On Thursday the students had the privilege of having Ria Thompson come and speak to our
school students from Year 1 to 6. We thank Mrs Steel for organising Ria, who is a Tokyo
Olympic Bronze medalist rower. Ria's messages included the importance of making
mistakes and learning from them, surrounding yourself with people who believe in you,
finding something that you are passionate about and most importantly believing in yourself.
At our school we look at the Tool Shed and the characteristics of RESILIENCE,
PERSISTENCE and REFLECTION. Ria talked about falling out of the boat as she began
learning to row. She spoke about being told she was too small, breaking ribs and the
challenge of studying and training. Ria also spoke about having the CONFIDENCE to
believe in herself and her ability. The students learnt a lot about rowing and how hard it is
physically as a sport and enjoyed a thirty second squat challenge and some activities. It
was very much our privilege to have Ria speak to both the students and staff who were all
inspired from her story. Ria is a superstar person and athlete and we thank her for coming
to St Mary of the Cross to inspire all of us to find our passion.