Golden Kiwis by David Riley
The latest in a series of books by the reading warrior himself David Riley, a man who wants kids to read particularly boys but not exclusively so.
It contains the profiles of 36 individual and team Olympic gold medalists from our first, Malcolm Champion who swam for a combined Australasian team at Stockholm in 1912 through to Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie our sailors at London 2012.
Each profile has a short bio. and sporting record plus photographs statistics and the school that they went to. In addition there is a video link for each of the gold medals. The photographs are excellent and the written text easy to read and concise.
Any records or interesting facts established are boxed in maroon within each profile.
In addition there are extra internet links on each profile at the back of the book for further research and profiles on our para-olympic Olympians and champions such as Eve Rimmer and Sophie Pascoe.
Other interesting facts to emerge include swimming not being included until 1908 Olympics and the walking race originating in Britain from the habit of footmen walking beside a coach to free roots etc when traveling over rough roads.
With the Rio Olympics around the corner this book is a fine reference tool for schools and the home. Pub Quiz fanatics will find this a ready source of information too.