I have a confession to make – I am not a ‘sporty’ person. Given a choice between participating, being a spectator, watching sport on TV or reading a book (even if it is about sport), I would always go for the latter. During my school years, I ‘suffered’ through all the compulsory PE classes. Not surprisingly, sport usually remains on the periphery of my reality. But every now and then, it simply cannot be avoided.
In fact, a book on the history of sport at Sydney University was the first title I worked on when I joined Sydney University Press. (And it must have been the first book on sport that I have ever read!) A mighty volume, Sydney University Sport 1895–2007: more than a club by Geoff Sherington and Steve Georgakis is bursting with stories of the early days of clubs and games at the University.