St Norbert students get inspiration visit from Olympian Peter Bol


Olympian Peter Bol with Helen Leahy and Samantha Mark.
Olympian Peter Bol with Helen Leahy and Samantha Mark.

EXCITED, emotional, inspiring: these were the words used by students to describe a visit from 2016 Olympian and former St Norbert College pupil Peter Bol.

Having represented Australia at the Rio Olympics in the 800m, it was the only occasion staff and students had to see him before he returned to training in Melbourne.

Also visiting the college was former staff member Helen Leahy, who was responsible for encouraging Bol to pursue his dream.

Bol spoke to the school assembly about the hard work and sacrifice required to achieve his Olympic dream.

“Being an Olympian is no easy task and there are no processes or procedures you can follow that guarantee selection,” he said. “I followed three steps that I believed would lead to my selection in the Australian team: having faith, a strong support team and enjoying the process.”

“I personally had faith that God would never let me dream a dream I couldn’t achieve.

The Sudanese-born runner said his favourite African proverb was ‘if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’.

“I truly believe I wouldn’t have achieved what I have without my family or my friend and biggest supporter, the late Brian Moore and (his daughter) Helen Leahy,” Bol said. “She saw my talents when I could not, and she and the St Norbert College community have encouraged me ever since.”

Bol’s athletic achievements as a student at St Norbert College were celebrated at the assembly. Bol took time to sign autographs, mix with students and encourage the St Norbert College ACC Athletics Team, who will compete next week.