Tassie page-turner centre stage at gala ball

A ripping reallife yarn about one of Australia's greatest sporting all rounders was centre stage at Canberra's
Olympic Celebration Ball this week.

Too tough to lose is the story of Laurie Morgan, Australian's first equestrian Olympic gold medallist.

The book was written by his son Warwick Morgan, himself a horseman and equine dentist who operates across
the North and NorthWest of Tasmania.

The book was launched Monday by Sports Minister Kate Lundy and Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck at the
gala ball attended by 200 people, including Olympic committee chief John Coates AC, and several Olympians and
Paralympians.

"This book is a great achievement by Warwick and a fitting tribute to one of the country's sporting luminaries,"
Senator Colbeck said.

"We need to capture these stories and honour those who make up part of the nation's proud sporting past."

Senator Lundy said the biography was a poignant tribute to the life of an accomplished Australian sportsman.

"Laurie rode into the history books in 1960 at the Olympics in Rome, collecting Australia's first gold medal in an
equestrian event after claiming victory the individual threeday event," Senator Lundy said.

"His individual gold medal performance secured the team gold at the 1960 Games, making him the only
Australian dual gold medallist in Rome among notable alumni including Dawn Fraser, Herb Elliot and Murray
Rose."

Laurie Morgan's equestrian achievements were extraordinary, but he excelled across disciplines:
He represented his state and country in boxing, football, rowing, polo and threeday eventing
He was Victorian amateur heavyweight boxing champion
Played Australian Rules Football for Fitzroy for four years 19341939
Rowed for the Melbourne Rowing Club and selected to row for Victoria in the Kings Cup
A successful racehorse breeder - Laurie bred the winners of both the STC Golden Slipper and the AJC Derby

Senator Colbeck, Warwick Morgan & Helen Morgan Senator Kate Lundy, Warwick Morgan, Senator Richard Colbeck