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How Darren Lockyer inspired rugby convert Lauren Brown to chase Brisbane Broncos glory


“Just moments like that, I would love to have some of those of my own.”

Brown’s memory may be a bit hazy as the kick was actually from 30m out and only struck the left upright but she certainly wasn’t far off.

Lauren Brown was a Darren Lockyer super-fan as a child.Credit:Getty Images

Her memory won’t be as hazy if Brisbane can beat the Roosters and claim their third straight NRLW title on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s crazy because it’s such a different squad,” Brown said when asked how hard it is to win three straight premierships. “One of the girls said there’s only four girls in this squad from the first year. That shows how diverse the squad actually is and how much it has grown each year.

“It’s a massive thing for the club to have such a different group of girls each year and to still come away with success. That speaks a lot about the Broncos as a club.”

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Brown started the year as a part of the Australian rugby sevens squad bound for the Tokyo Olympics.

When the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Olympics, Brown thought it was time to follow her first passion.

“I’ve always watched rugby league since I was three or four years old and it was always one of my dreams, to play for the Brisbane Broncos,” Brown said.

“But at that time, it wasn’t an achievable dream because the girls didn’t have a team. I’ve always loved rugby league and I’ve watched it since I was little. I knew the rules and all of the things like that.

“The skill transfer from sevens to rugby league with ball playing and the passing, catching, even the kicking side of rugby union, that assisted in my transition to rugby league.

“But I put it down to loving the game since I was young and always wanting to have a crack at playing rugby league. Now I have that opportunity I just want to run with it and see how I go.”

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Lauren Jackson hails Opals stars Ezi Magbegor and Sami Whitcomb


A proud Lauren Jackson has hailed Opals stars Ezi Magbegor and Sami Whitcomb after they joined her in the record books as Australians to win a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm.

The Storm sealed the 2020 title, the franchise’s fourth, with a commanding 92-59 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday.

The big win helped Seattle sweep the series over the Aces 3-0.

Magbegor and Whitcomb join Jackson, Abby Bishop (2010) and Alison Lacey (2010) as Australians who have won WNBA championships with the Storm.

Magbegor only received seven minutes on the court in Wednesday’s Game 3 to finish with two points, one rebound and one assist.

Her limited role throughout the finals did nothing to dampen the joy that the former Melbourne Boomers forward felt to win a WNBA championship in her rookie season.

Fellow Opals star Whitcomb has also excelled for Seattle this season, but she didn’t play in the finals because she is in Australia with her wife, who is expecting the couple’s first child.

She still played a vital role in the Storm’s success, averaging 8.1 points and 44.3 per cent from the field.

Whitcomb supported her teammates throughout Wednesday’s final via Twitter, saying: “This team is special.”

Jackson is thrilled to see Magbegor and Whitcomb claim a WNBA championship with her beloved Seattle, where her No.15 singlet was retired.

The legendary Australian led the Storm to two titles in 2004 and 2010, while she claimed four grand final MVPs and four WNBA MVPs in a stellar stint at the franchise between 2001 and 2012.

“I’m so proud, it was an incredibly arduous season and the girls stood tall,” Jackson said.

“We are so happy for Ezi and Sami and can‘t wait to have them back on our courts.”

Jackson reserved special praise for Magbegor, who proved she belongs on the world’s best basketball stage.

At 21, she has a long, and successful, career ahead of her in the WNBA and in the international ranks for the Opals.

Jackson believes Magbegor can follow in her footsteps at Seattle and put Australian basketball on the map.

“Ezi is such an important and exciting piece of the future of our sport,” she said.

“Watching her play with three of the best players in the world and win a WNBA title was a special moment.”



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Remember Lauren Burns, Tom King and Belinda Stowell? They won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics too


You remember where you were when Cathy Freeman won gold in the 400 metres at the Sydney Olympics.

You watched Ian Thorpe win the 400 metres freestyle in world record time on the first night of competition.

Australia won 58 medals at the Sydney Games: 16 gold, 25 silver and 17 bronze — its biggest haul.

The massive build-up and the unprecedented focus on gold medals ensured the team had its rock stars: Freeman, Thorpe, Hackett, Perkins and O’Neill. All won gold.

But, so did many others who were never under that intense spotlight.

Now, 20 years on, those athletes are reflecting on their 15 minutes of fame. Some are sanguine, while others wonder why they didn’t get more recognition.

