Cape Naturaliste Student and keen sailor Rosie Rowell has been recognised for her Olympian-like qualities.
Rosie was one of 43 WA high school students who the Australian Olympic Committee honoured with the prestigious 2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award.
Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of modern Olympics and was convinced of 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 awards are designed to reward not only the elite sports people but those that display strong character and ideals, representing the school at the highest standard both on and off the field.
Rosie, 17, was encouraged to enter the competition by the college’s physical education department head, Greg Hopkins.
The Year 11 student submitted an application, which included an essay on her role model, Belinda Stowell, who won gold at Sydney 2000.
Rosie travelled to Perth for the presentation and for an ‘Olympic Academy Day’. The day gave students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about leadership, goal setting and resilience from some of WA’s Olympic heroes including gymnast Lauren Mitchell.
Rosie, who has competed in three world championships, said it was a valuable experience.
“It was such an informative and inspiring presentation, especially hearing all the hard work and mental strength Lauren showed to come back from her injuries,” she said.
The students also learnt about the Olympic movement and toured the WA Institute of Sport.
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