Jindalee State School year seven teacher, Keith Dawes, caught up with one of his former Jindalee State School students, Australian Olympic Gold medal winner, Natalie Cook at the school sports day on Tuesday. Mr Dawes has been a gold medal performing teacher at Jindalee State School for many years and has guided the education and development of many students from the Jindalee community including Natalie Cook. “I was delighted to catch up with Natalie during her visit. Last time she was here at the school assembly I missed her and was pleased to see her this time” said Mr Dawes. I followed her gold medal winning performance at the Sydney Olympics and her efforts to win bronze in Atlanta four years later.”
Natalie was at the school to help celebrate Olympics Day and to watch her nephew participate in the junior sports. During the “Jindalympics” opening ceremony, Natalie told the students about the thrill of being a part of the Olympic Games and the honour it is to represent Australia. She encouraged all of our students to be active participants in the sports and take every opportunity to have fun and enjoy what they do. She also presented our school with a certificate to commemorate our participation in Olympic day 2013. “It was a great pleasure to attend the Jindalympics and interact with the students during their wonderful sports day and of course to see my teacher Mr Dawes.”
Following her attendance at Jindalee State School Natalie was off to Bali for a well-deserved holiday.
The senior sports followed the junior on Tuesday afternoon and again today. Students participated in an athletes’ march past, reading of the ‘Jindalympics’ oath and participation in running, jumping, throwing and ball games events. Full details of the sports days as well as the names of students selected in our district sports team will be published after the vacation.