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"Answer this question and we will have captured the crucial ingredient which lets the human spirit soar."

Professor Allan Snyder FRS
The Inaugural Edwin Flack Lecture
Sydney, 26 June 1998

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What Makes a Champion!
Fifty extraordinary individuals share their insights
Penguin Books, 2002

What Makes a Champion! Book


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Prof. Snyder and Nelson MandelaWhat gives a great athlete, artist or scientist the ability to achieve extraordinary things? Is it sheer passion for what they do? Strength acquired through adversity? Can champions be crafted, or do they simply emerge through talent, personality and force of circumstances?

Fifty champions from all walks of life, brought together by Professor Allan Snyder (pictured with Nelson Mandela), draw on their own experiences to explore the secrets of success in this inspiring, revealing and thought-provoking book.

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 Launch Invitation

Book Launch

The book was launched at the Park Hyatt Sydney on Wednesday 3 April 2002 by Shane Gould, world famous swimmer, standing in for the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard.
View Prime Minister's message read at the launch.

The launch was attended by many of the champions featured in the book, including Herb Elliot, Shelly Taylor-Smith, Poppy King and Anne Summers.


WMC Book Launch

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