New power player: Australia’s top 100 athletes ranked

From our swimmers dominating the pool at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, to the heroics of winter Olympic medallists Jakara Anthony, Scotty James and Tess Coady winning the hearts of Australians across the country - 2022 was a big sporting year for the land down under. And that’s not to mention the heroics of our Socceroos in Qatar at the World Cup. After a big year for Australians on the world stage, it has been an arduous task to rank them into a single list of 100 of the best.But at least the top three stand on their own - just where they stand is an almost unanswerable question. In terms of states, NSW had the highest number of athletes in the top 100 but Victoria and Queensland were also strongly represented.And when it comes to code breakdowns, football (soccer) leads the way alongside cricket with 12 representatives. However sports like netball, surfing and tennis are on the rise.Aussie 100 by stateHAVE YOUR SAY: See the full list and vote on our Top 100 in the interactive below To choose between a soccer phenomenon in Sam Kerr, golfing maestro Cam Smith or the lethal weapon named Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski is as difficult as picking your favourite child.All three can lay claim to being the best in their respective sports, meaning it comes down to personal preference. Kerr, 29, finished third in the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row, an award that identifies the best in the business.UFC featherweight champion Volkanovski, 34, defended his crown twice in 2022 with scintillating wins over Jung Chan-sung and Max Holloway.And then there was Smith, 29, taking the “fifth” Major at The Players Championship with a stunning approach to the Par 3 17th before his stellar British Open at the home of golf in St Andrews.But for joining the LIV tour, Smith would have become number one men’s golfer in the world, and as such I have gone for him as the best sporting Aussie in the world in 2022. Sports Stars Aussie Top 100