Stu­dents’ sil­ver lin­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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