How this 69yo man will swim the English Channel

Chris Shapland plans to swim the English Channel. Photo Contributed

What he's attempting has been done less than Mt Everest climbs

Three dead during Colombian soccer win celebrations

Colombia's celebration of victory has ended in death

HOOKED: Rod selection vital in targeting fish

NICE WORK: Arnie Dekurt with a large bream.

Your fishing rod is important

Mallinder's Musings for round 19

RELENTLESS ENERGY: Giants skipper Callan Ward should lead his side to victory over the Tigers this weekend.

Terry Mallinder casts his eye over the weekend's AFL match-ups.

Bletchingly a springboard for big races

Bletchingly Stakes considered a good pointer for spring carnival.

Plenty of doors opening for Hayne

FUTURE UNDECIDED: Former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne speaks to the media.

Manager says he's had talks with franchises in several codes.

Warriors finally bring back Lolohea

DANGER MAN: Tuimoala Lolohea of the Warriors will start at full back this weekend.

Panthers preparing to travel to face New Zealand.

Surf fest to make a splash in Coffs

Emerald Beach surfer Paul Scholten enjoyed surfing on his home break during the opening round of the Open Longboard division of the bcu Australian Surf Festival. Photo: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Surf fest to make a splash in Coffs

Emerald Cowgirls star Kailah Rogers in it for love

The Cowgirls celebrate their 16-12 win over the Blackwater Crushettes earlier this season.

The love of the game drives her passion

Rio-bound trio farewelled in style

Olympic open water swimmer Chelsea Gubecka, coach Michael Sage and paralympian Liam Schluter are off to Rio.

Swimmers say sanctions won't make medals easier

STILL DIFFICULT: Matt Abood says the banning of top Russian sprinter won't make Australia's job in the pool any easier.

Aussie head coach keen to focus on job at hand.

Putin says Russian bans devalue Games

HITTING BACK: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'No concrete, evidence-based accusations' made, says leader.

Rio crime hits former Rocky man

The spectacular view from the Statue of Christ The Redeemer high above Rio.

The camera operator and a journalist were approached on the beach

Burton at 'home' in pre-Games team camp

PREPARING: Darling Downs rider Chris Burton.

Rider prepares for second Olympics

'Old man' takes up challenge of his fifth Olympics

AGE SHALL NOT WEARY HIM: Martin Marinov (left) will partner Ferenc Szekszardi in the C2 1000m in Rio, as well as taking on the C1 1000m.

Aussie the oldest canoeing athlete to compete at an Olympics.

Stroke of luck for Aussie rowers after Russians banned

GRATEFUL EIGHT: The Australian women's eight rowing team in action at the 2012 London Olympics.

FISA move applauded by Rowing Australia.

Hurricanes give Coles time to beat rib injury

The Hurricanes will wait until match day before deciding whether skipper Dane Coles can play in the blockbuster Super Rugby semi-final clash against the Chiefs.

Hardwick sorry about criticism of Martin

BROWNLOW CHANCE: Dustin Martin of the Tigers in action.

Coach scorned star's Brownlow chances.

Pavlich's 350th just what the Dockers ordered

GREAT SERVANT: Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers will play his 350th game this weekend.

Swans wary of 16th-placed Fremantle.

Swimmers say sanctions won't make medals easier

STILL DIFFICULT: Matt Abood says the banning of top Russian sprinter won't make Australia's job in the pool any easier.

Aussie head coach keen to focus on job at hand.

Putin says Russian bans devalue Games

HITTING BACK: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'No concrete, evidence-based accusations' made, says leader.

Returning Cats give coach a selection headache

BACK ON DECK: Zac Smith of the Cats should be available for selection for the clash with the Bulldogs.

Embarrassment of riches for Geelong.

Day intent on winning, not defending

CRAVING SUCCESS: World No.1 Jason Day, of Australia, is the defending US PGA champion.

World No.1 wants to add to his only major.

Aussies pooling resources for Rio success

OLYMPIC HOPE: Mitch Larkin of Australia smiles after his men's 50m backstroke heat at last year’s world championships in Kazan.

Larkin wants Australian swimming to return to its glory days.

Fire and ice drive Rio dream

BURNING AMBITION: Sharni Williams will lead the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby sevens skipper on quest for gold.

Jess to hit the ground running

TALENTED FAMILY: Jess Trengove claims bronze in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brother inspires Olympic marathon runner.

Rose bloomed in Romania

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Central Coast Mariners star Josh Rose makes a tackle on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha earlier this year.

How Romania shaped the career of soccer star

In tune for retirement

CHAMPION: Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto in tune for retirement.

Rod Davies rocketing to stardom

Former Queensland Reds speedster Rod Davies in flight.

A LOOK back on "Rockhampton Rocket" Rod Davies' remarkable journey.

Big Mal is the man to quell any disharmony

EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: Former Queensland State of Origin coach and player Mal Meninga answers a question after being announced as the new Kangaroos coach in December.

Talk of division in Kangaroos team pure bunkum.

Players might have to start using their heads

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lachie Henderson of the Cats is stretchered from the ground during the round 17 AFL match between Fremantle and Geelong at Domain Stadium.

Coaches and players have role to play to prevent concussion.

Blues got rub of the green from whistleblowers

UNDER PRESSURE: Matt Scott of the Maroons offloads the ball as he is tackled by Michael Jennings and Tyson Frizell during State of Origin game three.

NSW coach changed tune from games one to three.

Have to admit it ... Blues skipper deserves respect

LAST GAME: NSW  Origin captain Paul Gallen   during the captain's run at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Tony Durkin shares his views on retiring NSW skipper.

Battling Lions have right to feel aggrieved

CONFIDENCE DOWN: Lions players are dejected as the leave the field following the Round 16 AFL match against the Gold Coast Suns.

