Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan presented ten Young Sporting Championship Awards to some of the Northern Rivers’ most promising sporting stars of the future at a special morning tea held in their honour.
At a Local Sporting Champions morning tea he presented ten local teenagers with a $500 cheque to help them on their way.
“Those who are receiving awards have excelled themselves representing the Northern Rivers on the international, national and state stage,” 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.
“Page 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.”
In no order, our latest crop of Northern Rivers Sporting Champions are:
- Gabby Venn, 13, who competed in the NSW Netball State Age Championship
- Jessica Roche, 13, who competed in the NSW State Track and Field Championship
- Mackenzie-Rose Cummings, 14, who competed in the Pcq State Equitation Championship
- James McPaul, 17, who competed in the Australian Junior Youth Championship
- Ethan Mumford, 14, who competed in the Rugby Union NSW Junior Gold
- Jakira Toniello, 16, who competed in the NSW Combined High Schools Girls Cricket Championship
- Thomas Brown,16, who competed in the Australian Under 18 Hockey Nationals
- Brayden Nelson, 13, who competed in Touch Football at the Junior State Comp
- Courtney Watt, 18, who competed at the National Trap Championships
- Ella Cooke, 15, who competed in the Qld Junior Tennis Teams Carnival
For more information about the program, go to