Luke Harvey - Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient 2016

​Luke competing at this year's National Schools Triathlon Championships
​The Pierre de Coubertin Awards is a major program of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Schools Education Strategy. The Awards program 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. It is not primarily intended to reward elite performance alone. Each Queensland secondary school is invited to nominate one student (only) from year 10, 11 or 12 as its Pierre de Coubertin Award nominee.
In 2016 that honour was bestowed on Year 11 student Luke Harvey, who has certainly proved himself to be a young elite athlete on the rise.

What are some of his more recent achievements that make him elite? I suppose these could include being a current State and National Champion in multiple triathlon events as well as a Queensland Schools representative in Triathlon and Cross Country (also qualified for Metropolitan East Swim team). Across these formats Luke has collected a number of top 3 placings, including placing third at this year’s Australian Schools Triathlon Championships. As a member of the Triathlon Queensland Emerging Talent Squad who has also recently attended a National Development Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, it’s not surprising Luke’s participation in international triathlon racing has well and truly commenced. A particularly special highlight would be his selection to compete in this year’s Under 19 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships held in Mexico.

Yes, with achievements such as these it is easy to recognise Luke as an elite young sportsperson. However, the decision to award Luke as this year’s Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient was based on the way he consistently exemplifies amazing behaviour and integrity as a young elite athlete. He has never hesitated to take on an active leadership role amongst other students when participating at school and district carnivals. It’s also clear to anyone that witnesses Luke compete that he is ferocious but does not compromise his sportsmanship or fair play, often being the first one to extend a hand to fellow race finishers. He takes great pride in representing the school and being part of many inter-school sporting teams, despite an already hectic and demanding sporting schedule. He is a true team player.

It is for all these reasons and more that we congratulate this year’s Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient. Congratulations Luke, we are so proud to have you as a member of our school community.

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Last reviewed 19 December 2019
Last updated 19 December 2019