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An Evening With Leisel Jones


Tue 27 Oct 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Perth College, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mount Lawley, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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Boffins Books and Perth College present an evening with Olympic Gold Medalist Leisel Jones at Perth College on 27 October, as she talks candidly about her life and career, as revealed in her new book Body Lengths.

Leisel Jones is rightly regarded as one of the greatest breaststrokers ever. At just 15, she won two silver medals at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and then went on to win gold at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. At London 2012 Leisel became the first Australian swimmer to compete at four

For the first time, Leisel reveals the constant pressure she was under – from coaches, from the media and from herself – to be perfect. Despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered depression, and at one time attempted to take her own life. In London, criticised by the media for her weight, and appalled by the bulling and dysfunction in the Australian swim team, Leisel nevertheless handled herself with great composure. She has emerged from life as an athlete with
maturity and good humour, having finally learnt how to be herself and live with confidence.
In Body Lengths, Leisel candidly describes what it’s like to be thrust into the limelight so young.
Body Lengths is the inspiring story of an Australian sporting hero, told with humour, optimism and style.

Venue: Judith Cottier Theatre