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A Most Beautiful Thing - The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team (Hardcover): Arshay Cooper A Most Beautiful Thing - The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team (Hardcover)
Arshay Cooper
R649 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Now a documentary narrated by Common, produced by Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, and 9th Wonder, from filmmaker Mary Mazzio The moving true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago's West side who form the first all-black high school rowing team in the nation, and in doing so not only transform a sport, but their lives. Growing up on Chicago's Westside in the 90's, Arshay Cooper knows the harder side of life. The street corners are full of gangs, the hallways of his apartment complex are haunted by drug addicts he calls "zombies" with strung out arms, clutching at him as he passes by. His mother is a recovering addict, and his three siblings all sleep in a one room apartment, a small infantry against the war zone on the street below. Arshay keeps to himself, preferring to write poetry about the girl he has a crush on, and spends his school days in the home-ec kitchen dreaming of becoming a chef. And then one day as he's walking out of school he notices a boat in the school lunchroom, and a poster that reads "Join the Crew Team". Having no idea what the sport of crew is, Arshay decides to take a chance. This decision to join is one that will forever change his life, and those of his fellow teammates. As Arshay and his teammates begin to come together to learn how to row--many never having been in water before--the sport takes them from the mean streets of Chicago, to the hallowed halls of the Ivy League. But Arshay and his teammates face adversity at every turn, from racism, gang violence, and a sport that has never seen anyone like them before. A Most Beautiful Thing is the inspiring true story about the most unlikely band of brothers that form a family, and forever change a sport and their lives for the better.

Katherine Grainger - The Autobiography (Paperback, Updated): Katherine Grainger Katherine Grainger - The Autobiography (Paperback, Updated)
Katherine Grainger 1
R314 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R106 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Katherine Grainger is not only Great Britain's finest ever woman rower, but also she has won more Olympic medals than any other female British athlete in any sport. At Rio de Janeiro in the 2016 Olympic Games, at the age of 40, and less than two years after coming out of 'retirement', with a different partner, she came within one second of retaining her women's Double Sculls gold medal. On 3 August 2012, on the water at Eton Dorney in the London 2012 Olympic Games, she - and Anna Watkins - had rowed to glory in the women's Double Sculls. Three times an Olympic silver medallist, she could finally hang up her oars as an Olympic champion to add to her six World Championships and eight World Cup gold medals - but she didn't. Katherine's story is a remarkable one - proof that nice people can be winners and dedication and hard work pay off. Incredibly bright, Grainger combined her athletic career with her education and she has degrees from Glasgow and Edinburgh universities and a PhD from London, in subjects as diverse as law, philosophy and homicide. No wonder she is so much in demand as a motivational speaker. Katherine Grainger: The Autobiography continues her inspirational story taking in her post-London activities, the return to training, finding a new double sculls partner in Vicky Thornley, the highs and lows of their attempt to qualify for Rio 2016 and eventually their astonishing row to another silver medal.

The Boys In The Boat - An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Daniel James Brown The Boys In The Boat - An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Daniel James Brown 2
R230 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, this is the bestselling story about a rowing team's quest for Olympic gold in Nazi Germany. Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State, young Joe Rantz turns to rowing as a way of escaping his past. What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other working-class boys exchange the sweat and dust of life in 1930s America for the promise of glory at the heart of Hitler's Berlin. Stroke by stroke, a remarkable young man strives to regain his shattered self-regard, to dare again to trust in others - and to find his way back home. Told against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat is narrative non-fiction of the first order; a personal story full of lyricism and unexpected beauty that rises above the grand sweep of history, and captures instead the purest essence of what it means to be alive. 'I really can't rave enough about this book . . . I read the last fifty pages with white knuckles, and the last twenty-five with tears in my eyes' - David Laskin, author of The Children's Blizzard and The Long Way Home.

