Author(s): Maria Gill
Here are 25 of New Zealand’s finest sportspeople, across the range of sporting disciplines, and including the old and great alongside the young bucks, the new rising stars. All of these sportspeople have succeeded on the world stage and many began their careers at a very young age.
Discover how they achieved their success and what it was that made them set their sights on the ultimate goal of ‘best in the world’. With individual timelines, trophy boards, and personal stories for each athlete, Maria Gill provides a description of each sport and outlines personal training programmes for each athlete. Children can set goals and create their own sport plan, and essential resources identify New Zealand sports organisations, museums and sporting competitions. Stunning illustrations capture each sportsperson in action, inspiring young New Zealanders to match their achievements.
Shortlisted for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Elsie Locke Medal for Non-Fiction 2015.
Maria Gill writes non-fiction for children and regularly visits schools and libraries around the country promoting New Zealand books.
She has published eight books with New Holland including Call of the Kokako, Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes, Running the
Country, The Last of Maui’s Dolphins, and New Zealand Hall of Fame.
Maria has a background in Primary School teaching and now writes fulltime from her lifestyle block in Matakana.
Marco Ivancic is a freelance illustrator who has a broad portfolio that includes fantasy and science fiction work. He enjoyed producing the
illustrations for this project as he’s very keen on sport, especially football and rugby league. He works in Adobe Photoshop.