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Premiers Active April


Daisy Pearce, Jake Stringer, Peter Hitchener, Jo Hall, Milly Tapper and Jo Salmon are the proud Victorians named as ambassadors for Premier’s Active April in 2017.

They know all about being active and are passionate about sharing their tips for an active lifestyle with others. In their role, Daisy, Jake, Peter, Jo, Milly and Jo will help spread the word about all the fun you can have being active and the Prizes you can win along the way.

Active April Ambassadors DaisyDaisy Pearce


Daisy is an Australian rules footballer who is the captain of the Melbourne Football Club women’s team in the Australian Football League.

Daisy was born in Bright, Victoria. Throughout her childhood she grew up in the country and her family’s love for football had great influence over her passion for footy. She began playing Auskick at the age of 5 or 6 before going on to play with boys in junior footy. Her father, Daryl, was a coach for the Bright junior footy team which allowed her to begin training with the U13 team from the age of 8 years old.

In 2007, Daisy captained Victoria’s under-19 side and was one of two Victorian Women’s Football League representatives in the E J Whitten Legends Game.

On 15 May 2013, Pearce was the number one draft pick chosen by the Melbourne Football Club in the first ever women’s AFL draft. Pearce was one of 50 women to make history on 29 June when the club’s women’s team took on the Western Bulldogs women’s team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was played as a pre-game curtain raiser to the men’s match.

Daisy was the inaugural winner of the Melbourne Football Club’s Best Female Player Award at the end of the 2014 season, polling five out of a possible six votes.

Daisy also works as a midwife at Box Hill Hospital.

“I’m so excited to be part of Premier’s Active April this year. Whatever your fitness level, it’s a fun and easy way to put your health first!”

– Daisy Pearce

Active April Ambassadors JakeJake Stringer


Originally from Eaglehawk, Jake was recruited from the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup. Jake made his AFL debut against Adelaide in Round 4 of the 2013 AFL season.

In 2014, Jake received a nomination for the Nab Rising Star in round 20, after a match winning 4 goals against St Kilda Saints.

In 2015, Jake had his breakthrough season kicking 56 goals and averaging 14 disposals per game, cementing himself as one of the competitions most exciting young players. He also played every game in the 2015 season except for one. He was given “The Package” as his nickname because of his all-round ability. Stringer’s outstanding 2015 season was capped off with an All-Australian selection. He later represented Australia in the 2015 International Rules game.

In 2016, despite an interrupted season Stringer still kicked the most goals for the Bulldogs that year, 37. He returned for the Bulldogs elimination Final against the Eagles and played a prominent role throughout the finals series, including helping the Bulldogs beat Sydney Swans for their 2nd Premiership in the clubs history.

Jake has two children and is contracted to the Western Bulldogs until the end of the 2018 season.

“Staying fit and healthy is something I’m really passionate about. It’s not just about football, but a way of life – for me and my whole family.”

– Jake Stringer

Active April Ambassadors - Peter HitchenerPeter Hitchener


Channel Nine’s Peter Hitchener, or ‘Hitch’ as he is affectionately known, has been bringing Melburnians their news for more than 35 years.

When the big stories break, more people turn to Peter Hitchener on Nine News than any other news outlet.

Peter loves nothing more than meeting the everyday Melburnians who make up the vibrant city to which he reads the news each weeknight at 6pm. A great deal of his time away from work is spent on community service activities. He is a patron for Able Australia (formerly the Deaf Blind Society of Victoria), a position formerly occupied by Sir Eric Pearce, and a guest speaker for many charity, community and school events in Melbourne.

A keen animal lover, Hitchener lives in inner suburban Melbourne. He enjoys the occasional hit of tennis or round of golf and is a lifelong supporter of the Australian Rules St Kilda Football Club.

“The secret to ageing well is staying active! I’m a regular gym goer and love a good plank!”  

– Peter Hitchener

Active April Ambassadors - Jo HallJo Hall


Jo Hall is arguably Melbourne’s most distinguished and experienced female television reporter and presenter.

Having spent many years as the face of Nine News’ weekend bulletins in Melbourne, in 2017 Jo will embark on a new role as the presenter of Nine News’ new bulletins in regional Victoria.

Jo’s off-air interests branch deeper into the community, as she regularly undertakes duties for breast cancer charities. She is also patron of Bonnie Babes, an organisation that researches miscarriages, premature births and provides support to grieving parents.

Jo Hall is an integral member of the Nine News team, mentoring and assisting young journalists coming through the network. She lives in inner suburban Melbourne and is an avid Collingwood supporter. She has four children, Rhyss, Tysyn, and twins, Emmerson and Fynn.

“Being a single mum of four kids has kept me active over the years! I’m really committed to my health and fitness and I regularly take part in community fun runs and walks, I’m a strong believer in the saying “you’re only as old as you feel!”

– Jo Hall

Active April Ambassador - Milly TapperMilly Tapper


Melissa ‘Milly’ Tapper has accomplished an incredible amount in her time competing as a professional table tennis champion. Milly made her first state team at 12 years old and her first Australian junior team at 14.

Born in a small town in the south west of Victoria, Hamilton, with Brachial Plexus Erbs Palsy in her right arm, Milly has always been one to turn up to sport first and be the last one to leave. In early years competing mostly in netball, athletics and basketball.

After competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Milly represented Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in elite non-Paralympic competition.

In March 2016, Milly made history when she became the first Australian athlete to qualify for both the Summer Olympics and Summer Paralympics where she competed in both the Women’s singles and Women’s doubles.

While Milly doesn’t see herself as a role model, she certainly welcomes any inspiration her story gives people to push themselves to achieve more than what they thought they could.

Milly was involved in Premiers Active April in 2016 and is thrilled to be part of the campaign again for 2017.

“I can’t wait to be a part of Premiers Active April again in 2017! It was so much fun last year involving my friends and family –  I’m going to be getting them all involved again this year!”

– Milly Tapper

activeapril-ambassadors-joJo Salmon

13 years of fitness industry work to help pay for her Bachelor of Arts (Monash University) and Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons, Psychology, La Trobe University) convinced Professor Salmon that her passion lay in helping people establish lifelong physical activity habits. Prof Salmon completed her PhD in physical activity and population health (Deakin University) in 2000 and is Co-Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin

The main focus of her research is on developing ways to promote physical activity and reduce sitting time in children and adolescents. Her research has been adopted by governments nationally and internationally.

Prof Salmon played a key role in the 2004 development of the inaugural Australian physical activity guidelines for 5-17 year olds and co-led the updated guidelines in 2014. She was also involved in development of the Australian physical activity guidelines for under 5s, and the adult sedentary behaviour guidelines in the UK. The Transform-Us! program which provides schools with a range of strategies to increase children’s physical activity and reduce prolonged sitting throughout the day is to be offered by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (from July 2017) to all schools in Victoria.

“I’m excited and honoured to be participating in the Premier’s Active April initiative as an ambassador. As the weather gets cooler and the days shorter it is great to have that additional motivation to be active and not slip into winter hibernation!”

– Jo Salmon

Plus, check out some of the other inspirational names who have joined Premier’s Active April 2017 to help encourage more Victorians to join in the fun of physical activity.

Anna Strode

Brodie Harper

Emma Kearney

Hugh Van Cuylenberg 

Ivan Franjic

Jess Gallagher

Katie Brennan (team-katie)

Kate Moloney (team-kate)

Madi Robinson

Melanie McGrice

Scott Thompson

Tony Jones

Last updated: March 20, 2017 at: 3:38 pm


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