Recently I had the pleasure of opening an event hosted by the Metropolitan East School Sport Board, aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of regular interschool sport for students, teachers and parents. I was joined onstage by Duncan Free, Olympian, who talked us through his journey to Olympic gold. Other guest speakers included the King, Wally Lewis and his wife Jackie, who spoke about their involvement as parents in the school sport program, Richard Barker, The CEO of the Qld Reds who spoke as a business leader and Andrew Peach, Executive Principal from Marsden SHS who gave a school principal perspective.
Attended by 170 principals and sport coordinators, this was a valuable conversation with a very strong message. Beyond the benefits of physical exercise, interschool sport plays a great part in building partnerships between schools and helping students to develop some very important life skills.