Presbyterian Ladies College student wins award Pierre De Coubertin Award for Olympic values

Olympic Gymnast Lauren Mitchell presenting the Pierre De Coubertin Awards to Isadora Rakich.
Olympic Gymnast Lauren Mitchell presenting the Pierre De Coubertin Awards to Isadora Rakich.

MOSMAN Park resident Isadora Rakich was awarded the Pierre De Coubertin Award for embodying the values of Olympism.

The Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) student was presented with the prestigious award at the WA Institute of Sport, alongside PLC student rower Emma Wilson.

A total of 43 high school students were given the award for exhibiting qualities of excellence, sportsmanship and respect.

Miss Rakich, a passionate hockey player, said she loved the sport but had no plans to compete in the Olympics.

“I was chosen by my school to receive the award because I possess ideals for the Olympic movement,” she said.

“I’m not really aiming for the Olympics because it’s a big sacrifice to make that decision.”

The 17-year-old currently plays for the Westside Wolves, Hockey WA’s premier women’s league.

The Year 12 student has previously represented the state in the Under 13’s and 15’s team for Hockey WA competitions as well as the Under 16’s team for School Sport Australia.

She said it was inspiring to hear talks presented by four Olympians during the Annual Pierre de Coubertin Olympic Academy Day.

“I think the most inspiring athlete for me was Olympian rower Rhys Grant,” she said.

“He faced a lot of setbacks and had people tell him he wasn’t good enough”.