Recognising Sports Stars – Melton has Sporting BLUE Award winner!

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA congratulates young AFL Football star Madison Lister on her success as a Victorian Schools Sporting BLUE Award winner.

Melton Secondary College student Madison Lister was awarded a Sporting Blue Award at the Victorian School Sports Awards.

Madison was recognised for playing Australian Rules at state and national level for the past four years. In 2012 at the age of 12, Madison attended School Sport Victoria tryouts mainly for the experience. She excelled and was selected despite her age and the Victorian team was undefeated at nationals. She has been part of the All Australian 16 years and under schoolgirls’ team for the past three years and captained it in 2015. For the last three years she has been selected in the Victorian Metropolitan AFL 18 years team that has competed and won at Australian Championships.

Now in their 22nd year, the Victorian School Sports Awards are the highest sporting accolade in the Victorian government school system.

This year sees the introduction of the Lindsay Gaze Award, in honour of the seven-time Olympian and Basketball Hall of Fame legend. Lindsay Gaze was on hand to give out the inaugural award to Cooper Goodman who demonstrated the most outstanding dedication to both school and community sport.

A total of 47 junior athletes from across Victoria were presented with Sporting Blue medals at this year’s awards ceremony at the MCG, as well as trophy presentations to three schools, two teachers, two volunteers and two outstanding student athletes.

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to building the Education State, and ensuring that every Victorian child gets the chance to succeed – at learning and at life.

This includes meeting the key target of increasing the number of students taking part in physical activity five times a week by 20 per cent over the next decade.

The Victorian Government introduced the $150 million Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund in 2015 so that a child’s background, abilities and postcode will not limit their opportunity for success.

Lindsay Gaze and six other Australian sporting heroes joined Minister for Education James Merlino and students at the awards: Commonwealth Games runner Alex Rowe; Olympic Taekwondo hopeful Carmen Marton; Olympic water polo player Rowena Webster; Paralympic javelin medallist Madeleine Hogan; retired swimming star Nicole Livingstone; and former AFL player Patrick Karnezis.

Mr Nardella said:  

I want to congratulate Madison Lister for achieving so much already, and hope to continue seeing her succeed at Australian Rules in the future. It’s great to see local junior athletes at state schools get recognised for their outstanding successes.