John Eales is one of Australia’s all-time rugby greats. He took part in two successful World Cup campaigns; captained the Wallabies in memorable victories including the 1999 World Cup; led Australia through four successive Bledisloe Cup wins and two successful seasons of Tri-Nations fixtures. He also led the Wallabies to the first-ever defeat of the British and Irish Lions.
But John Eales is a man whose outstanding qualities extend much further than his exceptional skill on the football field. He is an inspirational leader and business man through both his actions and his relentless determination. John’s sense of fair play and genial nature made him one of the most respected figures in the game, and an extraordinary ambassador for sport and Australia.
My research looks at the levels of perseverance in creatives, and especially in the filmmaker. However, parallels can be found in other sectors, and elite sport is one such sector. This TEDx video from Professor Tim Noakes was interesting. I thought of Michael Budd and how he elected to go from development to distribution in under a year with his film Love of my Life. Such laser focussed discipline to achieve his goal similar to a elite athlete preparing for the Olympics.
I shall be further investigating research in the elite sports sector.
Published on 26 Jun 2012
Prof. Tim Noakes is a co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA. He is an author, respected academic and A1 rated scientist and has long been acknowledged as an expert in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise. Tim is a Director of UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM). In this talk from TEDxCapeTownED, he lays out the importance of belief in exceptional achievement, and points to the role of the coach in fostering that belief. He leaves a challenge with educators to see their role as creating belief in their students.
A great quiz from Jenna Guillaume at Buzz feed can be found here.
Your budding reporter scored a rather poor 53 out of 165 but in defence I’ve only lived here for 15years. That counts doesn’t it!
It did remind me what great films Candy, Dirty Deeds and Two Hands were – must re-watch them again. And its time to watch some of the classics.