Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien today announced 18 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state, national and international competitions.
"Wide Bay is home to some incredibly talents sportsmen and women, and I congratulate them on their success in this latest round of the Local Sporting Championships program," Mr O'Brien said.
"The cost of participating in championships can be quite high, especially where travel over great distances is required, so this funding will help them travel to competitions all over Australia and even internationally to achieve their sporting goals."
The following athletes were successful in Round 3:
|Erin Barsby||SSA 12&u Softball Championship||Maryborough|
|Declan Burns||Nationals Schools Cup - Volleyball||Owanyilla|
|James Hangad||2018 Mcdonald'S Queensland Championships - Swimming||Gympie|
|Joseph Wikaira||Australian All Schools Championships -Athletics||Noosaville|
|Joseph Mcclintock||Junior Eight Ball Nationals 2019||Gympie|
|Callum Thiess||2019 U17 Boys National Softball Championships||Tewantin|
|Finella Gibbs-Beal||2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships||Noosaville|
|Grace Dixon||Under 15 Australian Hockey Championships||Gympie|
|Jack Herriman||Queensland School Sport U19 Cricket Championships||Peregian Beach|
|Daniel Mooney||Australian U15 Championships - Hockey||Maryborough|
|Diarmid Chappell||Thailand National U21 Volleyball Championships||Maryborough|
|Shayla Sinclair||QLD School Sport State Championships – Tennis||Tewantin|
|Thomas Roberts||Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships||Maryborough|
|Gabrielle Davey||NSW Pony Club State Sporting And Campdrafting Championships||Cooran|
|Abigail Kerz||Water Polo State Championships||Noosaville|
|Aleiha Mcconville||NSW State Championships – Pony Club||Federal|
|Felicity Mawhinney||NSW Pony Club State Sporting And Campdrafting Championship||Gympie|
|Lachlan Pliaskin||2019 QLD State Championships - Basketball||Maryborough|
"These young sports champions build on Wide Bay's reputation of producing outstanding athletes, and they all do a fine job of representing their sport and their community at these prestigious titles," 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."
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 help meet the costs of participating in sporting events, including travel, equipment, uniforms and accommodation.
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 https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding. For further information contact Mr O'Brien's office on 1300 301 968 or (07) 4121 2936.