LA Salle College Year 11 students have shone the spotlight on the school recently through their sporting achievements, with Nikita Mawhirt, Riley Garcia and Jake Pasini emerging as clear stand outs.
Mawhirt was the school’s recipient for 2017 of the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin is the father of the modern Olympic movement and he believed in the important role sport played in an individual’s development.
Born in Paris in 1863, Coubertin was an educational theorist who believed teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play were qualities that should be fostered in young people who participated in competitive sports and this was reflected in his Olympics ideals.
Named in Coubertin’s honour, the award is based not only on a student’s performance but also on their individual drive, character and ideals.
The award provides secondary schools with the opportunity to present an outstanding student with Olympic recognition and is an acknowledgment of the high standards with which they represent their school both on and off field.
Mawhirt, won the award for La Salle College for her remarkable dedication in the Australian and Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) of WA sporting competitions and carnivals.
The ACC is one of the largest independent school sporting associations in Australia andMawhirt represented La Salle with distinction, in swimming, athletics, cross country and hockey.
In addition, she competed in interschool equestrian, basketball and soccer.
The award recognised Mawhirt’s qualities as an Olympian encompassing dedication, sportsmanship and fair play, virtues she possesses in abundance.
But Mawhirt is not the only Year 11 student who is flying the flag for La Salle, aspiring young footballers Riley Garcia and Jake Pasini have also covered their school in glory.
The talented pair have earned Western Australia State Academy Under 16 jumpers with Riley also being awarded the honour of being included in the squad’s leadership group.
Garcia and Pasini will both represent WA in the Under 16 National AFL Championships starting this Sunday at 10am on June 25 when WA confronts South Australia at Leederville Oval.
Garcia is already playing colts footy for Swan Districts in the WAFL this season and has measured up against the state’s best under 19 players.
The talented youngster is a hard working midfielder with very clean hands and is an accomplished user of the ball both in close and through traffic.
Considered to be an exceptional talent, these highly sought after skills, already have him earmarked as an exciting future prospect.
Pasini, whom is also likely to soon make his colts debut for Swans, will relish the opportunity to challenge himself against the best young players from around the country.
A versatile tall defender who can play at both ends of the ground, Pasini’s game is built around his powerful kicking and outstanding marking.
Unsurprisingly both Riley Garcia and Jake Pasini are considered to be players of the future and have represented both themselves and La Salle with excellence.