Mr. Garry had the novel idea to invite fathers and sons along to a breakfast, to hear Jamie Joseph speak on the eve of another must-win game for the Highlanders.
The breakfast was not restricted to fathers and sons. Granddad’s, Uncles, friends of a family all escorted a JMC student to the breakfast. The dining hall was full with 300 attendees.
Jamie Joseph did not disappoint with his address. He started by comparing the culture at the Highlanders with that found at JMC. Personal responsibility, care for others and a drive to be the very best you can be, were identified.
He also spoke of both success and failure and how he learned from his failures. The mind set among the team before their recent loss against the Red’s, the culture within the team when they finished last in the super rugby competition. Then of the feeling within team last year and how that drove them onto their ultimate goal of winning the Super Fifteen.
Jamie spoke about his move to Japan and what a hard decision it was to split their family up. The drive to coach at International level and continue to grow were the reason behind his decision, along with the pathway being somewhat blocked in New Zealand.
Mr Joseph was very candid about the must win game last week against the Chiefs and the game plan that was to be implemented in the equally important Crusaders match.
The speech was very enlightening and inspiring. Both adults and students enjoyed the breakfast, a worthwhile start to the morning. Thank you to Jamie Joseph who made time in his very hectic schedule to come along and speak to us.