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Sport arrived in Australia with the first fleet in 1788
First athletics tournament was held in 1810, soon after cricket, horse racing & sailing clubs and competitions started.
In 1905, the first tennis Australasian Championships was held in Melbourne at Albert Cricket Ground.
Women represented Australia for the first time at the Olympics in 1912.
Dick Eve won Australia's first Olympic diving gold medal in 1924.
Australia won the Davis cup 8 times in the 1950s; 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1959. It was Australia's most successful decade at the Davis Cup.
In 1962 Rod Laver became only the second Men's Tennis player to complete the Grand Slam and repeated the feat in 1969.
The Australian squad included Harry Williams, the first Australian Aboriginal to play for the national soccer team.
The Australian Institute of Sport was founded in 1981.
The Olympic Games were held in Sydney. Catherine Freemans 400m Gold Medal
Steven Bradbury won gold at Salt Lake City in spectacular fashion
Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France.
Basketballer Andrew Bogut became the first Australian to be selected as the No.1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Kieren Perkins 1500m freestyle Gold medal against the odds at the 1996 Atlanta Games
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