By Justin Flynn
Ocean Grove Football/Netball Club is lucky to have Jesse Sutton involved.
Jesse takes on way more than most 21-year-olds do, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jesse has been nominated for the prestigious Viva Energy Club Legend Award.
Despite being an active player for the netball club, Jesse coaches the Under 19s, heads up the social committee, sits on the netball subcommittee and club executive, and also organises training singlets, netball trips, rosters, helps out in the bar and canteen, mentors junior players and coaches and more.
“The club has so many wonderful people involved whether that is players, coaches, game day volunteers or committee as well as supportive families and friends which makes me feel well supported in anything that I put my hand up for,” Jesse said.
Jesse’s nominator said she has an ability to communicate with all ages and personalities.
“I am in my third year of studying teaching so working with kids comes naturally as I love it,” Jesse said.
Whether playing or coaching, Jesse said she is happy to be helping out.
“I love the competitive side of playing and fitness that with it all, but also love developing the girls I coach in their netball, in both their skills as well as their leadership,” Jesse said.
Jesse’s work on the social committee is also time consuming, but enjoyable, she said.
“The organising of the social events for the club is the main aspect of being involved with the social committee and making sure that the events all run smoothly,” she said.
“This year we have had great numbers at our functions, especially our new iPod shuffle night and the midseason ball, which was held at the Belmont Hotel.
“The reverse raffle is coming up (3 August) and is always a great night on the social calendar.
“It’s great working with the committee and players involved to build and support the club in a social way.
“Looking to the future, I really want to encourage junior and senior parents, families and friends to feel comfortable attending events and experiencing the fun and socialisation to build an even bigger and better club.”
Don’t forget to nominate your Viva Energy Club Legend.
This year’s awards feature top prizes of $5000 each for a male and female volunteer over 35 and their club.
The awards also have Trailblazer prizes of $2500 each for a male and female aged 16 to 35 and their club, and a People’s Choice award of $2500 each for the winner and their club.
Ten remaining finalists will win $1000 for themselves and their club.
Nominations for the award close on 23 July. To nominate or find out more, visit clublegend.com.au.