Will Goonellabah’s Gabrielle Venn be the next Laura Geitz? And will we soon be watching Max Simpkins on Centre Court at the Australian Open?
Only time will tell, but Federal member of Page Kevin Hogan is making sure these local sporting champions are given every opportunity to follow their dreams.
At a Local Sporting Champions morning tea on Wednesday, Mr Hogan will present ten local teenagers with a $500 cheque to help them on their way.
“As a sports fan, I’m very pleased to help these teenagers follow their dreams,” 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 at a state, national and international level.
“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.”
Mr Hogan said there was one more round of Local Sporting Champion Grants this financial year.
“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,” Mr Hogan said.
In no particular order, the newest inductees into the Page Young Sporting Champs Hall of Fame are:
- Gabrielle Venn, of Goonellabah who competed in the Netball NSW State Age Championship,
- Taliesin Tardrew-O’Meara of Lismore who completed in the National Youth Basketball Championship
- Samantha Clasby of Richmond Hill who competed in the NSW State Age Netball Championship
- William Riley of Lismore who competed in the Under 18s National Basketball Championship
- Hayden Blanksby of Lismore who competed in the National Open Water 5km Swim
- Jackson Gwynne of Coraki who competed in the NSW Under 18s National Boys Hockey Championship
- Max Simpkins of Casino who competed in the 2015 NSW Pssa Tennis State Carnival,
- Cameron Palmer of Alstonville who competed in the Under 15s Boys National Hockey Championships,
- Tiana Clark of Evans Head who competed in the Under 15’s Girls National Hockey Championships,
- Thomas Brown of East Coraki who competed in the Under 18s National Hockey Championships
For more information about the program, go to www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/local_sporting_champions