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Popular Sports and Great African Sports Stars series
Set of 10 books 60-80 pp [Series ISBN 978-1-77008-347-9]

| Golf: Papwa Sewgolum | Swimming: Natalie du Toit | Long-distance running: Josiah Thugwane | Boxing: Baby Jake Matlala | Tennis: Amanda Coetzer
| Soccer: Lucas Radebe | Mountain climbing: Sibusiso Vilane | Rugby: Bryan Habana | Cricket: Makhaya Ntini | Hockey: Marsha Marescia |

English


Golf: Papwa Sewgolum swings to success

ISBN 978-1-77008-348-6

A biography of the golfer Papwa Sewgolum, describing his struggles with apartheid sports laws, and his eventual international success, even beating world champion Gary Player. The book also includes chapters on other famous South African and international golfers, as well as information on the rules of the game of golf.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[76pp]

Donvé Lee

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Contents

  • An exciting discovery

  • A guava branch and a tin can in the garden

  • All the way from India

  • A hard worker and a fast learner

  • The clever caddy

  • Servants for white people

  • A big win and a wedding

  • I play a bit, Sir

  • Watching the ground disappear

  • Finding his way with pictures

  • Winning the Dutch Open

  • Ups and downs

  • Eating lunch in the car

  • A feast for a tired husband

  • Papwa’s prize-giving in the rain

  • Beating the world champion

  • A narrow escape

  • More troubles for Papwa

  • Papwa’s last round

  • A new era begins

  • Golf grip and rules

  • Par, birdies and eagles

  • The competition

  • Other famous golfers: Tiger Woods

  • Other famous golfers: Gary Player

  • Other famous golfers: Ernie Els

  • Dictionary of golfing terms


Swimming: Natalie du Toit makes Olympic history

ISBN 978-1-77008-349-3

A biography of the swimmer Natalie du Toit, describing her victory over a disability, and her success in becoming the first athlete to participate in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where she has so far won ten gold medals. The book also includes chapters on other famous South African and international swimmers, and information on the sport of swimming.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[80pp]

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Contents

  • Water baby

  • A determined little girl

  • Learning to swim

  • Breathing, turning and racing

  • Tapering and shaving

  • A record-breaking eight-year-old

  • Money worries

  • The Olympic Games

  • Overseas adventures

  • Travelling the world with a new coach

  • A big disappointment

  • “The Machine”

  • Squeezing into a “sharkskin”

  • A terrible accident

  • Losing her leg

  • A brave young woman

  • Life can still be good

  • A very long swim

  • An amazing race

  • Changing the way people think

  • Tears of joy

  • Making Olympic history

  • Other famous swimmers: Penny Heyns

  • Other famous swimmers: Roland Schoeman

  • Other famous swimmers: Thabang Moeketsane

  • Other famous swimmers: Michael Phelps

  • Drugs in sport

  • Other famous swimmers: The human polar bear

  • Dictionary of swimming terms


Long-distance running: Josiah Thugwane’s runaway victories

ISBN 978-1-77008-350-9

A biography of the marathon runner Josiah Thugwane, describing his early success as a distance runner while working as a cleaner, and his eventual victory in becoming the first black South African to win an Olympic gold medal. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international marathon runners, and information on long-distance training methods. 

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[60 pp]

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Contents

  • A great day for South Africa

  • A difficult childhood

  • A new job and a prize of R50

  • The more we run, the fitter we get

  • Long-distance running

  • The first “marathon”

  • Forty-two kilometres is a long way to run

  • Becoming a man

  • Winning the Foot of Africa Marathon

  • Winning the Honolulu Marathon

  • A bullet through his chin

  • Run, sleep and eat

  • A big thing in the world

  • Good times and bad times

  • The London Marathon

  • Winning the Fukuoka Marathon

  • Discipline, determination – and bad luck

  • The Two Oceans Marathon

  • The rewards of running

  • Other famous runners: Bruce Fordyce

  • Other famous runners: Elana Meyer

  • Other famous runners: Haile Gebrselassie

  • Dictionary of running terms


Boxing: Baby Jake Matlala fights his way to fame

ISBN 978-1-77008-351-6

A biography of the boxer Baby Jake Matlala, describing his early years as a teenage boxer and South African champion, his training methods, and his eventual world championship wins. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international boxers, and information about the sport of boxing. 

