Cer­tifi­cates for Olympic sto­ries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal -

A TRIO of stu­dents from the western sub­urbs were recog­nised for their elite per­for­mances on and off the field last week.

John XXIII Col­lege stu­dent Sian Munks, Methodist Ladies Col­lege deputy head girl Angie Humphris and Scotch Col­lege stu­dent Mitchell Clarke won a Pierre de Cou­bertin award af­ter dis­play­ing the Olympic ideals of team­work, fair play and sports­man­ship.

Sian, who com­petes in swim­ming, ath­let­ics, net­ball, cross coun­try and wa­ter polo, was awarded for her art­work on Olympic swim­mers Kyle Chalmers and Cameron Mcevoy.

Angie has rep­re­sented the school in vol­ley­ball, swim­ming, ath­let­ics, bas­ket­ball and net­ball and showed a hard­work­ing and en­cour­ag­ing ap­proach to com­pe­ti­tion and umpiring.

Mitchell, who com­petes in ath­let­ics, bas­ket­ball and foot­ball, wrote lit­er­ary piece on the selfie be­tween two gym­nasts from North and South Korea, which won him the award on top of his suc­cess in sport.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion, Olympic swim­mer Blair Evans, syn­chro­nised swim­mer Danielle Ket­tlewell and kayak­ers Jesse Phillips and Stephen Bird talked about the Aus­tralian Olympic Team’s val­ues and their Olympic jour­neys with the stu­dents.

The quar­tet and WA Olympic Coun­cil pres­i­dent Greg Kaedi pre­sented the re­cip­i­ents with the cer­tifi­cates.

Evans, who won a 200m freestyle re­lay sil­ver at the 2012 Lon­don Olympic, said she en­joyed shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence with the stu­dents.

“For me it is a way to help oth­ers, hope­fully be in­spired by my words and maybe one day suc­cess­fully achieve their in­di­vid­ual goals they have set,” she said.

Phillips said ath­letes de­vel­oped char­ac­ter traits through life and sport that were help­ful in dif­fer­ent ways.

“The im­pact the Games has on you and the de­sire to push your­self and be the best you can be, I hope the stu­dents can take that away with them,” she said.

Olympians Blair Evans, Danielle Ket­tlewell, Jesse Phillips and Stephen Bird with the Pierre de Cou­bertin award win­ners.

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