Published on: 17 September 2020

The boys in the Peter Moyes Centre received a visit from an inspirational figure last week in the form of Nicholas Ryan.

Mr Ryan, who grew up in South Africa with Cerebral Palsy and was told at a young age that he would never walk or talk – has since gone on to run many marathons and ultra-marathons all over the world. He spoke to the boys about not letting adversity get in the way of trying new things and encouraged the boys to take safe risks, advising them that without doing so they might never discover their potential.

Mr Ryan’s visit coincided with R U OK? Day and he spoke openly about his struggles with bullying, as well as anxiety and depression as a young adult. He also highlighted the importance of  having someone they can talk to and encouraged them to open up to their parents and other trusted adults if they need help.

Coordinator of the Peter Moyes Centre Mrs Amy Porter commented on the significance of these events “It is important for these events to take place as they allow the students within the PMC to see others who have had similar life experiences excel and succeeded in life after school. Hearing from people like Nick lets them see that so much is possible.”