Could 12-year old Maison Simmons be the next Ricky Ponting when it comes to cricket?
Perhaps 17-year old Koorie-Rose Reilly and 13-year old William Tait could win Olympic Gold in athletics, whilst 16-year old Harriett Irving wins the Olympic triathlon?
Will 14-year old Jack Leeson and 16-year old Toby Campbell be the next Grant Hackett and James Magnussen when it comes to swimming?
And could 12-year old Lily Mainey one day play for the Australian Diamonds Netball Team?
Only time will tell, but Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan is making sure that 7 young Clarence Valley Sporting Champions are given every opportunity to follow their dreams.
At a Local Sporting Champions Award morning tea today, Mr Hogan presented the 7 local teenagers with a certificate in recognition of their achievements and confirmed their grants from the Local Sporting Champions program.
“Those who received the Awards have excelled themselves representing the Clarence Valley on the 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.”
“The Clarence Valley has produced some outstanding sportspeople in the past, and it is important that we support the next crop of our local sporting talent.”
“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 particular order, our latest Clarence Valley Sporting Champions are:
- Koorie-Rose Reilly, 17yo, 2019 NSWCHSSA Athletics Championships
- William Tait, 13yo, 2020 Little Athletics NSW State Championships
- Jack Leeson, 14yo, 2020 Swimming NSW Junior State Age Championships
- Maison Simmons, 12yo, NSW PSSA Boys Cricket Championships
- Lily Mainey, 12yo, Netball NSW Junior State Titles
- Harriett Irving, 16yo, 2020 QLD School Sport 13-19 Years Triathlon State Championships
- Toby Campbell, 16yo, 2019 Swimming NSW Senior State Age Championship