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Pierre de Coubertin Awards and Olympic Academy

Nominations for the 2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award are now open... 

Follow these 4 steps to nominate a year 10, 11 or 12 student to receive the Award.

  1. Select a student from Year 10, 11 or 12 who meets the selection criteria.
  2. Click here to access the nomination form.
  3. Enter your school and contact details and press NEXT.
  4. Ener your student details and press SUBMIT.
    Once submitted you will receive an automatic reply with further details for your award recipient. Please contact us if you don’t receive this reply. Email voc@olympics.com.au  


Pierre de Coubertin recipients are invited to participate in an Olympic Academy to be followed by an Awards Ceremony, a unique opportunity to connect with Olympians and learn about the Olympic Movement.

All Victorian schools are also invited to nominate an ADDITIONAL TWO SPORT LEADERS, NOT INCLUDING your Pierre de Coubertin recipient, from years 10, 11 or 12 to attend the awards ceremony and Olympic Academy. This event is FREE OF CHARGE and limited places are available. You will receive further details about the Academy and registration process once you submit your Pierre de Coubertin award recipient details.

We look forward to receiving your nomination.


Australian Olympic Committee presents the Pierre de Coubertin Award to Victorian 
Schools and State Sporting Associations

MELBOURNE, JUNE 23 -  On International Olympic Day, 188 Victorian Senior Secondary School students and State Sport Association athletes were acknowledged with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin award.

The annual Awards Ceremony returned to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a fitting venue with much Olympic history as the home of the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. The awards are funded by the Department of Education & Training and delivered by the Victorian Olympic Council.

Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, the Pierre de Coubertin Award recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values. Each award recipient must participate in sport and display the Olympic values, in particular, good sportsmanship.

In addition to the awards ceremony an Olympic Academy was held for the students, and an Olympic Forum for Teachers and Sport Administrator’s. 

Pierre de Coubertin Awards Ceremony

Melbourne’s own Nicole Livingstone OAM Emceed the awards ceremony. Rio Gold Medallist Catherine Skinner OAM was also on hand to present students with their awards.

We were also delighted to have present, representing the Minister for Sport, Judith Graley MP, Member for Narre Warren South and Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

Our State Sporting Associations (SSA) were also invited to nominate a recipient for the awards program. The SSAs play a huge role in supporting sport in Victoria and we are proud to have them involved in this program once again. We acknowledge the following SSAs for nominating an award recipient for this years award.

  • Baseball Victoria
  • Cycling Victoria
  • Diving Victoria
  • Equestrian Victoria
  • Victorian Ice Racing Association
  • Ice Skating Victoria
  • Karate Victoria
  • Netball Victoria 
  • Australian Sailing
  • Softball Victoria
  • Sport Climbing Victoria
  • Table Tennis Victoria
  • Triathlon Victoria
Once again this year, the Victorian Olympic Council was proud to join with Red Dust to present a unique opportunity for SSAs. Red Dust is a health promotion organisation that delivers innovative programs in partnership with remote communities. The Healthy Living Program encourages Indigenous youth to learn more about health and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle. Each SSA was invited to nominate their award recipient to attend a Red Dust camp in 2017. The Red Dust Award recipient and program attendee for 2017 was Chloe Di Gemma nominated by Ice Skating Victoria (pictured below).
Red Dust Recipient

As part of the Pierre de Coubertin award nomination, each student must submit a literary, artistic or digital media piece to this year’s theme: “Which Rio 2016 Olympic Games moment has had the biggest impact on you?”

The ‘Most Outstanding Digital Media Piece’ was presented to James Harry from Gleneagles Secondary College, the Most Outstanding Literary piece to Lukas Egger from The Hamilton and Alexandra College, and the Most Outstanding Artistic Piece to Sierra Danon from Glen Eira College. 
                   Most Outstanding Digital Media Piece       
Glen Eira College Physical Education and Humanities teacher, Adam Golding notes Sierra as “displaying terrific leadership qualities since her time at the College. She is willing to give up her own time to help coach interschool sports team's during lunch time and after school. Sierra show's amazing sportsmanship that every student at our school should look up to; encouraging and supporting her opposition, giving her very best when she is pitching in the State Softball Competition or smashing an overhead volley in regional badminton. She epitomises true qualities that the de Coubertin award represents.”

Victorian Olympic Council Executive Director Warwick Waters said “The Pierre de Coubertin awards are a highlight of our annual calendar and it is an honour to present this outstanding award to so many deserving recipient’s, each clearly demonstrating the Olympic values.”

The 2017 Pierre de Coubertin awards are open year round. Click here to nominate a student for this prestigious award.

