College student presented the Pierre De Coubertin Award

26 Jun 2017

On Friday 16 June, Year 12 College Student Ashlyn Dures was presented with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award.  

Each year, secondary school teachers are invited to nominate one recipient from senior years and each nominee must complete an application through the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). 

Ashlyn was the only recipient from our region and was presented the Pierre De Coubertin Award for her outstanding success and spirit in state swimming, as well as her outstanding contribution to a variety of sports including netball. 

Ashlyn has been an active participant in the school's PDHPE program, having a positive attitude, initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play and consistently demonstrating the attributes which align with the aims of the Olympic movement. 

Damien Huens, Head Teacher, Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education (PDHPE) nominated Ashlyn for the award.  

“Ashlyn has shown strong leadership and sportsmanship representing the school since Year 7 in multiple sports and participated in state swimming competitions each year.”  

“She has been a house captain, coached the school’s netball team and volunteered to referee inside and outside of the School.  Ashlyn has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills at sports carnivals and is an invaluable role model for the entire school community,” he added.  

After the successful nomination process, Ashlyn completed an application through the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). 

Students were asked, “Which Rio 2016 Olympic Games moment has had the biggest impact on you?”  

Ashlyn’s most memorable moment was watching 18 year old Kyle Chambers win the Gold medal, an Olympian whom she swam alongside at the Australian Age Championships.  

“While fellow Australian Cam McEvoy was in a high contention to win the event, Kyle Chalmers surprised the nation to claim the gold in a personal best time of 47.58” Ashlyn wrote.  

“Being only 18 years of age myself, watching a fellow swimmer my age win gold at the Olympic Games was not only inspiring, but it opened my eyes to how hard work and dedication can lead you to amazing places” she added.  

This year, the awards were presented by home-grown Olympian Shelley Watts. Ms Watts is a proud ambassador for the Australian Olympic Committee program.  

All awardees were invited to attend an Academy Day where students met, trained with and discussed life as an Olympian with four 2016 Olympians; Shelley Watts (Boxing), Cameron Girdlestone (Rowing), Steph Magiros (Snowboarding), Matt Abood (swimming).  

“Listening to how each Olympian overcame adversity in their own ways resonated with me,” Ashlyn said.  

Currently completing her HSC this year, Ashlyn hopes to swim competitively again next year while studying at university.