Olympic and Paralympic athletes talk to St Patrick’s students


St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School students with Australian Paralympic swimming gold medallist Katrina Porter.
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School students with Australian Paralympic swimming gold medallist Katrina Porter.

ST Patrick’s Catholic Primary School students had a taste of the big time as the Olympics came to Perth last week.

Hockey WA invited 300 students from around Perth to the National Hockey Stadium to recreate the Olympic welcoming ceremony.

Also in attendance were gold medal winning Paralympic swimmer Katrina Porter and hockey players Kaitlin Nobbs and Aleisha Power, giving the students a look into life as an Olympic athlete.

Hockey chief executive Peter Churack said he hoped the event would inspire the next generation of Australian gold medallists.

“It’s a great privilege to be able to host the event and have so many children from schools across the Perth area taking part,” he said.

“I hope that today will live long in the memory of many of these young people and provide them with the dream that one day they will be able to take to the field and represent Australia at a future Olympic Games.”

The Rio Olympics start on August 5.