I was in Phuket, Thailand, attending an IB course for geography teachers in November 2003. The course was great, challenging and collaborative, just as you would expect from the IB programme. My priority though was finding a television, one with the right satellite connection, this was our time!
The England rugby team had made it to the final of the Rugby World Cup and were playing their great rivals, Australia (the Wallabies) in the final, right smack-bang in the middle of our IB Geography course! Luckily, our facilitator was a fellow rugby enthusiast and we were able to motor through the agenda and finish in time to find a suitable venue and watch this momentous match. It was a tight game, and at 17 – 17 the match entered extra-time. The England scrum-half, Matt Dawson (number 9) made a darting break through the Wallabies tired defence giving England territorial advantage in the dying seconds. Matt picked himself up, re-positioned himself and spun the ball back to the England fly-half (number 10) Jonny Wilkinson… the rest is history! You can watch it here.
Matt Dawson is now a TV and radio presenter and pundit for the BBC in the UK. One of the shows that he features in is called ´A Question of Sport.´ To raise awareness and to support the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, Matt has been doing as many quizzes as he can, joining people from all over the world, online, to complete a quiz. We were very lucky and honoured that Matt was able to join us for our weekly staff professional development session last Thursday and complete part of our starter quiz. This was Matt´s 108th quiz so far since starting less than two weeks ago. It was a real pleasure to meet Matt and to have the opportunity to reminisce with him about the 2003 final. He was interested in every one of us and how we are successfully adapting our teaching and learning during these testing times. He also answered a number of questions asked by the teachers at the Meet. It was a real highlight of the school week and we would like to thank Matt again for his kindness and sincerity in joining us. #NHSHeroes #StayHomeSaveLives #DawsDoesQuizzes @matt9dawson