Dare To Believe
Dare to Believe brings the Olympics to the classroom and inspires students to Dare to Believe in themselves. We have had the opportunity to speak with Irish Olympians Philip Doyle, Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe and most recently, Danielle Hill.
Before speaking with the Olympians, we work on the Olympic Values core curriculum programme and learn about the work of an Olympian, the history of the Olympics and brainstorm what we would like to ask the Olympians. Each Olympian has motivated and inspired our students through their stories and their belief that any student can make it to the Olympics if they put their minds to it!
On October 17th 2022, 4th and 5th class welcomed Olympian Phillip Doyle virtually into their classrooms. Phillip Doyle is an Irish rower who won silver alongside Ronan Byrne at the World Rowing Cup in 2021. Phillip currently rows with Belfast Rowing Club. 5th class learned about Phillip’s life before attending the Zoom call and brainstormed questions they would like to ask him if they ever met him. They enjoyed having a chance to ask Phillip their questions and to learn even more about his career as a rower.
Aifric Keogh and Eimear Lambe
On November 16th 2022, Eira’s Second Class virtually welcomed Olympians Aifric Keogh and Eimear Lambe into their classroom. They got to learn about what it takes to make it to the Olympics and how much work goes into being a rower. Aifric and Eimear won bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The two girls answered questions about rowing, teamwork, mindset, training, representing Ireland and about the Olympics. Second Class were reminded that you can achieve anything you put your mind to!
Eira’s Second Class were visited by Danielle Hill in March 2023. Danielle Hill is an Irish swimmer from Northern Ireland. She competed in the women’s 100 metre backstroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics. She has set Irish swimming records and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Danielle spoke of her training routine and of her struggles with coaches and making friends, but encouraged each child to follow their dreams and to work hard for what they want.