Congratulations Adele: 2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient

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Adele Smith with Olympian Lauren Mitchell

Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympics and believed in the importance of sport in the development of the individual. He believed in the qualities of excellence, sportsmanship and respect, which embody the values of Olympism.

The Pierre de Coubertin Awards are an initiative of the Australian Olympic Committee and designed to reward not only elite sports people but also those that display strong character and ideals, representing their schools at the highest standard both on and off the field.

The award is presented to one student from Years 10 – 12 from participating high schools.

Year 11 student, Adele Smith, was the 2018 Santa Maria College recipient of this award. Adele was selected by the College Physical Education teachers.

Recipients were invited to an Olympic Academy Day, which was followed by the State Presentation Ceremony. Adele enjoyed a tour around WAIS, where she learnt about the Olympic movement and the Olympic values. Award winners also heard from a number of WA Olympians who shared their stories.

Adele said, “I learnt about leadership, goal setting and resilience from listening to each speaker. All of them had similar messages. I found all of their stories inspirational and I’m very lucky to have had this opportunity.”

Congratulations Adele.


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Linda Stade
Santa Maria College
Santa Maria College is located in Attadale in Western Australia, 16 km from the Perth CBD. We offer a Catholic education for girls in Years 5 – 12 and have 1300 students, including 152 boarders. Our goal is to assist students to become self-directed and independent learners. Santa Maria College consistently performs well and ranks in the top 10 schools in Perth in terms of median ATAR.
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