Jindabyne brings Olympian Nicole to tears of joy

WINTER Olympian Nicole Parks was reduced to tears when a book arrived for her at the athletes' village in Sochi filled with messages of support from Jindabyne Central School (JCS) students.

The 21-year-old was overcome with emotion as she read about 60 personal letters, messages and drawings from children in her hometown of Jindabyne.

Many of the Year Four students who worked on the book know Niocole well, as she is their trampoline coach.

Nicole described the messages of support as amazing and said she did not expect to receive anything like it.

"I got your book last night and I love it," she said in an email.

"I did have a bit of cry while reading it, so thank you very much."

Nicole, who finished 15th in the women's moguls at the Sochi Olympics on the weekend, was also grateful for the messages of support JCS students had posted on the Australian Olympics team page.

Year Three JCS teachers Julia Cane, Julieanne Harrigan and Bronwyn Moncrieff asked their students late last year to write messages or send pictures to Parks.

They were then bound together to create a book and sent to Nicole in Sochi.

"It's a great way to involve the students in the Winter Olympics and incorporate it into the school curriculum," Ms Cane said.

This year's Year Three students are learning about the Winter Olympics as part of their HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) studies.

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