'Sh-t waves? Send the girls out'

Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach finally realises sexism is bad for business

BELLS BEACH, VICTORIA - APRIL 16:  Carissa Moore of Hawaii prepares for her round 1 heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach  on April 16, 2014 in Bells Beach, Australia.  (Photo by Kirstin Scholtz/ASP via Getty Images)

Bronwyn Adcock Female competitors in professional surfing have always experienced outlandish discrimination.


Stosur singles out Petkovic as a serious threat

Samantha Stosur.

Samantha Stosur has singled out Germany's Andrea Petkovic as a serious threat to Australia's hopes of winning the Fed Cup for the first time in 40 years.

Adelaide Oval

Five female athletes the Adelaide Oval should commemorate

Commonwealth Games Exhibition 2006.
The Empire Games at Vancouver 1954. The Women's final 100 yard dash; Marjorie Jackson Nelson, (345) ahead of the rest of the field, of Australia crosses finish line in record time of 10.7 sec. Second was W. Cripps (243) Australia; third is E. Maskell (659) of North Rhodesia.
File dated 10/08/1954.

Lou Heinrich On March 29, the roar of 50,000 footy fans shook the foundations of the city of churches. It was the official opening of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval. The government has spent $535 million turning it into a state of the art monolith that towers over the River Torrens and reeks of Little Man Syndrome.

Exercise as medicine

Did you know muscles are key to good health?


Paula Goodyer If you still see exercise as an optional extra, science is finding more reasons to change your mind.


Australia wins Women's World T20 for third time in a row

Meg Lanning hits a boundary during her innings of 44.

Dhaka Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win its third consecutive title in the women's World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday.

Worryingly high number of gyms not fit to get you healthy

Young woman exercising with dumbbells

BRIDIE SMITH Researchers concerned at number of gyms failing to comply with industry guidelines.


Australia into women's T20 final

The Australians celebrate their win over the West Indies.

Australia claims eight-run win over West Indies to win through to the Women's World T20 final.

Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbel make it a double in Commonwealth Games trials

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 03: Cate Campbell celebrates after winning the final of the Womens 50 metre Freestyle event during the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre on April 3, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

STATHI PAXINOS Cate and Bronte Campbell maintained their dominance of Australia's one-lap dash when the sisters doubled in the 50 freestyle final for the third national titles in a row.

Australian Sports party

The Australian Sports party under fire for using topless women in election promos


ANNIE STEVENS It's an entirely senseless campaign.


Australian women through to T20 semis

Joe Barton Two-time defending champions the Southern Stars have romped into the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a second consecutive record-breaking win, set up by a stellar unbeaten 90 to opener Elyse Villani.


Surfer sexism

13 year old Olive Bowers hits out at surfer sexism

Olive Bowers

JASON STEGER Dear Tracks, women are surfers, not scantily clad dolls.


Meg Lanning smashes Twenty20 records

Record knock: Meg Lanning.

Joe Barton Meg Lanning has etched her name into the history books after smashing the highest individual score in women's Twenty20 history, as Australia flexed their muscles with a record-breaking 78-run win over Ireland.



After 260 years St Andrews golf club to vote on scrapping men-only rule

Kiss it goodbye: The Royal and Ancient Club at St Andrews could be about to break a sacred 260-year-old tradition.

Women could be let in to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, a men-only institution for 260 years, after it was announced members would vote on the thorny subject.


Australia women's title defence off to shaky start


Joe Barton, Dhaka Wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy is hopeful a short turnaround will work in Australia's favour after the defending Twenty20 World Cup champions lost their opening fixture to New Zealand by seven runs.



Sally Pearson likely to rule out running in 200

Sally Pearson has been eager to replicate the sort of season she had in 2011.

MICHAEL GLEESON Sally Pearson is likely to jettison plans to run in the 200 metres sprint as well as the hurdles and 100 metres flat at the national titles in Melbourne next month.


