Australia's Sporting Success: The Inside Story by John Bloomfield

By John Bloomfield

The intense performances of Australian athletes, and an know-how of the method that fostered them, got here to the world's awareness in the course of the Sydney Olympic video games in 2000. during this informative publication, John Bloomfield strains the advance of game in Australia from the early nineteenth century via to the fashionable day associations that force Australia's hugely profitable activities process.

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91 in Test cricket. However, he will be best remembered for his astute captaincy. ‘Tough, competitive and highly skilled — as well as ruthless out on the field — Steve Waugh is the very essence of Australian cricket’, according to John Polack in his player profile. Waugh is also a fine leader of men, as his record as both a Test and one-day captain has demonstrated. Steve Waugh was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1989 and again in 2000 and 2001, as well as the recipient of the Alan Border Medal in 2001.

B y p e r m is s i o n o f t h e N a t i o n a l L i b ra r y o f A us t ra l i a — s e e A p p e n d i x H f o r p h o t o c re d i t s. ’51 Rowing had also been growing rapidly in the 1870s and 80s in both Sydney and Melbourne, and Australian competitors were prominent in international regattas. 52 Boxing, probably one of the oldest sports, was also popular from 1788 onwards. At first it was bare-knuckled pugilism, which lasted for almost 100 years before the rules were changed in Australia.

THE COMMONWEALTH The earliest calls for the appointment of a Commonwealth Minister for Sport were made by Senator Geoff McLaren (ALP, South Australia) in mid-September 1971. He asked Sir Kenneth Anderson, the then Leader of the Coalition Government in the Senate, to use his influence to establish a ministry. Anderson declined, stating: ‘I do not know that the creation of a new portfolio is warranted. Such a matter would have to be considered by the Prime Minister and the Government. 10 One year later, in 1972, Senator McLaren again raised the matter in the Senate.

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