Last weekend, in a very disappointing game from my beloved AFL team, the Richmond Tigers, there was another story.

Defender Kelvin Moore played his 85th game for the Tigers.

He had 13 kicks and 6 handpasses.

That’s not normally much of an achievement, except that Kelvin wasn’t expected to play football again after a serious hip injury almost two years ago.

His injury was described by surgeons as resembling a car accident victim and it required six operations.

He was told that, no, he couldn’t expect to be able to play sport again, especially at an elite level, but Kel refused to accept this prognosis.

After each operation, he refused to accept that he wouldn’t play again.

After the most serious of the surgeries, an osteotomy, which involved the cutting and rotating of his hip socket which was then pinned together with screws, he refused to accept that he wouldn’t play again.

When he could hardly walk up stairs last year, he refused to accept that he wouldn’t play again.

When everyone else was out on the ground training and he was stuck inside doing injury rehab for 20 months, he refused to accept that he wouldn’t play again.

When the football world had written him off, forgotten about him and thought that he should have just retired, he refused to accept that he wouldn’t play again.

Sometimes, life puts obstacles in our way.

Sometimes, we are told no, that we will never achieve our dreams.

But it’s only a no if you accept it.

So don’t accept it.

Don’t give up!

Stay focused, keep working hard, be optimistic and who knows, one day it might be you inspiring everyone around you with your against-all-odds achievements.

Congratulations Kel on your amazing comeback and thanks for inspiring us.

What’s your favourite sporting comeback?

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