"Sport provides the spectacle, the metaphor, the religious ritual, the putty to fill the cracks in countless lives. "
"Each era of Australian sport has its own heroes but some prevail. Heroes never die. Legends are never forgotten. "
"I touched the wall and all my dreams, hopes and ambitions basically coalesced into one moment. "
"If you are fixed in your mind, you're gone. There are certain times when you've got to be daring. "
"People often talk about the importance of discipline in football as in most areas of life. I'm no expert in life. I have made enough mistakes to know that premierships just cannot be won without discipline, a lot of discipline, being shown in the game. "
"Winners never blame anybody. It's only losers who try to blame other people for what went wrong. So never con yourself that your failures, and your weaknesses, are someone else's fault. "
"There are two ways you can get yourself revved up - fear of failure and love of success. Personally, I like both things to be working in you, the same as you can win a game at one end of the ground and save it at the other. "
"Every one of you has got to realise that the effort of keeping on top is just as hard as getting there - for a coach it's maybe even harder. So we've got to be just as dedicated now as we were on the climb up, winning through dedication and motivation. "
"The mark of a champion is consistency. He turns in consistent, high-quality performances over a number of years. "
"The road to the top in anything, and particularly league football, is a rocky one. Plenty of people fail, but the only disgrace in failing is if you only half tried, or three quarters tried, or 99 per cent tried. "
"The difference between professionals and amateurs is that the professional is dedicated to the total eradication of errors. It has nothing to do with money. "
"Competitive sport is an aristocracy of excellence. I spend all my time concentrating on winning next week's game."
"Sport is very much about the immediacy of the moment. In the immediacy of this one, (Cadel) Evans' victory - the first by an Australian in le Tours 108-year history - felt like the greatest achievement by an Australian sportsman."
"Which leaves only to declare that if Cadel Evans' victory in the 2011 Tour de France is not the single most heroic Australian sporting accomplishment of all, it is a least the equal of any preceding it."
"But le Tour is at heart a sporting challenge. Surely no event asks more of its competitors. It is long, hazardous, exposing, physically and mentally draining, replete with skullduggery, breaking men and making them, building chapter by chapter into each year's new epic. Temperamentally, it suits Cadel. He is a singular combination of diesel engine and violin, able to chug away at metronomic rpms for hours at a time, but also delicately strung, obsessive about health, hygiene and appearance, a reclusive, sensitive soul who is married to an Italian pianist and cares about his little dog and Tibet, but on the road is steely and indestructible."
"I wasn't born a world champion. I just worked really hard to become one."
"You've always got to be aware of why you don't win; otherwise you'll keep losing. Every mistake is a learning experience and, hopefully, you won't make the same mistake again."
"When you are in the public eye you cannot afford to show doubts. I do my crying alone."
"From our broadcasting box you can't see any grass at all. It is simply a carpet of humanity. "
"Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill. But don't try it without that 10 per cent. "
"In fact, as a spin bowler, you have to work on the batsman over after over. "
"My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what's on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up. "
"The slow-motion replay doesn't show how fast the ball was really travelling. "
"The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right time. "
"Great men and great teams do great things at great moments. "
"Life is full of lessons, and the key is to use them as building blocks. That is a definition - my definition - of experience. And, like time, you cannot buy it. You just have to use it, to serve your apprenticeship. "
"We forget that the nineteenth century often turned work into sport. We, in contrast, often turn sport into work."
"The story of surfing in Australia is about one word - freedom. "
"And of all the stars our two countries have produced, the name of Sir Donald Bradman still embodies a special magic."
"Write off Australia at your peril. Most sides are at their most dangerous when they are down. If Australia find the form they displayed at Lord's, they'll be back on top again."
"It's an interesting thing in this country. I haven't won a gold medal, yet Australians still take me into their houses and hearts, they know my name and they care. I think Aussies like the little Aussie battler and the person who will stand up for their rights and I've never been short of a word, especially with officialdom. "
"If you make it into an Olympic team, you're good; if you make it into an Olympic final, you're great; and if you win an Olympic medal you're a freak."
