Warwick SHS’s Daniel Frost was among 43 Western Australian secondary school students recently honoured by the Australian Olympic Committee with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award.

Named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, the award recognises students for their outstanding sportsmanship and overall dedication to pursuing excellence – exemplifying the Olympic values.

Students and their families attended the State Presentation Ceremony, with students also attending an Olympic Academy Day, at which some of WA’s Olympic heroes shared insights into leadership, goal setting and resilience.

Olympians Jesse Phillips (sprint kayak); Tamsin Cook (swimming); Danielle Kettlewell (synchronised swimming) and Rhys Grant (rowing) discussed their own Olympic journeys with the students, who also learnt about the Olympic movement and toured the Western Australian Institute of Sport’s high-performance facility.

Master of Ceremonies Jesse Phillips, who has attended multiple Pierre de Coubertin days, said he was grateful for the opportunity to meet students and foster their spirit for personal excellence.

“The students receive an insight into the whole Olympic movement,” he said. The journey is much bigger than what you see at the Olympic Games every four years, it is an ongoing journey with many obstacles, setbacks, hopes and dreams to represent our country.”

“Looking behind the scenes at sport at the highest level was really interesting, but it was also inspiring to hear the different athletes’ journeys, overcoming setbacks and drive to achieve their goals,” Daniel said.