Unit 1, M10 and M11 were also lucky enough to be visited by an actual Olympian. Ms Leanne Trimboli, a parent in our school community, who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as part of the women’s soccer competition.
Her visit was a wonderful experience, with the children able to see and touch the actual Olympic uniforms and equipment as well as hear fascinating stories of what it was like to actually compete in an Olympic Games. We would like to thank Leanne for her time and the wonderful learning opportunity she provided for our classes. Here are some photos of the experience and the children’s thoughts about this special visit.
“I think it was good that an Olympian came to our school because it rarely happens. Her name was Leanne Trimboli and she played in the 2000 Olympics in Australia Sydney. She played football [soccer] she got to warm up in the S.C.G. short for Sydney Cricket Ground. I like that she passed her things around like the soccer ball she played with, jacket, boots and her guernsey. She was a Goalkeeper, Number 18. She played 3 games for the Matildas at the Olympics.” Darias
“In the music room M10, M11 and U1 met an Olympian called Leanne Trimboli. She played soccer. (I also play soccer). She was one of the goalies. I liked it when she passed around some of the stuff she got at the Olympics. I also liked it when we watched some videos of her olympics. She played in the Olympics in 2000 in Canberra and then she went to Sydney and played there too. We watched the gold medal winner Simon Fairweather and touched his winning arrow. At the end Daniel got his t-shirt signed and Marco got his soccer ball signed.” Harry
“Today, on the 10th of August M10, M11 and U1 met Leanne Trimboli an Olympian from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Her event was football/soccer. She went on unpaid leave for a year to train. Leanne went to the Institute of Sport and trained. Leanne was chosen to be one of two goalies. She showed us lots of souvenirs from the Olympics which included Simon Fairweather’s arrow, her many jackets, her soccer top, the men’s baseball top, and her training soccer ball. It was amazing to meet an Olympian.” Jazzy
“On the 10th of August 2016, Leanne Trimboli, an Olympian from the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, visited our school. Leanne gave us a talk and showed us some videos about the Olympic Games. When she was talking, she was talking about what it was like to be an Olympian and what it felt like. Football (also known as soccer) was the sport she played. We all got to look and touch some of her things including, Simon Fairweather’s arrow, her football boots and her shirts and jackets!” Danika
“When Leanne came it was really cool. She brought in lots of her Olympic things even Simon Fairweather’s arrow – he was a gold medallist. I liked when she told us about before the opening ceremony and how it was really loud. Leanne played soccer in the Olympics. We watched a few videos from the 2000 Olympics. She let us touch the things she brought in and we got to ask questions. Daniel got his soccer top signed too.” Alicia
Here are some of the special photos we took on the day of all the wonderful memorabilia we got to see and touch!