Olympians encourage teens
WARWICK State High School Year 12 student Mark Ferdinand learnt the importance of putting in the hard work when athletes with 11 Olympic/Paralympics medals to their credit dropped into the school on Thursday.
“We were told it takes a lot of hard work to get what you want out of sport,” Ferdinand, a Queensland futsal player said.
Queensland netball representative Stephanie O’Brien said the message was the more you put into sport, the more you get out of it.
“Time management is a big thing. With school and netball, I don’t get much social life now. The athletes stressed the importance of balance between school and sport.”
Paralympic cyclist Chris Scott won medals in four of his six games and is now retired with six gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
“We spoke to the students about goal setting and tried to provide practical examples of what they read in books about physical education,” Scott said.
“I also mentioned about the Pierre de Coubertin awards and the importance of setting goals.”
Lyndsie Fogarty won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in kayaking and spoke about the scientific and technical side of sport where each athlete aimed to reach his or her full potential.
“My goal is London in 2012 but we have the world championships first,” Fogarty said.
The athletes spoke at Warwick State High School, Glennie Heights State School and Assumption College on Thursday after spending the morning in Toowoomba.