A Journey So Far
Pioneers can be defined as the first or among the first in any field or endeavour.
They are driven by passion and belief. Resilience is a common trait, obstacles
and problems their challenge. With no defined path and only a goal and selfbelief
as a guide, pioneers forge forward, no matter what.
A Journey So Far is a collection of stories about successful Australian
sports people, who in many ways display a pioneering spirit, blazing a trail with
perhaps very little guidance, a heap of determination, resilience and a simple
love of what they do as a compass.
Be inspired by the stories of these ten sports people who have achieved a
goal through dedication, persistence, passion and overcoming obstacles.
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||Fitness and motivation
||Tennis Coach and mentor
||Sailing World Champion
||First Australian woman to climb Mt Everest
||100 professional boxing wins
||AFL and NFL footballer
||Champion Tenpin bowler
||Five-time World Squash Champion
||Footballer, TV Survivor winner, film maker
||Copies of A Journey So Far can be purchase directly at The 4Words Foundation Website
Heroes - Stories of Australians striving to achieve
by David Griffin
Heroes is a collection of stories as told to David Griffin.
The collection deals with ordinary people and their attempts
to achieve, but it also shows how these people lived their
lives, the things that inspired them, the setbacks they endured,
and the emotions of the time.
Everyday Heroes started in a community radio station,
Stereo 974 in the heart of Melbourne’s western suburbs.
David Griffin conducted an hour-long interview program called
The interviews were structured around a broad range of people,
including sporting professionals, actors, politicians, coaches,
authors, photographers, doctors, journalists and even local
businesspeople. It was these stories, each unique, and fascinating
in different ways, that form the basis of this book. Some
of the individuals are well known whilst others are not. Some
of the interviewees are wealthy whilst most are not, some
are young, some are older, but what they all have in common
is a desire to achieve a dream and live a life they thought
to be correct.
Charlie Booth - Professional Athlete and champion of Life
Lee Troop - Athlete
Peter Larkins - Olympian, Physician, Media Personality
Peter Ring - Top Gun Instructor
John Forbes - Charity Worker
Aneeka Williams - Boxing Judge
Jeremy Kewley - Actor
David Metzenthen - Author
Diana Williams - Entrepreneur
Bob Taylor - Radio DJ
Marie Wilson - Musician
Jon Anderson - Journalist
Kylie Coombe - Sportwswoman
Dave Russell - Former World Champion Boxer
Rodney Eade - AFL Football Coach
life’s journey we encounter many difficulties, but the
persistence, passion, determination, focus and opportunity
of the subjects in this book are inspiring. Everyday Heroes
tells the story of Australians striving to achieve. The stories
are about individuals that would consider themselves to be
just ordinary people, like you and me.
Everyday Heroes Project
David Griffin set out to illustrate positive role models for
teenagers. “I wanted the stories in the book to be a
learning experience for teenagers. I wanted them to be able
to read each of the stories and identify with the fact that
it wasn’t easy for any of the subjects to achieve what
they wanted to achieve.”
of Everyday Heroes have been distributed to High School students
with extremely positive results. A series of interview programs
have been developed to complement the book and a publishing
project has been created that will enable the students to
develop their own Heroes book and raise money for the school
from the sale of Everyday Heroes is being donated to Open
Family Australia. Everyday Heroes has been David Griffin’s
passion and it was always intended to somehow help kids achieve
has been achieved with Open Family Australia; giving the street
kids a chance at enjoying a better life. This philosophy is
closely aligned with the thoughts and aspirations of this
50, Overseas and Under $50 (per day for two) - SE Asia
by Des Gettinby
are you too old to go backpacking around Asia? Never! Des
Gettinby (aged 69) and his wife, Barb, (62) spent four months
exploring Asia - its culture, its cities, its bargain shopping,
its beaches and its beer - toting very small backpacks and
determined to do it all within a daily budget and having fun!
And yes, they had ensuite rooms every night.
A light-hearted, self-effacing and humorous tale of two people
on a low cost Asian adventure, of the people they meet and
of shared experiences. The story allows the reader to overcome
the challenges of budget travel in Asia and to know the ropes
before they start travelling.
A daily budget of $50 Australian, although self-imposed, proved
to be more than achievable and covered all costs for two people.
Both the author and his wife took perverse enjoyment in the
daily challenge rather than solving matters by throwing money.
Medical concerns and insecurities proved unfounded. Indeed,
the trip could well have been government subsidised as both
travellers came home leaner, fitter and healthier whilst strengthening
an already sound relationship.
Apprehensions about travel bookings and accommodation were
easily dispelled and no significant hurdle ever arose. This
is the tale of travellers with some experience of freewheeling
travel in Europe, but none of backpacking in Asia.
not aspiring to be a travel guide, it does include numerous
helpful hints for preparation and travel and nuggets of interesting
information that will inspire and encourage anyone in the
“over fi fty” category to have their own “free-wheeling
It includes all you need to know about how to have a budget
holiday in Asia with interesting food, comfortable accommodation,
affordable travel - and where to go for those “post
home” bargains. Along the way, Des and Barb met many
interesting people, young and old, mostly fellow backpackers,
all willing to share their knowledge and friendship. Des’s
narrative makes it all sound easy - and it was.
you are considering a similar journey, this is a “must
read” book. If you prefer armchair travel, sit back
and enjoy their experiences!