OLIVIA SMITH (2014 Leaver), RECIPIENT OF THE INAUGURAL INSIDEOUT SCHOLARSHIP, REFLECTS ON HER JOURNEY AT PERTH COLLEGE
As the recipient of the Margaret and Patricia Fielman InsideOut Scholarship 2014, it’s hard to find words that show how grateful I am for the opportunities this scholarship has provided. My commitment on receiving this scholarship was to give Perth College my very best in all areas and I am proud to say I achieved that. The past three years at PC have been challenging, rewarding, exciting and full of accomplishment, having made friendships that will last a lifetime.
This opportunity has allowed me to learn and excel in areas I never would have dreamt possible. I have achieved an ATAR level of distinction, which has launched me into my top university preference and next stage in my academic pathway: a Bachelor of Science at UWA followed by a post-graduate degree in Podiatric Medicine.
However, it’s not only the academic life of Perth College that has contributed to my success. The pastoral care and support from teachers and their positivity, encouragement, exceptional values and leadership were driving factors in my senior years of high school.
As a successful national triathlete and track cyclist, with a brutal training and competition schedule of almost 30 hours a week, it was this support, and guidance, that helped me to strike a balance between my studies and elite level of sport.
During Year 12 I was selected as the Western Australian state triathlon team captain for the School Sport Triathlon Championships, placing seventh in the individual event and coming home with a silver medal in the seniors’ team relay.
Since graduating, I have competed in the Australian Junior Triathlon Series for WA and am currently ranked within the top 10 in the country.
I have always considered my studies and choices in high school as doors to opportunity, and Perth College offered more doors than the Monsters Inc. warehouse. But it was the InsideOut scholarship that gave me the keys to anything I chose to pursue, along with my ambitions and dreams. I thank the late Margaret and Patricia Feilman and Perth College for providing me with this incredible opportunity.
No matter where my journey takes me or what level of success I achieve, whether that be in my studies or in triathlon, I believe it is important to remain true to who you are, what you value and to always remember the people who helped you along the way.