Students’ silver lining
SARAH Jamieson competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 1500m, the fulfilment of a dream that began when she was nine.
Jamieson visited St Columba’s Catholic Primary School to talk about her experiences and encourage the students to strive for their best.
The Perth Running Club head coach, who took silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in the 1500m, spoke at the assembly on August 15.
Her association with the school started this year when she set up a before-school running program.
Jamieson said the students were receptive to her talk, which was focused on having a go.
“I spoke about not being put off by obstacles and not being afraid to take chances,” she said.
“I also talked about my story and about my dreams of competing at the Olympics when I was nine years old and then fulfilling that when I was 25 years old.
“The obstacles I had included having to relocate to Melbourne when I was 21 for better coaching and having seven surgeries.”
Jamieson said the students were wrapped up in the excitement of the 2016 Summer Olympics, with many of them watching it for the first time.
“I asked them who was watching the Olympics and I don’t think there was a hand that wasn’t raised,” she said.
“Meeting an Olympian, I think it makes it a bit more tangible for them and they were all excited.”
Jamieson finished fifth in her 1500m heat at the Beijing Olympics, narrowly missing out on competing in the final.
Sarah Jamieson shows St Columba’s Catholic Primary School students Larston Dharma and Alvy Dharma her silver medal from the Commonwealth Games.