Congratulations to our very own Lorinda Peters for being the recipient of the Most Outstanding Teacher Award – Volleyball Victoria 2022!
This is awarded to a teacher who provides outstanding leadership and supports growth and development of volleyball in the education sector.
Lorinda has worked in partnership to develop volleyball in Wodonga Government schools. Lorinda has coached and transported Wodonga Middle Years College students to School Cup events over many years. Lorinda has ensured students can access volleyball opportunities with School Sport Victoria and has generated active participation in local programs. The commitment to school volleyball is immense with the before school and after-hours trainings they conduct. Lorinda travels over 50km to get to the stadium to ensure her students can access training. Lorinda has also been involved with Volleyball coaching.
Wodonga Senior Secondary College’s Derek Bowey was also nominated for this award for his contributions. The growth of volleyball in Wodonga is primarily due to Lorinda and Derek’s contributions. They have entered students in the School Sport Victoria Upper Hume Secondary Division carnivals. Students have been participating in a local competition during the evenings. A feature of the program is the engagement of students from our refugee communities and many EAL students have joined the program also.
Lorinda coaching the Year 7-9 students at Wodonga Middle Years and Derek continuing to foster their volleyball and personal development in Year 10-12 at Wodonga Senior Secondary College. Wodonga Senior has built a new stadium, with Derek being instrumental in the planning. As such, he has ensured the stadium has two volleyball courts, and volleyball poles/nets that are fit for purpose for competitions. Further to this, with no indoor volleyball access for over 12 months, Derek ensured volleyball could continue and set up outdoor nets for the students to participate. The optics of this in the school community and others who drive by is incredible as they see students actively participating in volleyball.