By: Blonde One

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfilment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”


This quote was apparently said by the American Football coach Vince Lombardi. It’s a good quote and one that I’ve had pinned to my desk for quite some time. It reminds me that working hard is a good thing and that success has to be fought for.

Last week was the end of an era for me as I completed my last DofE expedition with my current school. I have fought hard for these expeditions (some might say I have fought too hard and should have walked away about 12 months ago), against obstacles that were wrong on so many levels. Although you might think the quote seems a bit overdone, it was almost exactly how I felt last week at the end of the expedition. The fights that I have fought (and sometimes won) have been battles indeed. I had the satisfaction of knowing that I had given hundreds of students the opportunity to achieve a very valuable Award. I have taken numerous students to various locations across the country and abroad to show them places, things and people that they might never have seen. Through this Award students have found strengths that they didn’t know they had and learned to deal with weaknesses that they thought were too big.I have given my heart to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the school and last week I felt exhausted (mostly mentally, but physically too). It was worth every second of every day that I devoted to it and I don’t regret it for a moment. The end was emotional for everyone involved but I have walked away with this quote ringing in my ears. I was victorious!