Congratulations to our 2018 award recipient Ally Jeffery. The Pierre de Coubertin Award recognises students who are active participants in sport and display the Olympic ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. The respective State Olympic Council administers the Awards in each state. Students must be enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12, have participated actively in the school physical education program with a consistently positive attitude, and demonstrate the attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement. The students 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). Ally was also required to write a Literacy piece about "Which Olympic athlete has been a role model to you and how?"

My Olympic role model - By Ally Jeffery

Being an exceptional athlete is not just about the wins you achieve in your chosen sporting arena. For me, of equal importance is an athlete’s attitude combined with their conduct outside of the media spotlight. This is why Olympic tennis great, Roger Federer, is my role model. Federer epitomises what it means to be both an elite athlete and a good person.

Federer has such an infectious positive personality; his post-match interviews are always engaging and humorous for his honest and humble responses. He does not appear to have been adversely affected by his success, which is evident when he praises his opponents after a match. In addition to his polite nature, he demonstrates that it is okay to become visibly emotional when you have achieved a personal goal. A further endearing quality is Federer’s generosity through his charity work. Federer’s commitment to his sport is evident in his long list of title wins and records set. He has won 20 major singles titles – the first man to ever do so. At 36 years-of-age, he became the oldest player to win a grand slam title.

As an aspiring athlete who has had local sporting success, I am inspired by Federer to not only push myself further, but also to remain grounded and be kind to others. Federer’s attitude, fairness and presence make him a true winner and that is why he is my Olympic role model.