When Silver is Gold by Brooke Hanson

The Brooke Hanson Story written with respected sports journalist and author Neil Cadigan, this is Brooke’s story – and what a remarkable journey it has been!

When Silver is Gold is an inspiring story about an Australian woman who refused to give in …. and found that coming second at the Olympic Games was as good as gold.

"There is a message here for every young Australian who has his or her sights on one day going to the Olympic Games. Just read the Brooke Hanson story.”
Don Talbot OA OBE
Australia's greatest ever National Head Swimming Coach

When Silver is Gold

When Silver is Gold by Brooke Hanson

AUD $30.00 (inc GST + Postage & Handling)

Each book is personally signed by me.

All profits from the sale of my book are currently being donated to a great mate of mine from the Currumbin Beach Vikings; Jed Cahill who’s fighting stage 4 brain cancer. Please support an incredible salt of the earth bloke, husband & father of 3 young children as he continues the fight of his life.


Brooke Hanson was the baby of Australia’s Commonwealth Games swim team in 1994 with the world at her feet. Yet it took a decade of dogged perseverance, including twice narrowly missing Olympic selection and suffering physical and personal setbacks, before she finally achieved her dream.

Against all the odds, the breaststroker with the beaming smile and effervescent personality won an individual silver medal and relay team gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Weeks later, she joined an exclusive club winning six gold medals at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Honest, sometimes controversial and inspiring – Brooke details how she nearly drowned twice as a toddler, she takes the reader through to the regime of Olympic training and the obstacles she dealt with outside of the pool.

Brooke tells of the scandals in the sport where “baseless lies” almost cost careers, that famous Medley muddle, drugs in sport, standing by her coach when his life was devastated by unproven sexual assault charges, suffering an electric shock– winning and losing – and why she eventually retired.