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Caitlin Free Receives 2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award - 03 August 2018

Year 12 student, Caitlin Free, is the Lourdes Hill College recipient of the 2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award.  


Caitlin was presented with her certificate by Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland and Chief Patron of the Queensland Olympic Council. Past and present Olympians, including Barry Cheales, Katrin Garfoot, Matt Denny, Damian Istria and Toby Jenkins assisted in the presentation.  This award, an initiative of the Olympic Committee, recognises Caitlin’s participation and achievement in physical education and sport throughout her time at Lourdes Hill and her demonstration of endeavors which are consistent with the Olympic movement. 


The Award, named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, promotes the importance of participation in sport and physical activity for the development of the individual.  Pierre de Coubertin stated: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”


Sporting participation continues to play an important part of our lives and assists us to develop a range of life-long skills. Caitlin has enjoyed many sporting and physical education opportunities at Lourdes Hill College. Over the past five years, Caitlin has participated in a range of sports, including hockey, athletics and touch football. She excels in hockey and was a member of the Queensland Schoolgirls Hockey Team that achieved a gold medal at the 2017 Pacific School Games.  


Caitlin has developed many 21st century skills (or general capabilities) including critical and creative thinking, outstanding personal and social skills and high ethical standards. She has also developed outstanding communication, collaboration and teamwork skills. Caitlin appreciates the opportunities she has had through sport. She is the worthy recipient of this award not just as a reflection of her sporting abilities but also her personal qualities.


Congratulations Caitlin on receiving this prestigious award!


Deann Mayfield

Head of Faculty - HPE