Laurie Lawrence is a remarkable Australian – a maker of champions, capable of lifting the spirits of those around him to soaring heights. As a swim coach possessing the gift of inspiration he is without peer, and his line-up of champions – Steve Holland, Tracey Wickham, Jon Sieben, Duncan Armstrong, Julie McDonald – bears gold medal testimony to his qualities. But Laurie Lawrence is very many other things too – extrovert, patriot, poet, humorist, singer and, in the 1990s, the most sought-after motivational speaker in Australia. Lawrence of Australia captures the essence of the man through 24 remarkable stories of sport and its champions. In these deeply personal, funny and very often inspiring tales, Lawrence uncovers profound secrets of success which translate to all walks of life. It is a book for everyone – entertaining, revealing and vastly uplifting.