Never Leave a Man Behind - Around the Falklands and Rowing across the Pacific (Paperback): Mick Dawson Never Leave a Man Behind - Around the Falklands and Rowing across the Pacific (Paperback)
Mick Dawson 1
R421 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R78 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'An excellent read, it puts you in the boat, understanding what it's like to be in an extremely challenging environment while maintaining composure, cheerfulness and respect for your fellow men. I cannot recommend it highly enough' Keith M. Breslauer, Trustee of The Royal Marines Charity The stories of two veterans - one traumatised, one blind - who rediscover themselves with the help of a friend in the course of two epic ocean adventures, kayaking around the Falklands and rowing across the Pacific. Mick Dawson tells the story of kayaking around the Falkland Islands with friend and fellow Royal Marines veteran Steve Grenham, who was struggling to cope with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the extraordinary tale of his 2,500-mile voyage in a rowing boat with his friend and former Royal Marine Commando Steve 'Sparky' Sparkes, who was not only a rowing novice, but also blind. Sparky and Mick succeeded in rowing across the finish line after a truly epic voyage of over 2,500 miles from Monterey Bay in California to Waikiki, Hawaii. They'd hoped to break the record for a two-man rowboat and finish in less than fifty-five days, but a hurricane interfered with their plans. It took them eighty-two days, sixteen hours and fifty-four minutes to complete the race, but it was an even greater achievement for that, and Sparky became the first visually impaired person to row across the Pacific. The race with Sparky was the second expedition of an organisation Mick had set up a few years earlier, The Cockleshell Endeavour, designed to help another former Royal Marine and friend, Steve Grenham, by kayaking with him around the Falklands, where both former commandos served during the 1982 conflict with Argentina.

The Eighth Summit (Paperback): Peter van Kets The Eighth Summit (Paperback)
Peter van Kets; Foreword by Tim Noakes 1
R285 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

What does it take to row 5,500km across an Ocean? Or to trek 500 miles through Antarctica? How do we achieve incredible things?

Peter van Kets has done this and more – and yet he could be the average guy next door. A teacher in East London with a fondness for the ocean, Peter was given a rare chance to compete in the 2007 Atlantic Rowing Race. His decision to grasp this opportunity would change his life.

Together with Bill Godfrey, he rowed across the Atlantic and won against the odds. Then he came back two years later to row it alone – a truly epic feat. After that he joined forces with adventure runner Braam Malherbe to represent South Africa in the unique Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole, one of the most gruelling endurance events ever staged.

Peter’s feats of endurance in the face of endless ice, snow and saltwater are testament to the power of the human spirit and the greatness possible when an ordinary person sets out to do extraordinary things. In rowing the Atlantic and trekking the Antarctic, he has come to understand what it takes to conquer the limits of your mind – to conquer your Eighth Summit.

Rowing the Pacific - 7,000 Miles from Japan to San Francisco (Paperback): Mick Dawson Rowing the Pacific - 7,000 Miles from Japan to San Francisco (Paperback)
Mick Dawson 1
R282 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Storms, fatigue, equipment failure, intense hunger, and lack of water are just a few of the challenges that ocean rower Mick Dawson endured whilst attempting to complete one of the World's 'Last Great Firsts'. In this nail-biting true story of man versus nature, former Royal Marine commando Dawson, a Guinness World Record-holder for ocean-rowing and high-seas adventurer takes on the Atlantic and ultimately the North Pacific. It took Dawson three attempts and a back-breaking voyage of over six months to finally cross the mighty North Pacific for the first time. Dawson and his rowing partner Chris Martin spent 189 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes rowing around the clock, facing the destruction of their small boat and near-certain death every mile of the way, before finally reaching the iconic span of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Dawson's thrilling account of his epic adventure details how he and Chris propelled their fragile craft, stroke by stroke for thousands of miles across some of the most dangerous expanses of ocean, overcoming failure, personal tragedy and everything that nature could throw at him along the way.

Inspired (Paperback): Steven Redgrave Inspired (Paperback)
Steven Redgrave 1
R308 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R41 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sir Steve Redgrave shares the inspiring sports stories and his own experiences that he believes get to the very heart of what it takes to succeed. From Roger Bannister's record-breaking four-minute mile to Jonny Wilkinson's sensational drop kick, Steve pays tribute to the heroes of sport and assesses what it is that led them to achieve their goals. Packed with entertaining tales of sporting greats such as Muhammad Ali, Brian Clough, Cathy Freeman, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Bobby Charlton, this book celebrates the fascinating figures and moments of brilliance that can inspire us and motivate us all to make our wildest dreams a magnificent reality.

Blood Over Water (Paperback): David Livingston, James E Livingston Blood Over Water (Paperback)
David Livingston, James E Livingston 1
R363 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R72 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title is shortlisted for The Best New Writer Category of The British Sports Book Awards 2010. On an overcast April day in 2003, David and James Livingston raced against each other in the 149th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Watched by over seven million people, it was the first time for over a hundred years that brothers had battled against each other in this gladiatorial contest. Only one could be victorious. In "Blood Over Water", David and James tell their stories for the first time, giving an intimate insight into one of our best-loved national sporting occasions, whilst also describing a brotherly relationship tested to breaking point. It is an emotional and searching joint self-portrait that looks at the darker side of sibling rivalry and asks just what you would be willing to sacrifice to achieve your dreams.