"Winning the world championship in '66 was really the pinnacle of the whole thing, because to win a championship with an Australian made engine was a fantastic feather in our cap..."
"I think the reason I got through it all is that I was able to keep control of my emotions... If I couldn't win a race, it didn't mean anything to me."
"I don't think I'll take the medal as the minute and a half of the race I actually won. I'll take it as the last decade of the hard slog I put in. "
"When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his or her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness. "
"When you play test cricket, you don't give the Englishmen an inch. Play it tough, all the way. Grind them into the dust."
"The game of cricket existed long before I was born. It will be played centuries after my demise. During my career I was privileged to give the public my interpretation of its character in the same way that a pianist might interpret the works of Beethoven. "
"Bowl faster, bowl faster. When you play test cricket, you don't give the Englishmen an inch. Play it tough, all the way. Grind them into the dust. "
"When you play test cricket, you don't give the Englishmen an inch. Play it tough, all the way. Grind them into the dust. "
"Up there Cazaly,
In there and fight,
Out there and at 'em,
Show 'em your right,
Up there Cazaly,
Don't let 'em in,
Fly like an angel,
You're out there to win."
"To actually get near my potential, I needed some other support around me, I needed people that properly understood me and helped me to understand myself better than what I did. "
"Performance is physical, it's technical, it's tactical, and it's mental, it's team, it's culture and it's the processes around all that to make sure you've got a pathway or a system to allow that to continue. "
"The image of the bronzed Aussie may be a myth. But there is nothing fictitious about the importance of sport as a way of life in Australia: it promotes health as well as competitive spirit. We may stop just short of obsessed, but sport is as available to Australians - and as necessary - as meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars. "
"I just like the idea of trying something that no one's ever tried before, and I really wanted to know if it was possible."
"Sport is a passion and out of passion comes love. No point trying to work out why some become heroes and others don't. The chosen ones just go into the pantheon and refuse to fade. Think of Bradman and Les Darcy, Phar Lap and Tommy Corrigan. "
"You get moments where your whole body, soul and mind are just concentrated on doing something in the surf. You have to just get up, trust your instinct and fall into the wave. It's during seconds like that that you seem to just totally disappear, you as a being don't really exist at that moment... you throw yourself into the moment so heavily that you're actually inside the surfboard and what it's doing. You're inside the landscape around you and the ocean as it's surging. You get totally inside the moment and it's so intense that time disappears, everything disappears. You disappear, you're not thinking of you, Nick Carroll or whoever. It's way beyond that."
"I know when I've been surfing I've got a sense of level of calmness to me, and when I hit the ocean, even in its presence, at the shore, and especially by a powerful surf, I've been put in my place as a person. "
"You're actually inside the surfboard... you're inside the landscape around you and the ocean is surging, you get totally inside the moment and it's so intense that time disappears, you disappear. "
"Surfing is all about living in the moment. When you walk out on the Sydney Cricket Ground to play cricket you're intensely aware of the history of the sport; you're playing on this historic ground surrounded by pictures of the legends. With surfing, you just dive into the water and paddle out and catch waves. "
"If you're going to make a big wave, you have to be totally unified with everything that's happening. Maybe in the moment of having to know everything all at once you burst through the barriers of trying to put things in order."
"That's what I think people sense when they get hooked by surfing - hooked by their relationship with the ocean. All of a sudden, they're part of something that's bigger than them. "
"For better or worse, sport has become central to Australian life and the business of being Australian. Sporting culture is accessible and provides continuing satisfaction for many Australians. It is immensely popular and also addresses some of the central issues of Australian life. "
"It would be surprising if sporting culture and sporting heroes and heroines did not contribute to the imagination of an Australian nation, to help flesh out what nationhood represented and to publicise the important symbols of the nation. "
"I admit that I sometimes climbed on other fellows' backs. But I used to watch the flight of the ball perhaps more than the other fellow did. Perfect timing, a deep breath and a natural spring then helped me to get above them. "
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog "
"Let the smokers and the gluttons die - and leave the living to us who know how to use it. "
"I have found life highly competitive. I accept it. It is useless, merely a hypocritical humbug, to sincerely wish your opponent to win. If you are out to win you are better not wanting to know your opponent, much less grow to like him - and wish him, honestly success over you. I have never functioned that way."
