The swimmer and the martial artist on Sporty

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In Dublin, a kid with scoliosis who loves sport but is no good at it discovers Chinese martial arts. It's the beginning of a lifelong dedication. But can a westerner be a gongfu master?

Swimming is the one constant in the life of an itinerant adolescent moving between boarding houses up and down the east coast of Australia. When his moment as an Olympic champion arrives, it's dramatic and controversial.

Two very different personal stories of lives lived in devotion to a physical discipline.


Chris Murray, gongfu practitioner

Brad Cooper, swimmer and swimming coach

Period27 Apr 2019

Media contributions


Media contributions


  • Crippled Immortals
  • ABC Radio
  • Sporty
  • Amanda Smith