Schmidt gives golden advice to local students
TWO Donabate Community College students have written about the recent visit of Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt to the school.
The two budding writers are Liam Shortall and Leah Nolan whose words follow and they thank Graeme Gilchrist and Tom Callendar for their help.
Donabate Community College were thrilled to welcome Irish Rugby’s Joe Schmidt to the school, recently. He met with members of the Junior and Senior Rugby teams in school and spoke to them about the importance of playing team sports.
Joe Schmidt had some words of wisdom for his rapt audience. He stressed how important it is to work hard to achieve your goals and dreams, and how important it is to practice your craft as much as possible to get to where you want.
He referred to Aristotle and discussed how we are what we repeatedly do and that excellence was a habit, not an act. Schmidt put an emphasis on how small moments are a lot more important than they may seem and that it is vital to put as much effort as you can to make the most of these small moments.
Small acts of kindness can have a hugely positive impact on other peoples’ days and Schmidt told a story about how he encourages his players to exercise kindness for others even at the height of the Six Nations. The New Zealand-born rugby coach also said that a person’s values and their behaviour is more important than the setting of goals.
He described how they try not to look at the end result for the team, but instead to build towards it and celebrate the success along the way.
Students got an opportunity to ask questions and take some team photographs which will hang proudly on the walls of the school alongside the rugby balls Joe was kind enough to sign.
Huge thanks goes from the students and the school to Paul Tighe from Costco for his assistance in arranging the visit of Joe Schmidt.
Joe Schmidt addresses students with Paul Tighe of Costco (left) and DCC principal, Anthony Creevey (right).