Award salutes Aleesha’s Olympic spirit
A local student says she is honoured to win the Pierre de Coubertin Award.
North Albany Senior High School’s Aleesha Narkle won the award, which recognises secondary school students who demonstrate values consistent with the Olympic Movement through participation in sporting activities.
Ms Narkle was nominated by her physical education teacher.
She is among the many winners in the State who will claim their award in Perth this weekend.
She said the award was an honour and a great surprise.
“This is a huge achievement for me; it’s named after the founder of the Olympics so it’s a huge honour and I was thrilled with the win,” she said.
“I was excited to be nominated but to win a medal . . . is incredible.”
As part of her application, Ms Narkle had to write an essay about her sporting role model.
“My role model is Cathy Freeman: she’s an indigenous woman and so am I. I look up to her and I want to be like her when I’m older,” she said.
“I think she is a terrific influence to younger children and I aspire to be like that. A lot of the younger indigenous girls look up to me. Some find themselves going off track in their studies and have said they find me a good role model, so that’s special.”
Ms Narkle won the award for her school and extra sporting activities and her leadership qualities.
North Albany Senior High School Year 12 student Aleesha Narkle.