Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said: “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back.” Many sporting careers have been ended prematurely but his words embody the essence of sport itself. They capture the gritty determination required to make a career comeback and the triumph sportspeople experience when they've done it successfully.
My name is Dave Tomlinson. I’m from New Zealand and now living in Brisbane, Australia. My life passions are travel, outdoor adventure, sport and writing. After writing the budget travel guide ‘Travel Unravelled’ I then documented my travel stories in ‘Around the World in 80 Tales’. I blog about my travel and assist other travellers on my Step Ahead Travel website. It’s my dream to eventually travel 100 countries and get to every continent on the planet.
My first sports book ‘Days of Miracle and Wonder’ describes the most incredible sporting victories, often against all odds. This was followed by ‘Unlevel Playing Fields’ which tells the dramatic stories behind the greatest sporting controversies. ‘Excellence in Motion’ focuses on the respect and sacrifice displayed in the finest acts of sportsmanship. The final book in this series ‘The Real Glory’ celebrates the courage and gritty strength of athletes returning from career threatening setbacks.
Books by Dave Tomlinson
In a sporting contest, the desperation to win can often prevail over the core values of respect, civility and fair play. It’s for this reason, genuine gestures of sportsmanship are so greatly acclaimed and deeply admired. When an athlete is willing to forgo what they’ve been striving for and act with genuine magnanimity, it creates a truly heart-warming and memorable moment. It truly is excellence in motion.
From as long as sport has been played, it has always evoked great passion and emotion. Human error will always be a factor but nothing infuriates fans like officiating blunders and blatant cheating. And nothing arouses curiosity and unabated feeling more than circumstances so unusual that nobody is quite sure how the moment will be resolved. Welcome to a captivating journey through some of the greatest sporting controversies in history.
The thrill of victory, agony of defeat and human drama of competition are the fundamental allure of sport. Its glorious unpredictability is truly captivating and nothing captures our imagination more than a contest which suddenly comes alive after the result appeared to be a foregone conclusion. Whether it's the anguish of a choke or the brilliance of a comeback, Days of Miracle and Wonder captures these moments and tells the unique stories behind 25 of the most incredible sporting victories.
80 Stories, 25 Countries, 5 Continents, One Heck of a Ride! A journey of captivating true travel stories from that will inspire, amuse and amaze. This fascinating kaleidoscope of people, places, food and culture brings to life the colourful experiences of travelling the world on a budget!