‘Twists and Turns’ Matthew Mitcham has written an autobiography!
Get excited peeps! Australia’s own openly gay ukulele playing Olympian, Matthew Mitcham is now adding writing to his long list of talents. Some how between diving, the London Olympics and just being all kinds of the adorable person that he is, the diver has managed to find time to write his own autobiography titled Twists and Turns.
Yesterday the excited diver turned to facebook to announce the news that an ebook would be simultaneously released when it hits shelves in December, and even more exciting was that he’ll be having book signings throughout late November and December. I so need to get to one of those!
Today get to see the cover-artwork and a rather insightful description about the book and I won’t deny, I’m so bloody keen to read it!
“People kept remarking on how they were surprised that a gold medal and fame hadn’t changed me. I always responded, ‘Why would I change? Being me is the easiest person to be.’
I was lying. It wasn’t.
At the Beijing Olympic Games, he made history with an unforgettable dive, the first to ever score perfect tens from all four judges, and won gold for Australia.
Grinning with pride from front pages around the world, there was no hint of the personal demons that had led this supremely talented young dynamo to quit diving less than two years before.
Joyously out and proud, Matthew was a role model for his courage both in and out of the pool. Yet the crippling self-doubt and shadow of depression that had plagued him all his life forced him into premature retirement, at one point reduced to circus diving to earn money.
Even after Beijing and being ranked No 1 in the world, those closest to Matthew could not guess that beneath that cheeky, fun-loving exterior he was painfully aware of how easily it could unravel.
In the lead-up to the London Olympics, when injury threatened his hopes, he will have to find the strength again to balance his striving for perfectionism with the fear of his self-doubt taking hold again.
Told with the honesty and courage he is admired for, Twists and Turns is an inspiring story of a true champion, in and out of the pool.”
Damn! Why does December have to be so far away???