NZ Sports Hall of Fame. 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill. Illus Marco Ivancic.
If I asked you who was the only rugby player to score 3 tries as a substitute in a World Cup match who would you say? Well it was the fabulous Sonny William Williams. I did get his name right and I know Sonny Bill sounds better. And did you know that Trish Hina has played three World Cups in both Rugby and Rugby league.
These are some of the amazing facts in this colourful and well presented publication on New Zealand sporting legends both current and past. Each player has a life like cartoon illustration of them competing in their sport, a daily training regime, their history and achievements in their sport and a philosophical statement of what drives them.
Take these three quotes:- Valerie Adams “With a little bit of hard work and a little support anything is possible“. Richie McCaw “To lead or inspire you have to back up the talk” and Sophie Pascoe “if you miss a session you can’t make up for it – that’s the life of an athlete”.
Inspiring stuff. The book also features athletes from many lesser known sports like aerobics champion Angela McMillan, freestyle skier Jossi Wells and kitesurfer Cindy Mosey. Plus some older legends like John Walker, Richard Hadlee and Ivan Mauger.
An easily accessible book for first information that can lead to further study. Essential for every school library or for the coffee table at home. Read it you will not regret owning this book. It is for everybody.