Leadership advice from an Olympian and doctor to Kalamunda students.

Melissa Hoskins, Megan Ansell and Dr John Bockxmeer inspired Year 6 students to reach for the sky in life.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d443375
Melissa Hoskins, Megan Ansell and Dr John Bockxmeer inspired Year 6 students to reach for the sky in life.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443375

YOUNG leaders of tomorrow drew inspiration from leaders of today at an event hosted by Gooseberry Hill Primary School student counsellors.

Kalamunda-born Olympian Melissa Hoskins presented alongside Megan Ansell former student and humanitarian, and WA Young Australian of the Year (2014) John van Bockxmeer.

The dynamic trio shared stories of their journey to adulthood and participated in a panel discussion.

Principal Fiona Collopy said the Year 6 leadership breakfast celebrated achievement through focus and self-belief.

“I hope the guest speakers’ messages of resilience and courage inspire our young people to step up and strive to be the best they can be,” the principal said.

Hoskins began cycling at 15 after a talent scout saw her potential.

Less than three years later, she represented Australia in the 2012 London Olympics.

Dr Bockxmeer spoke of his desire to improve the health of young Aborigines in the Kimberley.

He said his epiphany came after seeing indigenous children kicking a tin can around a dusty oval.

He drove more than 3,500kms to collect and recycle sports equipment to deliver fitness and wellbeing to families in need.

Since then, his charity Fair Game has donated more than 8000 items of recycled equipment to migrant and indigenous communities.

He co-ordinates a Fair Gamers volunteer mentoring program to help develop the charity’s ability to reach communities.

Former student Megan Ansell talked to students, parents and staff about the importance of self-empowerment. The event closed with musical performances by Kalamunda and Lesmurdie Senior High School students at Kalamunda Church of Christ.

What Year 6 students said about leadership after the event:-

Rohie McCallion:

“Today I learnt to be a successful leader you need to persevere because anything is possible; to be successful there are usually more lowlights than highlights; don’t judge a book by its cover; things can be different than what they seem and if you try something out and you don’t like it, it is okay to try something new.”

Blake Lymon:

“Never look back. Determination, willpower, perseverance, dare to dream, set high goals, never say never, always stick to your dreams. You need to show that you can be trustworthy and take everything one at a time. Nothing is impossible.”

Lilly Farrant:

“To be a good leader, you need to have perseverance, you need to be reliable, respectful, responsible and you also need to have nice manners. Also, when you are asked to do a job, you need to do it quickly and get it done. Another good thing to have in mind also, is to interact with people younger and older.”