Fathers and daughters at the school breakfast sitting at a table
25 October 2019

Diving into life after St Catherine's

​Imagine diving into the pitch black, cold, ocean at 2am with the prospect of swimming for the next 10 hours ahead of you. That is exactly what Emily Miers OG2013 did recently, completing the English Channel swim with her dad Scott as support crew. Guests at the Years 910 Father Daughter Breakfast were fascinated to hear from Emily and Scott about overcoming the challenges of this massive open water swim and the unexpected career benefits it has generated.

Emily is a lawyer at MinterEllison, and the firm and her clients were enthusiastic supporters of her plans to complete the channel swim, cheering her on through events and social media. "Doing the swim has definitely helped build my professional network," said Emily. When asked about how she balanced her career with training, Emily made the point that committing to the swim made her super-efficient at work. "I needed to knuckle down at work and get it all done so I could allocate enough hours to training."

Scott has been an inspiration for Emily too. Scott did the channel swim several years ago, with Emily as support crew. They have now become the first father/daughter combination to successfully achieve solo swims across the English Channel.

When asked what advice she would pass on to the girls present, Emily emphasised the importance of making the most of the opportunities St Catherine's has to offer. Emily was a swimmer and water polo player at school, as well as dedicating herself to her studies. A number of her teachers became mentors, in particular the late Barry Rogers who was a huge influence in her love of swimming.

After hearing from Emily and Scott, the girls had the opportunity to chat with their own fathers about the career paths they had taken since school.

Each year the St Catherine's Foundation hosts a Father Daughter Breakfast for Years 910, showcasing the career of one of our young alumni. As one father said, "Great content to help start the girls thinking about careers, and nice to celebrate a great achievement by a St Catherine's girl and father."