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[80 pp]

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Contents

  • That kid has something

  • “Fighting Gash” and the “Brown Panther”

  • Fist-fighting

  • Skill and strength

  • Amateur and professional boxing

  • Boxing organisations

  • Officials at a boxing match

  • Obeying the rules

  • A dangerous sport

  • Fighting his way to the top

  • Fight like a fly, punch like a heavy

  • Building fitness and strength

  • The most beautiful girl

  • Determined to win

  • A new world champion

  • Time to party!

  • Winning more world titles

  • Running to be weighed

  • Fighting the white water

  • Last fight for the people’s champ

  • Be smart, be disciplined

  • Sparring with Nelson Mandela

  • Women are doing it too

  • The guys had better watch out!

  • Other famous boxers: Muhammad Ali

  • Other famous boxers: Gerrie Coetzee

  • Other famous boxers: Laila Ali

  • Dictionary of boxing terms


Tennis: Amanda Coetzer, court champion

ISBN 978-1-77008-352-3

A biography of the tennis player Amanda Coetzer, describing her childhood determination to play professional tennis, and her eventual success in becoming one of the world’s top women tennis players. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international tennis players, and information about the game of tennis.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[72 pp]

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Contents

  • Little sister

  • Tennis on TV

  • Listening to the coach

  • Playing the game

  • Serving and receiving

  • Forehands and backhands

  • Points, games and sets

  • Game, set and match

  • The ball machine

  • Loving the game

  • A big decision

  • Becoming a professional

  • Most improved player

  • A new coach and a new stroke

  • Putting up with the pain

  • Beating the best

  • The Littlest Giant-Killer

  • Living in hotels

  • Team spirit

  • Time for other things

  • Other famous players: Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan

  • Other famous players: Arthur Ashe

  • Other famous players: Kevin Curren

  • Other famous players: The Williams sisters

  • Dictionary of tennis terms


Soccer: Lucas Radebe, smiling soccer hero

ISBN 978-1-77008-353-0

A biography of the soccer player Lucas Radebe, describing his early interest in soccer, and his eventual captaincy of Leeds United in England and of Bafana Bafana. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international soccer players, and information about the game of soccer.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[52 pp]

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Contents

  • A dusty bundle of socks

  • Scared of the dark

  • Fast on his feet

  • Impressing the girls

  • Sent away

  • Joining Kaizer Chiefs

  • The most popular sport in the world

  • The pitch

  • Positions, formations and substitutions

  • Attacking and defending

  • Laduuuma! Scoring goals

  • Big business

  • Big competititons

  • A bullet through his back

  • Bafana Bafana

  • A new life in England

  • Injured on the field

  • Heroes of Africa

  • Captain Lucas

  • A busy life

  • Our Lucas

  • This is my hero

  • Banyana Banyana

  • Other famous players: Pelé

  • Other famous players: Doctor Khumalo

  • Other famous players: Mark Fish

  • Dictionary of soccer terms


Mountain climbing: Sibusiso Vilane climbs to the top of the world

ISBN 978-1-77008-354-7

A biography of the mountain climber Sibusiso Vilane, describing his early years and his eventual achievement in becoming the first black African to climb Mount Everest. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international climbers, and information about mountain climbing.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[76 pp]

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Contents

  • On top of the world

  • Growing up in Swaziland

  • Help from the Watt family

  • Game ranger

  • Meeting John Doble

  • A new friend and a new home

  • Africa’s highest mountain

  • Mountain sickness

  • Sunrise over Africa

  • Getting ready for the Big One

  • Dangers on the mountain

  • Up there, nothing grows

  • Going up and coming down

  • The Khumbu Icefall

  • Making water from snow

  • Waiting in the howling wind

  • The Death Zone

  • Balancing on the edge

  • You’ve made us famous

  • Will you ever go back?

