The Volunteers: How Ordinary Australians Brought about the Extraordinary Success of the Sydney 2000 Games

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Allen & Unwin, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 368 pages
The Sydney Olympics and Paralympics brought to the world's attention the army of 50,000 volunteers who got the Olympic show on the road. Max Walker, a sporting hero himself, was inspired to make a tribute to their amazing efforts, to coincide with the first anniversary of the Games.

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About the author (2001)

Max Walker is an active media commentator, corporate speaker, sports consultant and prolific author. He's been a footballer and cricketer, and he's an all-round nice bloke...Like Max, Gerry Gleeson played for Melbourne Football Club. He was in seven consecutive grand finals, winning five premierships under the name of Terry Gleeson due to a misprint in the Melbourne Sun. He is a management consultant, and was a volunteer during the Olympics.

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