The Clarence Valley has a rich and proud sporting history and today eight teenagers have been inducted as Local Young Sporting Champions who could one day be household names.
“Presenting these twice-yearly awards is one of the highlights of my year,” the Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“All of these Young Champions have put in the hard yards to represent our community at the state, national or international level, and it is only right that we give them the recognition that they deserve.”
Carly Leeson of Woodford Island may only be 16 years old but she is already making her mark on the world stage after competing in the Indoor Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, while Chris Zaffis of Angourie is well on his way of realising his dream of becoming a professional surfer.
Mr Hogan presented the Awards and a $500 cheque to help the Young Champions on their way at a special morning tea today.
The Local Sporting Champions programme provides financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport.
“As a sports fan, I’m very pleased to help these teenagers follow their dreams. Those who received the awards have presented the Clarence Valley with distinction,” Mr Hogan said.
“Unfortunately succeeding in sport doesn’t just take talent and determination – parents also often have to put their hands in their pockets to get their children to competitions. I’m very pleased to be able to help these families with financial support through these grants.
“Sport is important in the development of young people: it teaches them life-long skills like teamwork, keeps them fit and healthy, and allows them to excel in something they love and enjoy.”
“I encourage any budding champions out there who have the opportunity of competing at a state, national or international event to apply for a grant by contacting my office or checking out the website ausport.gov.au.”
Our latest crop of Clarence Valley Sporting Champions are:
* Carly Leeson, 16, Indoor Cricket World Cup
- Kelly Moloney, 16, Australian Junior Squash Championships
- Laura Moloney, 12, Australian Junior Squash Championships
- Amber Sinclair, 13, Australian Hockey Championships
- Elliott Speed, 12, 2014 School Sport Australia 12 and under Hockey Championships
- Jorja Tarrent, 15, National Weightlifting Championships
- Zachary Young, 14, Under 13 Boys Australian Hockey Championshps
- Chris Zaffis, 17, Surfing Australia, Australian Junior Titles