A Sporting Chance

Politics and spectator sports 

Sports commentators and political cartoonists share a love for metaphors, mishaps and exaggeration. 2021’s headline sporting events gave both professions a workout.

From tennis and cycling to the much-needed distraction of the Tokyo Olympics, our competitive spirit provided cartoonists with visual gags for a range of issues from Labor policies to the vaccine rollout. Beyond the goings-on in Canberra, a new champion was celebrated.

In Melbourne, political cartooning took to the street, or to be more specific, the tennis court. 

The Closed Australian Open

Van T Rudd, Self Published,

Aussie Aussie Aussie for Some 

John Shakespeare, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

Rollout de Vax

David Pope, The Canberra Times,

Team Australia

Mark Knight, Herald Sun,

Going for Gold

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,

Synchronized Sinking

Glen Le Lievre, Patreon,

Degree of Difficulty

Andrew Dyson, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

Low Bar Olympians

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,


Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail,

Pride of Place

Christopher Downes, The Hobart Mercury,

Missing in Opposition

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,