"To each and all, bookmaker and spectator, to the rich squatter from the country, clerk from his bank or warehouse, or labourer from the field, the race for the Melbourne Cup was the central point of interest of the day."
"You're a winner going somewhere to happen! "
"In hindsight everything is much clearer. "
"I still love what I do and I've done OK over the years ... You're a long time retired and anyway, I'd get bored. "
"I always look on the bright side of everything. If you keep aiming for some goal, you usually get there if you don't give up. "
"Captaining the government of a nation is a bit more exacting than captain of a football team. I know for I've done both."
"The integral part of being a star is having the will to win. All the champions have it. "
"Running well is a matter of having the patience to persevere when you are tired and not expecting instant results. The only secret is that it is consistent, often monotonous, boring, hard work. And it's tiring. "
"You must have a training routine so that what you do happens automatically. If I got up in the morning and thought about going for a run there would often be a number of possible arguments against it. The thing is to get out and run. Later you can wonder whether you should have or not."
"If you do what you did yesterday you'll be beaten. If you do today what others are doing you'll be competitive. To win you much be doing today what others will be doing tomorrow."
"If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal. "
"Sent off, carried off, but never backed off. "
"The first Tuesday of November, every year it is the same
Every Aussie heart is beating with the excitement of the game
For they bet on dream or fancy or the forms they've followed up
From a dollar up to thousands on the famous Melbourne Cup"
"Australians are not given to applauding tragedy unless it is at a distance like Gallipoli or Cooper's Creek, and they prefer pure heroism to be spiced with disaster, except of course in sport. It was all very well for Adam Lindsay Gordon to have shot himself, but it would never have done for Don Bradman. "
"What rugby league teaches you is that everything is temporary. The dead-set certainty is that there's adversity coming as well as success. You may as well make the most of it while you can."
"It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication. "
"Representing Australia has always been a honour and a privilege, and the older and more experienced I get, the more I enjoy it."
"I had to put it on the line, but it was my Tour to win and mine to lose. "
"In Mendrisio I felt it - the exhilaration of what the bike has to offer. It's a simple machine that conjures a vast mix of emotions. It can evoke the senses and raise the spirits of people who watch. For those who ride it can seem like the perfect vehicle for transport. For those who race, there's no better sensation than being on top of your gear making mountains feel like flat roads. Cycling throws up plenty of obstacles, unknown territory, high speed split-second considerations. Where to next? What's around the next corner? Who cares? You're flyin'!"
"As I see it, I'm just getting better and better as a rider - physically and mentally. I'm as motivated as I ever was. I enjoy it as much as I ever did. When you're a good rider on a good day, the bike doesn't rattle and bounce. You're smooth. Even if it's rough you can find a way to make the bike float."
"Some people have like a certain person, when they're around they get like a gnarly energy. I see it in other people, if a certain person's around they compete really well or something like that. I think it's sort of like that. "
"I think it's just really made me appreciate life more. I've known people die before that and I was really rattled by it but when it hit so close to home ... it was just so different. I just thought about what I really wanted to do. I want to be a pro surfer and that's what I'm going to do."
"Sometimes things just happen. Sometimes surfing this bank from Snapper to Kirra, sometimes you don't even think what you're doing but you do it anyway ... You get to the end of a wave and go, what did I do? Sometimes you go into a totally different state of mind."
" I can be surfing the exact same wave and then sometimes something will just set off, even if I'm riding the same board the whole time. Something will just set off and it just feels like you can push just that extra bit harder. "
"If you want to do something, anything, with all your heart, you will find a way. "
"The Australian people made heroes of none, and raised no idols, except perhaps Ned Kelly, an outlaw, and Carbine, a horse. "
"We only have two things that we share in this life; we are born and we die. And what we do in between those times, we've got to be happy. I don't let the outside world deter me. "
"I can remember crawling through the window where he was in the hospital... He said, 'You have a gift... keep training for me.' I s'pose those were the last words he ever spoke to me."
