A TRIO of students from the western suburbs were recognised for their elite performances on and off the field last Friday.
John XXIII College student Sian Munks, Methodist Ladies’ College deputy head girl Angie Humphris and Scotch College student Mitchell Clarke won a Pierre de Coubertin award after displaying the Olympic ideals of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship.
Sian, who competes in swimming, athletics, netball, cross country and water polo, was awarded for her artwork on Olympic swimmers Kyle Chalmers and Cameron McEvoy.
Angie has represented her school in volleyball, swimming, athletics, basketball and netball, and showed a hardworking and encouraging approach to competition and umpiring.
Mitchell, who competes in athletics, basketball and football, wrote a literary piece on the selfie between two gymnasts, from North and South Korea, which won him the award on top of his success in sport.
At the presentation, Olympic swimmer Blair Evans, synchronised swimmer Danielle Kettlewell and kayakers Jesse Phillips and Stephen Bird talked about the Australian Olympic Team’s values and their Olympic journeys with the students.
The quartet and WA Olympic Council president Greg Kaedi presented the recipients with the certificates.
Evans, who won a 200m freestyle relay silver at the 2012 London Olympic, said she enjoyed sharing her experience with the students.
“For me it is a way to help others, hopefully be inspired by my words and maybe one day successfully achieve their individual goals they have set,” she said.
Phillips said athletes develop character traits through life and sport that were helpful in different ways.
“The impact the Games has on you and the desire to push yourself and be the best you can be, I hope the students can take that away with them,” she said.