Women's cycling team pushes past roadblocks in Afghanistan


Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni "Nothing will stop us."


Why this image of netballer with a black eye screams toughness, not violence

Diamonds star: Sharni Layton.

LIZ ELLIS I look forward to a time a woman with a black eye is not routinely asked "who did this to you?" but "so, did you get the ball?"

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Matildas players faced sexist abuse from British soldiers during match

Innocent victim: Australia defender Servet Uzunlar was the primary target of alleged sexist abuse from British soldiers.

DOMINIC BOSSI The Matildas' friendly football match against England in Cyprus has been overshadowed by claims that players were the targets of sexist abuse. 


Sports girls

What it's like to be a top-level sportswoman

On the up: Andrea Hah challenges preconceptions with her prodigious climbing abilities.

"Women are constantly reminded what their bodies look like, but can easily forget what it is their bodies can do. Sport can change that."

Watch Mo'ne Davis pull a wicked spin basketball move on Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart and Mo'ne Davis after the game.

"Just leaving Kevin Hart in the dark, embarassing him. Oh man, what a move."

Women in sport

Five minutes with Australian netball captain Laura Geitz

Laura Geitz.

We chat to Laura Geitz about life as captain of Australia’s most successful women’s sporting team.

Williams sisters

Serena Williams and her sister Venus deserve more respect and we should cherish them while we can

IN A SPIN: American tennis superstar Serena Williams has reluctantly waded into the

Charlie Eccleshare The Williams sisters are both in the Australian Open quarter-finals and are tennis greats, yet while their contemporary Roger Federer is fawned over, the sisters' achievements are met with relative indifference.

Eugenie Bouchard deserves better than sexist 'twirl' request

Eugenie Bouchard

CLEM BASTOW Why are female stars still subjected to sexist requests from journalists?

Teenage tennis player hit by coach after loss says she 'deserved' it

Sixteen-year-old Andrada Surdeanu was seen by a doctor during a tournament.

Matthew Day Andrada Surdeanu, 16, comes to her father's defence after a violent altercation when she lost a match left her with a bloody nose.

Running truths

The pros and cons of running for exercise

Sportswoman tying her shoelaces before the training.

RACHEL CLUN New research suggests running may slow down the ageing process, but one Sydney academic urges caution.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams slams Russian federation chief for "sexist, racist and bullying" comments

Serena Williams said the comments were

Serena Williams slams Russian Tennis Federation president after he described her and sister Venus as the "Williams brothers".

Why were there nude female models at the 'I Support Women in Sport' Awards?

Models at the Women's Sports Awards go topless

Candice Chung Outrage over a bizarre turn of events at Monday nights' women's sports awards.

Arms race

Five exercises for your arms that you could (or should) be doing but probably aren't


Natalie Carter Sick of push ups? We have a few ideas.

Workout shakeup

10 ways to change up your workout for fast results

Sportswoman tying her shoelaces before the training.

Natalie Carter These tips will have you perking up faster than you can say "Urgh! bikini season".

Rolling out

The cheapest massage you've ever had is waiting at the gym


Mary Macvean Rollers stretch and massage, helping athletic performance, says trainer Ashley Borden.

NFL protest

CoverGirl ad becomes a protest tool against NFL Commissioner


CoverGirl's easy, breezy, beautiful ad campaign has undergone a shocking makeover at the hands of Roger Goodell protestors who are adept at Photoshop.

Saudi Arabia: women sidelined as an all-male team is selected for the Asian Games

Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar (right) competes in the women's 800m heats at the London Olympic Games.

Julian Linden Saudi Arabia has failed to include a single female athlete in its 199-strong team for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, saying its women are not sufficiently competitive.


Quincy Symonds

Amazing six-year-old with genetic disorder is taking the surfing world by storm


Rob Moran Meet Gold Coast native Quincy Symonds, aka your new hero.

Women in sports

The SCG needs to induct a woman in to their media hall of fame

Debbie Spillane and David Lord, together on a new ABC Newsradio Sport program. Pix by Quentin Jones. qcj070207.001. SPECIALX 61157

Fifteen new inductees were revealed last week, fifteen more men.

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Sport sexism

We need to start giving women's sport the respect it deserves

Australia's players cheer after winning a stage match against the US in the women's tournament of the Field Hockey World Cup in The Hague, on June 12, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ANP / SANDER KONING   **NETHERLANDS OUT**        (Photo credit should read Sander KONING/AFP/Getty Images)

MICHELLE BRIDGES For too long we have looked at women's sport through the prism of the male version. That's not what it's about.

