Hunter's local sporting champions celebrated

Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon acknowledged the talent and achievements of the Hunter electorate’s young sporting stars at a presentation event hosted in Cessnock on Tuesday.

Twenty six locals between the ages of 12 and 18 years have been awarded Commonwealth Local Sporting Champions Grants which recognise athletes’ sporting achievements while supporting their competitive endeavours with a cash bonus.

This year the scheme acknowledged the distance many young, regionally based athletes travel to compete in their chosen fields with increased funding available for people who travel more than 800 kilometres.

Successful applicants received between $500 and $750 to contribute towards the cost of attending their championships.

Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon was impressed by the diverse range of sports the successful Sporting Champions represented which include gymnastics, barefoot water-skiing, BMX bike riding, baseball, netball, rugby league, volleyball, football and hockey.

“Participation in sport is not only a positive for physical health but it teaches young people important foundations for life like honesty, respect, teamwork, fair play and the ability to follow rules,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“It’s clear the young people who have received Local Sporting Champions Grants have shown extraordinary dedication and drive to reach an elite level of competition.

“I would also like to acknowledge the parents and carers, sporting coaches and the many volunteers at local sporting clubs who have contributed to the sporting success of young people in the Hunter electorate.”

For more information about upcoming grant opportunities, visit www.joelfitzgibbon.com/grants.

Name

Suburb

Organisation

Competition

Nate Cox

Cameron Park

BMX Australia

Australian National Championships

Chelsea Webb

Cessnock

Cessnock District Netball Association

NSW State Age Championships

Lara Perkins

Millfield

Kurri Kurri Netball Association

NSW State Age Champion

Jasmine Kerr

Cessnock

Netball NSW

State Age Championships

Tee-Jay Russo

Wyee

NSW Barefoot Water-Ski Club

2018 Australian National Barefoot Water-ski Championships

Lluka Moffitt

Muswellbrook

Muswellbrook Netball Association

State Age Championships

Tylor Dodd

Edgeworth

Newcastle

Senior League Championships

Emily Dobbins

Cameron Park

Macquarie Shores

2018 Australian Age Swimming Championships

Elaina McClung

Branxton

WAWA

2018 World Barefoot Water Ski Championships

Macy Blake

Bellbird Heights

Kurri Kurri Netball Association

NSW State Age Championships

Vienna Couper

Toronto

Westlakes Netball Club

State Age Championships

Heidi Fricker

Fassifern

New South Wales Diving

National Age Diving Championships

Kaylan Moloney

Coal Point

Gymnastics NSW

Australian Gymnastics Championships

Madison Knott

Kearsley

Cessnock District Netball Association

NSW State Netball Championships

Jesse Knight

Abernethy

Newcastle Hockey

Hockey NSW Under 18 Boys State Field Championships

Chloe Patch

Cessnock

Cessnock District Netball Association

State Age Netball Championships

Jordan Jones

Bulga

Newcastle Baseball Association

National Senior League Championships

Ellie-Jane Metcalfe

Cessnock West

Cessnock District Netball Association

State Age Championships

Heidi Richards

Muswellbrook

Muswellbrook Netball Association

Netball NSW 2018 State Age Championships

Georgia Chapple

Cameron Park

Newcastle Netball Association

NSW State Age Championships

Emelyn Ostenfeld

Bonnells Bay

NSW State Volleyball

Australian Junior Volleyball Championships

Tomasz Kowalski

Cameron Park

NSW Schools Football

NSW All Schools Football Championships

Jack Haylen

Muswellbrook

Hunter

NSW PSSA

Tahni Beckett

Cessnock

Cessnock Netball Association

NSW State Age Netball Championships

Floyd Tighe

Edgeworth

Touch Football Australia

Youth World Cup Tour

Ebony Deaves

Cessnock

Cessnock District Netball Association

State Age Championships

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