We know that the best stories ever told are those with heart – just look to history. Here are some of the greatest stories to emerge from the sporting world, proving that it’s not always winning that matters but the way the race was run.
“I'm prouder of him than I would have been if he had won the gold medal”
It’s another iconic story of father and son, one that many will remember. It was the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and British athlete Derek Redmond would mark his name in Olympic Games history. Not for winning gold but for his determination and unwillingness to admit defeat.
As the favourite to win the 400m, all eyes were locked on Derek as the pistol fired. Pushing himself out of the starting blocks, he was on his way to be the first over the finish line. That was until a ...
A Father's Love
A Father’s Love Knows No Bounds
It’s the type of story that gives you goose bumps and makes you struggle to hold back tears. Dick and his son Rick Hoyt have competed in over 1,000 endurance races, treks, triathlons and ironman competitions but there is something very inspiring about this duo.
Rick was born a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and was unable to walk or talk. It has been his father Dick who has pushed, pulled and cycled his son through some of the most gruelling races on the planet.
After almost 30 years of competing, in 2014, the pair participated ...
A Nation's Hope
A Nation's Hope During the Depression
There aren’t many Australians who don’t know about the horse with the exceptionally large heart.
Phar Lap joins the likes of Bradman, Freeman and Fraser as one of the most iconic sporting heroes in Australian history, with his incredible winning stats bringing hope to an otherwise downtrodden nation during the early stages of the Great Depression.
Winning 37 of his 51 starts, the chestnut thoroughbred was a beacon of prosperity for punters during particularly hard times. His most iconic victory occurred when he defeated all odds (including an unfamiliar climate, a painful heel injury and ...
An Olympic Effort
An Olympic Effort
The 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles marked the first time in Olympic history that women were able to compete in the Marathon event. Gabriela Andersen-Schiess was one of these women.
While she knew that she would be part of this historic occasion, she didn’t know she would be making history herself. After hours of competing under exhausting conditions in the hot LA sun, the Swiss athlete’s legs began to wane as dehydration started to set in.
Her sheer determination to cross the finish line despite her crippling physical state saw her earn 37th place in the inaugural ...
Gatti vs Ward
The Round of the Century: Arturo Gatti vs Mickey Ward
In 2002, Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward’s ninth round of an already thrilling fight went down in sporting history as the Round of the Century. Both relentless in their path toward victory, neither Gatti nor Ward were willing to give up despite the mental and physical exhaustion that was plaguing them.
What still makes this one of the most talked about matches in boxing is not the technical skills of either man, but the endurance, bravery and perseverance that was displayed.
Gatti and Ward were perfect components and it would seem, ...
Eric the Eel
Diving into the History Books
Nobody had heard of Eric Moussambani when he stepped up to the diving blocks for heat one of the 100 metre freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, but the world certainly knew him when he completed his race almost two minutes later.
Hailing from the West African country of Equatorial Guinea, the 22-year-old qualified to represent his country after trying out in a 12 metre hotel pool against no other competitors. Dividing his swim practice between the tiny hotel pool his local river, Eric travelled to Sydney with no coach or guidance, but with ...