Professional Athletes visit GHS

Since returning to school, GHS have had the pleasure of welcoming several professional athletes to both the Senior and Junior School.

On 2 September, we started the new academic year with a thought-provoking talk from Greg Cackett, an Olympic Bobsledder, who made his Olympic debut in 2018 after only discovering Bobsleigh in 2016-2017. Greg is currently preparing for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as a member of the GB Bobsleigh team. Both staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed listening to him deliver an inspirational speech about his sporting journey and the life lessons he learnt along the way.

Fast-forwarding to today, the Junior School welcomed two Judokas, Olympian, Ashley McKenzie, and Paralympian Ian Rose. Ashley McKenzie proudly represented Britain in London 2012 and more recently in Tokyo 2020. As he led the morning assembly, teaching the girls about the sport of and performing a demonstration, it was hard to ignore the excitement emerging from the enthusiastic audience.

Each one spoke about the importance of pushing boundaries, maximising your potential and recognising your gifts and abilities while developing resilience to overcome challenges; embodying the ‘GHS 8’ we practice every day.

The morning then proceeded to hourly workshops with Paralympian Ian Rose. Ian contracted eye cancer in his early childhood, resulting in losing his left eye and most of the sight in his right but his passion for Judo prevailed. This resulted in an international career spanning 22 years that included competing in five Paralympic Games. His inspiring workshops lead with the powerful message to focus on being your best, exploring the power of a growth mindset and the importance of determination, resilience, and empathy.

It has been a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to hear the powerful journeys of these professional athletes. Each one spoke about the importance of pushing boundaries, maximising your potential and recognising your gifts and abilities while developing resilience to overcome challenges; embodying the ‘GHS 8’ we practice every day.