44 Wide Bay sporting champions recognised by Llew O'Brien

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Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has announced the successful applicants from Round 1, 2019-20 of the Coalition Government's popular Local Sporting Champions program.
 
"I'm pleased to congratulate the 44 sporting champions in Wide Bay who have been successful in obtaining funding to help them compete in their chosen events," Mr O'Brien said.
 
"These sporting champions come from all communities throughout Wide Bay, they participate in a diverse range of sports, and they distinguish themselves in state, national and international competitions.  

"The cost of participating in these events can be quite high, especially where travel over great distances is required, so this funding will help to ease that pressure and assist them towards achieving their sporting goals."

The Federal Government's Local Sporting Champions program supports young sportsmen and women between the ages of 12 and 18, by providing grants of $500 to $750 to help meet the costs of participating in sporting events, including travel, equipment, uniforms and accommodation.
 
Name         Community         Sport         Competition    
James Hadley         Murgon         Swimming         2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Years Swimming Championship    
Kilian Carrel         Cooroibah         Swimming         2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships    
 
Mitchell Gleeson         Sunrise Beach         Surf Life Saving         2019 Australian Youth Surf Life Saving Titles    
 
Kellie Davies         Maryborough         Athletics         2019 Australian Athletics Championships    
 
Emily Lethbridge         Noosaville         Surfing         2019 ISA World Longboard Championships    
 
Nolan Carrel         Cooroibah         Surf Life Saving         2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships    
 
Juanita Druce         Federal         Swimming         2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships    
 
Abbie Tolano         Marcus Beach         Surf Life Saving         Australian Youth Surf Life Saving Championships    
 
Casey Payne         Peregian Beach         Athletics         2019 Australian Athletics Championships    
 
Troy Carlson         Gympie         Swimming         2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships    
 
Annelyse Tevant         Maryborough West         Hockey         2019 U15 Outdoor Boys & Girls Hockey Championships    
 
Kai Mobbs         Gympie         Football (Soccer)         Football QLD Community Cup    
 
Mattia Couper         Cooroibah         Swimming         2019 Hancock Prospecting  Australian Age Swimming Championships    
 
Jasper Wilson         Oakhurst         Basketball         2019 State U14 Boys Basketball Championships    
 
Pierce Ludvigsen         Doonan         Swimming         2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships    
 
Chloe Rowe-Hagans         Noosaville         Swimming         2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships    
 
Baylen Jupp         Sunrise Beach         Gymnastics         2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships    
 
Taylah Forbes         Gympie         Volleyball         2019 QLD School Sport 16-19 Years State Volleyball Championships    
 
Sierra Pursey         Maryborough         Hockey         2019 QLD School Sport 10-12 Years Hockey Championships    
 
Molly Hodgson         Gympie         Hockey         2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Years Girls Hockey Championships    
 
Aden Finch         Corella         Volleyball         2019 QLD School Sport 16-19 Years Volleyball Championships    
 
Riley Hinds         Pie Creek         Hockey         2019 QLD School Sport 10-12 Years Hockey Championships    
 
Chloe Jensen         Maryborough         Basketball         2019 QLD School Sport 13-15 Years State Basketball Championships    
 
Ziggy Pidgeon         Murgon         Rugby League         2019 QLD School Sport 11-12 Years Boys Rugby League Championships    
 
Lachlan Beadle         Noosaville         Basketball         2019 QLD School Sport 13-15 Years Basketball Championships    
 
Amani Hughes         Peregian Beach         Football (Soccer)         Football QLD Community Cup    
 
Maximus Peters         Maryborough         Basketball         2019 Basketball QLD U14 Boys State Championships    
 
Jake Henry-May         Gympie         Basketball         2019 State U14 Boys Basketball Championships    
 
Emma Bellingham         Maryborough         Hockey         2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Years Girls Hockey Championships    
 
Riley Newman         Maryborough         Football (Soccer)         Football QLD Community Cup    
 
Jessica Wilcox         Curra         Hockey         2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Years Girls Hockey Championships    
 
Landen Smales         Noosa Heads         Surfing         2019 SAE Group Australian Surf Championships    
 
Matthew Town         Oakhurst         Basketball         2019 Basketball QLD State Championships    
 
Lilly Baker         Tewantin         Hockey         2019 Hockey QLD U13 Girls State Championships    
 
Nicola Clark         Maryborough         Hockey         2019 Hockey QLD U13 Girls State Championships    
 
Laura Davies         Maryborough         Hockey         2019 Hockey QLD U13 Girls State Championships    
 
Diarmid Chappell         Maryborough         Hockey         2019 School Sport Australia U16 Hockey Championship    
 
Anniston Chappell         Maryborough         Volleyball         2019 Australian Junior Volleyball Championships    
 
Ruby Nolan         Sunrise Beach         Surf Life Saving         International Surf Rescue Challenge    
 
Felicity Mawhinney         Curra         Pony Clubs         2019 Pony Club Australia National Championships    
 
Ryan Harmer         Maryborough         Hockey         2019 Hockey QLD U18 Men's State Championships    
 
Jack Elson         Gympie Dc         Basketball         2019 State U14 Boys Basketball Championships    
 
Lachlan Cruice         Tewantin         Softball         2019 Softball QLD U16 Boys State Championship    
 
Teya Rufus         Tinana         Bicycle Motocross         2019 BMX World Championships    
   
"These young sporting champions build on the Wide Bay region's reputation of producing outstanding athletes and they all do a fine job of representing their sport and their community through their sporting endeavours.  I congratulate them on their success and wish them well in their sporting pursuits," Mr O'Brien said.

"There were many applications for the Local Sporting Champions Program and only limited grants are available, but I am really impressed by the depth of talent, the level of commitment, and the ambition and pursuit of excellence, that the applicants demonstrated."

To be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, applicants:
• must be aged 12 to 18 years (inclusive);
• must be required to travel a distance of 250 kilometres or more, return.
• be participating in an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed sporting competition.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is responsible for the management and coordination of the program, with grant recipients selected by a local panel.

Applications for the grants can be made at any time throughout the year, through the Australian Sports Commission's website www.ausport.gov.au/champions. For further information contact Mr O'Brien's office on 1300 301 968.

 
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