Nicole Harris, Ambassador for the disabled
Nicole Harris completed Year 12 Life Skills in 2010, having had an amazing number of sporting successes. Nicole had success at swimming, skiing, basketball and running. Nicole’s great sporting prowess has been amazing but not the whole story. Her sportsmanship, modesty and compassion are very much part of her personality as well.
Since entering Year 7 at Danebank, Nicole competed with great success in every school carnival including Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country. From every one of those carnivals she proceeded to represent Danebank at IGSSA, CIS and All Schools competitions. She was a member of the NSW team who competed at the Pacific Schools Games for Athletics in 2008. In 2010, Nicole competed in the CIS Carnival in athletics, where she won five gold medals and one silver medal and was awarded AWD Athlete of the Meet. She also won a gold medal at the Australian Cross Country carnival (only a month after the boot came off her fractured foot).
Nicole has skied in Italy as part of the ID championships and, to add to her successes in 2010, she competed at the State Ski Championships. She was presented with a prestigious Pierre De Coubertin Award at a ceremony at Homebush and was honoured by the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader in their Sport Star of the Year awards where she won the Award for Athletes with Disabilities. She also won the Senior Point Score at the IGSSA Athletics Carnival and, to cap it off, she was selected in the Australian Pearls Basketball team to compete in Portugal in November 2010.
It is not only Nicole’s sporting prowess that has endeared her to Danebank but the way in which she has fulfilled her many prefect duties with diligence and her wonderful dedication as a member of the Life Skills Class where she showed encouragement, compassion and great friendship to all her class mates.
Nicole continues to shine. The ultimate accolade for her (to date) was when she was chosen to represent her country at the Rio Paralympics, competing in shot-put.