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The Ox is Slow but the Earth is Patient

Mick Malthouse was appointed as coach at the Collingwood Football Club at the beginning of 2000, a position he held until after the Grand Final of 2011. In the decade that he and David Buttifant, head of conditioning, were at the club, the duo shared in each other's achievements - including football's ultimate prize - and supported one another through tragedy and other life-changing events. This uniquely talented team reveal the secrets of preparing football sides, and athletes in general, for success. Mick and David chronicle the defining moments in their professional and personal lives, the discoveries made in those moments and the lessons learnt. Here, they pass these lessons on to you. Mick and David's insights are complemented by those of players, coaches, philosophers, politicians and poets who strive not just for improved performance, but that mysterious spiritual quality that transforms a collection of good individuals into a champion team. If you have an open mind and heart and are interested in success, or in simply improving yourself in any endeavour, The Ox is Slow but the Earth is Patient is that important first step.
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Mick Malthouse, a father of four, began life in the country town of Wendouree, Ballarat. He began to play football with North Ballarat and from here he was recruited to the then VFL team St. Kilda and went on to play with Richmond for several years. Following his retirement from playing, he commenced his coaching career at Footscray. Mick was soon headhunted and appointed senior coach of the recently established AFL team, the West Coast Eagles. Mick was successful while in WA, leading his players to two AFL Premierships in his ten-year tenure. After his proven success at West Coast, the president of Collingwood, Eddie McGuire, acquired Mick as the club's new coach. At Collingwood, Mick has taken the team to three grand finals in ten years, finally winning dramatically in 2010 in a grand final reply after the first match against the gun St Kilda side was tied. David Buttifant is the scientist behind the scenes at successful AFL Football Club, Collingwood. In many ways, the innovations introduced by David over the last decade have dragged Collingwood and its conservative management kicking and screaming into the 21st century. From the time David introduced radical programs such as altitude training in Flagstaff Arizona the team entered a new realm of fitness and commitment. Prior to joining Collingwood, David cut his teeth working at the North Melbourne Football Club as a conditioning coach and preparing Olympic athletes prior to the Sydney Olympics.

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