Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien today announced 21 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state and national competitions.
"Wide Bay has a proud reputation of producing outstanding sportsmen and women, and I congratulate these sports stars on their success in this latest round of the Local Sporting Champions program," Mr O'Brien said.
"Wide Bay's sporting champions come from all communities, they participate in a diverse range of sports, and they do a fantastic job representing our region 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 on local families, and help our young athletes achieve 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 to help meet the costs of participating in sporting events, including travel, equipment, uniforms and accommodation.
The following athletes have been successful:
|Ryan Wilcox||Maryborough||Hockey||2019 School Sport Australia U16 Hockey Championship|
|Jenna Dibsdale-Godwin||Pie Creek||Basketball||QLD School Sport 13-15 Yrs State Basketball Championships|
|Matthew Browne||Banks Pocket||Hockey||2019 School Sport Australia U16 Hockey Championship|
|Declan Parkinson||Noosaville||Football (Soccer)||National Youth Championships|
|Tyler Roche||Cooroibah||Football (Soccer)||National Youth Championships|
|Jacob Wilson||Maryborough||Hockey||2019 Hockey Australia U13 National Championships|
|Daria Mostofizadeh||Pie Creek||Karate||2019 Australian Karate Federation National Championships|
|Chloe Murray||Tewantin||Football (Soccer)||2019 School Sport Australia 12 Yrs And Under National Football Championships|
|Finella Gibbs-Beal||Noosaville||Swimming||2020 Swimming Australia Open Water Swimming Championships|
|Lilliana Bowrey||Tewantin||Surfing||The Surf Dive And Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles|
|Trinity Mcphie||Tinana||Athletics||2019 School Sport Australia Track & Field Championships 10-12 Years|
|Sunny Law||Lake Macdonald||Athletics||2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Athletics Championships|
|Danyelle Barlow||Antigua||Athletics||2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Athletics Championships|
|Gemma Clark||Tinana||Athletics||2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Athletics Championships|
|Coco Cairns||Tewantin||Surfing||The Surf Dive And Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles|
|Isabella Walker||Maryborough||Athletics||QLD Schools State Championships|
|Joven Gyemore||Cherbourg||Athletics||2019 QLD School Sport 13-19 Athletics Championships|
|Steele Wiltshire||Doonan||Football (Soccer)||National Youth Championships|
|Mitchell Walker||Maryborough||Athletics||State Championship|
|Matthew Walker||Maryborough||Athletics||State Championship|
|Sebastien Hayes||Tewantin||Football (Soccer)||2019 Football Federation Australia National Youth Championships For Boys|
"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 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, through the Australian Sports Commission's website www.ausport.gov.au/champions.
For further information please contact Mr O'Brien's office on 1300 301 968.