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Million Dollar Fish in Darwin

26 October 2015 In: Northern Territory, Sport, General

A lucky angler in Darwin, Australia, has won $10,000 for catching a single fish. Local man Brendan Pringle caught a 58 cm barramundi fish to take top prize at a fishing contest, part of the government-sponsored Million Dollar Fish competition. Pringle was the second person in a week to win $10,000 for catching the biggest fish of the day, but the $1 million top prize has yet to be claimed. The Million Dollar Fish competition is…

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

21 October 2015 In: Sydney, Hobart, Sport, General

This year’s Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will feature more than 90 boats from over 25 countries. The event, the world’s most famous yacht race, will see boats and crews representing every state in Australia as well as 17 boats from Britain; two boats from China and entries from Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, USA and many others. British crews include Daniel Stump’s Lupa of London, Colin Buffin’s Uxorious IV, Adventure and Discoverer of Hornet entered by…

30,000 at Sydney Running Festival

22 September 2015 In: Sydney, Sport, Health, General

More than 30,000 athletes and local residents took part in the annual Sydney Running Festival in Australia this year. The massive road-race saw competitors run from Milsons Point to the Sydney Opera House with runners from around the world, including Kenya, the US and China as well as celebrities, families and corporate entrants taking part, many to raise money for charity. Japanese runner Hisanori Kitajima won the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 12…

$1bn for Sydney stadiums

07 September 2015 In: Jobs, Sydney, New South Wales, Sport, General

Thousands of jobs are to be created in Sydney and New South Wales in Australia as part of a plan to build five new sports stadiums. In what will be the biggest investment in sport and major event infrastructure since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, over $1 billion will be invested in New South Wales’ stadiums over the next decade. The plan includes: a new rectangular stadium at Parramatta with 30,000 seats; a new 50,000-seat stadium…

Biggest bike ride in Australia

05 September 2015 In: Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Sport, General

More than 7,000 cycle enthusiasts are due to take to the streets of Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane in Australia for a massive night time bike ride event, Ride the Night. The unique event, from midnight Jan 30 2016, will see thousands of participants across all three capital cities pedal from midnight to dawn past some their city’s most iconic landmarks. All funds raised for Ride the Night will support the work of not-for-profit Youth Support…

World Rally Contest in Australia

19 August 2015 In: Sport, General

Manufacturer teams and their drivers have been announced for the WRC – 2015 Rally Australia. This year’s World Rally Championship in Australia will see a number of changes from last season following new rulings by the World Motor Sport Council. The new changes include: In order to give greater opportunity to teams entering just one car in the WRC 2 and WRC 3 Championships for Teams, only the best placed car in a team will…

World prize for Melbourne Day

18 August 2015 In: Melbourne, Sport, General

Golfer Jason Day from Melbourne, Australia, has won his first major world title with a record score at the US PGA Championship. Day, who comes from Melbourne in Queensland, scored 20 under par to record the lowest-ever total at one of golf’s four major contests. The 27 year-old Australia player, ranked number five in the world, beat a string of top players including UK’s Rory McIlroy, South African Branden Grace and Masters and US Open…

Manchester City stars visit Melbourne

11 August 2015 In: Melbourne, Sport, General

Manchester City fans in Melbourne got a treat when Raheem Sterling paid a visit to the city’s Official Supporters Club. New signing Sterling turned up with veteran player Mike Summerbee (pictured) during the club’s recent pre-season tour of Australia to meet a group of fans who gather in the early hours of the night down under to support the English club. The Aussie supporters are known as ‘bananas in pyjamas’ due to the time difference…

$6.5m boost to Hobart marina

10 August 2015 In: Hobart, Tasmania, Sport, General

A new multi million-dollar extension to Sandy Bay marina is set to boost the yachting industry in Hobart. The city – famous for its’ Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race – will use the enlarged marina, used by the Derwent Sailing Squadron, to host a larger number of sailing events each summer. One in 17 people in Tasmania own a boat and one in nine have a boat licence, the highest percentage in Australia. The existing marina is…

Canberra cyclist wins world gold

05 August 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Sport, General

Canberra is the home of the world’s most successful paracyclist. Sue Powell, who is based in the city, won gold and silver medals at the London Olympics three years ago. After a string of cycle race victories since then, Powell this week won a silver medal at the C4 women’s road race in Switzerland, four minutes behind winner Shawn Morelli from the USA. A day earlier Powell, 48, finished fourth in the C4 women’s individual…

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