Round 4 Local Sporting Champs Grants Awarded to Bendigo's Young Champions

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has announced 16 successful recipients of Round 4 of the 2019-20 Local Sporting Champions Grants.

“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,” Chesters said.

“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.”

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.

The local recipients have been awarded grants ranging from $500-$700.

Due to COVID-19, the mass cancellation of sporting events meant that many applicants were ineligible for this round of funding.

“It’s good news that instead of missing out on funding all together, eligible applications from previous rounds of the 2019-20 year were reinstated,” Chesters said.

“It means that a number of local families who would have otherwise missed out on funding were given a second chance and are now being reimbursed for sporting costs.

“I’m delighted to be able to assist a number of local sporting stars; many of them have bright futures ahead.

“Bendigo has a rich and varied sporting history and it’s great to see so many different sports represented today – recipients of the grants include swimming, cycling, skate, volleyball and mountain biking.”

The Round 4 2019-20 successful applicants are:

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Sport

 

 

 

Layla Day

 

Swimming

 

 

 

Varlee Nihill

Swimming

 

 

 

Dylan McCauley 

Basketball

 

 

 

Piper Dunlop

Basketball

 

 

 

Belinda Bailey 

Cycling

 

 

 

Holly Eason

Volleyball

 

 

 

William Fitzpatrick

Skate 

 

 

 

Darci Fitzpatrick

Skate

 

 

 

Tyzack Hassell

Skate

 

 

 

Connor O’Brien

Shooting

 

 

 

Tia Davidge

Cricket

 

 

 

Jasmine Eddy

Cycling

 

 

 

Alana Fletcher

Mountain Bike

 

 

 

Liam Fletcher

Mountain Bike

 

 

 

Owen Fletcher

Mountain Bike

 

 

 

Isaac Fletcher

Mountain Bike

 

               

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.