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Published Tuesday 25 June 2019
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Instructors recognised at state-wide leisure awards

“I would like to congratulate both Lisa Gawne and Lisa Higgs for their outstanding achievements and recognition at the annual Aquatic and Recreation Victoria industry awards night"
Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

Two Mitchell Shire Council employees have been celebrated at the annual Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Industry awards night as they picked up two of the most decorated awards.

Lisa Gawne received Victoria’s Most Valued Employee while Lisa Higgs was awarded Victoria’s Group Fitness Instructor of the Year.

The duo was in a competitive field against some of the state’s best.

Ms Gawne and Ms Higgs have been instrumental parts of the Mitchell Shire Council Leisure Services team for students, parents and residents.

Mitchell Shire Council was also recognised throughout the night as one of the industry leaders in Victoria.

The leisure team manages Council’s three outdoor pools as well as the Kilmore Leisure Centre and the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Quotes Attributable to Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“I would like to congratulate both Lisa Gawne and Lisa Higgs for their outstanding achievements and recognition at the annual Aquatic and Recreation Victoria industry awards night,” he said.

“We are tremendously proud of their hard work and dedication. To pick up both the most valued employee and group fitness instructor of the year is an honour and proves Mitchell Shire Council is one of the state’s industry leaders.”

Quotes Attributable to Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Industry’s Group Fitness Instructor of the Year Lisa Higgs

“I am extremely proud to win this award; my job means the world to me and I love everything about it. I love learning constantly, driving everyone to be their best and I couldn’t ask for more,” she said.

“When they announced the award I said ‘what? Me?’ but it is amazing to hear that people appreciate the work we do.”

Quotes Attributable to Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Industry’s Most Valued Employee Lisa Gawne

I am very proud. I have worked at Mitchell Leisure for 15 years and I have met some amazing people. I am a duty manager, lifeguard, receptionist and teacher, it is so diverse,” she said.

“I also work with both my children and that is amazing. They have the same dedication to their work as I do.

“It is nice to work alongside the community and to see everyone come back on a daily basis is amazing. This is a rewarding industry.”

This page was last updated on 25 June 2019.