Women in football

Team's report finds AFL has dropped the ball on affirmative action


SAMANTHA LANE Women working in the AFL say the industry's pervading "blokey culture" stunts their progress.

Alec Baldwin catches stray tennis ball like it's nothin'

Alec Baldwin

He has every right to gloat about this for some time.

Healthy babes

Everything you need to know about working out while pregnant

Pregnant in water

Danielle Douglas There's no need for that pregnant pause - healthy pregnant women should stay active.

Japanese figure skating champion denies he was sexually harassment by female trainer

Japanese figure-skating heartthrob Daisuke Takahashi has denied being the victim of sexual harassment as a scandal raged over magazine photos of him in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport, local media reported Friday.

Sports phenom

Mo'ne Davis: why everyone is talking about this 13-year-old Little League pitcher

Mo'ne Davis, SI cover.

Chuck Schilken Mo'ne Davis has really hit the big time. The 13-year-old pitcher with the 112km/h fastball has landed the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, becoming the first Little League player to do so.

Get sporty

Girls need more physical role models

GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND - MARCH 11:  Stephanie Gilmore of Australia celebrates her victory at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on March 11, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Kirstin Scholtz/ASP via Getty Images)

MICHELLE BRIDGES If we're serious about getting girls to participate in sport, we need to look at the big picture.

Try Tabata

Want to get out of the gym in record time?

Woman after workout outdoor.

MICHELLE BRIDGES Well then, forget creeping around the gym doing some sort of half-hearted warm-up.

The J-Law workout

Try Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games exercise regime

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07:  Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015. Held at Musee Rodin on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Rindoff/Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)

Effie Mann Tips from the trainer who got J-Law in peak form for her role as badass Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.

No Lights No Lycra

Dancing in the dark is a fun (and anonymous) way to get super fit

No Lights No Lycra in Brunswick East is a dance class and illustrates a story about the science of play.  Liza Freddi enjoys herself.  The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. September 19 2013.

MICHELLE BRIDGES The great thing about bustin' some moves is that you can do it in your lounge room if you like – it's still great exercise, and you can shamelessly channel your inner pop star.

Spring ready

A winter workout will warm you up and get you ready for sunny spring

Exercising woman outdoors

MICHELLE BRIDGES Change your routine and commit to new goals and you'll be thanking yourself in eight weeks time.

Winter challenge

8 ways to physically challenge yourself

Runner resting on staircase

Michael Jarosky Presenting physical challenges to combat winter blowouts and increase tone, health, and wellness.

Gym reboot

Why you should give the gym a second chance

Woman working with trainer in gym

Paula Goodyer Burnt by highly choreographed, static classes? Things have changed and lasting benefits can be found with simple and fun exercises.


Marinko Matosevic is not ready to have a female tennis coach

I don't think that highly of the women's game ... Marinko Matosevic during his win over Marin Cilic at Queens Club.

Liam FitzGibbon Don't expect everyone to jump on Andy Murray's bandwagon.


'Pity she doesn’t know anything about football'


Lucy Zelic We need more women in FIFA World Cup coverage.

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Peta Searle becomes first woman appointed as a development coach in the AFL

Peta Searle.

SAMANTHA LANE It is the highest a female has climbed in AFL coaching ranks.

Australian women's rugby team lose 38-3 to New Zealand

Louise Burrows

The Australian women's rugby team have lost 38-3 to New Zealand in a Test match at Rotorua on Sunday.


Time poor work out

Workout tips for busy people


Lizzie Fuhr How to fit exercise into a busy schedule.


Tennis: Sam Stosur's French Open hopes take dive after draw

Up against it: Sam Stosur.

Liam Fitzgibbon, Paris Samantha Stosur's French Open hopes have taken a significant hit after being lumped in the same quarter of the draw as the past two champions, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Virtual exercise

Would you work out online?


Nina Hendy A trend towards Australians watching online exercise classes has thrown fitness franchises a curve ball.

Aerobic training

Slow, steady exercise wins fitness race


Clifford Fram A new study has found that while high-intensity interval training improves fitness, it is not effective for weight loss.

No excuses

How to ditch exercise excuses for good

Female runner stretching shoulders on street.

Susie Burrell Excuses only hold you back from achieving the health and fitness goals you have set for yourself.

'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.

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