John’s proud of his ‘wow’ girl
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.