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2015 Pierre de Coubertin Awards and Olympic Academy

Victorian students acknowledged with prestigious award…

The Pierre de Coubertin awards are open all year round, and ALL NOMINATIONS received after June 21 will be accepted. In this instance, certificates will be posted to the school contact for presentation at the next school assembly or sports night. 

JUNE 21, 2015 - 111 senior secondary school students, of a total 162 Victorian recipients, were honoured in a special awards ceremony on Sunday June 21 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. The awards are funded by the Department of Education & Training and delivered by the Victorian Olympic Council.

Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, the Pierre de Coubertin Award recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values.

Each award recipient must participate in sport and display the Olympic values, in particular good sportsmanship. As part of the nomination each student must submit a literary or artistic piece to this year’s theme: Participation in sport is a core value of the Olympic Games, share one or more Olympic moments that epitomises this for you. The winner of the Most Outstanding Artistic piece was Kitana Campbell-Heremaia from Melton Secondary College (pictured below) and the winner of the Most Outstanding Literary Piece was Tiarnie Ellingworth from Camberwell Girls Grammar School (refer below PDF).

A further 45 school sport leaders participated in an Olympic Academy preceding the awards ceremony. The academy is an opportunity for Pierre de Coubertin recipients and sport leaders to interact with Olympians, learn about upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the A.S.P.I.R.E Olympic values, as well as tour the Victorian Institute of Sport, Victoria’s Olympic Training Centre.


Olympians in attendance:

  • Jake Andrewartha - Judo London 2012 and Prospective Australian Olympic Team Member (AOT) Rio 2016
  • Daniel Greig - Speed Skating Sochi 2010
  • Belinda Hocking - Swimming Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Prospective AOT Rio 2016
  • Matson Lawson - Swimming London 2012 and Prospective AOT Member Rio 2016
  • Kyle Vander-Kuyp - Athletics Sydney 2000, Atlanta 1996
  • Erin Walklate - Badminton Beijing 2008
  • Danielle Woodward OAM - Canoe/Kayak - Slalom Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 Silver Medallist, AOT Athlete Services Director London 2012, AOT Deputy Chef de Mission Rio 2016



Nominations for the 2015 Pierre de Coubertin Award are still open... 

Please follow these 4 steps in order to nominate a year 10, 11 or 12 student to receive the Pierre de Coubertin Award.

  1. Visit the Olympic Education website http://education.olympics.com.au/
  2. Sign up (click on the link in the top right corner).
  3. Once you have signed up; login and select Award Nomination. 
  4. Enter all details and press SUBMIT (an acknowledgment screen will appear once submitted).
    You will receive an automatic reply email with two attachments. If you don’t receive this email please contact the VOC via email or phone.

We look forward to receiving your nomination.



2015 International Pierre de Coubertin Youth Forum - Slovakia

Members of the Australian delegation at the 2013 Forum in Norway. 

The International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) has invited the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to send a delegation of eight Australian students to the 10th International Youth Forum, which will be held in Piešťany (Slovakia), from August 29 – September 13, 2015.

The AOC selects the eight students to attend from recipients of the 2014 and 2015 Pierre de Coubertin Award in each State/Territory between the ages of 16 to 18 years. Students selected will be involved in the Forum program organising sports events, leading discussion groups and coordinating group activities as well as participating for the Coubertin Award. Nominations for 2015 are now closed.

What are the Pierre de Coubertin Awards?

The Pierre de Coubertin Awards are named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games and take place on an annual basis to recognise senior secondary students who demonstrate attributes consistent with Olympism through participation and commendable behaviour in sporting activities.

All secondary government and non government schools are invited to nominate one recipient from year 10, 11 or 12 for the Pierre de Coubertin Award each year. Each nominee must participate actively in the school's physical education program with a consistently positive attitude and must have represented the school in a sport.

A piece of original art or literary work (for example: essay, poetry, sculpture, paintings etc) which demonstrates the student’s appreciation and understanding of the Olympic Movement must also be submitted.

Who is Baron Pierre de Coubertin?

Baron Pierre de Coubertin was born in Paris in 1863 and was an active sportsman 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.

His definition of Olympism had four principles that were far from a simple sports competition:

  • To be a religion i.e. to "adhere to an ideal of a higher life, to strive for perfection"
  • To represent an elite "whose origins are completely egalitarian" and at the same time "chivalry" with its moral qualities
  • To create a truce "a four-yearly festival of the springtime of mankind"
  • To glorify beauty by the "involvement of the philosophic arts in the Games"

It is clear that the concept of the Olympic Games is far from a simple sports competition.