The Oarsmen - The Remarkable Story of the Men Who Rowed From the Great War to Peace (Paperback): Scott Patterson The Oarsmen - The Remarkable Story of the Men Who Rowed From the Great War to Peace (Paperback)
Scott Patterson
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

At the end of the First World War, there were 270,000 demobilised Australian soldiers in Europe. Getting them home after the Armistice was a task of epic proportions that would take more than two years. In the meantime, how to keep these disgruntled, damaged men with guns occupied? In a word: sport. The Oarsmen tells the story of the servicemen who survived the war to row for the coveted King's Cup at the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta. Competing against crews from the US, New Zealand, France, the UK and Canada, the Australians were a ragtag bunch of oarsmen thrown in an old-fashioned boat and expected to race. Many had seen the worst of the action during the war at Gallipoli and the Western Front, and carried scars both physical and psychological. The baggage they brought to the boat would soon threaten to capsize the whole endeavour. Combining first-hand accounts with lively prose, this never-before-told story approaches the First World War from peacetime and illuminates history in vivid and compelling detail. Interweaving the soldiers' personal stories from before, during and after the war, The Oarsmen paints a fascinating picture of how these men, and society, transitioned from an unprecedented war to a new sort of peace.

Assault on Lake Casitas (Paperback): Brad Alan Lewis Assault on Lake Casitas (Paperback)
Brad Alan Lewis
R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Brad Alan Lewis' determination to win an Olympic medal had taken over his life by 1984. He would be too old for the 1988 Games and his spot on the 1980 team had been lost to world politics. Only 1984 remained. But Lewis had a problem. Emotionally crushed after losing a guaranteed spot on the team by nine-tenths of a second in the single scull trials, Lewis went to the dreaded Olympic selection camp, where he hoped to earn a place in a national team boat. Again he failed. Lewis refused to be denied. He teamed up with Paul Enquist, who had been cut from the camp, and began training to challenge the national boat. It would be their last chance to compete in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Using innovative psychological and physical training techniques developed by Lewis, they defeated the national entry at the double scull trials, three weeks after being considered failures by the system. In an event dominated by the Europeans, they won the first United States gold medal in rowing since 1964 and the first in the double scull since 1932. Lewis' story is more than a book about a man winning a gold medal in a sport that offers little more than personal rewards. It is about challenging convention, overcoming defeat and working outside of an established system. Assault on Lake Casitas is a compelling tale of competition at the highest possible level and the emotions that fuel obsession.

More Power (Paperback): Hugh Matheson, Christopher Dodd More Power (Paperback)
Hugh Matheson, Christopher Dodd 1
R483 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R161 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Arguably the greatest coach in British sporting history. SHORTLISTED FOR THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Jurgen Grobler's Olympic coaching career is one of legend, yet the man himself has remained resolutely out of the spotlight. Over the last twenty years he has masterminded British Rowing's incomparable success. And when the difference between gold and silver can mean mere fractions of a second, Jurgen Grobler has consistently delivered Olympic gold through various boat classes and with an ever-changing group of athletes. Arguably the greatest coach in British sporting history, Grobler's unparalleled record outstrips many much better known records and stories; building champions such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell to name but few. This authoritative account of Grobler's career straddles the Iron Curtain, beginning in the German Democratic Republic, where systemic state-funded doping was an open secret, before crossing to Britain following the fall of the Berlin Wall. And whilst culture and sport have shifted dramatically over the last half century, Grobler's pursuit of greatness has never faltered. Written by Olympic medallist, Hugh Matheson, and rowing historian, Christopher Dodd, More Power is the unmissable story of one man's quest for glory, and sets out to unlock the secrets of Jurgen Grobler: the finest coach Olympic sport has ever seen.

