Inspirational Speaker – Gary O’Driscoll
On Friday 9th June, we welcomed Gary O’Driscoll, the uncle of Paddy (6B) and Sophie (4Y), together with their grandparents to junior assembly. Gary has been Head of the Medical Dept at Arsenal FC for the past 8 years, having worked with both much less famous football teams and the Irish rugby team. Gary’s key messages of self-belief, hard work, working as a team with others and learning basic life-saving skills had all played a major role in his own success – Gary tried to convince us that he had been lucky but we could see that he’d made his own luck! Gary had not known what he wanted to do until he decided to combine his twin passions for sport and medicine. His favourite part of the job is ‘Match Day’ when he feels both excited and nervous, excited for Arsenal to win but nervous about potential injuries. Gary stressed the importance of teamwork, taking risks and learning from mistakes. The children (and staff) were rapt and were treated to a brilliant powerpoint with photos of famous footballers and video clips. The session concluded with some fabulous questions, as usual, coming from the children. ‘Who inspired you?’ Answer: ‘My father and grandfather because of their hard work, their role in saving the lives of others and their ambition.’ After singing Paddy and Sophie’s granny a rousing ‘Happy Birthday’, we returned to class both inspired and uplifted and ready to take Gary’s advice to achieve our dreams. We owe Gary an enormous thank you for taking time out of his busy schedule to be one of our wonderful Inspirational Speakers.