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Inspiring greatness: the Dulwich College International schools host Olympians

Dulwich College Beijing welcomed Olympic gold medal winner Susie Rodgers to the College on Wednesday 30 November. Though missing two limbs from birth, Ms Rodgers claimed gold in the Rio Paralympics butterfly event. Ms Rodgers was invited to the Key Stage 3 assembly where students were enthralled by the video footage of Ms Rodgers, her life story and anecdotes. The students were visibly impressed by their guest and asked mature and insightful questions.

This visit comes after the College in Singapore had the pleasure of hosting British Olympic silver medalist Olivia Carnegie-Brown in October. Olivia won a silver medal in the women’s 8 rowing at the Rio games. Olivia spoke to students about the determination and perseverance required for an athlete to succeed and applied this to anyone with a dream or goal.

Earlier this year Dulwich College in Singapore also celebrated the Olympic success of their Head of Aquatics, Mick Massey. He returned from Rio victorious, having coached Pin Yip Xiu and Theresa Goh to two gold and one bronze medals in the Paralympics swimming backstroke and breaststroke events. The Singapore Paralympic swimming team trains at the College and have taught the students a very important lesson: no matter what obstacles face you, nothing is impossible.

We invite inspirational speakers to the College to prompt our students to consider their commitment and determination. We encourage perseverance and aim for our students to develop the resilience to continue in the face of challenges.