People Of The Boot

PEOPLE OF THE BOOT

THE TRIUMPHS & TRAGEDY OF AUSTRALIAN JEWS IN SPORT

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Jews have made a profound on-field and off-field contribution to just about every sport in Australia. Their feats have encompassed world championships, AFL premierships, Olympic selection and medals. Their legacies in sports administration and business are many: saved sporting codes, reinvigorated national competitions and mended the bodies of champion athletes. They have climbed Mount Everest and the major peaks of the world. Yet their stories of courage, resilience and ingenuity are largely untold. Until now. For the first time, leading journalists, writers and broadcasters have come together in this edited collection to share a new and compelling perspective on Australian Jews. People of the Book they have always been, but People of the Boot they are now too.

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The AFL Peace Team breaking barriers / Jessica Fox and Olympic glory / Michael Klinger’s path to vindication / Sir Frank Lowy’s soccer transformation / The Maccabiah Bridge collapse two decades on / St Kilda’s 1966 Yom Kippur premiership / The moral fortitude of the NRL’s Todd Greenberg / Larry Kestelman’s hoop dreams / And much more…

ABOUT THE EDITORS

ASHLEY BROWNE is a senior writer with AFL Media whose work appears in the AFL Record and on AFL.com.au. He can also be heard on SEN 1116 and ABC Grandstand’s AFL coverage. He is a former sportswriter with The Age and was also managing editor of several leading Australian digital sports properties. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and has three adult children.
DR. DASHIEL LAWRENCE has written about the history, politics and sport of the Australian Jewish diaspora for over a decade. In 2015 he co-edited (with Shahar Burla) Australia and Israel: A diasporic, political and cultural relationship. He works as a communications consultant and social researcher and lives in Melbourne.

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