Jenny Williams Book Launch 1st December 2015

Jenny Williams launched her new book Think Prepare Play Like A Champion yesterday at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens.  Over 70 people including ex and current AFL Australian Basketball Netball Hockey stars and ParaOlympian athletes, were present to hear Jan Sterling, recent FIBA hall of Fame Inductee and World Championship winning Opals coach, introduce Jenny and her book.  Phil Smyth, Adelaide 36er Multi Premiership winning coach, interviewed Mark Williams ( ex PAFC Premiership Coach, current Richmond Assistant Coach) Erin Phillips (WNBL Multi Championship Player, Opals Member), and Guy Stanton (Qantas Pilot ex RAAF Pilot) about Jenny and her influence on them and messages in her book.

A great review of the book launch is seen in Our Sporting Life SA . (copied below)

The Advertiser‘s book review is also copied below after Our Sporting Life SA.

Our Sporting Life SA

The irrepressible Jenny Williams launched her new publication as her old armada, Immanuel College today, called
“Think Prepare Play like a Champion.”
Typical of Jen, the presentation was the most dynamic book launch imaginable.
It was part motivational speech, part sales pitch and as always a lot of fun,capturing the essence of the lady and her family.
Special guests included coaching icon Jan Stirling, basketball great Phil Smyth (MC), 2004 Power premiership coach and sibling Mark Williams, women’s basketball star Erin Phillips and 30-year Qantas pilot Guy Stanton.
Among the crowd were SA greats including dual Crows premiership captain Mark Bickley, Australia netball star Erin Bell, ABC broadcaster Roger Wills, Bloods ’15 SANFL premiership player Jason Porplyzia, SANFL Talent Manger and Under 18 coach Brenton Phillips, other brother and SANFL champion in his own right, Stephen along with a host of other dignitaries.
If ever a person wanted a book (educational tool) to give you every opportunity to make the most of their natural talent, along with reinforcing life skills this should be on the top of the shopping list.
Books are available from:- website or the Best of Ground Performance Facebook page and at Dymock’s Book Shop – Rundle Mall”

Advertiser Book Launch Coverage 1st December 2015 from website…

“SOUTH Australian sport Hall of Famer Jenny Williams on Tuesday launched her latest project at Adelaide’s Immanuel College in front of a roll call of SA sporting greats.

The release of Williams’ book, Think Prepare Play Like a Champion, was hosted by former Australian women’s basketball coach Jan Stirling and attended by her brothers, AFL premiership coach Mark and SANFL premiership coach Stephen.

Also there were sporting greats such as Olympic gold medallist Juliet Haslam, Crows dual premiership captain Mark Bickley, basketball great Phil Smyth and female basketball champion Erin Phillips.

Williams, a qualified psychologist, made presentations using videos as she outlined her approach to better sports coaching and brought up examples from her own outstanding sporting career as well as that of her family members’.

Stirling, who opened the proceedings, gave the book high praise by saying: “This is more of a resource for life than just sport.”

Williams has poured five years and enough of her own money to build another room to the family home to have the book published, and said she would be over the moon if the book just broke even — but wasn’t banking on it.

The book sums up her learnings through a career of sport and coaching, which continues to include the mentoring of current AFL players.

Her brother, Mark, summed up her work.

“She’s been a wonderful inspiration for our family and she never makes learning boring,” he said.

Williams herself spoke passionately about her project and hoped it could help others get more out of sport.

“People keep saying KISS — keep it simple, stupid — but being great is not simple,” she said. “You have to learn a lot of things.”

Think Prepare Play Like a Champion, by J A Williams, can be ordered through”


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