Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon congratulates the 21 young athletes who have been awarded Local Sporting Champions grants in the Hunter electorate.
The Local Sporting Champions program is an initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.
The successful applicants each received a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation or School Sport Australia endorsed state, national or international sporting championship.
“I’m pleased to see the Sporting Champions grants make a difference by allowing our young local athletes to further succeed in their sporting endeavours in state, national and international competitions,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“It’s clear from the variety of sports represented including netball, swimming, volleyball, bull riding, gridiron, bicycle motocross, equestrian, athletics, gymnastics, triathlon, baseball, hockey and basketball, there is immense talent in the Hunter electorate.”
One of the grant recipients, Kade Attenborough met with Mr Fitzgibbon in Muswellbrook to provide an update on his latest competition results. Kade represented the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association at the World Junior bull riding finals in the United States of America in August. The thirteen year old travels extensively around Australia and overseas to pursue his bull riding passion and also participates in representative level rugby league.
“Kade is a fine example of a young person whose dedication and commitment has resulted in him achieving exceptional results on the world stage,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“I congratulate him and each of the grant recipients on their impressive achievements.”
The next round of the Local Sporting Champions grants close on October 31. To apply, click here. https://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions
LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPIONS GRANT RECIPIENTS
Charlie Craft Millfield Netball
Chelsea Goodhew Rathmines Athletics
Jordan Jones Bulga Baseball
Abbey Proctor Wyee Swimming
Ella Bradley Arcadia Vale Swimming
Sarah Gardner Marmong Point Triathlon
Kade Attenborough Muswellbrook Bull riding
Bethany Fisher Arcadia Vale Gymnastics
Anika Rendoth Millfield Gymnastics
Samantha Shiels Wangi Wangi Netball
Jasmine Knight Abernethy Hockey
Tenika Gilmore Cessnock West Netball
Nicholas Goodwin Blackalls Park Swimming
Lily Arnold Singleton Netball
Emelyn Ostenfeld Bonnells Bay Volley Ball
Koby Van Veen Wyee Point Gridiron
Zachary Moore Cameron Park Bicycle Motocross
Lachlan Moore Cameron Park Bicycle Motocross
Cade Hunter Singleton Equestrian
Harry Cullity Greta Swimming
Ellarna Gayler Teralba Basketball