Expert sailor inspires students

TALK Alex Alley with student Nicholas Tennet
TALK Alex Alley with student Nicholas Tennet
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YOUNGSTERS have been inspired to make their dreams a reality after being given a talk by a round-the-world sailor.

Year 11 students from The Henry Cort Community College in Fareham were given a talk by Alex Alley, who was watch leader for Team Stelmar during the 2005 Global Challenge race.

Mr Alley is a professional sailor and trainer and also works as an inspirational speaker.

After telling them about his experiences from the 35,000-mile challenge, he told the pupils to consider what makes them happy and to imagine their dream jobs.

Once they visualised this, they were asked to set themselves personal goals.

Their pledges were written down on flags of bunting which will be reviewed by Mr Alley when he returns in May for a follow-up session.

Student Nicholas Tennet, 15, said his pledge was to achieve a C grade in his three most important subjects. He said: ‘Listening to Alex Alley was brilliant.

‘The session has been very inspiring and the speaker was fantastic.’

Headteacher Phil Munday, said: ‘Alex Alley delivered a stimulating and motivating session.

‘He highlighted the importance of being fully committed to achieving your goal, giving up is not an option.

‘Our mission statement sets out the vision for our school, to develop assured, capable and enterprising people able to maximise their potential, ready to play an active role in society.’