Former St Norbert’s College student Peter Bol has received yet another accolade, named as sportsperson of the year in the 2022 Western Australian Multicultural Awards.
The Olympian holds the fastest 600 metre time in Australian history and despite finishing fourth at the Tokyo games, his semi-final heat time was faster than the gold-medal winning time.
Multicultural Interests Minister Tony Buti paid tribute to winners of the Multicultural Awards.
“I congratulate the Western Australians recognised in the 2022 Western Australian Multicultural Awards and thank them for their unstinting contributions to building inclusiveness in our community.
“Cultural diversity is one of this State’s greatest strengths, bringing across-the-board benefits to every Western Australian and to every area of our development.
“The people and organisations recognised in the 2022 Western Australian Multicultural Awards are role models who are changing lives in our community with their dedication and passion.”
St Norbert’s Principal Simon Harvey said the school was happy to have played even a small part in Bol’s success.
“As a student at St Norbert College in Queens Park, Peter showed great leadership– captaining his House and participating in many College events.
“He has returned to the College several times since graduating to see his former teachers and to speak to students about his career and the values he holds, and how his love of athletics began here.
“Peter told our students during one assembly: “My favourite African proverb says: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’.’’
“Peter has numerous times espoused the importance of the support he has received from so many quarters and we are incredibly proud of his achievements and are glad that we have, in some small way, played a part in that.’’