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Pierre de Coubertin Awards

he Pierre de Coubertin Awards are named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The Awards take place on an annual basis and recognise senior secondary students who demonstrate values which are consistent with the Olympic Movement through participation in sporting activities.

All secondary government and non government schools are invited to nominate one recipient for the Pierre de Coubertin Award each year (only) from year 10, 11 or 12.

Each nominee must participate actively in the school’s physical education program with a consistently positive attitude. At some stage during years 7-12 the nominee must have represented the school in at least two other competitive sports. A piece of original art work (for example – poetry, songs, paintings etc) which illustrates the student’s appreciation of the Olympic Movement must also be submitted.

2017 Pierre de Coubertin Awards

The 2017 ACT Pierre de Coubertin Academy day and state presentation was held on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at the Australian Insitute of Sport. 

The students spent the day learning about the Olympic movement. They also had the opportunity to hear from Olympians Lauren Wells (Athletics, London 2012, Rio 2016), Rachel Tallent (Athletics, Rio 2016) and Shelley Watts (Boxing, Rio 2016). 

The second part of the day was the State Presentation, where students were presented with their awards in a ceremony attended by family, friends and school teachers.

See the list of students here - 



The pinnacle of the Awards is the opportunity to represent Australia at the International Pierre de Coubertin Youth Forum. The Forum occurs every two years and is held in various locations around the world. Only eight Australian students from hundreds of award recipients are selected to attend.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin was born in Paris in 1863 and was personally involved in fencing, rowing and cycling. His visits to British “public” schools resulted in a lifelong interest in trying to get the heavily academic French schools to take up more sports-oriented curricula. As an educational theorist, de Coubertin was convinced of the importance of sport for the development of the individual. He believed that the qualities of initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play should be encouraged in young people who participated in sports and competitive games.