Dark clouds hovering over club.

Dog sets a cat among the pigeons

CAVORTING WITH ENEMY: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs runs with the ball.

Player's tour of rival facilities sets tongues wagging.

Durko’s Dissections for round 21

GONE MISSING: Anthony Milford of the Brisbane Broncos has been out of sorts in recent weeks.

Tony Durkin takes a look at this weekend's NRL match-ups.

Ennis 'one of the best I've coached': Bennett

CROWD FAVOURITE: Michael Ennis is greeted by Sharks fans last weekend.

Shark to retire at end of the season.

Brisbane pins hopes on inexperienced bench

BIG TALENT: Tevita Pangai jnr of the Broncos will start from the bench against the Roosters.

Gillett scratching adds to Broncos' woes.

Gillett back to boost struggling Broncos

TIMELY RETURN: Matt Gillett of the Broncos will be back on deck to play the Roosters.

Broncos desperate to get back to winning ways.

Green tight-lipped over Thurston injury

INJURY CLOUD: Johnathan Thurston (left), with his leg iced, watches from the bench during the clash between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last weekend.

Superstar halfback under injury cloud.

Ennis to pull the pin at season’s end

LAST HURRAH: Michael Ennis of the Sharks will call it quits at the end of the 2016 season.

Shark hoping to retire with a premiership.

Harvey settles spat with Carey ahead of record game

TIRELESS VETERAN: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos will play his 427th AFL match this weekend, breaking the record of Michael Tuck.

Kangaroos veteran to play his 427th match.

Unimpressive Eagles look for Naitanui spark

MISSING SPARK: Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles is a chance to return next week.

Eagles clash with Collingwood at the MCG next Saturday.

Portugal overcomes loss of Ronaldo to claim Euro crown

ON TARGET: Eder celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final against France at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Country claims first European Championship.

Portugal win Euro Cup despite Ronaldo heartbreak

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, bottom, celebrates with team mates winning the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016.

So the one-man team become European champions

VIDEO: Iceland's stunning welcome for national heroes

Football team celebrates with fans.

TO vikings, this was a time to honour victory, not to mourn defeat.

Griezmann double confirms status as new French hero

FRENCH HERO: France's Antoine Griezmann applauds fans at the end of the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany in Marseille.

France downs Germany to book spot in final.

Man Utd set to sign Pogba for record $176m

IN DEMAND: Paul Pogba of France in action during the Euro 2016 quarter-final match against Iceland.

French international will earn more than $500,000 a week.

Starc back and keen to boost Test record

DANGER MAN: Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Left-arm quick to get another chance to impress in the Test arena.

Warner expected to be fit to face Sri Lanka

FAMOUS FACE: Australian cricketer David Warner faces a delivery by former Sri Lankan spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan during a practice session in Colombo.

Australia to face Sri Lanka starting on Tuesday.

Lyon not concerned by lack of wickets in Test warm-up

BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

Spinner approaching opening Test against Sri Lanka with confidence.

O’Keefe puts his hand up for Test selection

GOOD FORM: Stephen O’Keefe took five wickets in the first innings of Australia’s tour match in Sri Lanka.

Tourists could take a twin-spin attack in the first Test.

Murali, Law give Aussies an inside edge over Sri Lanka

SPIN MAESTRO: Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan appeals for a wicket in a 2010 ODI clash against Australia.

Duo gives insight ahead of Australia's tour of island nation.

Heat secure world No.1 Badree for BBL

KEY SIGNING: West Indian Samuel Badree has recommitted to the Brisbane Heat.

West Indian joins McCullum as international signings.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Tippett faces her Origin in Firebirds final

MY BALL! Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds and Sharni Layton fight for the ball.

Firebirds tackle Swifts in fierce conference final in Brisbane

Swifts down Vixens to earn Firebirds final

EYE FOR GOAL: Susan Pettitt of the Swifts shoots as Leana De Bruin of the Magic defends.

Reigning champions await Sydneysiders.

Firebirds chasing right to host final

Firebirds captain Laura Geitz takes a rebound against the NSW Swiftrs in last year’s frand Final between the Queensland Firebirds and NSW Swifts in Brisbane, Sunday, June 21, 2015. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Queenslanders have a game to go before the finals.

Tough test for Vixens’ title hopes

STRONG FINISH: Melbourne Vixens centre Liz Watson (right).

Southern Steel present tough challenge.

Poetic justice for 'Henry' Lawson's 100 to 1 chance

MACLEAN CUP: Wayne Lawson trained gelding Nautile snuck through to win the final feature race of the July Racing Carnival for the second time in a row.

Kilkivan rider second in 80km endurance championship

ENDURING ENTHUSIASM: Fiona Fenech from Lower Wonga, in the Kilkivan district, placed second in the 80km event of the endurance championships.
Photo: contributed

Long-term Kilkivan district horse rider takes silver over the 80km.

Planning under way at equestrian centre

BIG PLANS: Lockyer Indoor Equestrian Centre Mark Saggers is welcoming proposed upgrades.

Plans underway for upgrading popular equestrian centre.

Lockyer para equestrians aim for championships

CHAMPS ARE READY: Lockyer Valley Riding for Disabled competitors will be heading to Caboolture this weekend for the state championships.

LV Riding for Disabled Riders to compete at championships.

New Racing Queensland board announced

Three new appointments have been made to the Racing Queensland board

Pony club pays tribute to Billie

YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. 
Photo contributed.

Former Whitsunday local 12-year-old Billie Kinder has died.

More events on the cards for local club

FLYING HIGH: Freja Chadwick and Tom in action at the Lockyer Equestrian Group members day.

More events on the cards for Lockyer Equestrian Group.