“The strongest and most dangerous enemy you will ever face is a negative attitude.” – John Newcombe
The fact is that if you don’t have a winning attitude, you will never win. John Newcombe, who dominated tennis during the 1960s and 70s, was one of the few players who earned top ranking in both the singles and doubles ranking. He credited his achievements to his positive attitude which helped Australia gain glory in Tennis. It set a precedent for other Australian sports.
Another sport which Australia began to dominate during the late 1990s till late 2000s was Cricket. Their success was achieved by hard work and their ruthless attitude. During this time Australia won the World Cup for a record three times in a row. Australia played some of the best cricket during those times and produced some good players, with each player crediting the success to the ruthless attitude of the team. This attitude was visible during the recent 2015 World Cup, which helped Australia win comfortably at the end for a record fifth time.
Swimming is one sport which used to be dominated by the Americans in Olympics. But Australia produced some great swimmers like Ian Thorpe, Libby Trickett, Leisel Jones, and Petria Thomas who outclassed the Americans to ensure a healthy rivalry with them. This swimming rivalry is one of the most anticipated events of the Olympics; watched eagerly worldwide. Ian Thorpe, one of the most successful Australian swimmers ever, credited his attitude towards hard work and determination to succeed which helped him earn glory.
Soccer is another sport in which Australia has improved tremendously. Since soccer is a highly competitive sport, only the good teams qualify to compete in the World Cup. Before 2000, Australia only played once in the World Cup, in 1974, but since the mid 2000s, Australia has qualified for every World Cup indicating their tremendous improvement. During this time, Australia has produced some great players like Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell who have been lauded for their positive attitude and commitment to the game.
Australians love their sports, and play every sport with high intensity. They love to win and excel. Australia’s success is just not limited to Cricket, Swimming or Tennis, but also in Field Hockey, Rugby, and many other sports. Their positive and winning attitude is helping them earn glory for the nation and the respect of other nations.