“Embracing sporting success, living vicariously through the actions and conquests of our heroes and learning from their achievements is an integral part of the South African sporting psyche,” says Michael Marnewick, best known to Sharksworld readers as the web master of the popular Sharksrugby website. Marnewick’s first book, Quest For Glory: Successes in South African Sport, has just hit the shelves.
Launched to the media at a glitzy ceremony last night, the book examines sporting success through the eyes of sporting personalities like Bruce Fordyce, Baby-Jake Matlala, Shaun Pollock, Ryk Neethling, Clive Barker, Mark Andrews, six Springbok Captains and a host of other personalities including those in the Sports Science, Sports Psychology and Coaching arenas. Various themes are covered, both from an individual recollection of events like Rugby World Cup and Olympic success to discussions of what it takes to be successful in terms of motivation, winning when you’re expected to lose, big match temperament and dealing with success and failure.
Marnewick has interviewed many of the most successful South African sports heroes and painstakingly sifted through their words in order to extract the common threads, attitudes an approaches that have made them what they are. His book aims to distil this wisdom and make it accessible to aspiring sports stars and armchair punters alike.
For an opportunity to buy the book, meet the author and perhaps even get your copy signed, be sure to attend the official public launch, which will be taking place at Books & Books at Kensington Square, Durban North on Thursday evening, starting at 6pm. Quest for Glory: Successes in South African Sport is available at all good books stores, including Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and on-line at www.kalahari.net.