Olympic runner, Peter Bol set to inspire Pharmacy Connect delegates

Pharmacy Connect Conference Convenor, Kos Sclavos AM today announced that Olympian, Peter Bol, is set to inspire this year’s conference delegates with his remarkable story from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of athletic achievement.

Peter is a middle-distance runner who has represented Australia in the 800 metres at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Sclavos said that Peter’s presentation ‘Running towards greatness – unleashing potential with Olympian Peter Bol’ will take pharmacists on an inspiring journey to understand the value of embracing challenges as opportunities for growth.

“Fresh from competing at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, Peter will delve into the mindset of a champion, offering practical strategies for cultivating mental toughness, setting ambitious goals and staying focused amidst distractions,” Mr Sclavos said.

“From a small village in Sudan to the grand stage of the Olympic Games, Peter is a testament to the power of resilience and unwavering belief in oneself.”

Born in Sudan, Peter Bol’s early years were marked by hardship and adversity. Fleeing civil war, his family sought refuge in Egypt before eventually immigrating to Australia when Peter was just four years old.

Growing up in the multicultural suburbs of Toowoomba, Queensland, Peter’s passion for running blossomed on the school track, where he discovered a natural talent for middle-distance running.

Despite facing numerous challenges as a young athlete, including financial constraints and limited access to resources, Peter refused to let circumstances dictate his future. Fuelled by a burning desire to excel, he trained tirelessly and relentlessly pursued his dreams of representing Australia on the world stage.

Mr Sclavos said that all pharmacists can learn from Peter’s story.

“Peter will explore how setbacks and failures can serve as stepping stones to success when approached with the right attitude.”

“His incredible story and insights will empower you to push past your limits and achieve extraordinary results in both your personal life and in your career.”

Hosted by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmacy Connect is an annual event for pharmacists, owners, executives, students, interns and industry representatives which takes place over two and a half days.

The event includes pre-conference workshops, a 70-stand trade exhibition and two exciting social events. In 2024, the conference will be held from 5-7 September in Sydney.

Joining Peter Bol will be a lineup of expert speakers covering industry and clinical updates, business advice, and personal and professional development topics.

Early bird registration for Pharmacy Connect closes 30 June. A full program will be available in late May. More information about Pharmacy Connect can be found here.