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The Real Winners at the Olympics

The Olympic Games are always a wonderful event; a celebration of sport and competition, but also a unification of the five continents, which is symbolised through the five Olympic rings. There is something about the Games that seems to transcend sport itself.

Yes, we admire the incredible performances, yes, we celebrate the medal winners, we urge the athletes on to break those world records, but the Olympic Games are more often than not remembered for reasons not necessarily to do with elite performance. We remember the Games for the acts of generosity, kindness and humility that the athletes display.

The 2020/21 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, gave, and will continue to give over the next fortnight (while our very own Raissa Martin competes!) a much-needed boost to our spirits, and a reminder that above all else, we need to show compassion and empathy to others. Helping others, serving others, has that power. It lifts people up, it inspires others, it brings joy, it brings happiness, it brings love. There are a number of special moments however, the one that stands out for me was the interaction between our two Australian male decathletes. Going into the final event, the 1500m, Australian competitor Ash Moloney needed a strong performance to place in the medals. Recognising that this event was not Moloney’s strongest, a fellow competitor and team-mate Cedric Dubler, sacrificed his own race to run as pacer for his mate. Shouting encouragement throughout the race, Dubler was able to urge Moloney over the line with a time that secured his team-mate a bronze medal. Selflessness, sacrifice, humility … an incredible act of camaraderie and sportsmanship, and one that epitomizes not only the Olympic spirit, but the human spirit.

Service Initiatives in Term 3

ATC students have an opportunity to display their own ‘Olympic Moment’ over the next few weeks as they take part in a number of the Service activities on offer throughout the College. Due to restrictions, these Service initiatives focus on the small acts of kindness that we can do in and around our own homes.

In addition to these small acts of kindness, a number of activities focus on developing compassion and empathy for others, namely Indro2India and Walk the Walk challenges. A number of students have already completed their Indro2India challenge and have provided some very insightful reflections about their experiences. Students are invited to email us their Service reflection and photos by clicking here.

Students are reminded that Service hours are required to be completed and logged by 17 September, last day of Term 3, to be eligible for recognition at the end of year Service Awards presentation ceremony.

Andrew McCrohon
Service Program Coordinator