Australian Story - Man For All Seasons (Wayne Bennett)
Wayne Bennett is generally regarded as one of the most interesting and enigmatic figures in Australian sport. Two of his three children are disabled but Wayne is fiercely proud of them all.
Bennett is the son of an alcoholic father who deserted the family when Wayne was just nine years old. Despite this Bennett himself grew up with strong nurturing and mentoring skills. He became a "Father of the Year" and is something of a surrogate father to many young footballers who have gone on to become legends in the game. In an exclusive interview with Australian Story Wayne's wife, Trish, and children, Elizabeth and Katherine, face the cameras for the first time to talk about their lives and the difficulties of living in the public eye.
"Poker faced", "deep thinking", and "big hearted" are some of the descriptions commonly applied to him. League is a brutal business, but Wayne Bennett is regarded as personifying some of the old fashioned virtues that are supposed to have disappeared from the game.
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