Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Can you imagine being 14 and not only leading a national swimming team but also dealing with abuse and death threats as you worked to fill an Olympia dream? I really enjoyed meeting my latest podcast guest, Australian Olympian, media personality and author, the amazing Lisa Forrest. Lisa and I swum deeply into her young life as an inspiring captain of the Australian swimming team to the 1980 Moscow Olympics – one of a small band of high profile athletes that led the campaign to defy Malcolm Fraser's Federal Government in its attempt to support the US-led boycott of those Games, maintaining that the Olympics was about peace, not politics and chose to follow their dream.
During this time she was subject to cruel and savage backlash from the public. It’s an amazing story that was told in her book Boycott. Her stoicism and courage to deal with a very ‘adult’ situation at a very young age is so admirable and no doubt many do not even realise what she went through as it happened such a long time ago now, in the 1970’s.