Tony Ward explores Sport in Australian National Identity at Noosa Library
  • Wednesday 29 September 2010

Sport plays a big role in Australian life – many even claim it is a key part of the national psyche, but is sport really a much bigger deal in Australia than elsewhere? Is it vital in national identity? And has this importance changed over time?

Come along to the Noosa Library on Tuesday 12 October from 4.30 to 6pm to hear author Tony Ward discuss how he threads these themes together in his new book Sport in Australian National Identity: Kicking Goals.

In an entertaining and informative look at Australian’s national passion, in his talk “Fatso the wombat, the 12th Man, and the Aussie passion for sports” Tony will cover the complex, differing views on sport.

While some welcome the spirit of fair play and healthy enthusiasm. Others decry ‘win at all costs’ attitudes, the commercialism of modern sport, and one-eyed crowds. Still others, including Fatso the wombat and the 12th Man, see it as a rich target for sending it up.

Attendance is free, however bookings are essential. Contact the Noosa Library on 5442 4411.

About the author

Tony Ward is a writer and researcher, particularly interested in national identity and sports. He lives with his wife Gail in Elwood, inner Melbourne, and they are frequent visitors to Noosa. Tony studied economic history and economics at uni, and now runs a consulting firm specialising in economic and financial analysis. He enjoys several sports, including golf, tennis, swimming and walking.