Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, awarded 14 local recipients of the Bendigo Electorate's Local Sporting Champions grants at a celebration ceremony at La Trobe University Athletics Complex yesterday (Wednesday 27 April).
“Playing sport at competition level takes passion, dedication and hard work. It also involves extensive travel, training, specialist equipment and clothing, and as many parents have told me, all those costs add up.
“For the families behind our young sporting champs it can be very expensive, especially for those living in regional areas like Bendigo.
“The Local Sporting Champions grants are about helping talented young men and women pursue their sporting dreams,” said Ms Chesters.
The Local Sporting Champions bipartisan program is an Australian Government initiative. Every electorate is allocated funding to provide financial assistance for young people. The grants can be used for travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at the event.
“Bendigo has a rich and varied sporting history and it’s great to see so many different sports represented.
“I’m delighted this Autumn to recognise young sport stars competing at the national and state level in Athletics, Kayaking, Cricket, Water-skiing and Canoeing championships,” said Ms Chesters.
Applications for the Bendigo electorate Spring grants can be made at any time throughout the year, either by visiting www.ausport.gov.au/champions or by contacting Lisa Chesters’ office directly on 5443 9055.
For comment from a young sports star contact Olivia Graham 5446 7500 and Cooper Hale 5449 6503.
List of recipients and competitions:
Imogen Douglass, Australian National Sprint Kayaking Championships
Madeline Davis, 2016 National Women’s Championships
Baydn Murphy, Australian Wild Water Championships
Bradley Dromey, Australian Waterski nationals
Zane Keighan, School Sport Australia Cricket Championships
Madeline Jones, 2016 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships
Tara Slender, Cricket Victoria
Zoe-Laine Murphy, 2016 Youth Women`s National Championships
Zahra Hayes, Australian Junior Track And Field Championships
Jessica Dromey, 2016 Water ski Nationals
Cooper Hale, Australian Transplant Games
Liam Richardson, National Junior Championships
Abbey Hromenko, Australian Junior Athletics Championships
Olivia Graham, Australian Junior Athletics Championships