Students show Olympic spirit

Colac district students Hamish Gleeson, pictured, and James Rowan received state-wide recognition for their involvement and leadership in sport.

COLAC district students Hamish Gleeson and James Rowan are excelling in sport, both with ability and leadership.

The students received state-wide recognition when the Victorian Olympic Council awarded them with a Pierre de Coubertin award at a ceremony at the MCG.

The award recognises young sportspeople for their sporting achievements and “demonstration of those endeavours which are consistent with the aims of the Olympic movement”.

As part of the ceremony, the pair also received a tour of the MCG and heard speeches from a host of Australian athletes including long-distance runner Steve Moneghetti, indigenous athlete Kyle Vander-Kuyp and freestyle skier Jacqui Cooper.

Gleeson, a Year 12 student who is captain of Gleeson house at Colac’s Trinity College, has been involved in school sports and athletics.

He has also represented Colac in senior basketball and plays senior football with Western Eagles.

Gleeson said it was an honour to receive the award.

“I do what I can to lead, I know there are other better leaders out there but I guess I just do what I can,” he said.

Rowan, a Year 12 student at Colac Secondary College, has excelled in district sport including senior football with Birregurra and representing Colac District Cricket Association at junior cricket carnivals.

As well as receiving nominations from their school, the award required each student to write a 300-word essay on how the 2012 Olympic team would inspire the nation.

“I wrote about going to the 2006 Commonwealth Games,” Gleeson said.

“The crowd went wild the whole time, the atmosphere was really good,” he said.

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