Ceremony fires up Olympic dreams
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.