Jessica Woodward from Lakes Entrance has shone at the Victorian Government Community Sport and Recreation Awards at the MCG.

Jessica took out the Young Volunteer of the Year award, beating a field of hundreds of applicants to take out the coveted award for outstanding contribution to Victorian sport and recreation.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing today said that Jessica Woodward embodies Gippsland’s proud commitment to grassroots sport and recreation – making sure everyone has a go and enjoys the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Victoria isn’t the sporting capital of the world by chance. It’s the commitment and determination of people like Jessica that ensure our suburbs and towns enjoy safe, welcoming environments to get fit, have fun and make friends.

Jessica collects a $3000 prize, while the runners up in each field were awarded $1000. The Minister’s Award went to Doxa Youth Foundation, which ensures disadvantaged
Victorian kids get to enjoy the benefits of a school camp.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

“Our reputation as a proud sporting community is no coincidence. It’s thanks to people like Jessica Woodward that we lead the way for community sport and recreation.”

“Sport and recreation is so valuable to our community. It keeps us happy, healthy and connected. Congratulations to Jessica for making such a significant contribution.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren

“Our suburbs and towns value their sport and recreation, but it doesn’t happen on its own. Congratulations to Jessica Woodward for your amazing contribution.”

“The Victorian Government is committed to recognising the people and the organisations that make us the sporting capital of the world.”