Olympians inspire Cranebrook High at Olympics Unleashed
8 February 2019
AOC: If the excitement around Cranebrook High School in Penrith was any indication, the Olympics Unleashed program is set to have a major impact on secondary students right across NSW.
The program was launched in western Sydney on Friday with Olympians Jessica Fox, Matt Shirivington and Aidan Roach being the first NSW athletes to share their stories with Year 9 students.
The NSW Premier, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Minister for Sport, The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, and AOC CEO Matt Carroll were also on board to help launch the $1.4 million program, jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Olympic Committee.
Australian sprinting legend and Sydney 2000 Olympian, Shirvington, knows the value athletes can provide to the community.
"The Unleashed program comes at a perfect time, with our kids inundated with confusing and conflicting messages across so many forms of media these days,” Shirvington said.
“Having an Olympian standing in front of them telling their story, a story of determination, time management and humility is brilliant. These are all traits any up and coming generation would benefit from.”
Two-time Olympic medallist and the greatest slalom paddler of all time, Fox, said she’s excited to get into the classroom and share her story.
“I can’t wait to start visiting schools with Olympics Unleashed to share my journey with students. I found my passion in sport but most important is that you find a passion in something,” she said.
“Being able to set goals, working out steps to achieve them and overcoming challenges is so important for all of us. Olympians understand this really well and we are keen to pass these lessons on.”
Dual water polo Olympian Aidan Roach said he hopes he can inspire students who aren’t sure what they want to be when they grow up to follow their dreams.
“I remember in Year 9, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and that can be tough,” he said.
“This program will help show that if you set goals and work hard to achieve them, dreams can come true. Life can also take you down a completely different path that can work out just as successful and make you just as happy.
“Visiting schools is so inspiring, it’s grounding and it makes me remember why I love what I do so much.”
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