Thursday, 18 November 2010

Archie Thompson visits Hallam

Casey Cardinia Library Corporation was pleased to host Archie Thompson for a series of talks at Hallam Senior Secondary College on Tuesday 16 November 2010. Archie Thompson, ten-year veteran of the Socceroos and marquee player for the A-League's power club, Melbourne Victory, has just released his inspirational book What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger.

In the afternoon session Archie spoke to 120 enthusiastic students from Hallam Senior Secondary College and Fountain Gate Secondary College. Opening to chants of ARCHIE! ARCHIE! ARCHIE! Archie shared everything from playing Football (Soccer) as a child and the pressure to achieve, the importance of discipline and training, and his battle to overcome a major injury and return to playing after 9 months of rehab. Archie provided a rare insight into the life and career of an elite sportsperson and his journey to the A League . Archie spent time talking to the students, signing copies of his book and having photos taken. Students from Hallam Senior Secondary Colleges Soccer Academy were inspired and encouraged by a great of the game.

In an evening session Archie spoke to families, many clad in Melbourne Victory jersey’s, and answered questions from children and their parents about his career, his family and playing for both local, National and international Clubs. He shared anecdotes of his Victory and Socceroos teammates and his role as a mentor to younger players in the game. Archie gave his time for photos, signings and talking to his fans.

Thanks to Melbourne University Publishers – Victory Books for providing Archie to the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation as part of his Book promotion, and Collins Booksellers who sold books at the event.

Here's some great photos of the night.


Archie with young fans Micah, Jack and Adam



Archie and Martin, a student at Hallam Senior Secondary College’s Soccer Academy


Archie with Library staff

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