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Raising Champions

A Parent’s Perspective

Philippa Coates

Lothian Books

Some parents are the sporting equivalent of ‘stage mothers’, others bemused by their own child’s success, but all have their own story to tell. This is a fascinating book.

Peter FitzSimons, journalist, author and former Wallaby

Raising Champions is a collection of 50 candid interviews with the parents of some of Australia’s greatest athletes across 23 different sports, from AFL to water polo, cricket to swimming, and almost everything in- between. It spills the beans on the formative years of Australia’s athletic heroes, with entertaining insights and colourful anecdotes told by the people who know them best – their mums and dads.

For those parents who believe they might have the next Ricky Ponting or Lauren Jackson on their hands, there is plenty of guidance on raising an exceptionally talented child. In addition, Raising Champions contains analysis and advice on children in sport from the former head of sports psychology at the Australian Institute of Sport, Jeffrey Bond, and a foreword by Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Tani Ruckle.

The result is an insightful and often humorous portrait of what makes champions and the journey they take from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Raising Champtions highlights the sacrifices parents make for their gifted children. They are the unsung heroes.

John D. Coates AO, President, Australian Olympic Committee

My mum was my taxi driver and my battering board. She has been the heart and soul of my career. It’s great that parents are getting some recognition at last.

Jana Pittman