For the first time, Leisel candidly describes what it's like to be thrust into the limelight so young in her memoir, Body Lengths. She reveals the constant pressure she was under – from coaches, from the media and from herself – to be perfect. Despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered depression, and at one time planned to take her own life. In London, criticised in the media for her weight, and appalled by the bulling and dysfunction in the Australian swim team, Leisel nevertheless handled herself with great composure. She has emerged with maturity and good humour, having finally learnt how to be herself and live with confidence.
Body Lengths is the inspiring story of an Australian sporting hero, told with humour, optimism and style.