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

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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.

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