Olympic Academy

A further 110 School and Sport leaders took part in an Olympic Academy preceding the awards ceremony where students had the opportunity to interact with Olympians, learn about the a.s.p.i.r.e Olympic values, discuss current sport and health topics, as well as visit the National Sports Museum. 

Linley Frame  Barcelona 1992 Swimming 
Belinda Hocking  Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 Swimming
Nicole Livingstone OAM  Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 Swimming Silver and Dual Bronze Medallist
Jeff Riseley   Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 Athletics
Pam Ryan AM MBE  Tokyo 1964, Mexico 1968, Munich 1972 Athletics Silver and Bronze Medallist
Catherine Skinner OAM  Rio 2016 Shooting GOLD Medallist
Trevor Vincent OAM  Tokyo 1964 Athletics
Erin Walklate    Beijing 2008 Badminton (VOC Education Commission Member and former Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient)


Teacher and Sport Administrator's Olympic Forum

For the first time in 2017, the VOC offered the opportunity for Teachers and State Sporting Association Administrators to attend a FREE Olympic Forum which was delivered concurrently with the Student's Academy at the MCG. The Forum was an opportunity to meet with like-minded educators and sport administrators and network with stakeholders from:

  •   ACHPER
  •   the MCG and National Sports Museum
  •   Red Dust
  •   School Sport Victoria
  •   VicHealth
  •   the Victorian Institute of Sport
  •   and Olympic legend, Steve Moneghetti AM.
For more information about the program or future events please contact the VOC on 9427 0700 or email voc@olympics.com.au.  

2017 International Pierre de Coubertin Youth Forum

The International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) invited the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to once again send a delegation of eight Australian students to the 11th International Youth Forum in 2017.

The AOC selects eight students to attend from recipients of the 2016 and 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Award in each State/Territory between the ages of 16 to 18 years. Students selected are involved in the Forum program organising sports events, leading discussion groups and coordinating group activities as well as participating for the Coubertin Award. 

All award recipients are encouraged to nominate for the 2017 International Pierre de Coubertin Youth Forum. This year’s Forum was held in Norway and Estonia. Although a difficult task in selecting two Victorian students to be part of the Australian contingent, we were delighted to annouce the 2017 Victorian representatives, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient Rebecca Rusinovic and 2016 Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient from Lilydale High School, James Laven.

International Pdc Youth Forum Attendees

What are the Pierre de Coubertin Awards?

The Pierre de Coubertin Awards are named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games and take place on an annual basis to recognise senior secondary students who demonstrate attributes consistent with Olympism through participation and commendable behaviour in sporting activities.

All secondary government and non government schools are invited to nominate one recipient from year 10, 11 or 12 for the Pierre de Coubertin Award each year. Each nominee must participate actively in the school's physical education program with a consistently positive attitude and must have represented the school in a sport.

A piece of original art or literary work (for example: essay, poetry, sculpture, paintings etc) which demonstrates the student’s appreciation and understanding of the Olympic Movement must also be submitted.


At some stage throughout their schooling, the selected student must:

  • Be enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12 and not have received the Award on a previous occasion.
  • Have participated actively in the school physical education program with a consistently positive attitude.
  • Demonstrate the attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement, and
  • Submit a digital media, literacy or artistic piece that depicts an appreciation of Olympism in response to this year’s theme: “What Rio 2016 Olympic Games moment has had an impact on you?”
    A digital media, literary or artistic piece related to the theme must accompany the nomination form otherwise it will be deemed invalid. All pieces submitted remain the property of the VOC and where appropriate may be used in official publications.
    Please note:
    - Literary pieces must be a MAXIMUM of 300 words (typed) in length.
    - Artistic pieces must be within the confines of 64x45cm or equivalent in 3D. An artistic piece could refer to, but is not limited to, a painting, collage or framed piece.
    - Digital Media pieces refer to audio, video, and photo content that has been encoded (digitally compressed) i.e. converting audio and video input into a digital media file such as a Windows Media file. A digital media piece could refer to, but is not limited to, a musical recording, videography or PowerPoint presentation which is a MAXIMUM of 3min.

At some stage throughout years 7-12, the selected student must have:

  • Represented the school in at least one sport on the current Olympic program and
  • Participated in at least two other sports (individual or team).

PdC Award Recipients 2016

Who is Baron Pierre de Coubertin?

Baron Pierre de Coubertin was born in Paris in 1863 and was an active sportsman 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.

His definition of Olympism had four principles that were far from a simple sports competition:

  • To be a religion i.e. to "adhere to an ideal of a higher life, to strive for perfection"
  • To represent an elite "whose origins are completely egalitarian" and at the same time "chivalry" with its moral qualities
  • To create a truce "a four-yearly festival of the springtime of mankind"
  • To glorify beauty by the "involvement of the philosophic arts in the Games"

It is clear that the concept of the Olympic Games is far from a simple sports competition.