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Gold Rush: Australia's Obsession with Winning
What does it mean to win? Why are so many of us motivated by the prospect of glory? How does our obsession with winning in sport shape our culture and sense of nationhood? And does this obsession spill over into our attitudes towards art, education and our careers?
In this conversation, hosted by broadcaster Francis Leach, we examine the concept of winning from some fresh angles. Leach is joined by artist Abdul Abdullah, whose artwork has broached the intersection of sport and politics, and academic Zali Yager, whose research focuses on body image and doping. Also stepping up to the crease is cricket writer Gideon Haigh, whose new book explores themes of legends and legacy in cricket.
With the panel, consider the toll the obsession with winning can take on individuals, as well as the links between triumph, legacy and the dream of immortality.