Olympians coach students in Geelong …
With 191 days until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, 268 primary school students were coached by 11 Olympians at various venues in Geelong on Thursday August 1, 2013.
Each student was coached in their preferred sport, 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:
Ashleigh Brennan - 2012 and 2008 - Artistic Gymnastics
Peter Blackburn - 2000 and 1996 Badminton
Mark Bradtke - 2000, 1996, 1992 and 1988 Basketball
Simon Gerada - 2000 Table Tennis (to assist with the expo in the afternoon)
Kristi Harrower - 2012 Bronze, 2008 Silver, 2004 Silver, 2000 Silver Basketball
Pam Kilborn-Ryan AM MBE - 1972, 1968, 1964 Silver and Bronze – Athletics
Jian Fang Lay - 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000 Table Tennis
Nicole Livingstone OAM - 1996 Bronze and Silver, 1992 Bronze, 1988 Swimming and VOC Vice President
Steve Moneghetti - 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 Athletics and VOC Board
Stephanie Moorhouse - 2004 Gymnastics
Erin Walklate (nee Carroll) - 2008 Badminton
Aspiring Olympian Anna Du who represented Australia at the World Junior Championships will assist with table tennis.
Later, at host school Montpellier Primary School, the program featured 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.
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Based at The Geelong Arena in Victoria Street, North Geelong, Basketball Geelong offers competition seven days a week from ages 5 through to seniors in club, social and school competitions, along with an Aussie Hoops development program.
The Geelong Supercats (www.supercats.com.au) are the premier men's and women's basketball team representing the Geelong region in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).
Basketball Geelong manages the Geelong Supercats, with 80% of players coming from the Basketball Geelong Development Program.
YMCA Geelong – Gymnastics Program
Kerri MacDonald, Centre Coordinator
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The YMCA gymnastics programs are designed for children of all ages and abilities. The aim of the program is to develop life skills including confidence, self esteem, body awareness, and movement foundations, along with fitness while still having fun. All the participants have the opportunity to learn and progress at their own ability and time taking into account their activity level and concentration span. Gymnastics is a great foundation for all other sports alongside life skills.