup on how much he hates to lose.

Sport May 03, 2014

Fast on her feet: Miao Miao, 33, table tennis player

Australia’s most successful table tennis player, Miao Miao compares table tennis in China and Australia.

Sport April 26, 2014

Taking his breaks: Neil Robertson, 32, snooker player

How our top snooker player's career came together right on cue.

Sport April 19, 2014

The lionheart: Alex Leapai, 34, boxer

The first Australian boxer to challenge for the unified heavyweight title since 1908.

Sport April 12, 2014

The axeman cometh: Brad De Losa, 36, woodchopper

World champion woodchopper Brad De Losa talks about landing those heavy blows.

Sport April 05, 2014

The hard hitter: Bec Rawlings, 25, mixed martial arts

Describing herself as an "inflictor of ridiculously stylish violence", Bec Rawlings is the first Australian female fighter to sign with the Invicta Fighting Championships.

Sport March 29, 2014

Forward thinking: Ben Te’o, 27, rugby league player

After a difficult year, rugby league player Ben Te'o is being tipped as a possible future Rabbitohs captain.

Sport March 22, 2014

Twenty20 vision: Brad Hodge, 39, cricketer

Brad Hodge discusses representing Australia again in the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh.

Sport March 15, 2014

The great defender: Laura Geitz, 27, netball player

The Australian Diamonds captain on why she nearly quit netball.

Sport March 08, 2014

Fast company: Jessica Gallagher, 27, Paralympian

Paralympic bronze medallist Jessica Gallagher knows how to master her fears and the importance of trust.

Sport February 28, 2014

Bloods brother: Adam Goodes, 34, AFL player

Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year and two-time Brownlow Medallist, talks about injury, education and family.