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Recommended Movies
Below is a list of sport specific movies that will leave you feeling inspired:
  • Invictus
  • The Blind Side
  • Coach Carter
  • Any Given Sunday
  • Cool Runnings
  • Nadia
  • the Rocky Series
  • The Karate Kid
  • Bend it like Beckham
  • Cinderella Man
  • Mao's Last Dancer
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Rookie
  • Remember the Titans
  • Seabiscuit
  • Hoosiers
  • Rudy
  • A League of Their Own
  • Ali
  • Hoop Dreams
Or, why not watch some of these inspiring movies. They might not be sport related, but all have very pertinent messages:
  • The Green Mile
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Braveheart
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Schindler's List
  • Patch Adams
  • Pay It Forward
Recommended Books

The Business of Being an Athlete: How to Build a Winning Career in Sport, Kerri Pottharst

In The Business of Being an Athlete, Kerri draws from more than twenty-five years’ experience and reveals how the right attitude, the right tools, and the right approach took her from being a part-time athlete to becoming a multi-award winning champion, a hot property for sponsorship, and a successful entrepreneur.

A Guide to Parenting Freak Ability, Mark Dobson

(One for the parents really) …An incredible collection of ideas and strategies from parents who brought out the best in their kids. Mark Dobson is a performance adviser to the world’s elite athletes and coaches. In this book he asks the parents of Australia’s great athletes how they brought out the best in their children so that other families can do the same.

To the Top: A Personal Best Approach to Success, Anthony M Stewart

Guides and exercises on Success, Handling failure, Choice: Self-responsibility, Self-image, Goals, Concentration, Confidence, Visualisation and imagery, Relaxation, Motivation, Mental toughness, Dealing with stress, Leadership.

High Flyer, Alisa Camplin

Australia's first ever female Winter Olympics gold medallist, Alisa Camplin, shares her achievements as a champion aerial skier, giving an insight into her unwavering dedication, multiple injury comebacks and motivation against incredible odds.

Be Your Best: Geoff Huegill

A self-portrait of a man up against all the odds, a man back on the starting blocks after retreating into a self-imposed exile for 5 years.

Openside: My Journey to the Rugby World Cup, David Pocock

Based on his spectacular rise and his incredible talent and drive, this book is David's insight into the world of Rugby. In My Journey To The Rugby World Cup, David shares the life and times of a professional rugby player.

Mao's Last Dancer, Li Cunxin

Raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin's childhood revolved around the commune, his family and Chairman Mao's Little Red Book. Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li's inspirational story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer, and one of the world's greatest ballet dancers.

Assault on Lake Casitas, Brad Alan Lewis

An amazing book for anyone who has ever fought to be the best then can be. As the story of one man's battle for Olympic gold, Assault has a powerful momentum and a good story intertwined with Lewis's ideas about excellence, strength, and determination.

Rafa, Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest players in the history of tennis, has the answers. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success. With candour, heart, and intelligence, Rafael Nadal takes readers on his life’s dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight along the way of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson

This is the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who lost his fight against pancreatic cancer in October 2011. Written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Walter Isaacson, it provides insight into Jobs’ professional and personal lives. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is not only a fascinating story; it's an inspiring one too.

Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom rediscovered his college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited Mitch every Tuesday, just like in college. This is a chronicle of their time together and their final "class": lessons in how to live.

Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman

Asserts that happiness can be learned and cultivated, and that everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives. This title describes the strengths and virtues unique to the human psyche.

Learned Optimism, Martin Seligman

How optimism enhances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, "Learned Optimism" is both profound and practical-and valuable for every phase of life.

John Eales: The Biography, Peter FitzSimmons

This bestselling biography of John Eales traces his life from a classic Australian childhood in the suburbs of Brisbane to the glory of captaining the World Cup-winning Wallabies, and shows that his road to sporting greatness had many twists and turns
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