MORE than 300 school students from across Perth descended on the National Hockey Stadium in Bentley to recreate the Olympic Games opening ceremony last week.
Gold medal winning Australian Paralympian swimmer Katrina Porter attended the event with rising Hockey stars Kaitlin Nobbs and Aleisha Power to offer students an insight into the life of an Olympic athlete.
The students, including a number from South Perth Primary School, were given the opportunity to meet the athletes before launching into a range of different Olympic themed sports and games.
Porter said she hoped the event would inspire the next generation of gold medal winners.
“It’s really good to see the kids’ enthusiasm for the Olympics and their enthusiasm for the Paralympics as well,” she said.
“It’s exciting to see they wanted to know more.”
Hockey WA chief executive Peter Churack said it had been a privilege to have so many children from across Perth take part in the event.
“I hope that today will live long in the memory 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,” he said.
“Hockey is a well-established and hugely popular Olympic sport.
“Athletes from WA have always been an integral part of the country’s successful Olympic Hockey Teams over the years.”