Persistence and the Olympian
We teach lots of different Habits of Mind, Body and Action here at KCS, but there are a few habits that seem to come up more frequently than others. One of the most commonly cited habit is “Persist,” a habit that encourages students to stay focused and committed, even in the face of hardship and failure.
So when Laura Stacey, a member of the Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, came to visit one of our Assemblies, we were well prepared for her message of persistence and determination.
She was introduced in Assembly by one of our own elite hockey-playing grade six students who met Laura when she was volunteering at a hockey camp. Laura spoke to the students about the challenges she faced on the road to the 2018 Winter Olympics. It all started right from the age of four, when she had to convince her parents to switch her out of figure skating and into hockey. They didn’t want to at first, but her dogged resolve soon paid off, and a lifelong love of hockey was born.
Over the years, Laura experienced plenty of setbacks. She endured many injuries, including one particularly bad game where she broke both her wrists at the same time! She also talked about dealing with the disappointment of getting cut from the National Women’s Team for four straight years in a row.
But she never let those setbacks get her down. She stayed true to her dream and kept working at it. Which is exactly why she ended up finally making it to PyeongChang in 2018, where she and her team won a silver medal.
Dream big. Work hard to achieve your dream. And most importantly, never stop persisting. Pretty good advice from an inspirational young woman.