In less than 50 days, athletes and officials from around the world will descend on Tokyo to participate in one of the most anticipated Olympic Games yet. At least, that’s the plan at this stage. Delayed for the first time since World War II, we have to admire the resilience displayed by these athletes, who have been faced with incredible challenge in their preparations. From managing disrupted competition schedules, through responding to ever-evolving health and safety regulations, to embracing new and innovated ways of working, these athletes exude both physical and mental resilience.
Consider the resolve required to commit to such intensity of training for an additional year, which, at Olympic level, really does influence and impact on all areas of life. Postponing athletic retirement, recalibrating and then sustaining peak performance for an additional 365 days, and working hard to adjust to decisions that are beyond theirs to control – such as the recent decision to ban spectators - are tangible examples of resolve. Considering the challenges, it’s easy to understand why some athletes may have chosen not to compete, however, it’s those with the greatest resolve we find often ourselves admiring the most.
There’s a lot for us to respect as we recognise the commitment, dedication and perseverance demonstrated by our Olympic athletes. In addition to marvelling at feats of spectacular athleticism, it’s evident that their respect for their competition, their training, and most importantly themselves, is something to which we should all aspire, whatever our field or passion.
So as we approach assessment and the academic rush towards end of term, I challenge us all to reflect on our own resilience, resolve and respect. How can we use these life lessons from the world’s best to bring our own best selves to the School?
Ms Ellena Papas
Executive Director (Operations)