Sporting events that have shaped Austrlaias identity

  • melbourne cup

    The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major Thoroughbred horse race. Marketed as "the race that stops a nation", it is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. Conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, the event starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) the first Tuesday in November.
    The race has been held since 1861 and was originally he
  • first aboriginal cricket tour

    The Australian Aboriginal cricket team in England in 1868 was a side composed of Australian Aborigines which toured England between May and October of that year, thus becoming the first organised group of Australian cricketers to travel overseas.
  • the ashes

    The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia. It is one of the most celebrated rivalries in international cricket and dates back to 1882. It is currently played biennially, alternately in the United Kingdom and Australia. Cricket being a summer sport, and the venues being in opposite hemispheres, the break between series alternates between 18 and 30 months. A series of "The Ashes" comprises five Test matches, two innings per match, under the regular rules for Test matc
  • australian golf open

    The Australian Open is one of the principal annual golf tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia, and also the OneAsia Tour since its formation in 2009. The event was first played in 1904 and takes place toward the end of each year. It is run by Golf Australia and is one of the "national opens" which have a special status in the Official World Golf Rankings's points system, with a minimum level of points guaranteed for the winner regardless of the strength of the field. The winner of the tourn
  • Australian open

    Australia Open is one of the most renowned tennis tournaments in the world. Staged in the month of January, every calendar year, the event has its origin deeply etched in the year 1905, when the championship was first started. Similar to the other Grand Slam tournaments, the events has men’s and women's singles competitions; men's, women's, and mixed doubles; and junior's and master's competitions. Being the only Grand Slam tournament that features indoor play, Australia Open has grown in size a
  • first state of origin

    State of Origin is the name used in Australia for one existing sporting event which involves domestic representative teams. The term, when used in isolation, usually refers to rugby league football, and occassionally Australian Football matches, in which players are selected for the Australian states or territories where they either first played (hence the name 'state of origin') or played the majority of their junior football. The concept mirrors international representative rules in other spor
  • sydney olympics 2000

    The Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated between 15 September and 1 October 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was the second time that the Summer Olympics were held in the Southern Hemisphere, the first one being in Melbourne in 1956.
  • cathy freeman 2000 olypics

    Catherine Astrid Salome "Cathy" Freeman, (born 16 February 1973) is former Australian sprinter, who specialised in the 400 metres event. She became the Olympic champion for the women's 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics, at which she lit the Olympic Flame
  • steven bradbry

    Steven Bradbury created history when he won Australia and the Southern Hemisphere's first Winter Olympic Gold Medal. Bradbury won fans the world over for the honesty and humility he showed after the win. He saw the victory as reward not for one race, but for 12 years of hard training that included more than his share of misfortune.
  • Cadel Evans 2011 tour de France

    Evans had a much more successful start to 2011, winning stage 6 and the general classification at the Tirreno–Adriatico, and the general classification at the Tour de Romandie, both of which form part of the 2011 UCI World Tour. Skipping the Giro d'Italia, Evans prepared for the 2011 Tour de France by finishing as runner-up in the Criterium du Dauphine, one of the major Tour warm up events.