Lauren Burns: Women’s taekwondo 49kg division gold medal

Burns won the first medal in taekwondo, which was making its Olympic debut.(ABC News)

Lauren Burns seemingly came from nowhere to win gold in taekwondo in her 49kg division. It was the first medal in the sport, which was making its Olympic debut.

Burns’ moment of fame was boosted by the incongruous connections that media love to make. She’s the daughter of the singer and songwriter, Ronnie Burns, who was a household name in Australia in the 60s and 70s.

But aside from starting taekwondo because her father and brother were doing it, Burns was entirely her own woman.

The fact that it was a new Olympic sport meant she had barely any official funding.

“I had a sponsorship with an organic vegetable shop,” Burns said.

“My first tournament was in New York (in 1993). It was actually at Madison Square Garden, which was pretty crazy. But we had to pay our way, we paid part of our flights, we paid for our tracksuit.”

However, the financial hardship was outweighed by the sheer delight that after more than a decade in the sport, taekwondo finally had a place in the Olympics.

“There was never really an expectation like ‘oh I should have that much attention or our sport should have that sort of spotlight,’ because we’d never had it,” she said.

The final itself went off without a hitch as Burns beat her Cuban opponent Urbia Melendez by four points to two.

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Burns and her coach Jin Tae Jeong after winning the gold medal.(Reuters: Kimimasa Mayama)

“I just had this incredible, single-minded, myopic focus on winning gold — so that was what I was really there to do,” she said.

“It wasn’t until I came off and my coach grabbed me, and I was running around the stadium, and it was it like ‘Yes, I did it’.”

The next day was a blur as the media interviews came thick and fast.

“I did so many that I lost my voice,” she said.

“I ended up getting some strapping tape and I just put it over my mouth because I needed people to see that I just couldn’t speak.”

Burns retired straight after the Olympics and threw herself into numerous projects — particularly public speaking.

“I was on such a high and it was like I was on the hamster wheel and I said yes to everything. Write a book? Great. Finish a uni degree? I’ll do that.

“I always had a bag in the hallway because I was travelling interstate all the time and never really knew where I was.”

It took five years for her to slow down.

“I stopped and went ‘woah’, and that’s when I kind of had that reflection of you know, who am I without my sport? Who am I if I’m not Lauren the taekwondo girl?”

Burns finished her degree in naturopathy and nutrition, and continued her public speaking career — which has only now been curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom King: Sailing 470 class gold medal with Mark Turnbull

A man stands in front of a tree and smiles for the camera.
King and Turnbull’s gold medal was overshadowed by walker Jane Saville’s disqualification from her race.(ABC News: Stephen Cavenagh)

Tom King and his crewmate Mark Turnbull didn’t so much fly under the radar as sail under it.

Australia hadn’t had a competitor in the 470 class at the Olympics since 1984, so King and Turnbull did well just to make the team for Atlanta in ’96, where they finished 23rd.

But by 2000, King knew they were good enough to win gold.

Unlike some of the other high-profile medal chances, the pair deliberately chose to stay incognito.

“We weren’t doing it for media profile and fame and fortune, we were training to try and win the Olympic gold medal because that’s what we wanted to achieve,” he said.

It was all about executing a plan. During nine races across more than a week, they did that perfectly — achieving victory in the final race of the regatta.

“We had our highlight about halfway through the race when we managed to catch the American team who won silver, right off Bradley’s Head, in front of a very big crowd,” he said.

“For us that was an extraordinary experience because we’d never had a crowd attend any of our events.”

Two men smile while on a sailing boat on Sydney Harbour.
King and Turnbull after taking gold in the men’s 470 fleet race.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

But their moment in the spotlight was short lived, as another event stole the headlines. The Australian walker, Jane Saville, had been disqualified from the 20 kilometre race just as she was about to enter the Olympic Stadium to claim gold.

“It certainly frustrated me a little bit. I think I felt we were deserving of more recognition than we got,” King said.

“There were some experiences in the days that followed in the aftermath of the games that were pretty disappointing in terms of the lack of acknowledgement when the media was being dominated by the swimmers and other athletes.”

It’s a bugbear for King, who says he was conscious of an “us and them” mentality within the Australian Olympic team.

“That’s not to say that many of the swimmers aren’t deserving of that attention … but there are so many other athletes that have achieved similar levels of success in their disciplines whose achievements for some reason haven’t received the same kind of attention. That’s been sad in a way.”

King retired from sailing after the Olympics and was depressed at times as he tried to find his place in the world outside of the rigid confines of elite sport.

