2004 Pierre de Coubertin Awards

2 February 2004

The Australian Olympic Committee in conjunction with the NSW Department of Education and Training invites you to select one student in 11 or Year 12 (year 10 for Central schools or Junior colleges) as your school’s recipient of the 2004 Pierre de Coubertin Award.

The Award is named after Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympics, who believed international competitions between athletes from different countries would promote a more peaceful world. In addition, the Olympic ideals can be used to motivate and encourage all young people to strive for their personal best. The Award is not intended to reward elite performance, but to recognize the student who, through their participation in sport, demonstrates attributes of fair play and respect for others.

This year, in the lead-up to the Athens Olympic Games, all Pierre de Coubertin Award nominees are eligible for selection as Escort Runners when the Olympic Flame comes to Sydney on 4 June 2004. Escort Runners will be selected in a random draw from nominations received by Friday 26th March 2004. Students will accompany up to 4 Torch Bearers over a distance of 2km in the relay route through Sydney. Students selected from outside the Sydney metropolitan area will need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Please be advised that due to the fact that the Athens Torch Relay will be in Sydney for just one day, the number of Escort Runner positions available is severely limited.

We look forward to receiving your Award nomination this year. Should you require further information on the torch relay, please refer to the AOC website www.olympics.com.au or contact the Project Coordinator at the NSW Olympic Council on phone 02 8436 2160. Information on the Pierre de Coubertin Awards is located at www.olympics.com.au/nsw

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