The teenager was presented the award in front of dignitaries and officials, including the Governor of Victoria The Hon Alex Chernov, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and previous Olympians Nicholas Green and Nicole Livingstone.
McKendry’s family were also present to see him presented with his award.
Named after the founder of the modern Olympics, the prestigious award recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and sporting prowess.
Nominated by his school McKendry was only made aware of receiving this award early last week, and he and his family made the trip to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre yesterday.
McKendry is a member of the Ballarat Special Olympics Program, and a recent member of the WestVic Academy of Sport (WVAS). Through WVAS he receives a personalised strength and conditioning program, and access to Nutritional and Psychology advice.
Academy Manager of Sport Programs Kelly Dunn said today, “Domonic is a new member to the Academy, however in the short time he has been with us, we have seen his dedication and commitment to his sport, through his strength and conditioning work in the gym. This award is a fantastic recognition of his hard work both on and off the soccer pitch. We are extremely proud of Domonic.”
Domonic McKendry pictured with his Pierre de Coubertin award for academic excellence and sporting prowess.
Photo from Craig McKendry.
For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.