Member for Gembrook Brad Battin today congratulated local Victorian School Sports Award winner Jackson Ross for his outstanding sporting achievements.
Jackson, a former student of Belgrave South Primary School, this week attended a star-studded awards presentation ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with Essendon Football Club goal-kicking great Matthew Lloyd, former Melbourne Vixens netball captain Sharelle McMahon, Socceroo superstar Archie Thompson, Olympic swimmer Sophie Edington and master of ceremonies and World champion backstroker and Olympian Nicole Livingstone OAM.
“Jackson has been recognised in the Tennis category for his outstanding achievements in the sport,” Mr Battin said.
The Victorian School Sports Awards are an important vehicle for identifying and recognising young sporting talent from government schools.
Some of Australia’s best known sports stars are previous Victorian School Sports Award recipients including Olympic gold medallists Steve Hooker (pole vault) and Joanna Fox (water polo) AFL legend Dale Thomas and Melbourne Victory Football Club captain Adrian Leijer.
Winning students were recognised in 19 sports ranging from baseball and football to rugby league, softball and diving, golf and softball.
Mr Battin also thanked the families, coaches and sporting organisations for their support in helping students achieve their best.
“All our sporting heroes start at a local level – and local sport clubs survive on the work of volunteers,” Mr Battin said.