Two hundred and forty-eight students from the Warrnambool district worked with nine Olympians at the Active Youth Development Program on June 3, 2014.
The students from year six were given a unique insight into the Olympic Games as Olympians shared stories about how they became involved in sport and the positive impact of sport on their lives.
During the Warrnambool program the students were coached in their preferred sport by an Olympian. Sports included athletics, badminton, basketball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. In the afternoon Olympians were combined with the local Clubs to run a “Come and Try” session to showcase the Club and inspire the students to take up their sport.
“The program allows the students to get a personal sporting tip from an Olympian that they will cherish for life,” Olympic Silver and dual Bronze medallist and Victorian Olympic Council Vice President Nicole Livingstone OAM said.
OLYMPIANS IN ATTENDANCE:
1996, 1992, 1988 Silver and dual Bronze Medallist Swimming
Pam Kilborn-Ryan AM MBE
1972, 1968, 1964 Silver and Bronze Medallist Athletics
2000, 1996 Silver and Bronze Medallist Basketball
2012 Bronze, 2008 Silver, 2004 Silver, 2000 Silver
2000, 1996 Badminton
2012, 2008, 2004, 2000 Table Tennis
2008 Paralympic Games Table Tennis and local champion
SCHOOLS IN ATTENDANCE:
Warrnambool Primary - 86 students
Warrnambool East Primary - 57 students
Merrivale Primary - 27 students
Allansford PS - 40 students
Port Fairy PS - 34 Students
Also working with the students were members of the Warrnambool Basketball (Seahawks), Badminton, Table Tennis and Volleyball Associations, and Little Athletics Warrnambool.