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Premiers Active April


Daisy Pearce, Liam Picken, Jessica Gallagher, Dr Ricardo Da Cost, Peter Hitchener and Jo Hall are the proud Victorians named as ambassadors for Premier’s Active April in 2018.

They know all about being active and are passionate about sharing their tips for an active lifestyle with others. In their role Daisy, Liam, Jessica, Dr Ricardo, Peter 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.

Daisy Pearce

Daisy Pearce is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays in the AFL Women’s for the Melbourne Football Club, of which she is Club Captain. Pearce has led an incredible career in the Aussie Rules, serving as Captain for the Darebin Falcons in the VFL Women’s, where she’s become a seven-time Helen Lambert Medallist and an eight-time Darebin Falcons best and fairest winner. Originally from Bright, Victoria, Daisy has always had a passion for footy. From age eight, she was coached by her father playing for the Bright junior football team. As a Premier’s Active April Ambassador for two years running, Daisy hopes to continue to inspire and encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to get active as often as possible.

“I am so excited to be an official ambassador for Premier’s Active April again in 2018, with hopes of inspiring even more Victorians to sign up to this year’s program. There are so many ways to get active this April – anyone can get involved! When I’m not training, my favourite way to get active is to take our Staffy Django for a run or walk.” 

– Daisy Pearce

Liam Picken

Liam Picken is an Australian rules footballer for the Western Bulldogs. Hailing from the regional town of Hamilton, Victoria, Picken has forged a successful career in the AFL. A highlight including playing for the Bulldogs’ premiership team in 2016 – the club’s first since 1954. Regarded as respectful and humble both on and off the field, Liam’s passion for sport, health and fitness is undeniable. Liam’s free-spirited and unashamedly honest wife, Annie Nolan, a social personality and passionate online blogger of Uncanny Annie, is also supporting the Premier’s Active April campaign in 2018. Together they have three children, two of which were born prematurely. Both Liam and Annie are now dedicated supporters of causes relating to premature birth.

“I am excited to be part of the Premier’s Active April campaign, encouraging my own family, and others, to get out and about! As a family, we prioritise a healthy and active lifestyle. Easy ways I’ll be getting my kids involved this April will be by organising backyard cricket matches and family bike rides.”

– Liam Picken

Peter Hitchener

On the Australian media landscape, Peter Hitchener is unrivalled when it comes to experience, credibility and integrity. ‘Hitch’, as he is affectionately known, has clocked up 45 years at Nine and 20 years as presenter of the Nine News week night bulletin in Melbourne. Hitch loves nothing more than meeting the everyday Melburnians who make up the vibrant city to which he reads the news each week night at 6.00pm. A great deal of his time away from work is spent on community service activities.

“I look forward to Active April every year. Getting active is a wonderful way to feel confident and healthy. I am looking forward to maintaining my health and fitness by getting together with friends and doing group sports and by hitting the gym for some more serious work outs! I can’t wait for all Victorians to get fit and active this April.”

– Peter Hitchener

Jessica Gallagher

Jessica Gallagher, Geelong born and bred, lost most of her sight at age 17 to a rare, degenerative eye disease – leaving her legally blind. At the time she was playing representative netball and basketball and was forced to give up her childhood dream of representing Australia.

At the age of 21 she discovered Paralympic sport and has since represented Australia at the Paralympics in three sports – alpine skiing, athletics and track cycling. She became the first Australian woman to win a winter Paralympic medal and has also won World Championship gold and bronze medals. She made sporting history in 2016 when she became the first Australian athlete to medal at a summer and winter Paralympics or Olympics.

Jessica is currently preparing for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she is the sport ambassador for cycling. Delighted to be an ambassador for Active April again in 2018, Jessica loves staying active:

“First and foremost, it’s fun! I love the feeling I have when I’m active. I feel healthy, strong and empowered to take on anything!”

– Jessica Gallagher

Dr Ricardo Da Costa

Dr Ricardo Da Costa works in the Department of Nutrition Dietetics & Food, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University as an academic, researcher, consultant and practitioner in Sports Dietetics and Extremes Physiology. Making the long journey from the UK to Melbourne, Australia, Ricardo came to Monash University in August 2013 from Coventry University-UK. As an ex-professional athlete, health and nutrition has been a significant part of Ricardo’s professional career.

“Premier’s Active April is about committing to a more active and healthier lifestyle. I can’t wait to share some of my exercise and nutritional tips with Victorians this Active April.”

– Dr Ricardo Da Costa

Jo Hall

Jo Hall is arguably one of Melbourne’s most distinguished and experienced female television reporters and presenters. She has forged a career in front of and behind the camera over the past three decades. Hall is the host of the Nine News bulletins for regional Victoria. These bulletins are among 15 rolling out as part of one of the biggest expansions of news operations in Australia. Her off-air interests branch deeper into the community, and she regularly undertakes duties for breast cancer charities. Living in suburban Melbourne, Jo maintains an active and healthy lifestyle with her four children, Rhyss, Tysyn, and twins Emmerson and Fynn.

“This April I am endeavouring to get more active by walking my dogs daily as staying active makes me feel energised happy and stronger. I’ve always encouraged my children to stay active, and I am thrilled to be a 2018 Premier’s Active April Ambassador to help inspire others to get moving.”

– Jo Hall

Plus, check out some of the other inspirational names who have joined Premier’s Active April 2018 to help encourage more Victorians to join in the fun of physical activity.

Gary Ablett Jr.

Katie Brennan

Nathan Currie

Nick Fitzgerald

Matt Haanappel

Bruce Kamau

Jason Lees

Alicia Loxley

Hannah MacDougall

Osama Malik

Sonia Marinelli

Kate Moloney

Annie Nolan

Madi Robinson

Jason Sleep

Last updated: March 21, 2018 at: 9:36 am


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