Archive for the ‘Good sports’ Category
From humble beginnings, to being considered the fastest female hurdler in the world, Sally Pearson’s honest pursuit of excellence and her refusal to allow any obstacle to stand in her way has lead her to become a world champion and hugely loved athlete.
They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing — not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack — could come between her and the waves?
That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii – a glorious part of the world, where it’s hard to deny the divine – Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she immediately began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Tom Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the O.R. It’s the kind of coincidence that isn’t mere coincidence to the Hamilton family, a clan whose motto could easily be “the family that surfs and prays together stays together.” To them it was a sign someone had a greater plan than the one they’d been working on themselves – which had been to scrape together whatever resources they could to help Bethany rise to the top of her sport. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story – a tale of courage and faith that this modest and soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.
Grace Parker tries to figure out how to handle the 3Bs: boys, boy bands and ball sports.
Things were simple for netball nerd Grace Parker at primary school. She was captain of her school team – and with her best friends, Stella and Mia, by her side, they won the grand final. Back then, her biggest problem was persuading her parents to buy her tickets to see Friday at Five, the world’s hottest boy band.
But high school’s a whole new story … Grace’s greatest rival on the court, Amber Burns, just made the same netball team as her. Her twin brother, Gus, is devastated he didn’t make the A-grade AFL side. Her older brother, Tyler, is ignoring her. And as if that wasn’t enough for a 13-year-old girl to handle, gorgeous aspiring rockstar Sebastian King is suddenly paying her a lot of attention.
When Specky leaves his beloved Booyong High, he’s torn between his old friends and his new team-mates. And his loyalty will be tested – on the field and off – because when he crosses that white line, Booyong becomes his enemy . . . And Gosmore Grammar expects nothing less than absolute loyalty from their new star student.
Specky prepares to play a vital part in the school’s most revered sporting event – the Boots of Glory football match. But will his need to solve a mystery at the school put his footy future in jeopardy?