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Ballarat 2019 Australia Day Awards winners announced

Forest Rangers Soccer Club stalwart Marilyn Tyndall has been announced as the City of Ballarat’s 2019 Citizen of the Year.
An inspirational role model, Marilyn has dedicated 35 years to the club both in an official capacity, as President, Secretary and Treasurer, and in an unofficial capacity – described as “the unofficial heart” of the club.
Marilyn began supporting the club when her four boys first began playing soccer and she now supports her grandchildren at the club. Marilyn has made many contributions to the club, including tirelessly working to raise much-needed funds for the club with her band of volunteers. Marilyn’s fundraising has helped the club fund a paid Manager to lead its on-field results. Marilyn also introduced a post-training dinner for the juniors to help build friendships and team spirit. Now running for 12 years, this dinner also provides families with an easy entry into the social and volunteer elements of the club.
Marilyn could not contain her tears as Mayor Samantha McIntosh announced her the winner.
“We’ve had a long journey at Forest Rangers,” she said.
“our job is not only soccer, it’s to raise funds to try to get other people into a sport, get them off the street, give them the opportunities.”

Buninyong’s Jake Sbardella was named Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year 2019 at yesterday’s announcements.
At the age of 13, Jake has raised and donated $11,000 to charities that support Ballarat’s homeless. Jake developed and sold his ‘Happiness Advent Calendars’ to raise the funds and now has four calendars for sale. Jake speaks at local schools about his calendars in the hope of inspiring other students to help raise money for Ballarat’s most vulnerable. Jake also volunteers at the Ballarat Soup Bus.
It was an emotional moment for Jake, when he was announced the winner, but he quickly composed himself prior to making his speech.
“I am so proud to have been chosen the Young Citizen of the Year,” he said.
“Three years ago I asked mum to print off a quote a day for Christmas to remind me how lucky I am.”
From this simple request evolved the happiness Advent Calendars.

Ballarat Community Event of the Year 2019 is the Ballarat parkrun. Kylie Mayne on behalf of the club.

Ballarat Community Event of the Year 2019 is the Ballarat parkrun.
Ballarat parkrun encourages people to walk, jog, run or volunteer each Saturday morning at a 5km circuit at Victoria Park. The circuit suits people of all ages and abilities, providing a motivation for many people to engage in physical activity. While attendance figures vary, this weekly event attracts an average of 180 participants and 15 volunteers.
The Australia Day Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations which give up their time to make our community a more vibrant place to live in.