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:











Layla Day






Varlee Nihill





Dylan McCauley 





Piper Dunlop





Belinda Bailey 





Holly Eason





William Fitzpatrick





Darci Fitzpatrick





Tyzack Hassell





Connor O’Brien





Tia Davidge





Jasmine Eddy





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  or by contacting Lisa Chesters’ office directly on 5443 9055.