SANTA Maria College’s Keely Hebiton was among 22 WA secondary students recently presented with the Pierre de Coubertin award for displaying the Olympic ideals of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship.
The awards, presented by the Australian Olympic Committee, allow schools to nominated one student that both competes at the highest standard and sets an outstanding example for others both on and off the field.
The award is not based solely on elite performance but rather rewards those students displaying strong character and ideals.
Keely has represented Santa Maria College at swimming, cross-country, hockey and athletics.
“She is a highly motivated student who leads by example and is always thinking about the team,” her citation reads.
“Keely always plays hard but fair and shows respect for her teammates, the opposition and the coaches and officials alike.
“(Her) literary piece on Chloe Esposito’s gold medal pentathlon performance was outstanding and (she) has a clear understanding that with perseverance and hard work anything is possible.”
In addition to receiving their awards, the students heard from four Olympian Blair Evans (Swimming 2012, 2016), Danielle Kettlewell (Synchronised Swimming 2016), Jesse Phillips (Kayak 2012) and Stephen Bird (Kayak 2012, 2016).