Samantha Stosur through to the third round in Miami

Advanced: Samantha Stosur is through to third round.

Australia's Samantha Stosur has eased her way into the third round of the WTA event in Miami with a straight-sets victory over Kiki Bertens from The Netherlands.


Core strength

Why it's all about the core


Gabriella Boston And crunches aren't the answer, despite popular opinion.

Target exercises

Five exercises to target common problem areas

Young woman exercising with inflatable fitness ball

Alexa Towersey We all have our own trouble spots, but personal trainer Alexa Towersey has some tricks to help us fix them.

Training failing?

Five reasons your training may be failing


Susie Burrell Here are some of the most common exercise mistakes women make, and the easy ways to fix them.

Ukraine's Lone Paralympic Athlete Met With Thunderous Applause in Sochi

Amanda Wills Ukraine sent 23 athletes to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, but only one man participated in Friday's opening ceremony.

Fitness tracker

Which fitness tracker should you buy?


Seth Stevenson What are these fancy devices, and why would you want one?


Adidas pulls degrading World Cup t-shirts after customer complaints


Under pressure from Brazil's tourism ministry, Adidas will withdraw a range of T-shirts that caused outrage at the ministry because of their sexual references.


Exercise tips

5 common exercise mistakes


Alexa Towersey Personal trainer Alexa Towersey helps pinpoint where you could be going wrong.

Ice hockey rivalry between Canada v USA just got awesome


WILL BRODIE Forget Russia. Canada is the nation where mood is determined by the performance of the national hockey team.

Lunchtime workout

Try this super quick workout on your break


Alexa Towersey Personal trainer Alexa Towersey shares her tips for the perfect full-body workout when you're strapped for time.

What to eat

How to fuel your body for a run

Female running in park

Gretchen McKay Attempting a long distance run on an empty stomach will not only be a disadvantage while you run, but will also inhibit effective recovery.

Sochi sexism

Sexist Russian coach says women shouldn’t ski jump


Rachael Oakes-Ash "Women have another purpose - to have children, to do housework, to create hearth and home."

Exercise rules

How much exercise do you really need?


Linda McSweeny You only need minutes, not hours, of exercise to burn fat, claims new research. But is it too good to be true?

Weighing in

Why women should use weights

Woman exercising with weights

Jamie Hancock A weightlifting program is beneficial for women of all ages and all fitness levels.

Workout tutorials

The best fitness workouts on YouTube


Emily Marquart Fitness gurus are taking to YouTube and posting their workouts, which means it's easier than ever to squeeze in exercise when you're crunched for time.

Sexism in sport

Ellyse Perry meme sparks sexist abuse


Rachael Oakes-Ash Cricketer Ellyse Perry should be applauded for her performance in the women's Ashes. So what's with the sexist trolling?

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Is this the most humiliating Olympics uniform in 2014?


Apparently Norway's Curling team has a track record of attention-seeking uniforms.

Sore loser

Sjinkie Knegt gives double middle-finger salute to rival Viktor Ahn


Being pipped at the post in a major sporting event is never fun.

Mindful exercise

Exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body

Woman after workout outdoor.

Paula Goodyer Australian philosopher and writer Damon Young argues that exercise isn't just a workout for heart, muscle and bone, but also a way to help the mind and the spirit thrive.

Workout tunes

The best music to exercise to


Rachel Clun Want to maximise your workout potential? According to a recent study, you should listen to the right music.

Get physical

Exercise is the best preventive drug available

Woman Running By Lake

Nanci Hellmich Here's the motivation you've been waiting for.

Nude yoga trend

Good news, women of NYC, now you can do naked yoga too!


ANNIE STEVENS You will probably never get the visual of 'naked yoga' out of your head. Like, ever.

How do you stay motivated?

Michelle Bridges

MICHELLE BRIDGES You can't always rely on feeling motivated when it comes to working out and eating well, but setting goals will help.

