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Mitchell Leisure Services picked up two of the most decorated awards at the annual Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Industry awards night.

Lisa Gawne received Victoria’s Most Valuable Employee while Lisa Higgs was awarded Victoria’s Group Fitness Instructor of the Year.

Ms Gawne said she was extremely proud to win the award.

“I have worked at Mitchell Leisure for 15 years and I have met some amazing people. I am a duty manager, lifeguard, receptionist and teacher – it is so diverse,” she said.

“I also work with both my children and that is amazing. They have the same dedication to their work as I do.

“It is nice to work alongside the community and to see everyone come back on a daily basis is amazing. This is a rewarding industry.”

The duo was in a competitive field against some of the state’s best.

Ms Gawne and Ms Higgs have been instrumental parts of the Mitchell Shire Council Leisure Services team for students, parents and residents.

Ms Higgs said she was surprised to hear her name announced.

“My job means the world to me and I love everything about it. I love learning constantly, driving everyone to be their best and I couldn’t ask for more,” she said.

“When they announced the award I said ‘What? Me?’ but it is amazing to hear that people appreciate the work we do.”

Mitchell Shire Council was also recognised throughout the night as one of the industry leaders in Victoria.

Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Bill Chisholm congratulated both Ms Gawne and Ms Higgs for their achievements.

“We are tremendously proud of their hard work and dedication. To pick up both the most valued employee and group fitness instructor of the year is an honour and proves Mitchell Shire Council is one of the state’s industry leaders,” he said.

The leisure team manages council’s three outdoor pools as well as Kilmore Leisure Centre and Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.

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