There was no TV and we didn't have motorcars. It was nothing to do a hundred miles from Sydney – bus to school, walk to training and walk home from training. But doing without helped build character. The discipline made me a better person. I think we all need discipline and I think that helped to form my character for later years.
Once the gun had gone, I could hear the crowd, everything else was blank and all I could think of was getting to the tape. I can remember when I broke it my grin must have swallowed the world. I was just so excited. I could never explain the feeling. Oh, it was a terrific moment for me.