The JGC Goatcher Auditorium has played host to some very memorable evenings, but the first of The Headmaster’s Daring Lecture Series was something special.
The guest was Australian of the Year, Dr Craig Challen, who spoke to Mr Barron about his heroic efforts as part of an international rescue mission to save 12 boys from flooded caves in Thailand.
As the proud holder of the Star of Courage and The Order of Australia for unwavering and selfless bravery, there are few people who embody the spirit of ‘daring’ better.
Dr Challen spoke about how the situation seemed dire when he and the other divers assessed the situation in Thailand. They came up with a plan to sedate the boys and drag them, unconscious, through the water knowing that the chances of any of the boys surviving that ordeal were near zero, but also knowing that there were absolutely no other options.
The world watched on, captivated, as – one by one – each of the boys and their coach emerged alive.
It was an honour to have Dr Challen tell us his story and we look forward to Mr Barron’s next Daring Lecture guest!