Former Captain of the Australian Wallabies delivers inspirational speech at inaugural Alumni Dinner

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Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 22-10-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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“Love what you do, not what you did” was the message delivered by John Eales, former Captain of the Australian Wallabies Rugby Team and now Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus, in a speech delivered at the University’s inaugural alumni dinner.

Mr Eales shared his experiences as a sportsman with alumni and staff of the University. He particularly encouraged the alumni to “follow their hearts and not rest on their laurels”.

“Find mentors; surround yourself with people who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear – and I know at times this can be challenging,” he said.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond responded in her address by encouraging students and alumni to strive for humility, self awareness and authenticity, and to take up the challenge of developing talents and gifts for the service of all.

“I thank John for sharing his experiences with our inaugural alumni cohort. This night is a celebration of the pioneering spirit of our first graduates.

Professor Hammond also expressed that while the majority may not get the opportunity to lead the Wallabies, or the like, they can learn from John the main elements of striving for great heights and making the most of their talents as he has done.”

Manager of Alumni on the Sydney Campus, Ms Trish Egan, said the dinner was a great way for students who have graduated to reconnect with each other.

“Tonight is an important opportunity for our alumni to reunite and to reflect on their time at Notre Dame.”

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