Beach volleyball

Natalie Cook and Tamsin Hinchley

Natalie Cook and Tamsin Hinchley

 

Cook, 37, steps up for her fifth Olympics with her Beijing partner Hinchley, 32. Cook, a gold medallist in Sydney with Kerri Pottharst, becomes the first Australian female to compete at five Olympics. At her first Olympics she won bronze at Atlanta in 1996, was fourth in Athens and fifth in Beijing with Hinchley. Hinchley competed at the Sydney Games in indoor volleyball finishing ninth. Knee surgery saw Hinchley converted from the hardcourt to the sand in 2004 after knee surgery. She first played with Cook in 2005. In 2009 Hincley married and had a baby. She resumed her combination with Cook in 2011 and the pair won the Continental Cup in China in June to book a place at the London Games.

 

Louise Bawden and Becchara Palmer

 

Like Tamsin Hinchley, Bawden, 30 was a member of the Australian indoor team at the Sydney Games. After playing in Europe Bawden did not switch to beach volleyball until 2009 but made an immediate impact winning the world tour rookie of the year when teaming with Angie Akers. Palmer, 24, and Bawden teamed up in late 2009 and became Australia’s number one team in 2010 and 2011. The pair moved into the world top 16 in 2012 to qualify for the Olympics.