HOW FAR CAN YOU GO?
JOHN MACLEAN WITH MARK TABB (SIMON & SCHUSTER, $35)
“Look how far you’ve come,” John Maclean’s father said, a couple of years after the young Australian had been hit by a truck and left an “incomplete paraplegic” (meaning his spinal cord was not completely severed). “Now, how far can you go?” As Maclean recalls, “Something about my father’s words resonated deep inside me.” His answer: becoming the first wheelchair athlete to finish Ironman Hawaii, the first wheelchair athlete to swim the English Channel, and a medallist at both the Rowing World Championships and the Paralympic Games. Then, after 25 years in a wheelchair, Maclean embraced a radical therapy programme that saw him walk again and finish a triathlon as a conventional athlete. This book resonates with determination. You can’t help but think – what’s next, John?