Gold medal Olympian visits St Paul’s College

On Monday 27 November, St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul, hosted special guest and gold medal winter Olympian, Mr Steven Bradbury.

Mr Bradbury joined the Year 10 students for the day sharing his knowledge and experience about the importance of overcoming adversity, developing a positive mindset, the non-negotiable task of goal setting, the benefits of hard work (endurance) and the significance of self-belief, teamwork and leadership when becoming a senior student.

Steven presented his message through life experiences in a light hearted and engaging fashion.

Throughout the evening, the College invited parents and members of the community to an evening with Steven Bradbury, so that they too are able to communicate the same powerful messages that we are promoting at school with our students.

In 2018 the students will continue to explore these themes which Steven introduced in our form meetings and wellbeing programs.

The school received a significant amount of positive feedback for this initiative with parents saying, “We came away from the talk on a high, finding Stephen to be entertaining, inspiring, and motivating. Thank you for providing an evening where we, the families could get an insight into what was provided for our Year 10 children.”

One Year 10 student said, “The Steven Bradbury Day was a great initiative of the school. It was an inspiring day of speeches, talks, games and activities which truly brought us together as a year group.

"Steven Bradbury is an inspirational motivational speaker, who really encouraged us to ponder on our own lives. It was a humorous, yet highly beneficial talk from which I am sure each and every one of us was able to learn and take so much home with us”.

While another student said, “Stephen spent the day telling us his story and teaching us the importance of never giving up and setting goals for ourselves. He told us about the journey he went through to reach his goal to be an Olympian as well as the adversity he had to overcome such as breaking his neck eighteen months before the Olympic games.”

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