HAWKESDALE’S Tim Huglin just loves sport.
Huglin, 17, was one of 11 south-west Victorian students who received a 2012 Pierre de Coubertin award in Melbourne on Sunday.
Named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, the award recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and sporting prowess while exemplifying the Olympic values.
Huglin plays senior football for Mininera and District league club Hawkesdale-Macarthur and B grade cricket for Hawkesdale in the Grassmere Cricket Association.
The Eagle defender-cum-midfielder has also spent the past two seasons helping run Hawkesdale-Macarthur’s Auskick program.
“It’s good to help out the little kids and teach them what I have been taught when I was a young bloke,” he said.
The Hawkesdale P-12 student said receiving a Pierre de Coubertin award was humbling.
“It’s pretty good, a pretty big honour,” he said.
Seven Olympians, including London 2012 dual rowing medallist Kim Crow and artistic gymnast Georgia Bonora, were on hand at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre as the awards were presented.
Nicole Livingstone, Linley Frame, Russell Lavale, Kyle Vander-Kuyp and Danielle Woodward also spoke to the students.
“Kim Crow was good to listen to,” Huglin said.
“She was pretty inspirational.”
Other south-west Pierre de Coubertin award winners were Caitlin Hickey, Ballarat Grammar School, formerly of Camperdown; Chelsea McMahon, Bayview College, Portland; Teashene Struth, Brauer College, Warrnambool; Edwina Parker, Colac Secondary College; Nick Bourke, Mercy Regional College, Camperdown; Jarrod O’Brien, Monivae College, Hamilton; Jeremy Grant, Mortlake P-12; Amanda Hoare, Hamilton and Alexandra College; Alexander Broomfield, Trinity Colac College; Nathan Krepp, Warrnambool College.
Now in its 20th year, more than 12,000 secondary students across Australia have received the award since its inception.