Godspeed is the lyrical and unflinching memoir of athleticism and addiction by Casey Legler, a former French Olympic swimmer and the first woman to sign a male-modelling contract with Ford Models. Described as “raw and poetic … lean and ferocious” by The New York Times, it charts the mismatch between Casey’s public rise as a competitive swimmer and private unravelling through alcohol and substance abuse. Casey shares their story of survival and defiance with Sally Rugg.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

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Casey Legler (International)

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Casey Legler is an artist, restaurateur, model, and a former Olympic swimmer. Born in France to expatriate American parents, Casey grew up in Provence, and went on to swim for France in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The first woman signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men’s clothes, Casey has been featured in Vogue, Le Monde, and Time. The New York Times called their memoir, Godspeed, “Raw and poetic… lean and ferocious.”

Sally Rugg (Australian)

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Sally Rugg is a LGBTIQ activist and the Executive Director of Change.org Australia. She worked at the forefront of the campaign for marriage equality while Campaign Director at GetUp. Her first book How Powerful We Are is about dirty politics, sophisticated campaigning and how Australia finally said 'yes' to love, and will be published in 2019.