Jessica Receives Pierre de Coubertin Award
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The Pierre de Coubertin Award is named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The program is designed to emphasise participation and commendable sporting behaviour consistent with the Olympic Movement. Some of the skills include demonstrating initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. The Award is not primarily intended to reward elite performance alone.
This year Jessica Emerson joins a quite illustrious list of past winners from Sheldon College who have gone on to great things in their chosen areas of sport - Max Beattie (Australian Ironman), Sam Heazlett (Australian Representative Cricket), and Joanne Miller (Current Junior Australian Women Triathlon Champion).
The College nominates one person per year, which is then ratified by the Queensland and Australian Olympic Council.
Jessica’s achievements speak for themselves and certainly guided the decision making this year.
Jessica is a member of the current Australian Water Polo squad, and has attended 3 camps this year to date.
During the recent school holidays, Jessica competed at the Festival of Youth Water Polo competition in Sydney as a member of the Queensland U20 team. They came second to Thailand after beating the NSW Institute of Sport team in the semis!
In May she was one of 50 players invited to attend the ‘Towards Tokyo’ camp at the AIS in Canberra.
Last season Jessica was a member of the Brisbane Barracudas National League team who won Silver in their finals.
At the same time, she was also playing in the U18 Barracudas team. They won the State Competition and came fifth at Club Nationals in Perth in April.
Jessica also had her first coaching job last summer coaching an U12 Barracudas water polo team.
This is a great effort for someone who is also completing their Year 12 studies.
Perhaps Jessica will become Sheldon College’s first Olympian???