How can you face and overcome your fears? How do you remain positive if you’re stuck in a negative mindset? And what’s the best way of dealing with life’s biggest challenges?
These are just some of the many questions which SAS Who Dares Wins star Sean Anthony Sherwood tackled when he spoke to hundreds of Telford College students.
Sports teacher Sean reached the final of the sixth series of Channel 4 show SAS Who Dares Wins and is now a motivational speaker and behaviour and engagement role model.
He was invited back to the college after delivering hugely popular talks during its ‘wellbeing week’ programme last year.
And one of his key messages was: “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Don’t think about previous failures, forget everything except what you are going to do right now – and do it.”
Sean described it as ‘another incredible visit’, adding: “It’s always such an honour to return to this place that holds a special spot in my heart.
“The diverse mix of students at the college is truly inspiring. They understand the importance of authentic speakers to inspire their community.
“Today’s visit was truly unique and unforgettable. Speaking to a room filled with 300 engaged students and staff for a full 60 minutes was an incredible experience.
“It was heartwarming to see students staying behind to take photos and ask questions. From the bottom of my heart, Telford College, thank you for another amazing visit.”
He told the college team: “Your support and dedication to providing an impactful and inspiring environment for your students are truly commendable. I can’t wait to be back.”
Sean grew up in the Moss Side district of Manchester to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother. Where he lived, witnessing violence and hearing shootings was a normal, regular occurrence for him.
His father spent 10 years in prison and he moved with his mother from a multicultural area to a predominately white community.
As a result, he suffered extreme racism which he never told anyone about. To combat the abuse, he would pretend to wash his bike with bleach but instead would scrub the bleach on his arms to lighten his skin tone.
Reflecting on his time on SAS Who Dares Wins, Sean said: “The experience for me was by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.
“Physically and mentally, my mind, body and soul was taken to its depth. This is what makes it unique!
“I’m incredibly grateful for everything I’ve learned and whole heartedly returned to civilian life a better person than I was before I started the course.”