Recognised for his participation in a variety of sports and support of his teammates, St Laurence’s College Year 12 student Henry Hourigan has been honoured with a Pierre de Coubertin Award. Presented by the Australian Olympic Committee in July this year, the award recognises individuals who demonstrate initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through participation in a range of sports, supporting the ethos of the Olympic Movement.

Since beginning his Lauries journey as a Primary School student, Henry has participated in volleyball, rugby, cross country, basketball and athletics, representing the College at Zone and Regional levels. “I have always taken up sport for the enjoyment and strong positive role it plays in my life rather than the glory or triumph,” Henry said.  As 2018 Volleyball Captain, Henry supports his teammates during their matches and events, and shows great initiative in assisting coaches to run extra sessions for junior teams. Described as “the first at the game and the last to leave”, Henry participates in all aspects of sport within the College and is a great example to younger students.

Now in his final year at school, Henry believes that his involvement in co-curricular sports has played a significant part in his Lauries journey. “Sport has been one of the defining factors of my young life, who I am as a student, as a leader and as a person.”

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