Pick My Project winners announced

Pick My Project is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with at least $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area.

Voting has closed and the winners have been announced. There are 8 successful projects in north east Victoria, with 6 of those related to sport and recreation. You can view each of them by clicking on the project below.

Mitta Valley Mountain Bike Park

New beginner MTB trail and trail head in Bright

Big Hill Mountain Bike Park community facilities

Yackandandah Creek Recreational Trail

Run, walk, ride with the flow, beyond Pebble Beach

Bridging the gap between Tallangatta and Shelley

New funding to get north east Victorians active

Sport North East is one of nine regional sport assemblies sharing in $4.5million in new VicHealth funding to support more regional Victorians to get active.

The three-year funding will help to make sport and physical activity more accessible and attractive to regional teenagers and women inspired to get active by VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign.

Sport North East will support local sport clubs and associations to introduce a range of sport activities, including female-friendly activities such as Bowling with Babies, casual and flexible options for sport and recreation participation, and modified sport activities to encourage greater participation of community members.

Sport North East Team Leader, Tom Mitten, says the funding will help them create more opportunities for north east Victorian residents to become more active and improve their health.

“This is about making grassroots sports more accessible and appealing to north east Victorian locals, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love,” Mr Mitten said.

“We want everyone to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their age, gender or ability.

“Over the past few years with VicHealth investment, we have successfully implemented the School Holiday Program for primary school-aged children, the Twilight Touch Football program, and Jack Attack Lawn Bowls.

“Through our online surveys and consultation with local sporting clubs, in addition to our club partnership activities such as the school holiday program, community members and sport partners have been able to contribute their ideas and input towards the type of participation opportunities they would like to see in our region.”

The funds will also be used to make sports clubs more inclusive for women and girls, by identifying quick, simple and cost-effective changes like scheduling women and girls’ matches on the main grounds and promoting women’s sport on social media.

In addition to providing more opportunities for women, girls and young people to get active, Sport North East will work to improve participation rates of other community groups, such as primary school-aged children through the School Holiday Program.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the program aimed to address declining rates of physical activity and the associated impact on the health of Victorians.

“Regional Sports Assemblies have such fantastic knowledge of their local areas so we’re proud to work with them to meet the physical activity needs of regional Victoria,” Ms Rechter said.

“Less than a third of us do enough physical activity in a week to benefit our physical health and mental wellbeing,” she said.

“This funding is about making sport and physical activity fun, accessible and local for less active regional Victorians.

“We know sports clubs want to get more people in their community involved in their sport, which is why we’re working with them to make their clubs more accessible to everyone – regardless of their gender, age, ability, cultural background or what they look like.”

Media Contacts
Sport North East
Tom Mitten
Program Leader
P: 03 5721 0230
E: tom.mitten@thecentre.vic.edu.au

Rachel Murphy
Senior Media Advisor
P: 03 9667 1319 / 0435 761 732
E: rmurphy@vichealth.vic.gov.au

Wangaratta District Specialist School and the 2018 Kanga Cup

article written by wdss head coach jack mcneilly

The Wangaratta District Specialist School (WDSS) soccer team has participated in the Kanga Cup in Canberra, the largest international youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere.

The Kanga Cup was held from 8-13th July and is a week of fun, friendship and football, and certainly kept the team from WDSS busy! The team comprised of Scott Sessions, Zak Andrewartha, Tyreece Rhodes-Orton, Zak Holmes, James Paul (captain), Kira Banks, Liam Mossop and Dakoda Leavet Brown. The team competed in the Summerland Football Athletes with Disability (AWD) Division, which was introduced at the Kanga Cup in 2012, providing the opportunity for people with disability to be part of this great event.

The team arrived in Canberra on day one, ready to jump off the bus for their first match against 2017 winners, New South Wales (NSW). Down 2-0 at half time, WDSS was feeling the pressure in the back line and in goals, as team NSW gave it everything. The second half was similar as NSW pushed for a win, finishing the game 5-1 with Tyreece Rhodes-Orton scoring one goal for WDSS.

There was no rest for the team as they were straight back on against ACT Special Olympics Team, but were ready for battle in their second game taking a 5-0 lead at half time and went on to win the match 5-3.

Day two saw WDSS play two teams from South Australia, which would decide their placings in the pool to make finals over the coming days. South Australia One Culture were too strong for WDSS in their first game of the day, kicking seven goals to one and proved themselves to be a finals contender to take out the cup.

It came down to the last match of the day against South Australia Special Olympics Team. WDSS had a nervous start, going down 0-1 into half time, but the team put up a fight and got back into the match, resulting in a 1-1 draw. This was enough for WDSS to qualify 3rd and make it to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals took place on day three, where WDSS had to face NSW again. NSW scored two early goals, before Dakoda Leavet Brown from WDSS scored the goal of the tournament which involved taking the ball off the opponent, dribbling past two players, passing off and receiving the ball back to hammer into the net. NSW ultimately won the match 4-1 to make the grand final, which was won by the formidable SA One Culture.

Team Coach, Jack McNeilly said, “The Kanga Cup is a fantastic event and a great event for us to be a part of. I’m really proud of the team – all of the teams we’re playing against are representing their state or territory and our team was all from the Wangaratta District Specialist School in north east Victoria, which is just awesome. For us to make the semi-finals is brilliant and it’s such a great experience for the team to play against these teams, travel to Canberra and get some high-quality matches.”

If you have a story about sport from your school or club you would like to share with the community, let us know by emailing sportnortheast@thecentre.vic.edu.au