“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.”
Last Thursday, more than 200 students of all ages took part in triathlon, first one of many I hope. The word “can’t” was obviously not in their vocabulary, as they challenged themselves to complete the swimming, cycling and running challenges set for them. We constantly hear from the media about our unhealthy lifestyles and how passive the younger generation are becoming, yet on Thursday afternoon with the support of many parents and friends, we witnessed a remarkable event that yet again showcased how resilient and determined our students are.
Many crossed the finish line exhausted but with a huge smile on their face, as they realized they had proved to themselves that they could complete the course. For many, the position they ultimately finished was irrelevant, this was about meeting personal goals and targets. Those who finished ahead of their friends waited at the finish line to encourage others over that long final 50m before the line. Some may have walked part of the final course, but made sure they completed it with a final burst of speed. Everyone had a good time and supported their friends, parents cheered not only for their own children but everyone who passed them. The sense of pride from competitors and parents was tangible and again demonstrated the strong sense of community and identity that makes our school a very special place.
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision” (Muhammad Ali).
Last week we saw over 200 champions. Well done everyone!