Olympian spreads fitness message
IT is not every school that can boast a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and a dual Olympian among its alma mater.
But when one ex-student holds both distinctions it’s an even better reason to celebrate.
That former pupil, Alexandra Croak, returned to Tyalla Public yesterday to lead students on a discussion about health and fitness.
Donning the Australian colours and surrounded by students Ms Croak led a special assembly endorsing sport.
“I want to share how sport has affected my life and show the opportunities being active has given me,” Ms Croak said.
“But you don’t have to be an elite athlete to love sport – sport is about health, fitness, fun and friends.
“The focus is on participation and encouraging students to try a variety of activities.”
She said it’s rewarding to set and achieve personal goals and recalls being involved in a number of sports at Tyalla before leaving to take up a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Tyalla Public School principal, Stewart Copeland, said the students were thrilled to have a positive role-model, encouraging them to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
“Alexandra is an inspiration to so many and we are lucky to have her reinforcing the importance of sport and physical activity to both our health and happiness,” Mr Copeland said.
Mr Copeland said teacher Matthew Butler had been an energetic force behind the Premier’s Sporting Challenge, which had supported Alexandra’s visit to not just Tyalla but three other local schools.