On Wednesday 6 February RGS pupils were very fortunate to have a visit from England Rugby Sevens player Heather Fisher.
Heather gave a talk to the pupils which was refreshing, honest and she came across as an open and warm person who really engaged with her audience. She spoke candidly about her early life experiences and how she overcame some difficult personal circumstances, her parents’ divorce and teenage anorexia, and how she found that pursuing the only thing she ever wanted to be, an athlete, has driven her in everything she does.
She had some important messages to give to the pupils, for example, life doesn’t always go to plan. She had set out as a teenager with a clear plan for her life, but life had other ideas. She emphasised that attitude and self-belief are important strengths to develop to enable a person to take the things that life throws at them and make the most of every opportunity, even if sometimes what we are experiencing doesn’t feel like an opportunity. It is all a matter of how we perceive it and our mental attitude towards it.
Following the talk, Heather led a coaching session for the 1st VII Rugby squad focussing on defensive shape and understanding. It was very well received and will stand the players in good stead for the upcoming tournaments.
Head of Rugby, Mr S McGarry-Cross said: “It’s fantastic that the School has the contacts and gravitas to attract the likes of Heather Fisher along. She is undoubtedly one of the best athletes that England Rugby have produced and we were extremely fortunate to be able to tap into her knowledge and understanding of the Sevens game”.
Every pupil could not help but be inspired by the visit and went home with the mantra ‘you have magic in you’. Heather said of her visit: “Having the opportunity to come and speak to the Athlete Development students at RGS Worcester and to lead a Rugby Sevens session was a real honour. When Miss Walton approached me, I was really excited to share my sporting journey. I was really impressed by the level of Sporting Excellence support provided to the students at RGS Worcester and I wish them every success in their sporting careers”.
Thank you to Heather Fisher for her time and to Miss S Walton, Head of Hockey Coaching and the ADP for arranging the visit.