UP to 300 secondary school students from across the region had the chance to learn how to reach Olympic sporting levels yesterday, after being given a once in a lifetime coaching lesson from Olympians.
Run at the Shepparton Sports Precinct as part of the Active Youth Development Program, students from Wanganui Park Secondary College, McGuire College, Shepparton High School and Mooroopna Secondary College (part of the Better Together Alliance) were coached by Olympians, Michelle Brogan (200, 1996 basketball), Tal Karp (2004 football), Selin Kuralay (2004 football), Kyle Vander-Kuyp (2000, 1996 athletics), Stuart Carruthers (1996 hockey), Belinda Hocking (2012, 2008 swimming), Allison Tranquilli (2004 silver, 1996 bronze medallist basketball), Emily Hurtz (2012 hockey), Erin Walklate (2008 badminton), Peter Blackburn (200, 1996 badminton) and Pam Ryan (1972, 1968 and 1964 silver and bronze medallist athletics).
The Olympians gave students lessons in athletics, basketball, badminton, football, and hockey and offered a unique insight into the Olympic Games with stories about how they got involved in sport and the positive impact sport has had on their life.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Cr Dennis Patterson said the event was a fantastic opportunity for young people to find inspiration from Australia’s best athletes.
“To have so many Olympic champions in Shepparton on the one day providing expert advice and motivation to our students is terrific.
“Each student was coached in their preferred sport, coming away with a special tip from an Olympian that they will cherish for life, and one that may provide that little extra something to motivate them to strive to achieve their own sporting dreams.”