John McLean: An Extraordinary Story

John McLean speaking to our senior students.
John McLean speaking to our senior students.

The Senior School had the privilege of hearing from the inspiring John MacLean, a former Australian Rugby player, who was paralyzed in 1988 after being struck by a truck will he was cycling. He had the courage and resilience to persevere, becoming a paralympian, and ultimately regaining the ability to stand and walk.

John McLean with Head of School, Chantal Gionet, and Director of the Senior School, Sam Johnston.
John McLean with Head of School, Chantal Gionet, and Director of the Senior School, Sam Johnston.

His message to our staff and student body was one of hope, self-belief, and that each individual is capable of great things. If you don’t give up on yourself, stay positive, and focus on moving forward, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. His most important message was to let go of past mistakes, to forgive yourself and learn from the experience instead of dwelling on it (an especially important message for girls).

John, who is the first wheelchair athlete to complete the Hawaiian Ironman, will be taking part in an Ironman triathlon October 25-26. He will swim, bike and walk to the finish line. We look forward to cheering him on.

Thank you to Lana and Doug Pulver who organized getting John to our school, and to sponsors Vivian Zalkow and David Gomberoff.

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