The Year 10 student won the national award for his age group in the category of great Australian sportspeople and the image of Australia.
Stephen said the role of sport in Australia’s national identity was a topic worth exploring.
‘Australia is very much a sporting country, there is a national love of sports,’ he said.
‘I’m OK at sports, but it is very interesting for me and I love the topic.’
Stephen said his essay looked at the role of the media in creating sporting legends using Les Darcy, Ron Clarke and Ian Thorpe as examples.
Stephen won a trip to Canberra where he would receive the national winner’s medallion and $300 from Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne at the ceremony in Parliament House on November 26. Stephen said he was excited to visit the Parliament House and key sites such as the war memorial.
He received the State winner medallion and $200.
Stephen said he hoped to study either science or engineering at university after he finished school.
The National History Challenge is an essay competition that runs each year with this year’s theme ‘Legends, Fact and History’.