Gay Australian sports stars | PHOTOS July 13, 2014, 12:19 p.m. See some of our out and proud sporting greats in pictures. Gay Australian sports stars | PHOTOS Swimmer Ian Thorpe proudly holds a gold medal after setting a new world record for the men's 400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games. Picture: ALLSPORT/Getty Images. Ian is pictured when he set a new record time of 3:40:59 for the mens 400m freestyle on day one of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Picture: ALLSPORT/Getty Images. Former rugby league player Ian Roberts came out in 1995. He is pictured in a promo photo for the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League photocall before a tour of Great Britain in 1994. Picture: Getty Images.Ian is pictured in action during the first rugby league test match between England and Australia at Wembley Stadium in October 1994. Picture: Getty Images. Gay Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff came out in August 2013. She is pictured after the Ladies' Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals on day nine of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in February 2014. Picture: Getty Images.Belle poses for the camera during a portrait session in Sydney in June 2013. Picture: Getty Images. Australian diver Mathew Helm is openly gay. He is pictured with a gold medal after the men's 10m platform final during day 10 of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March 2006. Picture: Getty Images.Mathew is pictured during the men's 10m platform final diving event on day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Picture: Getty Images.In April 2010, swimmer Daniel Kowalski announced he is gay. He is pictured thanking the crowd after winning the 1500m freestyle final at the 2001 Telstra FINA World Cup Swimming in Melbourne. Picture: ALLSPORT/Getty Images. Daniel (left) is pictured with Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim and Matthew Dunn as part of the Australian 4x200m freestyle team that won gold during the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Picture: ALLSPORT/Getty Images. Australian diver Matthew Mitcham was openly gay at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He is pictured posing with Joyce Maynge before the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March 2009. Picture: Getty Images.Matthew stood proudly after winning a gold medal in the men's 10m platform final diving event on day 15 of the Beijing Olympic Games in August 2008. Picture: Getty Images.Hockey player Alyson Annan OAM identifies as lesbian. She is pictured during a women's hockey match played between Australia and the Netherlands at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Picture: ALLSPORT/Getty Images.Alison is pictured in action during the Australia versus New Zealand match at the Telstra Challenge Hockey in Sydney in July 2000. Picture: ALLSPORT/Getty Images.Natalie Cook OAM is openly lesbian. She is pictured with Australian prime minister Tony Abbott during the official welcome home celebrations for the 2014 Sochi Olympians and Paralympians at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in May 2014. Picture: Getty Images.Natalie is pictured posing after a beach volleyball training session at Horse Guards Parade in London in July 2012, before the Olympic Games. Picture: Getty Images. Openly lesbian tennis player Rennae Stubbs is pictured on court during a doubles match at the 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne in January 2014. Picture: Getty Images.Rennae is pictured on court during day five of the 2010 US Open in New York City. Picture: Getty Images. TweetFacebook of ╳exitOn the back of Ian Thorpe's coming out on national television in July 2014, Fairfax Media has compiled a gallery of Australian sporting stars who are out and proud. The story Gay Australian sports stars | PHOTOS first appeared on Fairfax Regional Pages.