Award sa­lutes Aleesha’s Olympic spirit

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

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.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

North Al­bany Se­nior High School Year 12 stu­dent Aleesha Narkle.

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