James led a swimming session for our Under 11 FOBISIA team earlier in the morning, before coming over to Secondary to speak with all of our students from Years 4 to 9 about what he had to do to become a world-class swimmer. He let some of the students hold his Commonwealth Games gold medal, which was a really special moment for them.
He described to us all the importance of hard work, and how nothing we do, be it in sport or any other field, can be accomplished without us persevering hard. He also told us the importance of team work, and how as a swimmer he really needed his training partners to help him when he didn’t feel like training very hard - and then how he would repay that by supporting others to try and go that little bit further.
Lastly, and this message was really appreciated by all of our students, he said that what he has learned from being a professional sportsman is how important it is to find your passion, find something that you love, and to make that the career that you follow.
After the assembly, James then gave more of his time by answering questions and taking photos with our Under 13 FOBISIA team, that were recently so successful.
My thanks to Ben Yang for organising this, and to James himself for being such an inspirational figure for our young people.
I hope you all have a great week ahead!