I trust this email finds all at Lawson Brown high school in good health and happy spirits.
I was a student at your school 1995-1999. I was very blessed to have completed my high school years at Lawson Brown.
I am writing to you as I feel that we should always acknowledge those who have helped us along this journey of life.
A week ago I completed the toughest ultra marathon in the UAE called the Urban Ultra Hajar. Athletes from all over the world arrived to take part in what can only be described as a brutal race in the beautiful desert mountains of Ras Al Khaimah.
I don’t know how I managed to finish the 52km of razor sharp rocks and 3300m+ elevation into the Jebel Yibir mountains with scorching high 30+ temperatures but I did and whilst running out of water for 90+ minutes, getting lost as I became disorientated and lost focus of the markers I was able to find a Bedouin camp in the mountains and they gave me water and some shade to rest and recover.
Well, while laying there, for who knows what reason Mr Rudman came to mind, I thought of the very first day in his class when I hurt my hand and he told me to close my eyes take a deep breathe and trust him... I did. Then he sorted it and said now let’s move on and continued with the class.
I don’t know why I thought of that in that moment. This led my thoughts to Mr Joubert who was my athletics coach who always just pushed me to run faster and further and Mr Nel who tried to teach me tennis but no matter how I bad I was, he would with the most calming smile stand there and say try again. Mrs Booysen always pushing me week after week on the field.
Then as if he was saying it to me right there Mr Bonzaaier in that stern voice on the one occasion that I was late for a class walking in the corridor asked me ‘what are you doing here?’ I said I’m on my way to class sir and he asked me ‘well what are you waiting for?’ and in the direction I was walking.
Maybe I was so dehydrated and disoriented that I saw these people in my imagination and I got up and started my way back to find the trail which I did and I completed a brutal race in 10h43.
I have run 7 days self supported races of 258km in the desert, numerous comrades and other ultra marathons but none as tough as this last one.
Per adua ad astra this has been something I’ve lived by my whole life. Through hard work you’ll reach the stars. This really has been a driving factor in my life and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am in life had I not met those many incredible teachers guiding me through my years. Yes there were many teachers who contributed to my schooling life and after.
Lawson Brown installed a never give up attitude in me, I have never not finished something I’ve started and I’ve worked hard with strong morals and values taught to me at Lawson Brown.
Thank you for helping shape my future, for giving me the tools to make it in life and chase my success. For teaching me to believe in myself and follow my dreams. I have never steered away from that So, this is a Thank You to you Lawson Brown and every teacher that has taught and still continues to teach there.
You are hero’s in every way you could possibly imagine.
To those no longer with us, may they Rest In Peace, I am forever grateful.