Mentone Girls’ Grammar School Captain Maddie Royle was presented with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award by Rio Gold Medallist Catherine Skinner OAM at a Victorian Olympic Council ceremony today at the MCG.
Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, the Pierre de Coubertin Award recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values. Each award recipient must participate in sport and display the Olympic values, in particular, good sportsmanship.
A part of International Olympic Day, 188 Victorian Senior Secondary School students and State Sport Association athletes were presented with the awards that are funded by the Department of Education & Training.
In addition to the awards ceremony an Olympic Academy is also being held for the students with Mentone Girls’ Grammar Year 12 students, Aimee Leard and Jamie Bond in attendance.
The students have the opportunity to interact with Olympians, learn about the a.s.p.i.r.e Olympic values, discuss current sport and health topics, as well as visit the National Sports Museum.
Mentone Girls’ Grammar Head of Sport Libby Lewin said the School was incredibly proud of Maddie, Aimee and Jamie.
“To be in attendance today with former Olympians including Nicole Livingstone, Belinda Hocking and Catherine Skinner is something the girls won’t forget. To be able to hear about pathways available in sport, learn about the Olympic values and talk about sport and wellbeing in general is such an amazing opportunity for them.”
“For Maddie to be selected as one of the Pierre de Coubertin awardees is a fantastic achievement,” she said.