“I found it very difficult. It took me really five or six years to get comfortable or confident in a business environment,” he said.

Post-athletic career welfare remains a passionate topic for King, who served for a time as the chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission and the AOC board.

Now he’s a successful fund manager and looks back with immense pride at what he achieved, not only in winning gold at the Sydney Olympics, but in paving the way for a generation of sailors who came after him.

“It was an extraordinary event for Australia,” he said.

Belinda Stowell: Sailing 470 class gold medal with Jenny Armstrong

Two women look at each other and smile in front of sailing boats at a marina.
Belinda Stowell (left) says the lack of recognition at the time didn’t phase her.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

Belinda Stowell won her gold medal with crewmate Jenny Armstrong, just hours before Tom King. It was an incredible day for Australian sailing at the Olympics.

Stowell’s journey began in her native Zimbabwe when she was just four.

“You’re out sailing, and hippos are making their noises in the bay,” she said.

“In some ways I guess it probably made me really observant.”

She emigrated to Australia when she was 19 and took up sailing seriously, deciding in 1995 that winning a gold medal would become her sole focus.

“I was probably obsessive about winning gold — probably to prove something to myself to be the best in the world,” she said.

“Being able to have that one driver almost helps you lift yourself off the canvas. There were definitely ups and downs — and significant downs at moments.”

The lack of money was one.

“I slept on people’s floors … from Cronulla to Palm Beach,” she said.

And she battled for years with a chronic injury to her shoulder — arguably the most important joint in the body for a sailor.

“My shoulder was subluxing (partially dislocating) about five or six times a race.

“From 1998 I saw a surgeon and he said, ‘you’ve got to have seven months out to have an operation, your shoulder is like ice on a plate’. And I said, ‘I’m about to go into my Olympic trials so it’s just not an option.’ I remember on the bus home from the surgeon just bawling my eyes out.”

She opted against the operation until after the Games and won gold with the help of a team of physios and the support of her crewmate, Armstrong.

Two women sit on a competitive sailing boat on Sydney Harbour.
Armstrong and Stowell during the race in which they won gold for Australia.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

“We had the glorious moment of winning the last race and winning the regatta at the same time,” Stowell said.

Like King, her moment in the sun was partially eclipsed by Jane Saville’s disqualification.

But that lack of recognition compared to the star athletes and swimmers never mattered to Stowell.

“I didn’t really mind, because I looked up to those athletes so much and used them for inspiration,” she said.

“I thought I was the bees’ knees, because I also got a stamp with my head on it and we got $10,000 from Australia Post.”

Unlike Burns and King, Stowell continued in her sport, sailing at the 2004 Olympics in Athens — where she and Armstrong finished 14th. She even made a comeback to compete at the 2012 London Games, finishing 7th.

For the last 16 years she has coached sailing at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.

As for her gold medal?

“It means that I was the best in the world for two weeks,” she reflected.



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Katrina Lauren East, 29, avoids jail for breaching coronavirus quarantine rules three times


A woman who breached Western Australia’s tough COVID-19 rules three times — despite suffering from a chronic lung condition — has been narrowly spared an immediate jail term, receiving an eight-month suspended sentence.

Katrina Lauren East, who has cystic fibrosis, received permission to return to WA from Victoria on June 30 amid fears for her health and was ordered to self-isolate at her family’s South West home for two weeks.

The Bunbury Magistrates Court was told the 29-year-old went to a chemist, a playground with friends, and finally an 80th birthday party at the South West Italian Club because she was struggling with self-quarantine.

East wept in court after pleading guilty to failing to comply with those orders and hid behind a large umbrella, flanked by tearful friends and family, as she left court.

Magistrate Joe Randazzo told her the court had exercised “mercy”, taking into account her ill health, early plea of guilty and the fact there had been no deception involved.

He warned, however, there had been “no reasonable” excuse for her breaching the order.

Defence lawyer Jodette Reynolds said her client had felt she was safe in WA, and had at the time not fully grasped that her actions could have seriously affected the health of others.

She had been in self-imposed isolation in Victoria before travelling home, and had not lived in a virus hotspot.

East also suffers from mental health issues, including significant anxiety.

Katrina East visited a pharmacy at Eaton Fair, Bunbury, while under orders to self-quarantine.(ABC News: Hayley Roman)

Her lawyer said she was now remorseful and embarrassed and so ashamed that she felt she could not attend her church.

There had also been considerable community backlash.

Ms Reynolds said East’s lung condition was worsening and she had a significant infection, was coughing up blood and had a lung capacity of just 40 per cent.

