Sacré Cœur at the Olympics
When it comes to sport, Sacré Cœur students are known for getting involved and giving it a go. While our sports stars celebrate many victories, including selection at an Olympic Games, the real victory is the fun they have in participating and giving it their all. It is the hallmark of a Sacré Cœur student and alumna.
Our current Olympians Anabelle and Paige are representing Australia at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics and Paralympics, and we also pay tribute to past Olympian Samantha Gandolfo.
The whole school community congratulates our Olympians on their outstanding efforts and wish them well over the coming weeks in Tokyo.
Olympics – diving
Anabelle Smith (2010)
Anabelle Smith is competing in the 3m springboard diving which begins on Friday 30 July.
Anabelle Smith was introduced to the sport of diving at 11-years-old and always knew she wanted to represent Australia at an Olympic Games.
In Year 10, Anabelle represented Australia in the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Germany, winning a bronze medal, and was also awarded the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Award to the first Tier.
While completing her final year of high school, she was selected to the Australian Diving Team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
At 19-years-old Anabelle realised her childhood dream and made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games, where she finished in fifth.
Two years later, Anabelle made her second Commonwealth team appearance in Glasgow 2014, producing a bronze medal in the 3m synchronised springboard alongside longtime-partner Maddison Keeney.
Anabelle was selected again to represent Australia at Rio 2016 in the 3m synchronised springboard, alongside a 20-year-old Maddison Keeney, making them the youngest competitors in the field. The duo claimed Australia’s fifth medal of the Rio 2016 Games in the 3m synchronised springboard event.
The Olympic bronze medalist went on to compete at her third Commonwealth Games on home soil in 2018, finishing in third place in the women’s 1m springboard. In 2019, she was second overall in the Diving World Series and was rightfully named Diving Victoria’s Athlete of the Year.
At the 2021 Australian Open Championships, which also doubled as Australia’s Olympic qualifying event, Anabelle proved she was one of Australia’s best talents in diving when she qualified for her third Olympic Games in the women’s 3m springboard.
Paralympics – cycling
Paige Greco (2015)
Paige Greco will competing in the para-track cycling which will begin on 24 August.
Since leaving Sacré Cœur in 2015, Paige Greco has become an outstanding Australian Paralympic cyclist. She won gold medals at 2019 and 2020 World Track Championships and is currently coached by David Betts. Paige is studying sport and exercise science at the University of South Australia and will compete at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics.
Paralympics – swimming
Samantha Gandolfo (2011)
Samantha was among the youngest members of the Australian Paralympic Swimming Team to compete in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She competed in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle and the 200m individual medley. In the 400m freestyle she finished 5th and swam a PB.
Her sporting motto is “Why try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out.” Sam is now a member of the International Paralympic Committee.