"I don't linger on the fact that Dawn Fraser was a great swimmer 40 years ago. That was in the past. I did break 41 world records, but I don't live on that today. "
"If you're good at it, you can win. "
"Make yourself an example, achieve it, but don't hurt anyone on the way up. I don't think I did that. "
"I've always believed that the desire must come from within, not as a result of being driven by coaches or parents. "
"The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself. "
"I've worked hard all my life. "
"It's a beautiful thing, diving into the cool crisp water and then just sort of being able to pull your body through the water and the water opening up for you. "
"Why do we place such a disproportionate emphasis on sporting achievement? Why doesn't success in other fields receive similar attention... Maybe it's because in a country that prides itself on being egalitarian, sport is intellectually and socio-economically an equal playing field. In fact, the more humble your background, the better, the underdog-turned champion is a narrative that resonates powerfully. We're far less interested in the stories of our best doctors, writers, lawyers, engineers, teachers or social workers. Their triumphs do not capture our collective imaginations."
"I felt so full of gratitude and humility that I clasped my hands in front of me, closed my eyes and said a silent prayer of thanks to God - I had at last achieved something I'd wanted for so long. My insides bubbled with happiness. It was a dream come true. "
"Realise there is always somebody else in the World who's not coping as well as you are. "
"Twenty seconds before a race, there's absolute focus. The key thing is to achieve relaxation, but at the same to have absolute total control. You've got to find the balance between being totally ready to go and being really at peace with yourself as well."
"You’ve got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable."
"Fear - It's a fine line between that and pushing yourself. You definitely reach new heights when you push. But fear is good. Fear keeps us alive. If we didn't have it, we'd be doing crazy things and getting in sticky situations."
"Waves are fascinating, the way they are created by wind far out at sea and groomed by different winds as they come closer to shore. We surfers ride the very last part of the wave's life before it crashes and disappears, never to be seen again."
"The ocean humbles you. You can go and win a world title, but you're never going to beat the ocean."
"Winning is euphoric, but it lasts a short time. You've got to lap it up, then move on to the next thing. I think I've kept winning because I haven't attached myself to past successes."
"Surfers are in tune with the weather because if there's a storm coming, there are waves coming. I love the rain."
"I've always had a determination to perfect whatever I'm doing. If I can't do something, I work on it until I figure it out."
"I'm sure many people who discover they are destined to be athletes before they know what kind, go through a period of revelation... when they realise instinctively that this is their game... I think I realised that those first couple of summers in Barellan when the War Memorial Tennis Club became my playground."
"When you have a dream you have to work hard to achieve that dream. Your dreams when you are young can be the force that keeps you going. "
"It's something I've always wanted - to be known as an Australian. When I was younger I was always referred to as an Aboriginal tennis player. Now I think the award means that I have been recognised as an entertainer and that makes me happy... It's given me probably as big a kick as winning Wimbledon."
"Neither winning nor losing means as much to me as knowing the crowd has enjoyed my match. Some players feel that winning is everything and that losing is a disaster. Not me. I want the spectators to take home a good memory..."
"I am blessed to have been born in Australia where water sports are loved and swimmers are revered."
"The award was probably the best recognition that my country could give me, but I wasn't sure what responsibilities went along with it. I felt uneasy and uncertain about my worthiness to live up to it. I decided not to think about it for the time being..."
"In training everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in the races its 90% mental because there's very little that separates us physically at the elite level"."
"For me, sport is a window into a country's soul. "
"I can definitely take more off my world record - a lot more. I have no doubt about that. I'm by no means putting pressure on myself, it's just the belief I have in myself......I'm not going to limit myself by nominating times or anything like that. I never thought I'd do 14:34 and I did. I thought I'd maybe do 14:38 or 14:39 that day, and I went nearly five seconds quicker so I don't want to limit the possibilities. "
"I was attracted to climbing mountains because of the physical dangers, but also the challenges, like 'mental fortitude, physical fortitude, judgement.' It's the intensity of the experience, at a sustained level. The experience is incredibly intense because it is so dangerous."