Something In The Water - How Skibbereen Rowing Club Conquered the World (Paperback): Kieran McCarthy Something In The Water - How Skibbereen Rowing Club Conquered the World (Paperback)
Kieran McCarthy
R506 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R96 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Olympic rowers Gary and Paul O'Donovan may be the face of Irish rowing and Skibbereen Rowing Club, and have enormously increased the popularity of rowing in Ireland, but they're just one piece of a much larger jigsaw. Without their club and the people behind the scenes, they wouldn't be Olympic silver medalists, 2018 world champions, former European champions and, in Paul's case, a three-time world champion. Almost one hundred Skibbereen Rowing Club athletes have represented Ireland at various regattas over the years; a staggering figure when viewed in light of the size of the club. Founded in 1970, it is now the undisputed most successful rowing club in the country, producing five Olympic rowers since 2000 and four world champions between 2016 and 2018. It is the characters involved in the club, the coaches, members and the athletes themselves, who come together to make Skibbereen Rowing Club what it is. Something in the Water reveals what goes on behind the scenes to create an environment that allows locals to excel on the national and international stages. The story is told through the people and families involved, showing how relatable they are to people around the country.

Rowing Faster (Paperback, 2nd edition): Volker Nolte Rowing Faster (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Volker Nolte
R692 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R163 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Get a length up on the competition with cutting-edge technique, training, and racing information. Let the world's top coaches, rowers, and sport scientists steer you to ultimate success, starting with sound training and racing principles and adding increasingly advanced instruction and insights all the way to the finish.

"Rowing Faster" is the most comprehensive and detailed guide for achieving excellence in the sport. You'll find techniques for mastering every phase of the stroke; training strategies for increasing strength and efficiency for maximizing speed; and tapering plans for peak performance at the highest levels of competition.

With contributions from Olympic medalists and rowing experts from around the globe, "Rowing Faster" also includes the latest research on adaptive rowing, advice on managing a team, detailed plans for the long-term development of rowers, insights on training and competition for female rowers, and a look at the future of the sport from the general secretary of the FISA. From the technical details of equipment and training to classifications of boats and rowers, "Rowing Faster" has it all. Offering a truly global perspective and authoritative coverage of the sport, it is the one guide that every serious rower and coach should own.

KIKO - How to break the Atlantic rowing record after brain surgery (Hardcover): Kiko Matthews KIKO - How to break the Atlantic rowing record after brain surgery (Hardcover)
Kiko Matthews
R578 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R74 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In February 2018, Kiko Matthews set out to row solo and unsupported, 3000 miles across the Atlantic. She not only added her name to the handful of women who had successfully made the crossing solo, but did so in a world record time of 49 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes - more than five days less than the previous record. She had never rowed before deciding on this challenge. But following brain surgery after being diagnosed with a rare life-threatening condition, she set herself goals that pushed her mental and physical boundaries to the limit. In her book she vividly describes her epic voyage and what drove her to attempt it.

Kiko - How to break the Atlantic rowing record after brain surgery (Paperback): Kiko Matthews Kiko - How to break the Atlantic rowing record after brain surgery (Paperback)
Kiko Matthews
R380 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R36 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In February 2018, Kiko Matthews set out to row solo and unsupported, 3000 miles across the Atlantic. She not only added her name to the handful of women who had successfully made the crossing solo, but did so in a world record time of 49 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes - more than five days less than the previous record. She had never rowed before deciding on this challenge. But following brain surgery after being diagnosed with a rare life-threatening condition, she set herself goals that pushed her mental and physical boundaries to the limit. In her book she vividly describes her epic voyage and what drove her to attempt it.

Solo - A Thousand Miles from Anywhere (Paperback): Dave Clarke Solo - A Thousand Miles from Anywhere (Paperback)
Dave Clarke
R427 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R94 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dave Clarke is an inveterate adventurer: a man with an incurable desire to test his physical and mental limits against the forces of nature. He has a passionate relationship with rugged country and wild oceans, constantly seeking out new challenges where he is able to commune with the natural world and find solace and freedom from the constraints of a busy working life. One of his favourite environments is the deep ocean; as he puts it, "one of the last great wildernesses and one that can never be tamed." From an early age he drew inspiration from the sea and the men who took their living from it. Self-taught in sailing skills, he sailed solo and unsupported from Falmouth to Barbados across the great North Atlantic in one of the smallest boats to ever make the journey; described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as a story that turned a dream into a life-changing reality. And now Dave has another adventure to relate. In "Solo: A Thousand Miles from Anywhere" he again hears the siren call of the great oceans and attempts to row single-handed and unsupported the three thousand mile journey across the Atlantic - despite never having rowed a boat in his life. This book is about that adventure. Of the year-long struggle to find the funds, the problems of boat design and construction, the frustrations of bureaucracy, the heartbreak of leaving his family for many months, the pain and joy of ocean rowing and the eventual success that brought its own difficult re-adjustments. "Solo" is the inspiring story of an ordinary man who refused to let go of his dream. Written with humour, self-deprecation and deep insights that can only come when you're on your own - a thousand miles from anywhere.

