World Marathon Runner motivates SOAS students

First Kenyan to set a world marathon record, best three time world half marathon champion, two time world record holder in the marathon, Kenyan Tegla Loroupe surprised Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudien Collage students with an appearance.

An invitation by one of the teachers an, avid runner, Jennifer Tan, Tegla Loroupe consented to visit the collage to give a motivational talk to 250 year 8 students.

During her talk she said that she had ran bare feet in the scorching African heat for 10 kilometers just to attend school. Running was a necessity as to get an education, her only transport were her legs.

She said that it was lucky for students to be sent to school by their parents, and that they should not take their education in vain, nor should they take what has been given to them for granted.

“Life was not easy for me” said the world champion runner, who also has a degree in accounting. She said that by running she was able to get an eduation, through her passion as a runner in later years, she was able to accomplish a lot of things as well as travel the world competing in marathons.

The United Nations Athlet Peace ambassador, said that she had been lucky to be choosen by the United Nations to spread world peace through sports.  During her talk, she had also shared her experience of being a marathon runner, and was lucky enough to travel the world.

Loroupe also challenged SOAS students to strive in sports, no matter what they may be, and in the future to represent their country, and be the best at what they do. She had also reminded them not to forget their studies.

“As futures of this country you should not ignore your studies.  In fact you are in the oldest English School in the country, and you should be proud of your school, where as I understand it, your nation’s leaders studied here. This school produces leaders, and as students of this school, you have the reputation of being leaders, so be leaders and lead by example,” urged Loroupe.

Even though the talk was a short one, she was bombarded with questions about her achievements by the students. Loroupe had also took the opportunity to tour the school and as a gesture to commemorate her visit, she had also planted a tree, in the school’s compound.

Malay Version

BANDAR SERI BEGWAN Isnin 24 Mei – Saya berlari tanpa kasut semata-mata untuk ke sekolah, kata Tegla Loroupe dari Kenya, yang telah berulang kali memenangi Marathon dunia semasa memotivasikan penunutut Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien.

Katanya beliau berlari sejauh 10 kilometer hari-hari untuk kesekolah demi untuk mendapatkan pendidikan. Umurnya adalah 7 tahun bila beliau memulakan pendidikannya.

Katanya beliau datang dari keluarga yang susah, dan tidak ada kemudahan seperti kereta untuk menghantarnya kesekolah, beliau hanya mengharapkan kakinya sahaja. Itulah mulanya beliau berlari, dan disitulah mulanya sejarah juara marathon dunia.

250 penutut tahun 8 Maktab SOAS kagum dengan kegigihan dan dedikasi Loroupe yang mana beliau telah berjaya mengatasi halangan dan cabaran tersebut, dan pada hari ini beliau bukan sahaja juara marathon dunia, malah beliau juga telah berjaya mendapatkan sijil sarjana muda dalam akoun.

Beliau mengatakan bahawa beliau telah dijemput oleh guru Maktab SOAS untuk member ceramah motivasi kepada penuntut Maktab SOAS, yang mana pengalamannya sebagai salah satu pelari marathon yang cemerlang akan dapat memberi kesedaran kepada penuntut-penuntut supaya akan lebih gigih dalam pendidikan mereka.

Loroupe mengatakan bahawa belia sangat berbangga akan peluangnya yang dapat menjejak kaki ke sekolah English yang pertama, dan tertua di Negara Brunei Darussalam. Beliau memahami bahawa Sultan Dan Yang Di Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, juga pernah bersekolah di Maktab ini.

“Penuntut-penuntutu di Maktab ini haruslah berbangga kerana ketua Negara pernah berlajar di Maktab ini. Malah, pemimpin-pemimpin negara juga telah dilahirkan dari sekolah ini. Maka penutut-penutut di Maktab ini haruslah meningkatkan lagi usaha mereka dalam pendidikan, kerana kamulah pemimpin Negara yang akan datang,” katanya.

Penutut-penuntut di negara ini haruslah bersyukur kerana adanya kemudahan-kemudahan yang telah disediakan. Mereka sepatutnya tidak mengabaikan dan menyingkirkan pendidikan dan usaha-usaha guru-guru, ibu bapa dan kerajaan bagi mereka. Ini lah peluang mereka keemasan bagi meningkatkan lagi taraf mereka sendiri dan juga taraf sekolah dan negara mereka.

Loroupe juga telah meningatkan penutut-penuntut supaya tekun akan pelajaran dan sukan, dan jangan sekali sekali mengabaikan pendidikan mereka, dengan alasan sukan lebih penting, kerana kedua-duanya adalah penting.

Loroupe juga telah berpeluang melawat Maktab SOAS, khususnya berkujung melihat bilik darjah Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan dan Yang Di Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Sebagai salah satu tanda  ingatan lawatan Loroupe ke Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, beliau juga berkesempatan untuk menanam pokok di arena Maktab tersebut.

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