"There are two things you can be certain of: dying and getting the arse as a football coach."
"The racehorses assemble at the starting barrier
in all the finery of a mediaeval pageant, the jockeys
in silks like figures from a Tarot pack, the bookies
in leather and tweeds standing beside their boards
each confident that the future has been controlled."
"There is a timelessness about sport. Like music and art, it is a quality that cuts across generations and nations. It provides a link between Australians of succeeding generations whether urging on a Donald Bradman or cheering and rejoicing in the America's Cup victory. Call it the spirit, the soul of sport - it will be in 2001 the same as it was in 1901. "
"And the Big Men Fly."
"Only in sport... The qualification would seem meaningless to many Australians. What also is there that matters as much as sport. It is only in sport that many Australians express those approaches to life that are un-Australian if expressed in any other connection."
"With sport went beer drinking and gambling - until recently restricted by the wowsers, but part of that code of mateship of men, that necessity constantly to demonstrate masculine sameness, which provided one of the most flattening sources of uniformity."
"Fair-goes are not only for oneself, but for underdogs. Even in international sporting matches Australians have been known to switch from their own side to that of a gallant challenger. Australians love a 'battler', an underdog who is fighting the top dog, although their veneration for him is likely to pass if he comes out from under."
"A man who went to the 'footie' match on Saturday afternoon and played eighteen holes of golf was really doing his duty by the nation."
"There is a very special place in the Australian psyche for sport. It is one of the pillars of the Australian way of life. You don't really understand what makes the Australian nation tick unless you understand the great affection Australians have for sport. "
"Sport is an important part of the Australian psyche. Anybody who thinks that sport is not part of the fabric of Australian life misunderstands this country quite dramatically."
"When I first made the comeback it was more about getting fit and hopefully inspiring others to lead a better life... for me to achieve what I have achieved over the last two years has been a dream come true."
"We didn't do much wrong in the Test, except lose the game."
"Sport is a loathsome and dangerous pursuit. "
"For people to be heroes in Australia they have to tap into the feelings and ideals of the nation. It has a lot to do with how they are represented and how the media portray them. A hero has to be seen at some level as a role model."
"There is a universal notion, exaggerated in Australia, that sport connects people who are not connected either by history, community, culture, gender, race, class or status. Sport is seen as the transcender, the unifier and the healer of difference. "
"Once the gun had gone, I could hear the crowd, everything else was blank and all I could think of was getting to the tape. I can remember when I broke it my grin must have swallowed the world. I was just so excited. I could never explain the feeling. Oh, it was a terrific moment for me. "
"There was no TV and we didn't have motorcars. It was nothing to do a hundred miles from Sydney - bus to school, walk to training and walk home from training. But doing without helped build character. The discipline made me a better person. I think we all need discipline and I think that helped to form my character for later years."
"Footballers are like sausages, you can fry them, grill them, bake them, they’re still footballers."
"Life's battle doesn't always go to the biggest or strongest or fastest man. But sooner or later the fellow who wins is the fellow who thinks he can win. "
"I can't control what everyone else swims but if all goes well I know there are no limits. "
"I've achieved everything I ever wanted. I've done three Olympics, world championships, I've been around the world and made good friends. But I still have the inner drive to do more, to be not just good, but to be great. "
"I say to the young blokes, when you get asked for an autograph, don't knock it back because there'll be a time where no one will ask you."
"The time your game is most vulnerable is when you're ahead, never let up. "
"In a land where sport is sacred,
Where the labourer is God,
You must pander to the people,
Make a hero of a clod."
"The hardest part of your journey to success will be telling people your crazy dreams and ideas. But I've found as soon as you say your dreams aloud, many people will come to your side and help guide your journey in the right direction. During my 30 year journey with my disease I have discovered that you will always be surrounded by help, support and light if you stay positive in spite of hardships."
