Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has today congratulated 13 young athletes who have been successful in receiving financial assistance to realise their sporting dreams.
Mr Coulton said the young sportspeople hail from Dubbo, Condobolin, Narrabri, Warialda, Gravesend and Gunnedah, and have gained national and state representation in a variety of sports including athletics, cricket, swimming, basketball, cycling and rugby union.
“I urge young athletes seeking financial assistance to support their involvement in sport to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant,” Mr Coulton said.
“Grants of between $500 and $750 are on offer to provide financial assistance to athletes, coaches and officials, to go towards the cost of attending endorsed state, national or international championships.
“This can include travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment. Local Sporting Champions grants provide an ideal opportunity for young sports people to gain financial assistance to help them turn their sporting dreams into a reality.”
Mr Coulton said the Coalition Government is committed to getting Australian kids more active, more often and is encouraging young athletes, coaches and officials to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant before the deadline closes on June 30.
The grants are aimed at alleviating the financial strain some families and young athletes feel when selected for a significant sporting event. The number of Local Sporting Champions grants is limited, and athletes, coaches and officials must apply for the financial support ahead of their event.
Mr Coulton is pleased to congratulate Ella Penman, Caitlin Keen, Harrison Bennett, Amelia Raidaveta, Yaroslava Petrova, Angus Mcdonald, Dylan Eather, Mitchell Hines, Trent Hines, Abbie Kent, Eliza O’Donnell, Charlotte Eather and Hope Sankey on successfully receiving support under the latest round of Local Sporting Champions grants.
For more information and to apply, visit www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions
Photo Caption (L-R): Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Local Sporting Champion, Ella Penman.