Sacred Heart, Warwick high school students receive Pierre de Coubertin award

Warwick Senior High School student and athlete Kyle Caplan. Picture: Marie Nirme d470899
Chloe Metcalf  from Sacred Heart College. Picture: Martin Kennealey d470704
Pierre de Coubertin award winners with Olympians Blair Evans (swimming), Danielle Kettlewell (synchronised swimming), Jesse Phillips (kayaking) and Stephen Bird (kayaking).
Olympians Blair Evans (swimming), Danielle Kettlewell (synchronised swimming), Jesse Phillips (kayaking) and Stephen Bird (kayaking) speaking to students.
Kyle Caplan with Steve Bird.
Warwick Senior High School student and athlete Kyle Caplan. Picture: Marie Nirme d470899 Chloe Metcalf from Sacred Heart College. Picture: Martin Kennealey d470704 Pierre de Coubertin award winners with Olympians Blair Evans (swimming), Danielle Kettlewell (synchronised swimming), Jesse Phillips (kayaking) and Stephen Bird (kayaking). Olympians Blair Evans (swimming), Danielle Kettlewell (synchronised swimming), Jesse Phillips (kayaking) and Stephen Bird (kayaking) speaking to students. Kyle Caplan with Steve Bird.

TWO local students have been recognised for displaying the Olympic ideals of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship.

Year 12 students Chloe Metcalf, of Sacred Heart College, and Kyle Caplan, of Warwick Senior High School, were among 22 WA secondary students to receive the Pierre de Coubertin award.

Schools are invited to nominate one student from years 10 to 12 for the prestigious award, presented by the Australian Olympic Committee, for representing the school at the highest standard on and off the field.

Chloe, who is Sacred Heart’s sport captain, received the award for a story she wrote on which moment during the Rio Olympics made the biggest impact on her: the women’s 5000m run.

“Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand tripped and fell and Abbey D’Agostino from USA sacrificed her race and Olympic dream of winning to help a fellow competitor,” she wrote.

“As Abbey helped Nikki up, she said, ‘this is the Olympic Games, we have to finish this’.

“This impacts me as I like to show my competitors sportsmanship, whether that is as simple as saying good luck and smiling at my competitors at the start line or shaking my opponent’s hand before and after a game.”

Kyle was awarded for his work coaching athletics and his humility in his achievements.

“Kyle consistently puts his best effort forward and motivates all those around him,” Warwick deputy principal Marisa Del Pin said. “A natural leader, he graciously congratulates others in his own team or in opposition, whether he is part of a winning team or not.”

As part of winning the awards, students heard from Olympians Blair Evans, Danielle Kettlewell, Jesse Phillips and Stephen Bird.