A life lived with enthusiasm

STUDENTS at Fahan School were treated to a lecture from successful international field hockey umpire Peri Buckley discussing the empowerment of women in sport and business.

Ms Buckley, a Fahan alumni, delivered the 2019 Travers Morphett Lecture with her address titled ‘Blowing the whistle on the fear of failure’, drawing on her experiences in sport to talk about the importance of embracing failure and how you can learn from these experiences.

Ms Buckley’s achievements have included a successful career in hockey as both a player and umpire.

She has umpired 163 international games, including three Olympic Games, three World Cups, two Junior World Cups, a Commonwealth Games and three Champions Trophies – a record for an Australian.

Celebrating the achievements of past students, Fahan School principal Penny Curran-Peters said Ms Buckley’s Travers Morphett address was inspiring to all that listened.

“It gave Fahan girls the opportunity to hear about a life lived with enthusiasm, energy and a never-ending quest for personal and professional excellence,” she said.

“It also allowed our girls to envision a path forward for themselves in their chosen area of interest or expertise, safe in the knowledge that some incredible women have gone before them to create these pathways for them.

“Her authentic manner and willingness to share the weakest moments in her career gave us all permission to acknowledge and embrace the power that is inherent in failure as a motivator for improvement and learning.”

Year 12 deputy head girls Emma Ward and Sophie Young said the lecture was an eye-opening experience.

“We learnt about overcoming failure and that disappointments we may have throughout our lives are not failures – they are just part of the learning process and a means of adjusting our minds to being better,” they said.

“As we both play sport, it was interesting to hear Peri speak about how successful athletes learn to embrace competition by accepting they can only manage factors that are within their control.”

Emma and Sophie said they were going to incorporate Ms Buckley’s words into their everyday life.

“Hearing Peri talk about the set-backs she overcame and how she didn’t succumb to the pressure and kept doing what she loved was really motivating,” they said.

“She was so committed to pursuing her dream and she explained how important it was to seize opportunities when they come up.”

Caption: From left, year 12 deputy head girl Emma Ward, Peri Buckley, Fahan School principal Penny Curran-Peters and year 12 deputy head girl Sophie Young.

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