Saturday 24 March 2018

Golden moments

Principal of Ó Fiaich Colleg,e Padraig McGovern, with Katie Taylor during her visit to the college
Principal of Ó Fiaich Colleg,e Padraig McGovern, with Katie Taylor during her visit to the college

Ó Fiaich College has continued its unique relationship with Sky Sports and Katie Taylor.

As one of the ambassador schools for the 'Sky Sports Living for Sport' programme, the Olympic gold medalist made a surprise visit to the school on Wednesday evening to mark her first duty as Irish Ambassador.

Katie was not the only star of the show; double gold Paralympic champion Mark Rohan was also showcasing his skills, along with Irish Modern Pentathlon Olympian star Natalya Coyle.

British SSLFS mentor and former Commonwealth Boxing legend Dermot Gascoyne was also at the school to assist the new group of Irish mentors. The sports stars were completing their first official duty as SSLFS mentors and chose Ó Fiaich College as their starting point.

'As one of the pilot schools, and now an ambassador school, Ó Fiaich College was seen as the natural starting point. We have had such a fantastic working relationship here since the program's inception', stated Shaun Heathcote, SSLFS producer.

Katie, Mark, Natalya and Dermot worked with the Transition year class throughout the afternoon. The team highlighted that every student has ability to work and train towards their own personal goals. Katie spoke to the students and explained 'each of you is designed for greatness; it is up to you to find your strengths and work tirelessly towards bettering yourself in all areas of your life'.

This visit, combined with the exclusive promotional video shot in Ó Fiaich College for use around the countries secondary schools in May last, marks a remarkable few months for the school.

Brendan O'Malley, PE teacher in Ó Fiaich College and SSLFS schools liaison, explained the significance this visit will have on the Ó Fiaich students - 'This will live long in every student's memory and will act to inspire these students towards personal fulfilment. Seeing Katie Taylor walk in unannounced, and the students' reactions, highlight how influential she actually is to young people. I'm hoping this visit will now push each student to work harder in school to achieve their personal goals. Ó Fiaich College has a great working relationship with Sky Sports Living for Sports, and one which we aim to maintain in the future years'.

Padraig McGovern Principal and Karen Patton, Deputy Principal of Ó Fiaich College, welcomed the visitors to Ó Fiaich College. They added that both shared the pride and excitement of students and teachers alike in having such famous and successful people working with the Ó Fiaich College Community.

'Katie, Natalya and Mark are positive and influential role models for our students. They generate such excitement and admiration among students and teachers and communicate a very powerful educational message to our school community', commented Mr McGovern.

The Argus