This book tells the the tale of an extraordinary ‘good Kiwi bloke’, the man who coached Danyon Loader to win two gold medals at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA in 1996.
Written by his son Stefan Laing, GOLD x 2 tells the story of Duncan Laing, much respected and loved for his boundless commitment to teaching and coaching rugby, surf life saving and swimming in New Zealand.
“Valid comparisons have been drawn between Duncan Laing and the incomparable athletics coach Arthur Lydiard. Both men were from similar backgrounds with coaching skills honed through practical experience without reference to sport science and psychology so evident in contemporary coaching. That these two coaching icons were responsible for a stable of Olympic athletes highlighted by the feats of Snell and Loader was no surprise. This story had to be told and I applaud the energy of his son Stefan in assembling countless hours of research and reminiscence … it is a pleasure and an honour to pen this brief foreword.” David Gerrard CNZM OBE MB ChB (Otago) FACSEP FSMNZ, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago, Dunedin, 2016