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.