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2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award NOW OPEN

Nominations are now open CLICK HERE to access the online nomination.

Successful nominations will have the opportunity to attend the Olympic Academy Day and Official State Presentation on Saturday 1st September.  More information about the Academy Day and the 2018 awards can be found below. 


Congratulations to the following students who were awarded in 2017. 

Julius Awosanya Armadale Senior High School
Sarah Hynes Churchlands Senior High School
Luan Wright Como Secondary College
Sasha Zhoya John Curtin College of the Arts
Jack Tu John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School
Sian Munks John XXIII College
Sophie Robins Judo Western Australia Inc.
Teejay Hill Kelmscott Senior High School
Nikita Mawhirt La Salle College
Taite Lantzke Lakeland Senior High School
Katherine Bennett Mater Dei College
Georgina Versteeg Mercedes College Perth
Morgan Aquino Mercedes College Perth
Angie Humphris Methodist Ladies College
Courtney Lindgren Roleystone Community College
James Marthins Rowing WA
Chloe Metcalf Sacred Heart College
Keely Hebiton Santa Maria College
Mitchell Clarke Scotch College
Ethan Calleja Ursula Frayne Catholic College
Kyle Caplan Warwick Senior High School


2017 Academy Day Attendees

In 2017, 22 outstanding secondary students from Western Australia were presented with the Pierre de Coubertin award, after displaying the Olympic ideals of fair play and sportsmanship.

The annual award recognises Year 10, 11 and 12 students, who are active participants in sport and demonstrate the ideals of the Olympic movement in their work.

Chloe, who is in Year 12 at Sacred Heart College received the award for a piece she wrote on what moment during the Rio Games made the biggest impact on her.

Writing about the Women’s 5000m run when “Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand tripped and fell and Abbey D’Agostino from USA sacrificed her race and Olympic dream of winning to help a fellow competitor. As Abbey helped Nikki up she said, “This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this”. This impacts me as I like to show my competitors sportsmanship, whether that is as simple as saying good luck and smiling at my competitors at the start line of a race, or shaking my opponents hand before and after a game.”

Year 12 student Ethan, from Ursula Frayne Catholic College, took home the award for a story he wrote about Kyle Chalmers Gold Medal winning performance.

Ethan wrote about watching Kyle (Chalmers) win, mainly because he has swum against him in the past. 

“Within his race, he started off poorly and went into the turn last.  Sheer determination and drive helped him catch the leader. It was super exciting to see him gain on the pack and not give up. When I had the great privilege to swim against him in the Australian Age National Championships last year he struck me as an unassuming guy who loves to swim and seeing him achieve spurred me on. I have been training harder, with more resilience knowing that following in his footsteps is within my reach.   Every four years I get the opportunity to see how the best earn their medals, and how maybe, one day, it could possibly be my turn at the Olympics” wrote Ethan.

For Warwick Senior High School student Kyle, it was exciting to hear four different journeys to the Olympics, and what inspires them to keep going.

The Year 12 student won the award for his work coaching athletics and his humility in his achievements.

“Kyle consistently puts his best effort forward and motivates all those around him, a natural leader, he graciously congratulates others in his own team, or in opposition whether he is part of a winning team or not” WSHS Deputy Principle Marisa Del Pin said.

In addition to receiving their awards, the students heard from four Olympians; Blair Evans (Swimming 2012, 2016), Danielle Kettlewell (Synchronised Swimming 2016), Jesse Phillips (Kayak 2012) and Stephen Bird (Kayak 2012, 2016).

Evans, a London silver medallist in the women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle relay, said it was exciting to share her sporting experience with the teenagers.

“For me it is a way to help others, hopefully be inspired by my words and maybe one day successfully achieve their individual goals they have set,” Evans said.

The four athletes focused on the how the Australiana Olympic Team A.S.P.I.R.E values (attitude, sportsmanship, pride, individual responsibility, respect and express yourself) can relate to the lives of all young Australians, in sport and in education.

“Each character trait you develop through life and in sport will help you in so many ways,” Phillips told students.

Bird, a dual Olympian shared the importance of setting goals and always focussing on  “Being a great sport and supporting your fellow team members, dedication to your sport and 100% commitment to training as hard as you can and competing to the best of your ability,” Bird said.

Kettlewell, shared her stories of her first Olympic experience and the values she felt reflected the Olympic movement.

Speaking about her Games debuts in Rio, where she was one of 4 Western Australians competing in Synchronised Swimming.  “The impact the Games has on you and the desire to push yourself and be the best you can be, I hope the students can take that away with them today,” Kettlewell said.

“Hopefully we inspired a few more Olympians in whatever sport they choose.”

Students were presented with their Pierre de Coubertin certificates by the Olympians and WA Olympic Council President Greg Kaeding.


About the Award

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 will re-open June 2018.  All successful nominations will receive a certificate signed by the President of the Australian Olympic Committee, Mr John Coates AC.  The Olympic Academy Day will be held in September 2018 and the first 100 successful student nominations will be invited to attend and have the opportunity to meet with and hear from our Olympians 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.

“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.



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: (TBC) 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 250 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
  • More than 16,500 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).

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