Simon Says Gold: Simon Whitfield's Pursuit of Athletic Excellence


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Orca Book Publishers
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6.4 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Cleve Dheensaw has been a sportswriter with the Victoria Times Colonist for twenty-eight years. He has covered a total of six Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Cleve lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Simon Says Gold includes Simon Whitfield's instructions on training--his advice is bound to surprise young athletes in any sport--and includes stories about family, friends, coaches, teachers and mentors--all those who have had a lasting impact on his life and helped make him a champion. Simon lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit


"The author has captured Whitfield's candour and an engaging sense of humour in a straightforward, balanced writing style that brings this sports hero to the accessible level of the guy next door...For any aspiring young athlete feeding on the climate of high excitement at the approaching 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Simon's story will be inspirational. Highly Recommended."--CM Magazine
"[Simon's] honesty about his failures and uncertainty, as well as the dizzying excitement of victory, provides the drama in this action-packed biography...The star's personal highs and lows (he remembers his first triathlon when he was a teen), along with the details about preparing for the triathlon's three sports--running, cycling, and swimming--will grab teen athletes and fans...Readers will look forward to cheering Whitfield on in 2012."--Booklist Online
"[Whitfield] tells his story with candor, and he sheds light on the dark side of early success and the pressures athletes face...Participants and fans of track and field will enjoy Whitfield's insider's perspective and cheer his determined comeback."--School Library Journal
"An interesting book that takes a look at what it really takes to be an Olympic athlete...Any school library that serves a population of sports fans or Olympic enthusiasts should consider adding this volume to their collection."--Resource Links