On Friday 12 October, we continued to feed our Olympic thirst by hosting ‘Inspire me: Olympics – Going for Gold’ event. Speakers included three Olympic-related alumnae and a Paralympic torchbearer. The audience was guided to seats by an official Gamesmaker – Debbie Forster; and an Essex Ambassador based at Stansted Airport – Sue Clark, both of whom work at the Stephen Perse Foundation.
Serena Gosling left the school in 1995. She talked about her role working at LOCOG for the past 4 years as part of the commercial team raising funds to stage the event, with a particular focus on the merchandise.
Sally Brown left the school in 1996. She spoke of her work as a physiotherapist working for the English Institute of Sport with the Olympic Men’s Great British rowing team, and the increasing influence of science in sport.
Rachel Furley was a Torchbearer for the Paralympic Torch Relay. She has a career in paediatrics and, as a wheelchair user, has an insight into disability and the issues affecting disabled children. She spoke of the legacy of the Paralympics and the positive effect this has on disable people. (The dog's name is Sam and he instantly charmed everyone!)
Dr Stephanie Cook MBE left the school in 1990, and spoke of her sporting journey from rowing at school, through sport at University whilst training to be a GP. Steph spoke of how she won gold in the inaugural women’s modern pentathlon at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was awarded MBE in 2001 for services to sport. Steph was also a member of the 2012 LOCOG athletes’ committee charged with looking after the interests of all competitors, and continues to work as a GP.