Wide Bay sports stars have just days left to apply for the next lot of Local Sporting Champions funding, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said today.
Mr O'Brien is encouraging families in Wide Bay to apply for the next round of the popular grants program by Monday, 30 September 2019.
The Morrison Government's Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to aspiring young athletes, coaches and officials between the ages of 12-18 attending eligible state, national or international sporting championships.
"Local Sporting Champions is an important initiative and ensures talented young athletes living in regional areas like Wide Bay don't miss out on opportunities to take part in high level competition ," Mr O'Brien said.
"This program, managed by Sport Australia, supports local families meet the costs associated with attending sporting competitions such as competition entry fees, travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment.
"It's so important to encourage our children to get involved with sports, to be physically active and benefit from the social connection and development sport provides."
Local Sporting Champions continues to grow, with the Morrison Government announcing a funding boost in 2018-19 of $11.8million over four years. Funding starts at $500 per grant, with additional provisions for longer distance travel.
Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said assisting families to engage in high level sporting competition would help meet the Morrison Government's Sport 2030 plan to help more Australians be more active more often.
"Local Sporting Champions is about removing some of the barriers for children chasing their big sporting dreams," Minister Colbeck said.
"Sport and physical activity is a valuable part of any child's development, so this program is a great investment in the health of our nation."
Local Sporting Champions has already delivered more than $30 million in grants to more than 52,000 young Australians.
Applications for the Local Sporting Champions program are open throughout the entire year, with four assessment periods. To be considered for the next assessment period, applications must be in by 30 September, 2019.
For more information on Local Sporting Champions grants, including the eligibility criteria and to apply, visit www.sportaus.gov.au/lsc