"People with disabilities want to be recognised for what they can do, not what they can't do. "
"Probably only Ned Kelly and the largely nameless heroes of ANZAC rival in the public imagination those who have gained fame in the sports arena or on the race track. Phar Lap would rate more highly than any politician, Don Bradman more than any artist. "
"Competing at the highest level is the greatest test of one's character. "
"I was raised with horses; they've been a part of my life since I could walk. I think they're wonderful animals, and a lot smarter than people give them credit for."
"There's no sweeter feeling than winning. It's what we do it for. At the end of the day I'd like to think we're all pretty good losers. But we're better winners."
"Getting a racehorse physically fit is common sense: it's eating properly and proper exercise. The science is in reading their minds. I try to have them in a mindset where all they want to do is run when they get to the races. You can get a slower horse to beat a faster horse that doesn't want to do its best or doesn't know how to do its best."
"The strongest and most dangerous enemy you will ever face is a negative attitude. Learn to recognize when it is trying to invade your body and mind, then simply refuse it entry. "
"I'm a winner. I just didn't win today."
"I'm pretty superstitious, I want to do everything right, get my routine right, and I wait for waves. I kinda try to sense the ocean coming together for me."
"I still get the feeling I got when I started, that's why I'm still doing it after all these years, I still get that full adrenalin rush before I compete."
"I remember thinking, 'Far out, I can't believe this,' when I started riding waves. Then I was starting to imagine where it could take me."
"It's funny, 'cause you think surfing is your whole life, but then when you make a family it seems like it's not at all."
"It's such a chauvinistic sport, I know some owners were keen to kick me off, and John Richards and Darren stuck strongly with me, and I put in all the effort I could and galloped him all I could because I thought he had what it takes to win the Melbourne Cup."
"I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because they think women aren't strong enough, but we just beat the world."
"Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals. "
"To be your best has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity, the determination to never be shifted from your goals. And the faith to know that whatever the outcome, your greatest competition is not the person standing on the blocks next to you, but yourself. "
"I cannot consider fighting in competitive Manly Fun any more than I can consider pitting my running, swimming or climbing body against other bodies. Nothing, then, or now, arouses me or will ever arouse me from a perfect disinterest in ball games."
"It is Australian innocence to love
The naturally excessive and be proud
Of a thoroughbred gelding who ran fast."
"Life's there to make the most of, and that's what I do."
"It is the manner of (Cadel) Evan's triumph that has particularly endeared him to his countrymen and women... Australians place a premium on persistence in adversity... His win in the year's tour was much more than an exhibition of pure sporting talent; it was a display of grit that will long be treasured by all who saw it."
"Sport has long occupied a special place in the hearts of Australians, and today the nation welcomes a new champion to the pantheon. Cadel Evans, cyclist extraordinaire."
"Something quite special has played out in the picturesque valleys and mountains, towns and villages of France over the past three weeks. For all who appreciate sport, it was a privilege and an inspiration to watch."
"Assuredly, the size of (Cadel) Evans' heart will come to be compared to Phar Lap."
"I'm going to win it for my country. I'm the first Aboriginal to win this. Isn't that something? I wish my Dad was alive to see it. He'd be as proud as I am."
"I wasn't aware of the impact that I had made on the lives of Aboriginal people until I did a bit of travelling and visited various communities throughout Victoria. To see the way that my people looked at me and to know that I made a difference to them was an honour."
"I think when you have a disability people are always putting limitations on you, telling you, even in a nice way, what you can't do. My attitude to that has always been: You can't tell me that. I'll show you. "
"I'm just me - the way I am. "
"Honesty in every area, character and integrity plus the famous 4 Ds' - desire, dedication, determination and discipline. "
"A champion team will always beat a team of champions. "
"The problem is not with the athletes, but with us. No matter how blatant the drug use may be, we don't stop watching the Tour de France. Maybe we should just turn off the television and get on our own bikes."
