Ex-student and AFL legend Sam Rowe back to St Paul's College recently, and was a hit with all who met him! Sam was a student here from 2000 to 2005 and is now an AFL player with St Kilda Football Club. During his visit, Sam spoke to the boys' Year 9 Rite Journey class about his life, career, experience with cancer and the support he had from his family and friends, and football club (which at the time was Carlton). Sam shared with the boys to always encourage and support each other through trials, and explained how important it is to open up to family and friends, and talk problems through. Since his cancer, Sam has become an ambassador for Movember.
Sam also led coaching sessions with the Year 9/10 PASS class, visited the Walla Walla Primary School, and held a classroom session with Year 11 Sport and Recreation students about coaching.
An entertaining Q&A session at lunchtime was held for students, which also saw some great old photos and memories appear from his years at St Paul's. He spoke of how he has learned that determination is key to overcoming adversity, and working hard for what you want to achieve in life.
We greatly appreciate Sam giving up his day off for the week to come to St Paul's, and hope he enjoyed his trip down memory lane!