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Published on 9 March 2016

School leaders from across the Sunshine Coast will be empowered tomorrow (Thursday 10 March) to inspire and help others through an exciting leadership initiative offered by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

A motivational address by extreme adventurer John Cantor and a demonstration of a stress-busting breathing technique will be highlights of the Year 12 Leadership Day program at USC’s campus at Sippy Downs. More than 80 school captains, house captains and prefects from 14 Sunshine Coast schools are taking part.

Media are welcome to attend. The best times for photography/filming will be 9.15-10am for John Cantor’s speech and 10.15-11am for the breathing demonstration.

Mr Cantor, who grew up on the Sunshine Coast, has surfed on every continent except Antarctica and his television appearances have included being a stunt double for Bear Grylls.

He will share the important life lessons he learnt from his many adventures, including one across Arctic Alaska, and will discuss the severe anxiety he experienced in the lead-up to his Artic missions. Now an ambassador for beyondblue, John helps the organisation raise awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression. Dealing with stress and anxiety is also the focus of program’s second session, during which students will learn a simple breathing technique to help deal with fear, anxiousness and challenges.

The breathing workshop will be run by USC Bachelor of Science graduate and yoga instructor Katherine Tucker, founder of the Breathe Project which promotes breathing as the missing link to feeling good. A session on team building and an interactive leadership workshop will fill the final session of day.

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