Sports can push people to come to terms with suffering as well as success.
'Sport is my religion' isn't just a cute bumper sticker. Athletes create rituals, endure suffering and face their own mortality. Under the right circumstances, sport can be a powerful – and secular – spiritual practice.
West Africans who play professional football in Poland rest at halftime. Warsaw, Summer 2016.
Many talented African footballers follow the exodus to Europe's football leagues. But many are stuck in the lower leagues, without the glory and wealth they dream of.
Growing old gracefully with a spring in your step.
Even though the AFL has tried to gather support in the northern states its viewership is still in the codes’ heartland.
TV ratings for the NRL and AFL grand finals show its still a challenge to engage a national broadcast audience that covers non-traditional areas.
Bombardier (right), the reigning champion and ‘King of the Arenas’, prepares to defend his crown against the popular young challenger Modou Lô.
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Wrestling is Senegal’s national sport. But the presence of an ethnic discourse within the sporting arena may well threaten the notion of the multi-ethnic nation state.
The ideal fitness regime is not just a matter of time.
He can jump higher than most people without a disability.
The success of para-athletes at the Paralympics is helping to change perceptions of those with disabilities.
Paralympians like Brenden Hall can serve as role models and inspiration to young Australians.
Can our Paralympians renew our faith in the idea of role models, which is often overburdened by hype, slogans and pampered sports stars?.
The author, Bridie Kean, at the London Paralympics in 2012.
Australian Paralympic Committee
Australian Paralympic athlete reflects upon how her experience as a student-athlete influenced a pilot program for Para-athletes to combine the pursuit of Paralympic success and study
A new Russian hack has claimed to reveal the details of so-called therapeutic use exemptions. But could transparency in this area be a benchmark for the fight against drugs in sport?
Ready for the unthinkable.
For his fight with Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, Kell Brook had to gain weight in just the right places.
Understanding what makes a great leader depends upon the measure of success, which in commercial sport is brutally unambiguous.
The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
Serena Williams has just surpassed Roger Federer’s record for matches won at Grand Slam tournaments.
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Many commentators believe that Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time – but that should be judged not just on Grand Slam wins.
Many para-athletes have different degrees of disability. So how to level the playing field?
Australian Paralympic Committee
With so many athletes with different abilities and disabilities, the first challenge is to make sure there is fair play at the paralympics.
See the world from another angle.
Why children shouldn't specialise in one sport too early.
Susan Alberti (left) and Debbie Lee were pivotal to the formation of the national women’s AFL competition.
Melbourne Football Club
Change Agents: Establishing a national women’s football league.
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Andrew Dodd talks to Susan Alberti and Debbie Lee about their fight to overcome prejudice and establish a national women's AFL competition.
Football isn’t what it used to be. In Australia, they don’t even know what football is actually called (it’s not soccer). But what’s even stranger is football has become very popular in countries that…
The achievements of the Paralympians, and societal shift towards more inclusivity and the celebration of diversity, has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people living with disability.
Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stops running during the 5000m race to help Abbey D'Agostino of the USA after D'Agostino suffered a cramp.
Although the Olympics have come to an end, fans will continue to be gripped by the infinite micro-narratives that sports fixtures provide. But are these narratives comparable to literary creativity?
As per tradition Malcolm Turnbull has hosted the annual Prime Minister’s XI cricket match.
Since his ascendancy, the currently trim and muscular-looking Malcolm Turnbull has – for an Australian prime minister – had unusually little to say about sport.