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Jenna Allan (McNicol) - Young Citizen of the Year 2013

A Wycheproof girl at heart, Jenna McNicol was named Buloke Young Citizen of the Year for 2013.

Jenna Allan - Family Photo

Sport played a big part in Jenna’s life with her dedicated efforts assisting both the Wycheproof Tennis and Wycheproof-Narraport Netball Clubs.

After graduating from Wycheproof P12 College, Jenna headed to university in Melbourne before making Bendigo her base, from which she regularly commuted back home to support various events.

Participating in the local Labour Day Tennis Tournament, Jenna’s commitment ensured she was on court for the action, and was ever ready to lend a hand during the event. Even on return visits from Melbourne she was more than happy to make up numbers if the local team was short of players.

A valued member of the Wycheproof-Narraport Netball Club, and a former President, Jenna held the role of Umpires Convener, as well as assisting junior members to acquire umpiring experience.

From recruiting members, to organising fundraising activities supporting women, to assisting with events through the Wycheproof-Narraport Football Club Social Committee Jenna’s input created depth and diversity for local sporting outlets.

Since receiving her award, Jenna has worked as a Certified Practicing Valuer (Property) within mortgage valuation and rating valuation firms, along with completing 12 months as the Wycheproof Neighbourhood House Coordinator on her relocation back to the town.

Marrying her partner Ricky Allan, the couple now have two children – Cooper and Scottie, with a third due in February.

Jenna currently works for Buloke Shire as a Capital Projects Officer, and the pair continue to enjoy their involvement with the local sporting clubs.

Along with many of their friends, who have also returned to home turf, Jenna and her family are carrying on the tradition of community building into the future.

Nominate now for this year's awards at https://www.buloke.vic.gov.au/australia-day-awards