Ms Reynolds pushed for a financial penalty and a spent conviction, as her client wanted to work in Christian ministry.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Darren Clifton said the offending was very serious but stopped short of calling for an immediate jail term.

The sentence comes just days after 28-year-old Asher Vander Sanden was sentenced to six months’ jail for sneaking over the border in a truck because she did not want to pay for quarantine at a hotel, in what’s believed to be the toughest penalty for breaching the quarantine laws.

Magistrate Joe Randazzo noted East did not “sneak” over the border and her offences had been different from that case, as there had not been deception and she had no prior criminal record.

But he warned that WA’s emergency management laws must be taken seriously.

“You came close to going to jail, but mercy has been extended to you.”



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Bryce Gibbs’ wife Lauren reveals tragic miscarriage


The wife of Adelaide Crows star Bryce Gibbs has revealed she suffered a miscarriage, taking to Instagram to announce the heartbreaking news.

Lauren Gibbs, who married Bryce in the Barossa in late 2018 after 10 years of dating, have a five-year old son Charlie and daughter, Madison Rose, who was born September 2019.

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Gibbs, who has played has played 267 games in the AFL for Carlton and Adelaide since debuting in 2007, has been in and out of the winless Crows side this season having only played two games.

But the news has once again put on-field woes into perspective with the devastating blow in his personal life.

Posting a picture of Charlie and Madison in matching pyjamas, Lauren shared news about the loss.

“We were so excited at the thought of seeing these two with another sibling,” she wrote. “I started making matching pj’s for them as they were to be joined by another little one in the new year.

“Instead we will just be left with dreams of what could have been. It’s crazy how much you can love somebody that you have never met before.”
Gibbs’ added that she had been speaking about the loss and hearing the stories of others had helped with her pain.

“I know I am not alone in this and speaking about my miscarriage has certainly helped,” she said. “I have taken strength from so many strong women who have supported me by sharing their stories of similar times. Thank you to all my wonderful family and friends. Grateful for my two little ones who make my world better every single day.”

The Adelaide Football Club has had several players’ partners suffer miscarriages recently with former Crows skippers Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane both losing babies in 2018.

Walker took time away from the game after the loss of his unborn child while Sloane and his wife Belinda lost their son Leo in a tragic stillbirth.

One year on, the Sloanes revealed they were launching the Lion Warrior program with Red Nose, an organisation `that works to eradicate sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Earlier this season, North Melbourne star Ben Brown and his wife Hester revealed the couple had lost one of their baby twins due in 2021.

The couple, who in December, 2018, celebrated the birth of their daughter Aila said they were absolutely devastated to have lost their precious second twin.

For more information and support on miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death, visit Sands or Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA).



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Herald Sun Footy Podcast: Lauren Wood, Jon Anderson and Scott Gullan debate the big issues


While footy fans have been left in the dark, apparently broadcasters have been given the wink of approval from AFL HQ on a likely start date. That and all the big footy issues are discussed on this week’s Herald Sun Footy Podcast.

Broadcasters have been kept in the know by league headquarters, with Gullan revealing the AFL has hinted at players returning to the field on July 10.

But Gullan conceded on the Herald Sun Footy Podcast that the situation could change in this unpredictable landscape.

“There’s a suggestion that July 10 could be the resumption date,” Gullan said.

“Radio and TV have sort of been given the ‘wink, wink’ from AFL House.

“Get your head around July 10 … get your ducks in order.

“I know it changes by the day and they keep telling us that but word out of the media — radio and TV land who deal with the AFL — (is) that July 10 could be it.”

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ANDO’S GREATEST ESSENDON TEAM 1970-2020

Herald Sun columnist Jon Anderson named his Essendon best-22 over the past 50 yeas on this week’s podcast. Did he get it right?

B: Gavin Wanganeen Dustin Fletcher Michael Hurley

HB: Mark Thompson Mark Harvey Gary Foulds

C: Michael Long Jobe Watson Merv Neagle

HF: James Hird Roger Merrett Terry Daniher

F: Mark Mercuri Matthew Lloyd Paul Salmon

R: Simon Madden Tim Watson Leon Baker

I: Graham Moss Gary O’Donnell Paul Van Der Haar Scott Lucas

STIFF TO MISS: Darren Bewick, Joe Misiti, Sean Wellman

Camera IconJobe Watson and his father, Tim, are both named in Ando’s Essendon team. Credit: News Corp Australia, Wayne Ludbey



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