DAILY TELEGRAPH MARCH 20, 2024. Young athletes from left James Mikan, U13s National Record Holder, Caitlin Probets  ALAC NSW Captain 2023 and National Champion for 80m Hurdles and Alexander Evans, MultiClass (wheelchair), National Champion 100m, 200m and State Medallist in Discus, at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Track. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Podium payday for Olympic gold

The Olympics has long been considered an amateur competition, where even pro-athletes do not get paid, but a new move from World Athletics could change that level playing field forever

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14-year-old skater chases Olympics

Chloe Covell has just hit her teenage years and loves hanging out with her friends at the local skate park but she could fulfil a big dream and make history for Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympics

CAMPBELL TOWN, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Emma Humphries (left) and Jack Riewoldt (right) pose for a photograph with Campbell Town District High School students (L-R) Charlie, Satsuki, Winnie, Linus and Patrick during the Tasmania Devils Media Opportunity at Campbell Town Football Club on March 19, 2024 in Campbell Town, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Tassie storms into the AFL

Tasmania’s Football Club has smashed its membership target, with a swarm of eager fans becoming founding members just 12 hours after the AFL’s 19th club was officially launched

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Athletes pose during the Australian 2024 Paris Olympic Games ASICS Uniform Launch at Yurong Point (Mrs Macquarie's Chair) on March 07, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Oz Olympians model new uniforms

Australian athletes have showed off new uniforms that feature a First Nations design ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, but not everyone is happy with the colour choice of one particular jersey

Hi Res images of Matilda's Star Mary Fowler named as L'Oreal Paris brand ambassador. , , L’Oréal Paris, the number one beauty brand in the world, is thrilled to welcome Matildas star, Mary, Fowler, as a L’Oréal Paris Brand Ambassador. Mary is the first woman athlete to be named a L’Oréal, Paris Brand Ambassador in Australia and New Zealand., , Mary is a powerful, talented and influential young woman who has captivated the country with her, exceptional freethinking style of play, and her authenticity., Last year, to her surprise, Mary was the second-most Googled Australian, by Australians. Mary Fowler, said: “To be honest I had mixed feelings when I found out about it. I thought it was pretty cool, but, mostly I was kind of shocked. I really just see myself as an ordinary person playing a sport that I enjoy,, so to think that that many people had in some way shown an interest in me was quite surprising.”, Bound for the Games after the Matildas dominant win 10-0 over Uzbekistan on Wednesday 28th, February, Mary and the Matildas have a chance to become the first Australian football squad to win a, medal. Mary finished Australia's matches against Uzbekistan with two goals, an assist, and she became, the second-youngest Matilda to reach 50 caps., Mary, who recently turned 21, is the embodiment of everything Gen-Z girls and women stand for,, proudly growing in her confidence and sense of self-worth, and inspiring others to do the same. She, represents a new generation of Australian women and girls: multicultural, confident, and not afraid to, go for their dreams., Mary Fowler said: “As a L’Oréal Paris Brand Ambassador I hope that I’ll be able to encourage, Australian women to embrace themselves. I want people to feel comfortable in their own skin and have, the confidence to express who they are in a genuine way.”, L’Oréal Paris is more than just a beauty brand. The brand aims to empower women all over the world, to recognize their value and self-worth; no matter their origins, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality,, skin colour or age. All women have the right to feel valued, seen and heard., , “Because You’re Worth It,” is not merely a tagline; it is the L’Oréal Paris mission, and its meaning is, something Mary has reflected upon. Photo: Max Doyle / Supplied

Top women celebrated in Oz sport

Let’s celebrate Australia’s most influential women in sport this International Women’s Day, with athletes from swimming and football making the top 10. SEE WHO WAS NAMED NO. 1

Australia's Patty Mills dribbles the ball during the FIBA Basketball World Cup group K game between Australia and Georgia at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa on September 3, 2023. (Photo by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP)

Aussie star’s NBA dream still alive

Basketball legend Patty Mills has reignited his NBA career, signing a new deal playing for the Miami Heat just days after he was cut from the Atlanta Hawks ahead of the play-offs and Paris

Mark Knight cartoon on Demon Angus Brayshaw forced to retire because of concussion

Tough call on hard knocks in AFL

Concussion-induced microscopic changes to Angus Brayshaw’s 28-year-old brain forced the AFL player’s painful decision to retire, prompting cartoonist Mark Knight to send him off in style

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: The Matildas celebrate after securing their qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics after winning the AFC Women's Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifier Round 3 match between Australia Matildas and Uzbekistan at Marvel Stadium on February 28, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Matildas waltzing to Paris Games

The Matildas have qualified for the Paris Olympics in resounding fashion, delighting the sold-out crowd in Melbourne with a 10-0 thumping win against Uzbekistan at Marvel Stadium

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Zach Merrett of the Bombers, Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs  Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats, Max Gawn of the Demons, Darcy Moore of the Magpies, Toby Nankervis of the Tigers, Jack Steele of the Saints, Jy Simpkin of the Kangaroos, James Sicily of the Hawks and Patrick Cripps of the Blues pose for a photograph during the 2024 AFL Captains Day at Marvel Stadium on February 26 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

AFL captains answer big questions

If you could add a team to the AFL line up, where would it be based? The Herald Sun asked some of the sport’s top players this and other burning questions – SEE WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 18:  Jannik Sinner (L) of Italy with the winners trophy after victory against Alex de Minaur of Australia during their Men Singles Final match on day 7 of the ABN AMRO Open at Rotterdam Ahoy on February 18, 2024 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Tennis defeat creates 51-year first

Aussie tennis star Alex de Minaur has unwittingly created a 51-year first in the game by knocking a once dominant move out of existence within the top 10 player rankings

BENONI, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 11: Hugh Weibgen, Captain of Australia, and Harry Dixon lift the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy as players of Australia pose for a team photograph with the “Champions” winners board after the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy after defeating India during the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup South Africa 2024 Final between India and Australia at Willowmoore Park on February 11, 2024 in Benoni, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Aussies claim U19 World Cup title

Future stars have led Australia’s Under-19s to a huge victory against India at the Cricket World Cup final in South Africa as back home batter Glenn Maxwell shows why he’s The Big Show

James Magnussen of Australia after swimming in the Mens 50m Freestyle Final on day six of swimming competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast, Australia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

James Magnussen signs up for Enhanced Games

James Magnussen is the first high-profile Australian athlete to accept an invitation to the ‘Enhanced Games’, an event designed to test performance enhancing drugs and help billionaires fight ageing

TOPSHOT - Iraq's forward #18 Aymen Hussein celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Qatar 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group D football match between Iraq and Japan at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on January 19, 2024. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

Red card chaos at football match

The soccer world is in uproar after an Iraqi player copped a red card for celebrating his goal in the crucial final minutes of the Asian Cup match and the opposing side seized the moment

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