Winners take chances.
Like everyone else they fear failing,
but they refuse to let fear control them.
Winners don't give up
when life gets rough, they hang in
until the going gets better.

Winners are flexible.
They realize there is more
than one way
and are willing to try others.
Winners know they are not perfect.
They respect their weaknesses,
While making the most of their strengths.

Winners fall but they don't stay down.
They stubbornly refuse to let a fall
keep them from climbing.
Winners don't blame fate
for their failures,
Nor luck for their successes.

Winners accept responsibility
for their lives.
Winners are positive thinkers
who see good in all things.
From the ordinary,
they make the extraordinary.

Winners believe in the path
they have chosen
even when it's hard,
even when others can't see
where they are going.

Winners are patient.
They know a goal is only as worthy
as the effort that's required
to achieve it.
Winners are people like you.
They make this world
A better place to be......

Copyright 2000 Nancye Sims

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David Campese is widely regarded as the greatest
rugby player of his generation.
In an international career spanning 15 years,
David first capped for Australia against
New Zealand in 1982; on the 23rd of October 1996,
David became the first Australian rugby player
to play 100 tests. Fondly known as Campo, David holds
the world record of 64 international tries
and collected 101 caps during his career.
David finished his test career at Cardiff Arms Park
in Wales, on 1 December 1996.
A crowd of 70,000 farewelled David with a standing ovation.
David retired from playing rugby in 1999

David was so inspired by the poem "Winners are people like you"
written by Nancye Sims, that he would read it before every game.
When David was inducted into the Living Legends Gallery
at the AIS in Canberra, Australia, June 17th 1997,
he wanted Nancye to be a part of this great honour.
David made all the arrangements for Nancye to
travel from USA to Australia to witness his induction
in to The Living Legends Gallery.