'Sport in its truest form, does not involve trophies, victories and titles. It flows deeper than that. It brings a group of people together to share in an experience that cannot be replicated.' ~Anna Geary guest speaker at the annual sports awards in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, last night
Cork Camóige player Anna Geary gave an inspiring talk to hundreds of students and parents in Coláiste/Gaelcholáiste Choilm. Her words are worth sharing with you today: "The skills I learned while playing sport at school have stood to me throughout my life, not just in my sporting career but in my personal life too. If I was to highlight two skills that sport has taught me - they would be team work and perseverance. No matter what, both of these skills will stand the test of time. To be able to work as a unit with others towards a common goal, is a skill that can never be underestimated as you move forward in school, college, work and life in general. Learning when to lead and when to be a team player is vital in my opinion. Equally perseverance is a key ingredient for success. We will all face challenges and not just in sport. Learning to overcome these challenges will make you stronger and will help mould you into the person you are capable of becoming. Things don't always go to plan and that's ok. Sport will teach you to pick yourself up, dust yourself down and try again. You are all very talented so don't be afraid to express yourselves. Develop an attitude for excellence now and set the standards. Remember impossible is not a fact, it is only an opinion, so even if the odds are stacked against you, go out there and strive to be the best!"