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An Evening with Old Aylesburian David Millar (Phillips '90)

David had quite a story to tell and delivered it with humility, integrity and honesty. The event extended to the wider community - thanks to the PTA, staff, students & OAs who made the event possible.
18 Mar 2020
Written by Alison Cox
School Events
OA David Millar (Phillips '90)
OA David Millar (Phillips '90)
What a fantastic Evening with OA David Millar it was!

Whilst it is an incredibly challenging time for everyone, on a positive note, we did want to share our recent event with our community. What a fantastic evening with OA David Millar it was!

David had quite a story to tell and he delivered it with integrity and honesty. Our audience was silent as David shared his journey with humility, explaining the difference between suffering and hurting, the pressure of being at the top of his sport, how winning only means something when he was riding clean, and how nothing is impossible. In 2004 David was arrested for doping and it was an event that would define his career and his life. He then chose a path that was unprecedented for a professional cyclist – and remains rare even now – in opting to come back after his ban, acknowledge his guilt, express profound regret, and work hard to rehabilitate himself and his sport. 

His trajectory was not an easy one. He was idealistic and wanted to fix things and redeem himself. He was criticised for being naive but that’s what has helped him to survive, to still be here and to carry on “doing his thing.” It was a privilege to welcome David back to his former School and for him to take the time to share his experiences with us.

The event truly extended to the wider community and thank you to the PTA, staff, students and OAs who made the event possible. A special mention to Mr Trevor Foley for hosting the evening as our MC and to David for reengaging with Aylesbury Grammar School, offering to come back to talk to us, and for being part of our Aylesburian community.

Nothing is Impossible.

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