Preparing for my doctoral proposal at QUT on child safe policies in women’s artistic gymnastics, I leaned on an old friend, LinkedIn, for help. LinkedIn tossed around my search terms – something like integrity and sport, I’m sure – and spat out the suggestion I connect with Catherine Ordway. Who was Catherine Ordway when she was at home? Could an expert at handball connect with an ageing gymnast?
Naturally I was a tad nervous about contacting a complete stranger in this manner, but she immediately obliged with an excited message back and an invitation to Zoom. Let me just say this, then: from the moment her backgrounded screen appeared, showing an incredible Sam Kerr mid-flight in a victorious backflip, I knew there would a connection. This would be a conversation to remember. What followed was a lot of easy banter, much laughter and a vital discussion about dogs. In the weeks that have passed since that time, Catherine has been engaged in all my next moves: attentive, generous with her time and offering tips and pointers. Now it is her Launch Week, I am incredibly excited to see the release of her first book, Restoring Trust in Sport.
As a first-order matter in May I’ll be posting a review, but in the meantime please enjoy this reflective piece, produced in the book’s Foreward by David Howman, director-general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from 2003 to 2016.
Catherine’s Moves on Launch Week
Restoring Trust in Sport: radio:https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/catherine-ordway/12081476.
Tues April 20 am on local 2CC radio.
Release on Google books