Karrinyup students among those lucky enough to rub shoulders with WA Olympians before Rio Games


Karrinyup Primary School students James Bowe and Aris Arisara with Olympian Olivia Vivian.
Karrinyup Primary School students James Bowe and Aris Arisara with Olympian Olivia Vivian.

STUDENTS from five primary schools were able to gain athletic skills from Olympians last month at HBF Stadium in the lead up to Rio 2016.

Kylie Wheeler (heptathlon), Blair Evans (swimming), Olivia Vivian (gymnastics), Travis Nederpelt (swimming) and Belinda Stowell (sailing) shared their Olympic experiences as part of Olympic Day.

Vivian demonstrated handstands, cartwheels and flips to a group of about 20 students before letting them have a go on the trampolines and other equipment.

VenuesWest chief executive David Etherton said he was excited the venue played a role in supporting WA’s athletes following their dreams all the way to Rio.

“We take great satisfaction in providing training and competition venues of the highest standard across so many different sports,’ he said.

Vivian, who competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where the team placed 6th, will head to the Rio Olympic Games next month.