Olympians and schools embrace Olympic Day

27 May 2011

Olympians around the country are preparing to visit primary and secondary schools on Thursday 23 June 2011 as part of International Olympic Day.

With one month to go to the celebrations, schools can participate and request an Olympian visit by registering on the Australian Olympic Committee website –

Olympians will be out in force on the day, talking about their experience at the Olympic Games, participating in sports activities and highlighting the positive impact sport has had on their lives.

Olympic gold medallists Susie O’Neill, Nikki Hudson, Mike McKay and Nova Peris are just some of the Olympians visiting schools and sharing their stories in sport.

Olympic sprint kayak champion Ken Wallace visited several schools last year and took along his kayak.

“You don’t know how much impact you can have,” Wallace said. “The students seemed really interested in my Olympic experience and excited to watch some of my races.”

“The one thing that struck the kids was that I did not start paddling until I was 16. Most of the students were only 11-year-olds, so they realised that you can participate in sport at any age and continue to have goals throughout your life.”

Hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – participate in sports activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars around the world on Olympic Day.  Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world. 

Frances Cordaro