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John Landy talks about becoming a world record runner, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former champion runner John Landy recalling how he became a world record holder. He says that in the early 1950s, the possibility of running 1 mile (1.6 km) in under 1 minute was 'a great talking point'. He says Roger Bannister became the first to achieve the goal in May 1954. Landy ...


John Landy recalls an act of sportsmanship, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of a former champion runner, John Landy, recalling an incident during the Australian mile championship in Melbourne on 11 March 1956. Landy says that the spikes of his shoes tore the arm of another runner, Australian Ron Clarke, who fell in front of him. He describes stopping to help Clarke, ...

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Taking elite training to new heights

What is altitude training and does it really benefit elite athletes? This clip explains how the body responds to changes in oxygen availability at high altitude, and how athletes use this knowledge to adapt their training. Find out about a study to determine the best altitude-training program and the impact of winter sports ...


'Photographing marbles' cartoon by Judy Horacek, 1997

This black-and-white cartoon by Judy Horacek comments on the lack of coverage of women's sport in the Australian media. It shows two young boys playing marbles surrounded by the media, while a woman with medals around her neck stands alone, ignored. Further information is available for this resource.

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John Landy

This is a student resource about John Landy, a great Australian athlete and true sportsman. Three photographs in the slideshow portray him taking the athletes’ oath at the 1956 Olympics, being congratulated after winning an event, and at the Australian Gallery of Sport in 1990. Text on screen describes his athletic achievements, ...


Poster for women's Test cricket, 1937

This is a poster from the Women's Cricket Association advertising a 1937 Test match between Australia and England at The Oval, London, on 10, 12 and 13 July.


Mollie Flaherty's cricket shoes, c1930s-40s

These are the cricket shoes worn by Mollie Flaherty, an Australian right-arm fast bowler who played on the Australian women's cricket team from 1937 to 1939, and the New South Wales women's team for over a decade, from 1934 to 1949.


Nell McLarty's cricket stockings, c1930s

This is a pair of white suspender stockings worn by Nell McLarty, an Australian female cricketer who played for the Australian women's cricket team between 1934 and 1937, and also for the Victorian women's team.


Ken Syme - Melbourne Olympic Games, 1956: Opening ceremony

This clip shows silent, colour home movie footage of parts of the opening ceremony of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, filmed from a stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The clip begins with a sequence of the Australian team marching into the ground. The Olympic flag is then brought forward, the Games are officially ...


Spirit 2000 - Countdown to Sydney, 1998: Pressure to perform

This clip shows primary-school-aged female gymnasts at the elite Western Australian and Victorian Institutes of Sport as they train, motivated by the chance to compete in the 2000 Olympic Games. The clip is filmed over the course of two years, 1994 and 1996, and documents the changing attitudes of two of the young gymnasts ...


Pole vault at the 1956 Olympic Games

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a competitor clearing the bar in the pole vault event during the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in November 1956. Several officials, who may be judging the event, observe the athlete. Part of the crowded stadium at the Melbourne Cricket Ground can be seen in the ...

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Science talk 2007: Adam Cawley

An interview with Adam Cawley, a chemist and scientist from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, who is an expert in drug testing in sport. Adam talks to a teacher from Killara High School about working as a chemist, and the challenges in drug testing.


GC2018 Embrace Learning: projects

The Embracing 2018 Global Education Program includes a variety classroom activities aligned to the Australian Curriculum using GC2018 as a context for learning. Queensland teachers can register and access the learning management system, all other users can access and download resources but not save the results online.