Posts Tagged ‘olympic games’

EMMA. Emma Twig’s inspirational journey to Olympic gold by Jessica Lawry. Pub. Upstart Press, 2022

October 3, 2022 Comments off

If you add the old adage “never Give up” with the title of this excellent picture book biography, then you have captured the theme of this story.

Emma Twig had a dream to win Olympic gold after following her idols and role models in rowing while still a teenager in Hawkes Bay. She was selected to row for New Zealand at 3 Olympic Games and success did not come easy.

This is the story of her road to success full of pain, disappointment and hard work but she got there and joined her heroes and role models on the winners podium listening to our national anthem.

She acknowledges the contribution of her friends and support staff in this easy to read picture book with very good illustrations that reflect her hard work in training along with disappointments and final triumph.

Emma is not finished yet and took silver at the latest World championships.

A classy and heart warming story of a NZ hero.

Go Fiji Go. How Fiji won its first Olympic gold medal by David Riley.

October 3, 2017 Comments off

go fijiGo Fiji Go. How Fiji won its first Olympic gold medal by David Riley. Pub. Reading Warrior, 2017.

One of the fairy tale , feelgood stories of the Rio Olympics was the gold medal by the Fijian Sevens rugby team. This is their story and it is inspiring.

Six months before the Olympics Cyclone Winston, one of the most powerful storms seen in the Pacific, smashed Fiji. The damage was astonishing. How could this small island nation get up and win an Olympic medal for the first time?

Much of the credit can go to Englishman Ben Ryan who became the head coach and changed the whole culture of Fijian Sevens teams. He gave them a good diet, he took away their cell phones, he trained them like they had never done before and he gave them discipline.

He didn’t change the natural exuberance of Fijian teams who had won the World championship twice in a row and had the best Sevens player ever in Waisale Serevi. But Serevi had retired and Fiji had a new batch of players.

Each player is profiled and each game at Rio documented. It is a great story with excellent photographs. It will appeal to reluctant readers who like sport.

Golden Kiwis by David Riley

May 8, 2016 Comments off

golden kiwisGolden Kiwis by David Riley. Pub. Reading Warrior, 2016.

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.

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