Cer­e­mony fires up Olympic dreams

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

MORE than 300 school stu­dents from across Perth de­scended on the Na­tional Hockey Sta­dium in Bent­ley to re-cre­ate the Olympic Games open­ing cer­e­mony last week.

Gold medal-win­ning Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic swim­mer Ka­t­rina Porter at­tended the event with ris­ing hockey stars Kaitlin Nobbs and Aleisha Power to of­fer stu­dents an in­sight into the life of an Olympic ath­lete.

The stu­dents, in­clud­ing some from South Perth Pri­mary School, met the ath­letes be­fore tak­ing part in dif­fer­ent Olympic themed sports and games.

Porter said she hoped the event would in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of ath­letes.

“It’s re­ally good to see the kids’ en­thu­si­asm for the Olympics and their en­thu­si­asm for the Par­a­lympics as well,” she said.

Hockey WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Chu­rack said it had been a priv­i­lege to have so many chil­dren from across Perth take part in the event.

“I hope that to­day will live long in the mem­ory of these young peo­ple and pro­vide them with the dream that one day they will be able to take to the field and rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at a fu­ture Olympic Games,” he said.

“Ath­letes from WA have al­ways been an in­te­gral part of the coun­try’s suc­cess­ful Olympic hockey teams over the years.”

School chil­dren re-cre­ated the Olympic open­ing cer­e­mony.

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