Montana Anderson receives Pierre de Coubertin Award

Wednesday 20 Jun

Concordia Lutheran College Year 12 student Montana Anderson has been awarded the coveted Pierre de Coubertin Award for 2017. Montana, 17, has been recognised for her participation in the College’s physical education program and her consistently positive attitude.

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.

In applying for the award, Montana was required to prepare a submission 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 the Olympians who have overcome major obstacles to achieve their 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.

Montana said she was surprised when she received the letter advising her that she had been successful in winning the prestigious award.

“I’m really looking forward to participating in the Olympic Leadership Program taking place in Canberra and the Aspiring Leaders Camp in the Tweed Hinterland,” Montana said.

Montana was nominated by Concordia for the award due to her exemplary performance and sportsmanship as a basketball, volleyball and AFL representative.

She already has a Certificate I in Sports Training and plans to defer from university in 2018 to focus on gaining further experience as a Sports Coach and gaining her Certificate II.

Montana will receive her award at the official Awards Presentation Ceremony at Somerville House in Brisbane on Saturday 8 July.