Sport­ing spirit

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

Two Be­nalla stu­dents have been awarded the pres­ti­gious Pierre de Cou­bertin award for their con­tri­bu­tion to sport.

FCJ Col­lege Be­nalla stu­dent Chelsea Mailer and Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege stu­dent Amy Welsh were pre­sented with their cer­tifi­cates for their achieve­ments in school sport and for rep­re­sent­ing the val­ues of the Olympic move­ment at a cer­e­mony at the MCG on Sun­day May, 18.

Amy Welsh is recog­nised for her achieve­ments in or­gan­is­ing and run­ning hockey train­ing ses­sions at her school as well as her in­volve­ment in bas­ket­ball, cricket, net­ball, ath­let­ics and swim­ming. Amy was cap­tain of her school’s hockey team that came fifth in the School Sports Vic­to­ria State fi­nals in Mel­bourne.

Chelsea is a tal­ented swim­mer, net­baller and ten­nis player. She is cap­tain of the Be­nalla Swim­ming Club and was re­cently names its most out­stand­ing com­peti­tor.

Chelsea is recog­nised by her coaches for her abil­ity to train hard and give her best at com­pe­ti­tions.

Last week State Mem­ber for Be­nalla Bill Sykes con­grat­u­lated Amy, Chelsea and other stu­dents from across the elec­torate on the hon­our.

‘‘I con­grat­u­late these young ath­letes and en­cour­age them to con­tinue ap­ply­ing the val­ues of sports­man­ship, team­work, fair play and ini­tia­tive to achieve in the sport­ing arena and the class­room,’’ Dr Sykes said.

‘‘Well done to Amy Welsh from Be­nalla P-12, Jessie New­ton from Euroa Sec­ondary Col­lege, Chelsea Mailer from FCJ Col­lege and Amie An­tonello from Mar­ian Col­lege on win­ning this pres­ti­gious award.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Pierre de Cou­bertin Award, visit http://cor­po­rate.olympics.com.au/soc/vic/pierre-de-cou­berti­nawards

Top hon­our: Chelsea Mailer, State Mem­ber for Be­nalla Bill Sykes and Amy Welsh.

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