ReadHowYouWant

Tracey Wilen, Christalyn Brannen and

Biography

Nadine began swimming when she was seven years old and by the time she was eight, she knew she wanted to be an Olympian. She overcame Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the age of 15, only to have her dream of an Olympic berth in Barcelona shattered by a broken neck. Nadine fought back to achieve her goal, swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the 200m Breaststroke where she came 6th in the final in a personal best time. She went on to captain the Australian Swimming Team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 1999 Pan Pacific Championships. On retiring from competitive swimming, Nadine had to completely redefine her life. She struggled with depression for five years while studying for dual teaching qualifications (Primary and Secondary English) and working in PR and Marketing. In 2004 she began teaching English at high school and it was then that she began seriously shaping the memoir she had started in 1999 as part of her university degree. Since Nadine s story captured the attention of the media in 1996 she has enjoyed success as a motivational speaker on both the corporate and schools circuits. She says that one of her greatest joys is connecting with an audience and feeling that my experiences, in some small way, might help inspire them. Nadine lives in Newcastle, NSW with her husband and one year old son. She spends her days cleaning up after her little boy and trying to find time to work on her next writing projects; a historical novel based on the lives of her grandparents (French/Jewish and German) and a picture book that uses the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme as a basis for an exploration of bullying. She has plans for four more novels beyond this.

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