Concordia Lutheran College Year 12 student Montana Anderson has been awarded a coveted Pierre de Coubertin Award for 2017.

Montana (17) was recognised for her participation in the College’s physical education program and her consistently positive attitude. She was presented with her award by the Governor of Queensland at a special ceremony in Brisbane in July. Awarded by the International Olympic Committee, the Pierre de Coubertin Award is presented to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who demonstrate the attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement.

Montana was nominated by Concordia for the award due to her exemplary performance and sportsmanship as a basketball, volleyball and AFL representative. In applying for the award, Montana was required to prepare a piece of original art or literary work in response to this year’s theme, “What Rio 2016 Olympic Games moment has had an impact on you?” Montana’s essay discussed the spirit of athletes who have overcome major obstacles to achieve their Olympic dreams.
She cited inspirational examples including the first female Olympic athletes and Paralympians, as well as refugees and indigenous Australians who have represented their country at the Olympic level. As an award recipient, Montana participated in the Olympic Leadership Program that took place before the award ceremony. During this program, she met Olympians and other recipients of the award. She also participated in the Aspiring Leaders Camp in the Tweed hinterland, which included activities designed to push participants out of their comfort zones. “It was a thought provoking and inspirational experience,”
Montana said.