SHE’S covered some of the world’s biggest sporting events — the London Olympics, Delhi Commonwealth Games, the Ashes and Cricket World Cup.
Now Sarah Jones will return home to be the drawcard for Echuca-Moama’s night of sporting nights.
The Fox Footy presenter, Moama born and bred, will be front and centre at Moama Bowling Club as the guest speaker for the 30th Echuca-Moama Sportstar of the Year awards night, to share tales from a sporting journey taking her across the globe.
Jones said she was thrilled to get back home and meet some local sporting champions.
‘‘It’s an event I’ve grown up knowing about and had friends involved with,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve been really keen to get involved and I’m really thrilled this year I’m able to come up home for the event.
‘‘Sport really is the lifeblood of the towns, it’s ingrained in you from a young age.
‘‘We all grow up playing sport and for a country town, Echuca-Moama has produced some really terrific athletes and it’s something we should be proud of.’’
Never a sporting star herself, Jones said she was happy to settle for representing Echuca-Moama in a different sense.
‘‘I would have loved to be representing Australia like a Sharelle McMahon but sadly I never had the talent,’’ she laughed.
‘‘So I’m involved in a different way, and absolutely I’m proud to say I grew up in Echuca-Moama.
‘‘Those country roots have shaped who I am and built that love of sport. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be where I am today if I wasn’t brought up in Echuca, watching the football and playing netball and tennis in the summer as well.’’
Now a mother to two young girls — Mila and Halle — Jones said her role hosting broadcasts, particularly through footy season, made life hectic.
And yet she wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
‘‘It’s amazing, I wouldn’t call it a job to talk about sport every day. It’s exciting and challenging, and what I wanted to do growing up,’’ she said.
‘‘What I do is fun and entertaining and not so serious, but it’s really rewarding and a real thrill.’’
And ahead of the February 26 event at the Moama Bowling Club, Jones was excited to not only meet some of the town’s sporting stars, but to have a chance to speak to some familiar faces.
‘‘I’m sure the night will be amazing and a chance to catch up with plenty of friends, acquaintances, teachers and coaches who have helped me along the way,’’ she said.
‘‘There’ll be lots of family there too hopefully, and it’s always nice to be speaking in front of an audience where you can look out and see lots of people you know.’’