On Friday 1 December, Wisbech Grammar School was delighted to welcome Alastair Hignell CBE to speak to the school community.
Educated at Cambridge University, Alastair is a former England international in both rugby union and cricket. Following his sporting career, he moved into broadcasting and journalism full-time before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999.
Alastair gave a talk that revolved around 'Controlling the Controllable'. He drew from experiences from his own life, including being diagnosed with MS, as well as memories of those that he had met and worked with over time, in order to give the pupils advice on being the best that they could be. Sound-bites from those people, such as Honour Your Talent, Don't Die Wondering and There's No Such Thing as Can't all provided a platform from which he could deliver his inspiring messages during the hour-long lecture.
On the talk, Senior Deputy Head Tim McConnell-Wood said:
It was fabulous to have someone as inspirational as Alistair Hignall visiting Wisbech Grammar School. As a former International sportsman dealing with debilitating illness, he has the ability to connect with the pupils and his message was truly powerful.