Chesters congratulates Bendigo's Local Sporting Champions

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters today presented awards to two sporting teams and 16 individuals who will share in $14,000 from the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.

In a ceremony at Weeroona College, students were presented with certificates for a wide range of sports including hockey, athletics, swimming, baseball, tenpin bowling & rowing.

“There are many talented young men and women in our region competing in state & national sporting competitions and I know how difficult it can be for families to meet the costs of participation.

“That’s why these grants of $500 per individual and $3,000 for teams have been provided.  These grants help meet the costs of participating in sporting events including for equipment, uniforms, travel and accommodation” Ms Chesters said. 

“It’s fantastic that the male and female Weeroona College basketball teams are now able to compete at the Australian Schools Championships in Canberra.  The $3,000 boost per team will go a long way towards travel and other costs incurred.”

Applications for grants can be made by either individuals or teams at any time throughout the year, either by visiting or by contacting Lisa’s office directly on 5443 9055.

The successful applicants are:

Name Event Sport
Mitchell Coles, Junior State Championships
Luke Padgham, SSV Track and Field Exchange
Teleah Hayes, Australian Junior Championships
Matthew Slot, 2014 Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australia
Kate Jordan, 2014 Australian Swimming Championships
Madeline Davis, 2014 National Women's Baseball Championships
Isabella Symons, 2014 Australian Age Championships
Shai O’Brien, Australian Junior Triathlon Championships
Christopher Browne, Australian Junior Track and Field Championships
Matthew Heislers, 2014 Australian Junior Athletics Championships
Georgia  Fahy, Australian National Junior Championships
Olivia Graham, Australian Junior Track and Field Championships
Meaghan Lowndes, National Rowing Championships  
Georgia Eason, Under 15 Australian Volleyball Championships
Bailey Waterman, Little League State Championships
Luke Australian, Junior Track and Field Championships

Team Sport Event
Weeroona College Bendigo Male Basketball Team, Australian Schools Championships
Weeroona College Bendigo Female Basketball Team, Australian Schools Championships