Peter Freeman lives on Salt Spring Island on the west coast of Canada. He writes non-fiction and fictional novels, children’s books, screen and stage plays, short stories, magazine articles, and poetry.
He grew up in what was once the sleepy, fishing village of Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast, just south of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. He started his working career first as a cadet surveyor, then a journeyman fitter and turner, and finally focused on computer science at the University of Tasmania.
While in Hobart, Peter joined the local rock-climbing club where he later met Max Dorfligger, a carpenter, shipwright and famous Swiss mountaineer. Peter sailed across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand with Max in the thirty-two foot sloop, Sunshine, that Max had built. Peter then spent the next few years in Dunedin as a train driver and building his own sailboat, Laiviņa.
Peter sailed from New Zealand to Australia and then onto Canada where he incorporated an Information Technology company (Southern Cross Systems Ltd.), producing and selling scientific and business software to universities, government and the private sector.
In 1984, Peter departed Victoria, British Columbia, to sail his thirty-two foot sloop, Laiviņa, on a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, breaking the existing world record in a time of 236 days. His book, Cape Horn Birthday, is an account of this journey.
Representing Canada in world championships, Peter competed as a masters athlete in Italy, South Africa, Australia, the USA, and Canada, and has won gold, silver and bronze medals from these competitions in the 100, 200, 400, and 800 metre events. In 2003, Peter was ranked 11th in the world and 1st in Canada for his 55.10 second time in the 400 metres.
As a keen cyclist, Peter has twice ridden his bicycle across Canada. Without any support, he took 79 bicycling days to cover the 15,400 kilometre perimeter of Australia, averaging 200 kilometres a day.