Lynn Davies Quotes

  • You've got to be a disciplined person if you want to succeed both in sport and in life.
  • It's about lessons for life. It's not just about winning either.
  • Dai Greene will be our greatest-ever Welsh athlete.
  • As a youngster, I enjoyed sport and my ambition was to be a great sportsman.
  • My sporting heroes were Ken Jones, Stanley Matthews, and Cliff Morgan.
  • To win an Olympic title when there are 205 nations taking part, you have to be super-human. You have to be superman.
  • I am a sportsman, and I hate politics.
  • It's perseverance that's the key. It's persevering for long enough to achieve your potential.
  • It's about somebody initially knowing more about it than you do but eventually you learn a lot about it yourself and practise the skills and techniques that you've been taught.
  • If you have a coach helping you, developing your skills alongside you, that's when you're on your way to becoming not just a participant but achieving.
  • I saw what politics did to the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and I would defend the right of a sportsman to go and play and perform where they want.
  • The reception and the welcome home was quite overwhelming but an indication of how much the Welsh people valued my winning in the Olympics - it was a great memory.
  • There are hurdles to overcome in sport and in life. Sport is a very valuable learning ground for how to live your life in the best possible way.
  • There's so much hard work, dedication, and focus goes in from not just the athletes but from the coaches, officials, governing bodies, and Sport Wales. It's a real team effort, and it's rightly called Team Wales.
  • It's not just about a coach telling you what to do and just following it unthinkingly.
  • I still do cardiovascular exercises, aerobic exercises, and then strength training, as it's important to keep your muscle strength, as every decade you lose about 10% of this.
  • If athletes are found to have taken performance enhancing drugs, then they should be banned for two years, even if they are British.
  • You've got to be actively involved in the process yourself and you've got to listen carefully to what the coach is saying, take that on board yourself and implement what the coach is saying.
  • People need to have clear goals about why they are exercising, and they should consult a fitness expert to find out what kind of exercise is suitable.
  • Sport and life is about losing. It's about understanding how to lose.
  • There are a lot of kids coming in to athletics, but there is also a big drop-out rate. We've got it right at the top end, but we have to maintain the base of the pyramid.
  • The IOC are the guardians of the Olympic ideal.
  • People like Ellie Simmonds, David Weir, and Hannah Cockroft have become superstars alongside the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis. I think it has changed attitudes to disability.