Sports training, not unlike military training, can become excessive – cruel, punishing – and unreasonable. Here are two little excerpts from Will to Win.
‘ “The amount of times he made himself sick on the rowing machine was pretty impressive”, proudly says the former coach (and Olympic Gold medallist) of a young oarsman who represented Australia five times before he was forced to retire with back injuries at the age of 24′.(p21)
” I don’t care if I never walk again. As long as I get this premiership” says a hobbled player (SJ) on the morning of the 2011 AFL grand final.’ (p 19)
The Will to Blog: The Don at Play announces the return to a regular blogging by Don Miller – having now published Will to Win: The West at Play, by Hybrid Publishers. The book should be in all books shops – but who knows. Alternatively, order a copy from me <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and I’ll mail it anywhere in Australia for $AUD.22.00
Some of the blogs will be short quotations from the book. It is impossible to sum it up in a few sentences, but, in a way, it is playing with the paradox with which i end the book – which looks far belong sport to every big and small bit of western culture today. I refer to Jean Cocteau fascinating sentence “to succeed is to fail”.