As always, we have many stories to tell. Whether it be winning a 20-year camps contract, opening the brand new Gippsland Recreation and Aquatic Centre, launching our Time to ReBuild podcast, to persevering in the face of COVID-19 lockdowns – it's been another big year.
Sports and Recreation Victoria awarded the Y a renewed 20-year contract for the management and operation of five camp sites until 2041 – allowing us to continue fostering connections with local communities.
The state-of-the-art facility opened in March 2021 and has been warmly welcomed by Latrobe Valley residents, fulfilling the long-awaited need for a recreation centre in the area. The $57 million centre is owned by the Latrobe City Council and managed by YMCA Victoria.
Virtual Y (a free platform that we launched in 2020 to support the health and wellbeing of young people and the community during lockdown) has continued to grow and support over 100,000 people virtually. We've kept our communities engaged and connected to the Y during these difficult times.
Launched in December 2020, Time to ReBuild gives listeners a unique insight into people's journey from incarceration to positive transformation. Tune into our podcast today.
For 15 years we helped the Father's Day Council search for ordinary dads with extraordinary stories. In 2020, we joined forces to revamp the award. We were delighted to celebrate winners Stephen Curran in 2020 and Sam Chew in 2021.
From hosting the Australian Olympic swimming trials, to having a staff member compete for Australia – we supported our Aussie athletes every step of the way in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Y, in partnership with Skate Australia, hosted the Australian Skateboarding League Championships at Melbourne's Moomba festival at Riverslide Skate Park in March 2021.
We will be feeling the effects of COVID-19 closures for years to come but the Y has been working hard to get Victorians back in the water safely.
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Through the countless lockdowns and re-openings we faced this year, our leaders were always there to support our organisation and community. Hear from our CEO, Chair, and Young Person of the Year as they reflect on the rollercoaster that was 2020-2021.
Each business unit at the Y has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. Our staff and volunteers have shown incredible resilience in the face of such adversity, allowing the Y to quickly adapt throughout multiple lockdowns and tough restrictions.