"Too much sport is barely enough. "
"Training is principally an act of faith. The athlete must believe in its efficacy; he must believe that through training he will become fitter and stronger; that by constant repetition of the same movements he will become more skilful and his muscles more relaxed...He must be a fanatic for hard work and enthusiastic enough to enjoy it. "
"If you cut corners you just keep on going in circles. "
"I wouldn't have been what you'd call a champion if I had accepted failure when it first came, if I had looked at it and said, 'Well, that's it.' "
" People ask me 'what was going through your mind in the race?' and I don't know. I try and ...let my body do what it knows. "
"I swam the race like I trained to swim it. It is not mathematical. I just let my body do it. It is a lot easier if you let your body do what it is trained for. "
"I am not going to allow myself not to perform well just because I don't feel well. I am bulletproof to the extent that a lot of things can be thrown at me, but it's about how much I am prepared to let them affect me. "
"When I go out and race, I'm not trying to beat opponents, I'm trying to beat what I have done ... to beat myself, basically. People find that hard to believe because we've had such a bias to always strive to win things. If you win something and you haven't put everything into it, you haven't actually achieved anything at all. When you've had to work hard for something and you've got the best you can out of yourself on that given day, that's where you get satisfaction from. "
"For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in. "
"Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation. "
"The world has many festivals
But still there's none been found
To rival Melbourne's springtime
When Cup Day comes around.
Yes Melbourne in the springtime,
Australia shows the way,
They run the greatest race on earth
In Melbourne on Cup Day."
"Through the mist of early morning
They come striding round the track,
Nostrils flared and flanks a'foaming,
Chestnut, brown and black,
But one among them stands out,
A mighty chestnut horse,
Whose name became a household word
And changed our history's course.
Phar Lap means 'lightning'
He won the Melbourne Cup
Way back in nineteen-thirty
With jockey Jim Pike up,
Phar Lap means 'lightning'
And stamina and speed,
Australia salutes you
The finest of the breed.
"Australians love a gamble
And going to the trots,
They love to back a winner
No matter what the odds,
They love to find an idol,
A mighty superhorse,
And they all love a champion
Like Paleface Adios."
"I'd like to try to inspire the youth, that's obviously where our future is and the kids are the ones you can mould and you can give them ideas and opportunities and I'd like to try to inspire all the young kids because I had a dream when I was young, that was to play for Australia."
"I don't like waiting in airports for my bags. Even worse, I don't like waiting in airports when my bags are lost. "
"Money does not motivate me as long as I can provide for my children. "
"You've got to have dreams to keep you going. "
"It doesn't matter how pretty you look it's how many runs you get. "
"I suppose, because I am a sportsman and travel all over Australia, I see every day Australians doing small and large and often unnoticed deeds; many times I thought how nice it would be for them to be recognised, so I hope somehow that in receiving this honour that I represent these people. "
"It's a hard life as a professional cricketer. It's not as easy as everyone makes out. To survive you need a tough hide. "
"It doesn't matter how pretty you look it's how many runs you get."
"I keep a lucky red rag in my pocket when I bat, which has been a good luck charm for a few years. "
"Geez, I just played cricket because I loved the game. I never thought about it much, never really had any formal coaching. "
"Writing a book is a bit like surfing. Most of the time you're waiting. And it's quite pleasant, sitting in the water waiting. But you are expecting that the result of a storm over the horizon, in another time zone, usually, days old, will radiate out in the form of waves. And eventually, when they show up, you turn around and ride that energy to the shore. It's a lovely thing, feeling that momentum. If you're lucky, it's also about grace. As a writer, you roll up to the desk every day, and then you sit there, waiting, in the hope that something will come over the horizon. And then you turn around and ride it, in the form of a story. "
"When you're surfing you're not thinking about where you parked the car or what you're going to do when you grow up or what you're going to buy when you've got lots of money. You know, you're just there. You're in the moment. And I think in a contemporary world, that's a rare privilege. "
"It's impossible to imagine what Australia would be like without surfing. "
"Sport teaches life's lessons. But there's no substitute, in my book, for education, because that gives you choice."
"The records I always maintained were there to serve just one purpose - that was to be broken"