Weighing in

Should you be using light or heavy weights?

Woman exercising with weights

Maybe Tracy Anderson doesn't have all the answers.

You need to know how to jog

Michelle Bridges

MICHELLE BRIDGES Jogging is about exercise for health and relaxation, and doesn't have to be an injury-inducing spew fest.

Yoga research

Is women's flexibility a liability in yoga?


William J. Broad Yoga teachers too often encourage students to “push through the pain.”

Endurance test

Ultramarathons don't have to be intimidating

People running in marathon

Nicole Elphick If you want to take your running to the next level, it's time to drop the fear.

Get fit quick

How to get fit with just 45 minutes exercise a week

Mixed race woman standing in field after exercise

Paula Goodyer Short, sharp exercise sessions can do wonders for the waistline, but they're not for the faint-hearted.

Training Tips

What to eat in preparation for a physical challenge


TARA DIVERSI Dietitian Tara Diversi shares her tips for your next triathlon, swim or run.

Basketball is back

Basketball: the ultimate workout


Charmaine Yabsley Get your five-a-side together.

Easy exercise

For those who loathe the gym


Marjie Gilliam Burn calories in simple ways.

CrossFit workout

The hardcore culture of CrossFit


SARAH BERRY Are women-only classes a soft option?

Synchronized swimming

You have to watch this amazing angry synchronized swimming routine


ANNIE STEVENS Spain's most successful synchronized swimmer is breaking all of the rules

The woeful status of female sport in Australia

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:   Ellyse Perry of Australia looks on during day four of the Women's Ashes Series match between England and Australia at Wormsley Cricket Ground on August 14, 2013 in High Wycombe, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

MICHELLE BRIDGES Michelle Bridges on why Australia's female sports stars are achieving incredible things without a lot of support.

Athletes' podium kiss: a protest against Russia's anti-gay laws?


Liz Clarke Two Russian members of the victorious 4x400-metre women’s relay team kissed atop the medal podium at the world track and field championships. Was it a spontaneous celebration or calculated political statement?

Get better results

Less exercise, better results

Female running in park

Gretchen Reynolds Working out how little exercise you can get away, but still get great results.

Sexist comments

Women should shut up: Socceroos coach

Holger Osieck

Deborah Gough Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has tarnished Australia's win overnight with a sexist slur saying "women should shut up in public".

Women and sport

When will we pay our sportswomen properly?


KATHRYN WICKS This week Cricket Australia awarded healthy pay rises to our elite female cricketers. But KATHRYN WICKS believes it's still not enough.

Swimming for youth

Can swimming keep you young?

Swimmer following pool lane

Charmaine Yabsley New research has found that regular laps of the pool may be the answer to prolonging youth.

Islamic female boxer takes fight into the ring

The Age,News.Muslim women boxing.Iman Abdulhai after a tough session in the ring ,led by Champion boxer Bianca Elmir at Mischa's Boxing Central in Footscray.Pic Simon Schluter 12 May 2013

Lara O'Toole A Melbourne restaurant was so impressed with this champion boxer's story that they flew her out for a training session with their staff.

Fun photos

Wonderfully hilarious vintage ski fashion


SIMONE MITCHELL Sure, you're warm. But you look like a complete dork.

Sporting stereotypes

Girls and sport


CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Why is it that girls are often not encouraged to extend themselves when it comes to physical activity?

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Viral video

Gymnast's shocking routine will blow you away


Sam Laird This gymnast's eye-popping routine has gone viral for good reason, and must be seen to be believed.

Veteran NBA basketballer's powerful coming out story


Jason Collins, a veteran centre in the National Basketball Association (NBA), announced on Monday that he was gay, breaking one of the final frontiers in US sports and society.


Friday fun

The funniest faces ever pulled in sport

sports face

SIMONE MITCHELL Having a silly face is the downside of trying really, really hard.