100 Maori Sports Heroes by Joseph Romanos

100 Maori Sports Heroes is a magnificently illustrated book that profiles dozens of sports champions who have never received the recognition they deserve. The book covers 34 sports and subjects range from 1880s heroes Billy Warbrick and Herbert Slade to modern giants such as Stacey Jones, Lisa Carrington and Storm Uru.

Joseph Romanos has conducted interviews with most of the profiled subjects and the result is a book that will be compelling reading not just for sports buffs, but for anyone with an interest in New Zealand’s great achievers.

Among the champions profiled in 100 Maori Sports Heroes, read about:

  • The New Zealander who mixes with American Presidents.
  • The woman who set world swimming records to feed her family.
  • The rugby league player who boxed on one leg.
  • The test cricketer who climbed Mt Everest.
  • The most famous New Zealander in the United States in the 19th century.
  • The tennis star who had only one lung.
  • The first New Zealand woman to win a world boxing title.
  • The triple world champion softballer who overcame a heart condition.
  • The boy who was New Zealand’s top jockey at 16.
  • The golfer who took on Tiger Woods and won.
  • Sports stars who went into Parliament.