June 23 is celebrated internationally as World Olympic Day where all things Olympic Games are celebrated across the globe.
The Victoria Olympic Council, in conjunction with the Australia Olympic Council, use this day to hold their Pierre de Coubertin Awards day, however with the 23rd being a Saturday the celebrations took place on Friday 22 June this year. Pierre De Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympic Games and these awards are to recognise and celebrate students who demonstrate the Olympic values and attributes.
This year, for the third time, State Sporting Associations were also invited to submit nominations. Following our call for submissions, Tristan Little was nominated as Softball Victoria’s representative.
Tristan was nominated as our Pierre de Coubertin Award nomination based on his submission in accordance with the award requirements and his work with the Berwick Braves Softball Club where he was awarded the Junior Club Person of the Year. Softball Victoria would like to congratulate him on both achievements.
The day involved Tristan having the opportunity to interact with other like-minded students and athletes from across the state as they engaged in numerous activities run by Olympians from a variety of sports, all centred around the a.s.p.i.r.e Olympic values and attributes.
Taking part in the day also provides the students with the opportunity to hear from exceptional athletes such as snowboarder Scotty James and swimmer Mack Horton. These world class athletes took the time to share their experiences from the Olympics as well as talked to the students about the Olympic values and managing the challenges of staying involved in sport whilst managing busy study schedules.
The day concluded with the awards ceremony, where Tristan was presented with his certificate.
Image above: Tristan Little receiving his Pierre De Coubertin Award at the Awards Ceremony at the MCG.