Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced three Young Sporting Championship Awards to some of the Northern Beaches most promising sporting stars of the future at a special afternoon tea held in their honour.
Will Safety Beach’s Madeleine McTernan be the next Leisel Jones and Coramba’s Tara Everson the next Cate Campbell? And will Emerald Beach’s Clara Lyra on day receive an Olympic Gold for gymnastics?
Only time will tell, but Kevin Hogan is making sure these local sporting champions are given every opportunity to follow their dreams.
At a Local Sporting Champions afternoon tea today, Mr Hogan presented three local teenagers with a $500 cheque to help them on their way.
“Those who are receiving awards have excelled themselves representing the Coffs Coast and Northern Beaches in state competitions,” Mr Hogan said.
The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 years to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport on the state, national and international stage.
“Our community has produced some outstanding sportspeople in the past, and it is important that we support the next crop of our local sporting talent,” 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.”
For more information about the program, go to www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/local_sporting_champions