Embodying ideals of sportsmanship
STUDENTS from across Australia have been receiving their 2009 Pierre De Coubertin Awards from their schools over the past few weeks.
The awards pay tribute to high school students who embody the ideals of the Olympic Games, sportsmanship and sporting ability.
Paul Carter (Alstonville High): This motivated sportsman was a member of the NSW All Schools and Australian Schoolboys water polo teams (2008-09). He has represented the North Coast in swimming (2007-08), NSW CHS open rugby league (2009), open boys rugby union school team (2007-08-09) and was a Richmond zone representative in athletics (2008).
Tegan Clark (Richmond River High) was recognised for her outstanding character and sportsmanship, and her contributions to athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, cricket (zone, regional and State), cross-country, Touch and volleyball from Years 7 to 12. In 2008, she was again selected for the North Coast open girls cricket team, making the State Second XI. Richmond River High's sports co-ordinator said Tegan had brought honour and pride to her school, her family and herself.
Mitch Harley (Kadina High) has represented at school, zone, regional and State levels in hockey. Last year he represented NSW at the Pacific School Games in Sydney, where he competed against teams from other nations. Next year he will travel to Europe to play eight games as part of the Wanderers hockey touring party. Kadina High School's Nancy Hamer said Mitch had played hard and honestly and was a worthy recipient.
Lachlan McKendrick (Evans River K-12) represented the school in Touch, athletics and tennis. He also represented the region in hockey for two years running. The attitude of this outstanding sportsman is described as exemplary. He has been an instructor for The Australian Sports Commission's Active After School program with junior students, and is seen as a great role model for younger athletes.
Keith Pinchin (Lismore High) is an enthusiastic and motivated sportsman who always gives 100 per cent, is prepared to acknowledge his opponents when they win and respects everyone as an equal. Described as 'a great ambassador for his school', Keith assists fellow students in athletics and cross-country, and is involved in coaching cricket.
Ambre Woodward (Tenterfield High) represented up to State level in athletics this year. She participates in basketball, netball, soccer, swimming and Touch. She was the 2008 Junior Sportsperson of the Year and this year was the school's cross-country champion for the third time. Ambre assists Drake Public School's Learn-to-Swim classes at Tenterfield. Away from school, Ambre was named as this year's Best New Talent with Tenterfield women's soccer team following her selection in the regional squad.