Olympians kick off Active April in Melbourne school


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EDUCATION: Who better to inspire students to get moving and be active than three Olympians from the sports of basketball, rowing and athletics?

Lighthouse Christian College in Keysborough, Victoria had three special guests help launch their Active April campaign on Wednesday and inspire students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

The trio of Rio 2016 Olympians shared their stories of success and defeat in sport with students, hoping to motivate them to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity every day in April.

Dual silver medallist in the men’s coxless fours Josh Dunkley-Smith said the day was an overall success.

“The launch went well. The kids seemed really excited about the activity, I think they will have a fun and successful Active April.”

Dunkley-Smith was joined by fellow dual Olympian Rachel Jarry, who won a silver medal at the London 2012 Games as part of the women’s basketball team. Also present was Rydian Cowley who made his Olympic debut at the Rio Games in the men’s 20km walk.

Melbourne-born Dunkley-Smith, whose mother Addy Bucek sailed at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Altana Games, expressed the importance Olympian’s sharing their sporting journeys.

“It is important to tell our stories because even though we achieve fantastic goals, we are just ordinary people who have worked hard.

“By talking to kids face-to-face they can realise this and apply our stories to their own lives, whether they want to go to the Olympics or learn at school.”

Jarry echoed similar thoughts of perseverance and dedication to whatever it is in life these young students want to achieve.

“I think it's so important to show kids that if you work hard and persist then your dreams and goals can come true,” said 25-year-old Jarry.

“It's a good message not only for sport but for life in general.

“I would have been super excited to meet an Olympian when I was in school so just to see how happy and excited the kids get is definitely worth the visit!”

The Premier’s Active April is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians to join in the fun of increased physical activity.

More information on Active April can be found on their website.

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Ashleigh Knight
olympics.com.au