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Pierre de Coubertin

Named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, the award recognises students who demonstrate sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.

All secondary government and non government schools and state sporting associations are invited to nominate one recipient for the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award  from year 10, 11 or 12. Nominations are now open and close 26 May.  All nominations will receive a certificate.  The 2017 Olympic Academy Day will be held on Friday 9 June at the Western Australian Institute of Sport and the top 70 students (as judged by the WAOC) will be invited to attend and have the opportunity to meet with and hear from our Olympians.


“The award allows you to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for Olympic values, meet new people and form new friendships,” Australian Olympic Committee board member Helen Brownlee said.


The Olympic Academy Day on 9 June will give students the opportunity to meet with some of their Olympic heroes and hear their 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.



At some stage throughout their schooling, the selected student must:

  • Be enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12 and not have received the Award on a previous occasion.

  • Have participated actively in the school physical education program and/or state sporting association competitions and activities with a consistently positive attitude.

  • Demonstrate the attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement

  • Represented the school or state sporting association in at least one sport on the current Olympic program and

  • Participated in at least two other sports (individual or team).

  • Submit a literacy or artistic piece that depicts an appreciation of Olympism in response to this year’s theme: “What Rio 2016 Olympic Games moment has had an impact on you?” The literary or artistic piece related to the theme must accompany the nomination form otherwise it will be deemed invalid. All pieces submitted remain the property of the WAOC and where appropriate may be used in official publications. Please note:  - Literary pieces must be a MAXIMUM of 300 words (typed) in length. - Artistic pieces must be within the confines of 64x45cm or equivalent in 3D. An artistic piece could refer to, but is not limited to, a painting, collage or framed piece.



  • The Award is open to all secondary students in years 10,11 or 12
  • Nominations are now open and close 26 May. Please see below for information and nomination forms.
  • More than 16,000 secondary students across Australia have received the award since its inception.
  • Previous WA Pierre de Coubertin Award winners include WA’s dual Olympian Kim Mickle (Javelin), triple Olympian Fergus Kavanagh (Hockey) and five time Olympian Jamie Dwyer (Hockey).

Information, Flyer & Nomination Form


For more information, please contact the Western Australian Olympic Council on (08) 6168 9185 or email lisa.lilleyman@olympics.com.au