Olympian At Redlands For Olympic Day

Preparatory School students at Redlands ran into school with even more excitement and anticipation than usual, knowing they would be celebrating Olympic Day with an Olympian.

Karyn Gojnich (nee Davis) represented Australia in Sailing at three Olympic Games, in Seoul in 1988, Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008, and is herself a Redlander from the Class of 1978.

Karyn was one of the first female sailors to represent Australia at an Olympic level, meaning that she has been one for the record books during her 20 year career. 

June 23 is officially Olympic Day, and is an opportunity for Olympians past and present to talk about their experiences at the Games, and more broadly highlight the positive impact sport has had on their lives.

“For our Preparatory School students this will be the first time they can really cheer on Australia at the Olympic Games,” said Ms Sarah McGarry, Redlands Deputy Principal.

“At only five to eight years of age, they are looking forward to getting involved in, and are already enjoying the Olympic Spirit and excitement that is infectious throughout the weeks of the Games.

“Sport is an integral part of a child’s leaning experience – as it is not just an outlet for physical activity, but a place where very young students develop important team cooperation and social interaction skills.

“At Redlands students are encouraged to try their best, set their goals high and ultimately, give it a go, whether it is in sport or science or singing, and the Olympic Spirit is a celebration of that.

“Redlands is thrilled to be celebrating Olympic Day by welcoming one of our own Olympians back to the School, and it is wonderful that our Kindergarten and Year One classes will meet such an inspiring Australian.”

Olympic Day is an annual worldwide celebration that was developed to help instil in young people across the world an appreciation for the values, spirit and philosophy of the Olympic Movement.