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Shipard chats football to Carinda

18 August 2011

Primary students from three lucky schools across Australia are speaking with Olympic footballer Sally Shipard today as part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s (AOC) Chat to a Champ program.

In north west NSW, 13 students from the remote Carinda Public School are chatting with the Olympic footballer online using web video conferencing.

“The students are really excited about speaking with an Olympian,” teacher Cathy Hatton said. “Some of the students are off to the regional athletics championships next week in Tamworth so I am sure Sally’s comments will inspire them to do their best.”

In preparation for the Chat, the students have researched the Olympic Games, Sally Shipard and the a.s.p.i.r.e. values.

“The older students are familiar with the a.s.p.i.r.e. values from a unit of work completed about the 2008 Olympic Games.

“Ultimately I think Sally will demonstrate it is important to do your best in all that you do.”

Shipard, who competed in football at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has recently returned from the 2011 Women’s World Cup where Australia showed great form however was unfortunately knocked out by Sweden in the quarter finals.

“I am pleased with our performance but it would have been nice to go further,” Shipard said. “Support from down under filtered through which was wonderful.”

Shipard is in Sydney til Tuesday before she flies out with the Australian women’s football team to South Korea and then China for the Olympic qualification event from the 1 – 12 September.

“Qualification could be seen as daunting,” Shipard said. “We play five games in 10 days against the World Champions Japan as well as power houses North Korea, South Korea and China. We must finish in the top two to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.”

Chat to a Champ facilitates student organised web video interviews based on the a.s.p.i.r.e. values. These are attitude, sportsmanship, pride, individual responsibility, respect, express yourself.

By facilitating interaction between students and Olympians, Chat to a Champ introduces young people to web video communication in a safe, mediated and structured forum and facilitates Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) skills.

Each term, up to 18 primary schools have the opportunity to participate in Chat to a Champ. The program is fully funded by the AOC, which provides the required equipment to schools, including laptops, webcams and internet access.

Teachers can apply to participate in the program by completing the Chat to a Champ form on the AOC Website – olympics.com.au/education

To read Sally's diary about the Matildas and their journey to London 2012 click here.

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