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Les Lumières BLEU

THE COUNDOWN TO PARIS

A tête-à-tête with Keira Buckpitt
As part of Les Lumières BLEU: The countdown to Paris, we were thrilled to catch up with rising star in the world of surfing, Keira Buckpitt.

With an impressive list of accomplishments to her name already, Keira’s known for her courage and dedication in the water, as well as her kind and caring personality.

She’s a friend to all and a role model to younger girls in the surfing community.  With her courage, dedication, and passion for surfing, she has achieved great success in her sport, and she has also shown a commitment to giving back to her community.

As she continues to work towards her surfing and life goals, she is sure to inspire you with her positive attitude and determination and we loved chatting with her about her love of surfing and what she will be watching at the Games.

Proudly sponsored by Bostik and supported by the Australian Sports Commission

A tête-à-tête with Marissa Williamson Pohlman

Australian boxer, Marissa “Riss” Pohlman, took time out of her busy training schedule to chat to us about her countdown to Paris! As part of Les Lumières BLEU: The countdown to Paris, we chatted with Marissa about the build up to Paris, what the Olympics means to them and what they are looking forward to in Paris.

Marissa’s incredible journey began when she discovered boxing as a way to escape a difficult childhood marked by foster care and homelessness. Boxing quickly became her passion and transformed her life as she embarked on amateur boxing career at just 17 years old.

The turning point in Riss’ career came when she received the prestigious 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship, which provided the financial support she needed to pursue her dreams. Riss draws her strength from her coach Kel Bryant OAM.

Marissa is the first ever Aboriginal woman to qualify for the Olympics in the sport of boxing.  

Thank you for the chat Riss!

Proudly sponsored by Bostik and supported by the Australian Sports Commission

A tête-à-tête with Martine George

What it’s like being an Aussie on the French Gymnastics team? We asked coach Martine George when we caught up with her as part of the Les Lumières BLEU: The countdown to Paris.

We found out what life in Paris is like, what the major cultural differences are, what she is looking forward to with the Games and who we should be watching out for.

Having coached the Australian team and attending many international competitions, Martine is no stranger to the world stage – but what will it like having a ‘home’ Games?

We talked this and more when we caught up with Martine during the French team’s training sessions.

Proudly sponsored by Bostik and supported by Institut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance.

We were thrilled to be joined for a live Instagram chat with Eliza Stankovic-Mowle AM, as part of Les Lumières BLEU: The countdown to Paris.

Check out our Instagram for the full conversation with this highly decorated athlete, having competed at both the Summer Olympics and Paralympics as well as numerous other international competitions in wheelchair racing.

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COMMITEE FAVOURITES – OH LA LA LISTE

In need of some French Entertainment from home? We’ve got you covered. Our team has collated for you their favourite French tunes, books and movies. Hopefully, you’ll find something new, or maybe rediscover some old gems. Either way, click on each tile to check these out and enjoy activities for a rainy day, lazy morning or cultural immersion. 

 

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BDFF MUSIC 

Music in French culture is like a baguette at a picnic – essential. Whether it’s the sultry tunes of jazz in a Parisian café, the infectious beats of a summer soirée, or the eclectic sounds of a French band, it’s the soundtrack that keeps the joie de vivre alive. Check out online some of our favourite French Bands!

KHARMA LEGAL

Sit back and enjoy as you listen to the sounds of the French band KHARMA LEGAL, formed in 2014, this band brings energy, sound and good vibrations. Combining its unique compositions with deep drums, a melodic bass and a skilled guitarist their music is bound to inspire, as their thoughtful French lyrics merge with their incredible sound creating music like no other.

KOULER KREOL

Inspired by the colourful dance traditions of the Creole cultures, Kouler Kreol are an energetic Seychellois trio who are committed to bringing a piece of the Mascarene islands to you, by showcasing Sega, Moutya, Tinge & more! Connect with us @koulerkreol and join us on our journey to keep the Creole traditions alive, & bring joy to others!

Get ready for Paris with this collection of Olympic Songs and Anthems

 

We have pulled together an inspiring international medley of Olympic chants, anthems and songs. Transport yourself to the Paris grandstand with these melodies.

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French Trivia: Le Saviez-Vous?

Test your knowledge of French culture with our annual Bastille Day French Festival trivia! Join us for this online quiz and be tested over four rounds as we delve into History and Geography, Food and Wine, Pop Culture and Sport.

Whether you are representing the French, Francophones or Francophiles, this is your chance to win bragging rights – and much more!

There will also be some surprise prizes up for grabs so don’t miss out.

So mark this date in your diary, register now and enjoy some Trivia fun during your lunch break!

Thursday 11 July

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Meet 15 minutes prior to departure                                                 

This is a free event, but please make sure to secure your place with a ticket via the link below

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Les Lumières Bleu: The Countdown to Paris

Join us as we chat live to Eliza Stankovic-Mowle AM in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Summer Paralympic Games. No stranger to these games, Eliza is a highly decorated athlete, having competed at both the Summer Olympics and Paralympics as well as numerous other international competitions in wheelchair racing. Recently retired, Eliza will now be heading to Paris as an Australian Team staff member for the Paralympics. We can’t wait to chat to her to find out what the lead up to a Games is like and what she is looking forward to in Paris. Tune in live via our instagram page.

Thursday 11 July

8:00 PM to 8:45 PM                                             

This is a free event hosted on our Instagram page

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La Francophonie à travers les Jeux Olympiques Video Competition

Organised by AFTV ( Association of French Teachers Victoria) and Forum de la Francophonie Melbourne.

Year 5 & 6 Non-Bilingual

Arianna Williams & Mona Bachmann

Chelsey Li & Kashish Kulkarni

Felix Nutting

Year 7 & 8 Non-Bilingual

Harry Martin, Julian Herbert, Alistair Herbert & Zachary Korganowk

Harrison Walker & Harvey O’Brien

Holly Collette, Olivia Zhou & Rachel Li

Year 7 & 8 Bilingual

Raphael Vinsonneau, Clement Alla Munikihaafata & Oscar Bisson-Gaskell

Victoria Bancroft, Holly Chandran & Margot Saturnin

Andrea Etheve- Spaterna, Milla Lewis, Clara Bergeron & Clara Mason