John’s proud of his ‘wow’ girl

The Tatura Guardian - - Community - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

John Eva from Goul­burn Val­ley Pic­ture Fram­ing in Tatura says his daugh­ter Jess Eva has been a ‘‘wow’’ girl since the age of 13.

Grow­ing up on a prop­erty out­side of Tatura, Jess from The Block started her life’s jour­ney by ap­pre­ci­at­ing the finer things that life had to of­fer and get­ting her ed­u­ca­tion at Tatura Pri­mary School with her brother Rod­ney ‘‘Jimmy’’ Eva.

John said Jess’ ‘‘wow­ness’’ started from her bowl­ing days at Tatura Bowl­ing Club.

‘‘Her grand­mother used to go down to the Tatura Bowl­ing Club and do lunches or af­ter­noon tea and . . . one of the women said to her (Jess) one day, there’s a set of women’s bowls there, go to that other green where they’re not play­ing and bowl, and that’s what got her started,’’ John said. He said she was a nat­u­ral. ‘‘I think that’s how re­ally good sports­peo­ple are, she got ed­u­cated of course, but when the Aus­tralian coaches started com­ing down and look­ing at her, they said ‘ who taught her the ac­tion?’ I said no­body,’’ John said.

He said a lot from the bowl­ing days had formed into the one mem­ory now, but he re­mem­bered Jess be­ing no com­pany while driv­ing all over Aus­tralia to com­pete ev­ery week­end.

‘‘She’d sleep all the way and wake up when go­ing through a town with McDon­ald’s in it and yell ‘Mac­cas’,’’ John said.

Jess’ ca­reer in ra­dio started af­ter she moved to Mel­bourne and at­tended a ra­dio school, where she was rec­om­mended for a job in NSW.

‘‘She rings me up one day and she said ‘Dad I’m go­ing on the ra­dio’ and I said ‘oh bull you’re not go­ing on the ra­dio’ and she said ‘yeah I am dad, I am, I am, I am’,’’ John said.

He said Jess ended up on the Sun­shine Coast be­cause that was where her job took her.

‘‘She worked at Townsville, Cairns and then the Sun­shine Coast as a ra­dio an­nouncer on 91.1 Sea FM,’’ John said.

Meet­ing her fi­ance Norm, who was a builder by trade, John said Jess was quite con­tent with her fam­ily of four, but wanted to do more.

‘‘She rang me and told me ‘I’m go­ing for the fi­nal in­ter­view ( The Block), so at the end of to­day it’s on or off’ and I said ‘well that’s good dar­ling, good luck’,’’ he said.

‘‘I told her the truth, I said I’ve never watched The Block, it’s a bloody bor­ing show. I said what I’m go­ing to do is, I’m go­ing to record it and just watch it when you’re on it, be­cause I don’t want to watch the whole thing,’’ John said.

He said be­cause Jess had been in the lime­light for so long he was used to see­ing or hear­ing of his daugh­ter in the pub­lic eye.

‘‘I’m ex­cited that she’s on, but it’s not like wow, be­cause that’s what it’s been like since she was 13 years old, but I am very much proud of her,’’ John said.

He said he un­der­stood when Norm yelled ‘‘don’t start’’ at Jess through­out the se­ries.

‘‘What you see is what you get, I used to say to her ‘Jesse don’t start’ you know you’re not go­ing to change her mind,’’ John said.

When Jess and Norm won the YouFoodz chal­lenge, John mes­saged his daugh­ter in hys­ter­ics.

‘‘I sent her a text say­ing that is the fun­ni­est thing I have ever seen in my life, you win­ning a con­test for cook­ing. She was a hope­less cook, she couldn’t boil wa­ter, she hasn’t got any real skills in that area,’’ John said.

He said for just a lit­tle girl from Tat, Jess had done all right.

‘‘She’s got some big de­ci­sions to make, her pro­file is go­ing to go though the roof, but what­ever is best for the kids, she’ll do,’’ John said.

Al­ways a wow’ girl: Jess and Norm fromwant to win for their fam­ily.

Proud as punch: John Eva still holds a copy of the from 1998 when Jess was fea­tured on the front for mak­ing the Vic­to­rian Girls Un­der-19 Bowls Side.

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