Four Mums in a Boat - Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way (Paperback):... Four Mums in a Boat - Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way (Paperback)
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies 1
R260 R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Save R66 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A TOP 10 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SPORTS BOOK AWARDS LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 The incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the way. Janette, Frances, Helen and Niki, though all from Yorkshire, were four very different women, all juggling full time jobs alongside being mothers to each of their 2 children. They could never be described as athletes, but they were determined to be busy and the local Saturday morning rowing club was the perfect place to go to have a laugh and a gossip, get the blood pumping in the open air, and feel invigorated. Brought together by their love of rowing, they quickly became firm friends, and it wasn't long before they cooked up a crazy idea over a few glasses of wine: together, they were going to do something that fewer people than had gone into space or climbed Everest had succeeded in doing. They were going to cross 3,000 miles of treacherous ocean in the toughest row in the world, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Yes, they had children and husbands that they would be leaving behind for two months, yes they had businesses to run, mortgages to pay, responsibilities. And there was that little thing of them all being in their 40s and 50s. But two years of planning, preparation, fundraising, training and difficult conversations later, and they found themselves standing on the edge of the San Sebastian harbour in the Canary Islands, petrified, exhilarated and ready to head up the race of their lives. This is the story of how four friends together had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifying and beautiful adventure, not to escape life, but for life not to escape them.

Advanced Rowing - International perspectives on high performance rowing (Paperback): Charles Simpson, Jim Flood Advanced Rowing - International perspectives on high performance rowing (Paperback)
Charles Simpson, Jim Flood
R688 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R162 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Advanced Rowing brings together a selection of leading experts in the sport of rowing, including international head coaches from New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark, who have all coached crews to World and Olympic medals. Distinguished club and university coaches contribute from the United States, Great Britain and Australia. Between them these coaches work with the top national level athletes in their countries and specialise in preparing them to achieve international competitive standard. The coaches reveal key features that they believe explain why they have achieved a consistent level of success, paying special attention to key issues including: - Training programmes to promote skill and fitness - Motivating and inspiring athletes - Creating successful training environments - Selecting athletes and talent identification - Making use of other experts (e.g. sports scientists, physiotherapists, dedicated strength and conditioning coaches) Advanced Rowing also offers insights from experts on selected topics that are important in the development of rowing success including biomechanics, nutrition, technique development, endurance training and strength and conditioning. This is an essential resource for any rowing coach, providing an overview of the general environments that support high performance national and international rowing programmes and describing the range of strategies that elite rowing coaches use to help develop advanced rowing performance.

Chariots and Horses - Life Lessons from an Olympic Rower (Paperback): Jason Dorland Chariots and Horses - Life Lessons from an Olympic Rower (Paperback)
Jason Dorland
R598 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R152 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With the 2012 Olympic Games in London on the horizon, talk of high-level performance, achievement, going for gold and motivational strategy is already rising in pitch. Olympic rower Jason Dorland knows how important it is to convey the right message about winning, and in this compelling memoir he shares his challenging journey to cultivate a healthier outlook. Detailing his experiences rowing with the Canadian National Rowing Team and later coaching high-school crews, he reveals how a devastating performance at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, defined his life for years to come. "In it to win it," he fell apart when that didn't happen. The same win-at-all-costs mentality that made the Olympic loss so hard to bear was also what made it difficult for him to move forward, despite his efforts to overcome his overwhelming sense of failure. Over time, however, he came to a new level of understanding about facing challenge, and with this book he sets out to share what he's learned with coaches, athletes, business people and anyone else who needs to perform at a high level without losing their humanity or their spirit. An honest, intimate look at the reality of high-level athletics, Jason's memoir is more than a sports story; in charting his progress from struggling athlete to an inspirational coach driven to instil a healthy competitive spirit in his rowers, he shows how in sports and in life, it's all about the journey, not the outcome.

