Grants awarded to Bendigo's young sports champs

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, will join some of the best and brightest of the region’s young sporting community this afternoon at the Bendigo Stadium to celebrate each receiving a $500 grant as part of the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.

Seven of the twenty recipients who will be receiving certificates today are members of the Bendigo Junior Braves under 14 girls team who recently won a silver medal at the Basketball Australia Under 14 Championships.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the members of the Bendigo Junior Braves team and congratulating them on their fantastic result.

“We have some very promising young sportspeople in our region and it’s great to see their hard work and dedication rewarded with a $500 grant.

“Playing sport is an excellent way to represent your club, region or nation, and there are many proud, local families here today.

“Having a sporting star in the family is a great source of pride, however by the time you add up travel, training, specialist equipment and clothing, it can also be very expensive, especially for those living in regional areas like Bendigo.

“The Local Sporting Champions grants are about removing some of the financial barriers so young men and women can pursue their sporting dreams,” said Ms Chesters.

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative 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.

“I think it’s wonderful we have such a variety of sports being played at a high level here in our region. Recipients in this round include basketballers, volleyballers, athletics competitors, a netballer, an Aussie Rule player, a diver and an equestrian.

“It’s great that these grants can give our young people the sporting chance they deserve,” said Ms Chesters.

Applications for the 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.