In 1993 I published my first book of short stories and it was called Lawrence of Australia. It was just short stories of people that I met at the Olympic Games or kids that I’d coached to Olympic Games teams or indeed Olympic gold medals.
The dedication of the front of the book read ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius. This book is dedicated to every young athlete who dares to dream the Olympic dream of faster… higher…stronger’.
I’ve been thinking about it and I thought, I’d love to read these chapters so that I can share them on a podcast. The first one is The Beginning – Helen Gray. A thirteen-year-old girl that I coached and she made the Australian Commonwealth Games team. She went on to get a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. A great effort for a young kid.
Book reference: Lawrence of Australia, Chapter 1 “The Beginning – Helen Gray”
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