Foun­tain of in­spi­ra­tion for ju­niors

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Sy­narah Mur­phy

The ex­pe­ri­ence of meet­ing an Aus­tralian sports star last week will have a life­long im­pact on young Pil­bara ath­letes.

Syd­ney Olympic gold medal­list Si­mone Foun­tain vis­ited the Hed­land Water Polo As­so­ci­a­tion to teach and share her passion for the game.

The water polo ju­niors were thrilled to hold an Olympic gold medal and pa­tiently lis­tened as Foun­tain shared her jour­ney.

They were also keen to show off their tal­ent in the water.

“As a teenager, win­ning your first ever gold medal was one of my big­gest achieve­ments and I just want to spread the aware­ness for other com­peti­tors,” she said.

Foun­tain, who has played at all elite lev­els and is pas­sion­ate about ac­com­plish­ing child­hood dreams, said she would like to share her drive with chil­dren and ath­letes in re­mote ar­eas.

“I think it’s great to see other kids have a go at a sport that I love,” she said.

“It’s a sport where kids can be ac­tive all year round.

“My love for the game and what it has brought me, is very re­ward­ing be­cause it al­lows me to pass on my knowl­edge and passion to ar­eas that do not get as much op­por­tu­ni­ties — and I will con­tinue to do that on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.”

The Olympic star is work­ing in the Pil­bara as the re­gional man­ager in Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries, and she be­lieves spon­ta­neous vis­its can in­spire chil­dren to choose sport­ing path­ways.

Si­mone Foun­tain shows the water polo ju­niors her Syd­ney Olympic Gold medal.

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