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Doing Nicely: John Nice talks about where he finds inspiration

21:43 16 July 2014

John Nice, Otley College

John Nice, Otley College

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The best thing about the World Cup is watching other teams play before the team that you are supporting gets to have a go.

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The pressure is off, you are still in the tournament, hope and expectation is in the air and everything is hunky dory.

In the case of England, it’s only a matter of time before the wheels come off and expectation becomes reality and reality means players stepping on a plane and leaving the tournament feeling neither hunky nor dory.

When sporting exits occur like this on such a grand scale, it’s good to look at other ‘best’ things in life to ease the pain - thus carrying on with hope in your heart.

Therefore one of the best things about my life is getting to meet students who have achieved great things.

Like last week for example, I met up with the Paralympic gold medal winning Jessica Jane Applegate.

She is not quite 18 but already has accrued a staggering list of achievements for one so young.

Aside from the gold medal, she received an MBE, has won World and European titles and is hoping to go to Rio in 2016 to compete in the Paralympics.

I remember reading an interview about the greatest Olympian in history – Michael Phelps – and when asked what it takes to be a winner he said something along the lines of: “Train twice a day, every day, for eleven years.”

Jessica-Jane has a similar programme and has to get up at 4.30am every day to ensure she is in the best physical shape to win titles on a global stage.

Yet amidst this, we are proud that she decided to come to Easton and Otley College to study on a dog grooming course last year.

She has gone from front crawl to doggie paddle so to speak in a bid to open a dog grooming parlour when her swimming career is completed.

Jess is one of many students who come to us to get the skills they need to find employment in an industry in which they have a passion.

That is one of the best things about the college, as we offer the alternative educational trajectory to GCSEs and A-levels through the hands on courses that we teach.

Good luck to all individuals and the relatives and guardians of those expecting exam results next month.

Whatever happens next, make sure that the next decision is the ‘best’ decision for your future hopes and dreams.

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