Hundreds of South West students will get a taste of life as an Olympian this week when the Australian Olympic Committee’s Olympics Unleashed tour hits the region. Rio 2016 Olympic basketballer Nat Burton will headline the program, which gives children a glimpse of what it means to be an Olympian and the learnings to be taken from the spirit of the Games. Burton, who represented Australia in women’s basketball five years ago, said she never expected to become an Olympian, but thoughts of the Games and watching the Opals and other athletes in Tokyo brought out a range of emotions. “I honestly never thought it was going to happen,” she said. “I had wanted it since I was 11 years old watching Cathy Freeman and it inspired me and I loved watching them as I grew up, but I never thought I was going to be good enough. “I was just motivated to do my best and that ended up leading me to an Olympics. “Having done it five years ago and now watching on, I am crying tears of joy, getting excited, screaming at the television.” Burton said she was passionate about using her Olympic experience to help and educate young people on their own journey. “Having been to an Olympics, it is nice to be able to use that, because otherwise it is just sport,” she said. “With this program it is like ‘what did I learn from my career, and how could that potentially help other young people’, not just in sport but in all walks of life. “Five years on I can look at it through a different lens and the Olympics are where I learnt some of the most important lessons of my life so far. “We put athletes up on this pedestal and it is almost like they are superheroes and then it means people think they can’t achieve what they have done, so we are trying to smash that down.” The program will visit schools in Collie, Bunbury and Dunsborough from today until Thursday and will also feature emerging West Australian Institute of Sport athletes, Luci Marsh (water polo) and Yale Steinepreis (sprint kayak). “These kids will get to meet them and then hopefully in Paris they will get to see them on TV and they feel like they have a connection — and that’s an incredibly powerful thing,” Burton said.