Case study

Former Matildas Star Booked For School Retreat

Mercy Regional College sought out Pickstar to find an empowering sports speaker for their Year 10 girls retreat to talk about overcoming obstacles to achieve goals.

The Brief

Guest Speaker for Year 10 Retreat at the Araluen Lutheran Camp.

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Mercy Regional College was looking for a female sports speaker to talk about overcoming obstacles to achieve goals. Armed with their network of over 900 athletes, the college shortlisted a variety of talent options who would be suitable options for the event.

After assessing the responses from interested talent, the college decided that Melissa Barbieri was the perfect role model and speaker for their students. Melissa was notified of the opportunity and was more than happy to attend the event.

Throughout her career, Melissa was written off because of her size. Despite her critics, she went on to earn 86 caps for the Matildas which included captaining the side in their winning Asian Cup campaign in 2010. Melissa showed that with hard work and determination, it’s possible to defy expectations and to achieve outstanding results in your given field.

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Melissa spoke to the girls about the roadblocks she faced on her journey throughout her career. The speech highlighted how self-belief, resilience and a bit of perspective are the cornerstones of triumphing over adversity and achieving your goals. The students were captivated by Melissa’s empowering speech which was delivered in a personable tone that resonated with the young audience. As the event closed, Melissa took questions and posed in photos with the excited students.

"A huge, big thank you for helping us book Melissa. She was brilliant. Our girls gained so many messages from her, and gave us so much to reference back to in regards to determination, perception, empowerment, women, self belief, values." - Em, Mercy Regional College (client)

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