Highlights from the
"It is easier to change the community
in which we live. But what is more difficult is to
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
On the eve of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games fifty
champions from all walks of life were brought together
by the Centre for the Mind to examine the qualities
of a contemporary champion.
The result is What Makes a Champion! an inspirational,
revealing and thought-provoking collection of insights
on the essence of championship, from people who are
"I'm sure there is a champion mindset.
I can perhaps describe it as a mindset that blots
out all else apart from the goal at hand."
John Eales former Captain of the Wallabies
Fifty prominent contributors including Nelson Mandela,
Sir Edmund Hillary, Anne Summers, Bryce Courtenay, Pat
O'Shane, Poppy King and Prime Minister John Howard draw
on their own experiences and observations and discuss
the secrets of success.
"If I my husband had not been in
prison, I would not have discovered my hidden strengths;
they would have been forever hidden."
Corazon Aquino former President of the Philippines
From a wide range of perspectives they explore issues
such as the importance of risk-taking, whether champions
are born or made, the idea of a 'champion mindset',
the importance of triumphing over adversity in forging
a champion, the significance of vision, drive and talent,
and the question 'Can anybody be a champion?'.
"In this book you will meet champions
from all walks of life, people whose outlooks, ideologies
and experiences are vastly different. But ... they
are champions in their field there's someone in this
book who will reach out to you. There's someone in
this book to inspire you."
Professor Allan Snyder Director,
"Every step on the way to
understanding just what makes a champion is a step
towards a better future."
Professor Ian Chubb, Vice Chancellor Australian
"If you don't risk failure you will
Anne Summers Writer