  • Left to die

  • Anything is possible

  • The seven summits

  • A long walk to the South Pole

  • A long walk across the desert

  • Other famous mountaineers: Reinhold Messner

  • Other famous mountaineers: Edmund February

  • Other famous mountaineers: Cathy O’Dowd

  • Dictionary of mountaineering terms


Rugby: Bryan Habana, speedy Springbok

ISBN 978-1-77008-355-4

A biography of the rugby player Bryan Habana, describing how he took up rugby after watching South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup win, and went on to become a top try scorer for the Springboks, eventually winning the International Rugby Player of the Year award in 2007. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international rugby players, and information about the game of rugby.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[76 pp]

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Contents

  • One day in May, 1995

  • Watching the Springboks win

  • Men crying for joy

  • Bryan’s father banned from rugby

  • The fastest boy in school

  • The name of the game

  • Rugby Union players

  • The aim of the game

  • Fit, fast and strong

  • Scoring points

  • Fouls and errors

  • Scrums 

  • Line-outs

  • Big competitions

  • The Lion gets a good education

  • Dashing Tiger

  • Tiger becomes a Springbok

  • The Springbok joins the Bulls

  • The Bulls beat the Sharks

  • Tiger against cheetah

  • A beast beats Bryan

  • Proudly South African

  • The world’s best player

  • A true sportsman

  • Other famous rugby players: Naas Botha

  • Other famous rugby players: Percy Montgomery

  • Other famous rugby players: Jonah Lomu

  • Dictionary of rugby terms


Cricket: Makhaya Ntini bowls his way to fame

ISBN 978-1-77008-356-1

A biography of the cricket player Makhaya Ntini, describing his early years in an Eastern Cape village, his eventual selection as South Africa’s first black Test cricketer, and his subsequent international success as a fast bowler. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international cricket players, and information about the game of cricket.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[80 pp]

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Contents

  • Three cricket clubs in a tiny village

  • Herding cattle in the afternoon

  • Let’s bowl

  • A smart new school

  • Makhaya’s hero

  • Cricket – then and now

  • Stumps, bails and creases

  • The batting order, all-rounders and balls that hurt

  • Scoring runs

  • Batting, bowling, taking and breaking wickets

  • “Howzat?”

  • Difficult decisions

  • Bowlers – fast, medium and slow

  • Big competitions

  • Women play the “gentleman’s game”

  • A black African cricketer plays for South Africa

  • Learning from the best

  • A horrible year – with a happy ending

  • Travelling the world

  • Ups and downs

  • Lord’s – the home of cricket

  • A winner at Lord’s

  • More magic from Makhaya

  • Most popular sportman

  • Makhaya’s cricket academy

  • Other famous players: Donald Bradman

  • Other famous players: Basil D’Oliveira

  • Other famous players: Graeme Pollock

  • Dictionary of cricketing terms


Hockey: Marsha Marescia, hockey’s star player

ISBN 978-1-77008-357-8

A biography of the hockey player Marsha Marescia, describing her childhood experiences as the daughter of a hockey coach, her success in becoming captain of the South African women’s hockey team, and her participation in the Olympic Games in Athens, and later Beijing. The book includes chapters on other famous South African and international hockey players, and information about the game of hockey.

This book contains a Glossary and an Index. 
[80 pp]

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Contents

  • Growing up with hockey

  • Mom, please let me play!

  • Running away from the ball

  • A very old game

  • Sticks, dribbles, tackles and turf

  • Strokes and passes

  • The game begins

  • A team sport

  • Penalties

  • Fast and fit

  • Watch out!

  • Fun and games in Europe

  • Player of the Tournament

  • Making every moment count

  • Hard times and useful lessons

  • A good move

  • The Olympic Games

  • Professionals, amateurs and sponsorships

  • Athens, at last!

  • Leading the team

  • A very special award

  • Cooling down in the Beijing heat

  • Training for speed and fitness

  • To love the game

  • Other famous players: Lindsey Wright

  • Other famous players: Gregg Clark

  • Other famous players: Pietie Coetzee

  • Other famous players: Pol Amat

  • Dictionary of hockey terms