Matraville Sports High School Picked for the Olympic Pathway Program

Matraville Sports High School
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Seven high schools in New South Wales, including Matraville Sports High School, have been picked for the inaugural Australian Olympic Pathway Schools program.

This Australian-first initiative is in conjunction with the Australian Olympic Committee to help boost NSW’s future generations of Olympians and Paralympians. 

Aside from Matraville Sports High School, the other six include Endeavour Sports High School in Caringbah, The Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills, Hunter Sports High School in Gateshead, Illawarra Sports High School, Narrabeen Sports High School and Westfields Sports High School in Fairfield West.

“Our 7 Sports High Schools in NSW are the only secondary schools in Australia to have this prestigious recognition,” Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said

“This reflects the great strength of our sports high school network, and their excellent track record in fostering both sporting high performance and academic achievement. I can’t wait to see the next generation of medal-winning athletes coming from our public schools as we look to Brisbane 2032.”

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“The students at our sports high schools today will be our heroes standing on the podium at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, and this partnership will strengthen their opportunity for international success,” Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said.

“The first-of-its-kind in Australia, this initiative will encourage even more high school students to reach for the stars, as well as provide programs to help young people stay focused and motivated while they’re studying and trying to forge a pathway in their respective sports.”

In line with this program, the NSW goverment has also committed to a $1.5 million funding for Olympics Unleashed, enabling Australian Olympians to visit primary school kids to share their experiences and life lessons. The initiative is expected to run until 2026.

“The key to sporting excellence is to align participation, pathways and high performance. To have this alignment at high school level is powerful, particularly as we look to Brisbane 2032 and beyond,” AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said.

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“We have seen Olympic Training Centres recognised around Australia and overseas, but never at the school level.

“The AOC is also thrilled by the extension of the Olympics Unleashed program. Our Olympic athletes can deliver these sessions across the state, including regional areas and Indigenous communities. We will reach 1800 schools across the 3 years. 

“It’s important that our young people pursue a passion – we want people to get active but finding your passion may lie beyond sport.”

Published 17 February 2023