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27 July 2021
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Paperback,  288 pages
234 x 153 mm

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Australia’s Toughest Sportspeople

by Mick Colliss

Gillian Rolton fell off her horse, broke a rib, and climbed back on to win a gold medal for Australia at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Unquestionably she was one of the hardest athletes in the history of Australian sport. Her death in 2017 spurred author Mick Colliss to sit down for intimate interviews with Australia’s toughest sportspeople.

From AFL, rugby union and cricket to aerial skiing, equestrian sports and speed-skating, Australian sport has produced some of the toughest nuts around. They are the people who played on through injury or overcame potentially catastrophic setbacks to inspire a sports-loving nation.

Through a series of revealing interviews, author Mick Colliss explores the extraordinary character of these outstanding athletes, and reveals the mental and physical fortitude it took for them to carry on when the rest of us would have been carried off. Australia’s Toughest Sportspeople provides fascinating insights into the most memorable and awe-inspiring moments in Australian sport, as well as new and intimate details on what happened beyond the headlines.

Featured: Rick McCosker (cricket); John Sattler (rugby league); Alisa Camplin (aerial skiing); Dean Jones (cricket); Robert DiPierdomenico (AFL); Steven Bradbury (speed skating); Dermott Brereton (AFL); Nathan Charles (rugby union); Haydn Bunton Jr (Australian rules); Curtis McGrath (Paracanoeing); Anna Meares (cycling) and Gillian Rolton (equestrian).


‘Colliss is a clever writer, with a lovely turn of phrase and a great feel for the kind of Australian sporting stories told in hushed tones at bars and around campfires, decades after the event.’ Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald

About the Author

Mick Colliss is an author, writer, rugby commentator, MC, guest speaker and modern-day poet.

He was also the sole selector and self-elected vice captain of the first ever Australian Sudoku team and travelled to India to compete at the World Sudoku Championships.