Media Release New Holland Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
July 1 2008
When Silver is Gold
By Brooke Hanson
Written with respected sports writer Neil Cadigan, this is
Brooke’s story – and what a remarkable journey it has been!
Honest, sometimes controversial and inspiring – Brooke
details how she nearly drowned twice as a toddler, and
takes the reader through to the regime of Olympic training.
She tells of the scandals in the sport where “baseless lies”
almost cost careers, that famous Medley muddle, drugs in
sport, almost being electrocuted in a promotion – winning
and losing - and why she eventually called it quits. There is
also personal heartache, including have to deal with her
father’s heart attack.
She provides an insider’s view into Olympic preparation –
and finding love!
Brooke has also been made an ambassador for the Smith
Family’s “Little Learners’ Literacy Fund” (PDF).
The fund is run
through Borders stores nationally and helps provide scholarships
and resources to encourage children to read.
ABOUT BROOKE HANSON
Brooke was born in Manly NSW and now lives in
Melbourne. Her family had her take swimming lessons from
the age of four after nearly drowning.
From the mid 1990’s she was one of Australia’s most prominent
swimmers, although she missed out on qualifying for
the 1996 games by just 0.11 of a second.
As one of Australia’s most well known breast stroke swimmers,
she qualified to go to Athens Olympic Games. There
she won a gold relay medal. At these games she also won
a silver individual medal in the 100 metres breast stroke. A
few weeks later she won six gold medals at the FINA Short
Course Championships. She formally retired from the sport
in November 2007.