Fine staff work praised at AGM

Gippsport chair Ricky Ross has been reappointed at the organisation‘s annual general meeting.

At the meeting Ross praised the organisation‘s staff for the 2015-16 financial year.

He said the “fine work” of staff based in Moe, Newborough, Sale Bairnsdale and Inverloch were responsible for GippSport achieving “some excellent outcomes” in the past year.

At the meeting John Brookes was appointed deputy chair and Julie Foat executive member for the 2016-17 financial year.

Board members Carolyne Boothman, Ian Murphy, Jane Oakley and Jamey Mullen were reappointed, while Tegan Rosin and Marcus Stone joined for the first time.

After five years of service each, Gabrielle McBain and John Tatterson did not seek re-election.

This year marked the first time the organisation offered the VicHealth Health Regional Sport Program, aimed at engaging inactive and somewhat active people in sport

GippSport also delivered the Access for All Abilities Program and the Regional Sport and Recreation Program, funded through Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, GippSport facilitated an innovative social marketing program called Deadly Sport Gippsland to support Aboriginal sport and health in the region.

GippSport is a community partner with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to deliver the Good Sports Program.

There are almost 200 Gippsland sporting clubs involved with this alcohol management program.

GippSport also facilitated 17 Responsible Service of Alcohol courses across Gippsland which have enabled 343 community sporting club members to gain their RSA certificate.

Foat was presented with a plaque at the meeting to acknowledge five years of service to GippSport.

A copy of GippSport’s Annual Report 2015-16 is on the website: