Rugby League Legend Olsen Filipaina at ‘The Big O’ Book Signing in Parramatta

Big O Book Signing Dymocks Parramatta Sat May 22

Rugby League Legend Olsen Filipaina at ‘The Big O’ Book Signing in Parramatta


Rugby League Legend Olsen Filipaina will make an appearance on Saturday 22nd May, 12.30pm at Dymocks Parramatta as he signs copies of his biography with author Patrick Skene.

‘The Big O’ is the story of Maori-Samoan Olsen Filipaina, a New Zealand Hall of Fame Rugby League player who paved the way for the Pacific Revolution – the influx of Māori and Pasifika players who today dominate the NRL.

To fans he was ‘the Galloping Garbo’, a shy working-class hero who thrilled crowds for the Balmain Tigers and North Sydney Bears in between shifts as a garbage man.

To opponents who dreaded facing his Polynesian power, he was a disrupter known as ‘The Big O’. To coaches and media critics, he was simply ‘Olsen the enigma’.

This is your chance to meet the man who, set the bar high in Rugby League and, was the inspiration for many of the Pacific players of this generation.


Event Details:

Name of Event: ‘The Big O’ Book Signing

Date: Saturday 22 May 2021

Time: 12:30 pm

Venue: Dymocks Parramatta, Shop 2164/65 Westfield, Parramatta NSW 2150 Australia

Cost: Free

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Dee Raghavan

Dee Raghavan is the Senior Manager, Engagement Marketing at CulturalPulse. She has a passion for writing, travelling and experiencing other cultures through sport, music, film, art and food. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]