Education and Pierre de Coubertin Awards
A very important part of the QOC's charter is the focus on education – both with the community and the school system. This is a means of diffusing to the public the spirit of the Olympic movement, its ideals and philosophy.
The Queensland Olympic Council also supports both Primary and Secondary Schools by assisting to arrange for Olympians to attend school speech nights, sports awards, school assemblies and general school visits throughout Queensland. Our Olympic athletes are seen as heroes by these children and act as wonderful role models for our future Olympic Champions. The main education initiatives include the Pierre de Coubertin Awards, detailed below, and the Latch ON program>>>
Pierre de Coubertin Awards
The Pierre de Coubertin Awards is a major program of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Schools Education Strategy.
In 1995, the Queensland Olympic Council, sponsored by the Queensland Olympic 2000 Task Force adopted the Pierre de Coubertin Award Program. In 1998 the funding for the program was transferred to Education Queensland to mirror the AOC's Education Strategy.
The Awards program is named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The program is designed to emphasise participation and commendable sporting behaviour consistent with the Olympic Movement. It is not primarily intended to reward elite performance alone.
Each Queensland secondary school is invited to nominate one student (only) from year 10, 11 or 12 as its Pierre de Coubertin Award nominee. Our aim is to eventually have an Award recipient from every secondary school in the State.
At some stage during years 8 - 12 the nominee must have represented the school, district or region in at least three sports in the competitive arena, demonstrating initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. One of the sports must be on the current Olympic Program. A piece of original art/literary work (for example - poetry, songs, paintings etc) which illustrate the student’s appreciation of the Olympic Movement must also be submitted. For a list of all sports on the current Olympic Program, click here>>>
These timeless designs will provide a permanent recognition of your schools Pierre de Coubertin Awardees.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin was born in Paris in 1863 and was personally involved in fencing, rowing and cycling. His visits to British “public” schools resulted in a lifelong interest in trying to get the heavily academic French schools to take up more sports-oriented curricula. As an educational theorist, de Coubertin was convinced of the importance of sport for the development of the individual. He believed that the qualities of initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play should be encouraged in young people who participated in sports and competitive games.
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