Wayde was quick off the mark from the day he born: two months
premature and weighing no more than a litre of milk, his life was
in danger. But little Wayde survived and grew to become the
world’s leading sprinter.
Wayde van Niekerk tells the extraordinary tale of a boy who
defied the odds, time and again. He was small and skinny, but he
tackled big rivals on the rugby field. And just when he was about
to become a world sprinting star, Wayde suffered a series of
terrible hamstring injuries. At one point, he was so depressed he
almost gave up athletics for good. But his faith, courage and
dedication – along with his magnificent talent – kept him going.
We learn that Wayde was deeply motivated by his mother
Odessa’s brilliance as a sprinter before his birth – back in the
apartheid era when black athletes were unable to shine on the
biggest stage. Wayde’s sense of honour also shines through in the
story: how he stands up for the weak against bullies, and gives
generously to those less fortunate than himself.
In the climax of the book, Wayde flies his family to the Olympics in
Rio de Janeiro, where his greatest moment awaits him.
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