CEWA in Tokyo – a strong showing at the Olympics from alumni and staff

03 August 2021

While the ongoing Tokyo Olympics are front-and-centre of learning and conversations at schools across the state, a number of CEWA schools and colleges have been celebrating special connections to the games, with former students and current staff donning the green and gold for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The St Norbert College community are now anxiously waiting for Wednesday’s final of the men’s 800m running, where Peter Bol, Class of 2012, is favoured for medal contention after breaking the Australian record for the distance twice, first in his heat and then again in the semi-final (You can read more about Peter’s start in running while at St Norbert here).

The St Norbert College community are ready to cheer on Peter Bol in the Men’s 800m final this week.

A medal-winning performance was celebrated early in the Olympic schedule by Trinity College, when Jack Cleary, class of 2012, picked up a bronze medal for his efforts in the Men’s Quadruple Scull rowing team.

Scenes of elation were shared by the college, home to an enthusiastic rowing community.


Trinity College students cheer on class of 2012 alumnus and Olympic rower, Jack Cleary.

Mater Dei College is enjoying impressive representation in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic teams, with four alumni athletes.

Rhiannon Clarke, class of 2020, will be representing Australia for para-athletics in the T38 100m, and Robyn Lambird, class of 2014, will compete in the para-athletics in the T34 100m. Kim Robins, class of 2005, is a member of Australian men’s wheelchair basketball Rollers squad.

The Tokyo Paralympics take place from 24 August to 5 September.

Jaime Roberts, class of 2007, is paddling in her Olympic kayaking debut, and with teammate Jo Bridgen-Jones, has qualified as one of two Australian crews in the women’s K2 500m semi-final this week. Jaime and Jo will then team up with their Australian K2 competitors for the K4 500m event later in the week.

Four athletes from Mater Dei College are representing Australia in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games – Robyn Lambird, Jaime Roberts, Rhiannon Clarke and Kim Robins.

There was a huge show of support at Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School for former student Storm Sanders, debuting in the Olympics and teaming up with world number one Ash Barty for the women’s doubles competition. The duo made it to the quarter final, before being knocked out by the Czech Republic’s team.

The school held a celebratory assembly which was attended by many guests, including Storm’s mother, and students watched a video message recorded by Storm in the athlete’s village.

The assembly was followed by a clinic put on by Tennis West, and some of the Year 4s were interviewed by Channel 10 for the news.

Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School celebrated the achievements of Olympic tennis player Storm Sanders, with Channel 10 news visiting to see the community throw their support behind their former student.

Bunbury Catholic College celebrated Olympians past and present, with the college rowing team enjoying a visit from alumna and Olympian, Alexandra Hagan, who represented Australia as a member of the women’s eight rowing crew in London in 2012, and Rio 2016.

Alexandra offered some tips to the college’s current rowers, and caught up with some of her old teachers.

Bunbury Catholic College alumna and two-time Olympic rower, Alexandra Hagan, visited students at her old school and offered advice to the current rowing team.

Another Bunbury Catholic College alumna, Lauren Reynolds, competed in Tokyo this year, placing third in the semi-final of the BMX racing, and finishing fifth in the final.

At Iona Presentation College, students and staff were invested in the games early, with staff member Leah Parry representing Australia on the softball team, and softball featuring as one of the first sports on the schedule. While the Australian team, known as The Spirit, didn’t make it to the finals, they did have the opportunity to play against host nation Japan, Italy, Canada, the USA and Mexico.

Iona Presentation College wished staff member Leah Parry good luck ahead of her first game with The Spirit softball team.

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