Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Miranda student Coen Hardy has been awarded a sports medallion at the 2021 Primary Sports Awards.

Coen received the medallion for his selection into the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA) State Merit Team for Australian Football.

The sport medallion is awarded to Sydney Catholic School students who have represented MacKillop on three or more occasions and/or were selected into a NSWPSSA State Merit Team during the school year.

Coen was one of seven students to receive a medallion during a virtual ceremony, held in December 2021.

In case you missed it, you can watch – or re-watch – Coen receiving his medallion via the live link below.

Coen, who is described as humble and hard-working by his teachers and peers, said he was delighted after finding out he would be recognised during the awards.

“When I heard I was receiving a sports medallion I felt proud, excited and happy,” Coen said.

Noted for his humility and strong mindset, Coen said he dreams of one day lacing up his boots on the big stage – just like AFL legend Adam Goodes.

Coen in action at the 2021 NSWPSSA Australian Football Championships.

“My goal for the future is to become a professional athlete in sport,” Coen said.

“My sporting idol is Adam Goodes because he’s a proud Indigenous player and he played for the Sydney Swans” – Coen Hardy

A naturally gifted athlete, Coen said playing sports is a great way to be social.

“It’s fun, keeps you healthy and helps you make friends,” he said.

“It’s all about having fun and playing with your mates – that’s probably the best thing.”

The Primary Sports Awards also recognised 130 students who represented MacKillop during the school year. They were each presented with a certificate of achievement during presentations in their schools.

Damien Kerr, Manager: Pre to Post Sport at SCS, said the awards were a fantastic way to cap off another successful year for sport in our schools.