La Salle student honoured for embodying spirit of Olympics

La Salle College student Olivia Styles (16) of High Wycombe with her Pierre de Coubertin Award. Picture: David Baylis.
La Salle College student Olivia Styles (16) of High Wycombe with her Pierre de Coubertin Award. Picture: David Baylis.

LA SALLE student Olivia Styles (16) has been recognised for embodying the values of Olympism at the annual Pierre de Coubertin Olympic Academy Day at the WA Institute of Sport.

Styles was among 43 high school students recognised for exhibiting qualities of excellence, sportsmanship and respect.

The awards are designed to reward not only elite sports people but those that display strong character and ideals.

The High Wycombe resident attended an Olympic Academy Day, a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about leadership, goal setting and resilience from some of WA’s Olympic heroes.

Olympians Jesse Phillips (sprint kayak); Tamsin Cook (swimming); Danielle Kettlewell (synchronised swimming) and Rhys Grant (rowing) shared with the students their own Olympic journey.

Phillips said he was grateful for the opportunity to meet the students and foster their spirit for personal excellence.

“The journey is much bigger than just what you see at the Olympic games every four years,” he said.

“It is an ongoing journey with many obstacles, setbacks, hopes and dreams to represent our country.”

Styles, who competes in swimming, running and cross country, said she hoped to compete in the Olympics one day.

“The Olympic Academy Day taught me not to give up on my dreams,” she said.

The Pierre de Coubertin awards are named after the founder of the modern Olympics.