Rowing in Britain (Paperback): Julie Summers Rowing in Britain (Paperback)
Julie Summers 1
R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Boat races and regattas are mainstays of the British summer - but where did these races originate and how have they become so important a part of our culture? Historian, writer and novice sculler Julie Summers here explains the history of British rowing as a competitive sport from the early nineteenth century to the present day. She then profiles the three most famous rowing events: the Boat Race, rowed on the incoming tide from Putney to Mortlake in spring; Henley Royal Regatta, which takes place on the first weekend of July; and the Olympic Games, which have yielded some of the greatest British Olympians of all time, including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Jack Beresford.

Thomi Keller: A Life in Sport (Hardcover): David Owen Thomi Keller: A Life in Sport (Hardcover)
David Owen
R537 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R90 (17%) Out of stock

Thomi Keller's place in rowing's pantheon is beyond dispute. A talented oarsman whose hopes of winning an Olympic medal were dashed when Switzerland didn't attend the 1956 Games, he went on to preside over FISA, the sport's international federation, for more than thirty years. During a turbulent and fast-changing era marked by Cold War politics and sport's incipient commercialisation, he substantially modernised both rowing and its governing body, resolutely putting the athlete first. Yet Keller's influence extended far beyond his own sport. By convincing other sports leaders of the benefits of working together, he forged the international federations into a force that the International Olympic Committee - custodians of the world's most diverse and spectacular sporting event - had no choice but to respect. At the height of his powers, in the late 1970s, he arguably wielded more influence among fellow sports leaders than the IOC president himself. Though ultimately outmaneuvered by the IOC's Juan Antonio Samaranch, who identified and harnessed the Olympics' commercial power, Keller remained a revered figure until his death in 1989, aged only sixty-four. Thirty years on he is still, as one obituarist put it, "the outstanding figure in the history of international rowing". While the sporting world Keller inhabited has since been transformed by the cash that has gushed in from broadcasters and sponsors, his essential message - that fair competition and athlete wellbeing must come first - remains today as relevant as ever. Drawing on exclusive access to contemporary documents and the reminiscences of those who knew Keller, the award-winning sportswriter David Owen has written the first full-length biography of one of the most important and charismatic sports leaders of the twentieth century.

On Tempestuous Seas ... Rowing Two Oceans (Paperback): Elin Haf Davies On Tempestuous Seas ... Rowing Two Oceans (Paperback)
Elin Haf Davies
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Yoga For Rowers - Building Physical & Mental Strength (Paperback): Chrys Kozak Yoga For Rowers - Building Physical & Mental Strength (Paperback)
Chrys Kozak
R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Attention rowers YOGA FOR ROWERS is a brand new way to train that's great for all program levels & coaches - from high school up to Masters. With testimonials from an Olympic coach, FISA World gold medalists, National gold medalists, an Oxford Boat Race champion, Head of the Charles competitors & more Yoga For Rowers is 65 pages & includes workouts & calendars. This book shows targeted poses for each phase of the rowing cycle in large full color photos & outlines specifically what these poses do. The instructions are easy to follow & the program is easy to fit into your existing training program. Yoga For Rowers will dramatically improve your oarsmanship: * Increasing your length of stroke * Improving power * Allowing you to train harder with fewer injuries * Exponentially developing flexibility & core strength * Fine tuning your sense of balance & sensory awareness * Developing your mental focus A minimum of 15 minutes a day is all it takes to ohm your way to gold next season

Rowing (Paperback): Amateur Rowing Association Rowing (Paperback)
Amateur Rowing Association
R196 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R34 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Know the Game series is firmly established as the leading introduction to a huge range of sports. For years they have been the first step into a new sport for many people, children and adults alike. The series has now been relaunched in a new format and a modern design - making the best even better. The aim has been to make the books more accessible, and they are now packed with colour photos and illustrations, top tips and interesting facts. Each book contains everything you need to know about the sport, including equipment, rules, techniques and training tips. There's even information on how to find a club and meet new people to play the sport with. And having been written and endorsed by the sport's professional body, you can be sure that you are getting the best information available.

The Art of Sculling (Paperback, Ed): Joe Paduda The Art of Sculling (Paperback, Ed)
Joe Paduda
R427 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Art of Sculling provides novice and experienced scullers with a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the equipment, techniques, and physiology of the sport. Beginners will find step-by-step instructions and photographs for launching and rigging a boat and developing the proper sculling stroke. Experienced rowers will find guidelines for developing training programs. Other chapters cover advanced technique, racing, sculling in team boats, safety, and sculling for the more mature.

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