Growing up, Mick Colliss dreamed of playing for Australia. He competed in everything from rugby union to lawn balls, but wasn’t good enough at any of the sports he tried. Then, when all hope seemed lost, he discovered sudoku, the addictive 9x9 grid puzzle that appears on a daily basis in nearly every newspaper around the world.
He wasn’t any good at that either. In fact, he’d never even completed a sudoku puzzle. But it didn’t stop him picking himself and three rugby mates in the Australian Sudoku team, and travelling to India to represent his country at the World Sudoku Championships.
Mick’s story is uniquely Australian. As funny as it is inspiring, it’s about having a go and living your dream. It’s about making the most of your opportunities, overcoming a lack of talent, embracing failure and never giving up, despite how high the odds are stacked against you.
“There is no such thing as failure. Sure, I may have finished 89th out of 89 at the world sudoku championships, but that’s 89th in the world. That’s like 89th out of 6 billion. I’ll take that any day.”
- Mick Colliss