Their role at school cel­e­brated

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - EBONY STANSFIELD Ebony.Stansfield@dai­lyex­am­

TAL­ENTED crick­eter and mu­si­cian Grace McDon­ald left a last­ing im­pact on young lead­ers at a morn­ing tea held on Mon­day.

She was there to help ac­knowl­edge the vi­tal role school lead­ers play in the Clarence Val­ley.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Page Kevin Ho­gan, who hosted the morn­ing tea, said stu­dents played an im­por­tant role in the life of their school com­mu­nity, and said it was im­por­tant to recog­nise and thank them.

“This is about you, to ac­knowl­edge you and thank you,” he said to the stu­dents.

Grace McDon­ald was cho­sen as guest speaker for her in­volve­ment with the Clarence com­mu­nity.

“Grace has been play­ing cricket since the age of 10 and has rep­re­sented our re­gion on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing play­ing for NSW at the Na­tional Coun­try Cham­pi­onships hosted by Cricket Aus­tralia,” Mr Ho­gan said.

“Grace also re­cently re­ceived a NSW Gov­ern­ment schol­ar­ship for $10,000 and is a now a step closer to pur­su­ing her goal of pro­duc­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic.”

Grace shared her story with the school lead­ers fo­cus­ing on how cer­tain mo­ments helped her grow as a per­son.

One of her main points was the chal­lenge of not com­par­ing her­self to oth­ers, in­clud­ing her twin sis­ter.

She said peo­ple al­ways com­pared one with the other, so she also started to com­pare her­self to oth­ers while play­ing cricket.

“It’s easy to look at other peo­ple want­ing what they have,” she said. “It was toxic; I never thought I was good enough ... this neg­a­tive at­ti­tude af­fected my re­sults.”

When she was 17, Grace started fo­cus­ing on the play­ers around her and not her­self.

Af­ter that it was the most suc­cess­ful sea­son she ever had.

“As soon as I stopped com­par­ing my­self to oth­ers I had fun,” she said. Over­com­ing that fear of not be­ing good enough ... I learnt to love and ac­cept the abil­i­ties I have.

“As long as you love what you do, you can’t go wrong.”

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

MEET­ING: Kevin Ho­gan chats with spe­cial guest Grace McDon­ald at a morn­ing tea held for 120 Grafton school lead­ers.

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