AYDP Bendigo

Olympians coach students in Bendigo …


With the recent appointment of two Bendigo Spirit stars - Gabe Richards and Kelly Wilson - to tour the United States with the Australian Opals, it is timely that 164 secondary school students were coached by Olympians at various venues in Bendigo on Wednesday May 21, 2014.


Nine Olympians, including London 2012 Basketball bronze medallist and local hero Kristi Harrower, coached students in their preferred sport, each student coming away with a special tip from an Olympian that they will cherish for life.

The Olympians provided a unique insight into the Olympic Games with stories about how they got involved in sport and the positive impact this has had on their life.

Olympians in Attendance:

Peter Blackburn
2000 and 1996 Badminton

Murray Hocking
1996 Badminton

Mark Bradtke
2000, 1996, 1992 and 1988 Basketball

Kristi Harrower
2012 Bronze, 2008 Silver, 2004 Silver and 2000 Silver Basketball

Tamsin Hinchley
2012 and 2008 Beach Volleyball; 2000 Volleyball

Jian Fang Lay
2012, 2008, 2004 and 2000 Table Tennis

Steve Moneghetti
1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Athletics and VOC Executive Board Member

Josip Skoko
2000 Football

Andrew Smith
2008 Hockey Bronze

Later, at host school Bendigo South East Secondary College, the program allowed students to participate in a sports’ expo where local sporting clubs showcased their sport in order to achieve our objective of increased participation in sport.

The program is funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria.


Special thanks to the following clubs;

Eaglehawk Badminton Association

Basketball Country Victoria

Bendigo and District Table Tennis Association


FFC Bendigo

Hockey Central Victoria 

Bendigo Volleyball Association