Congratulations to 24 Wide Bay sporting champions

May 26, 2021

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien today congratulated 24 local sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions.

“Sports are an integral part of life in Wide Bay, and I am pleased that our outstanding young sportsmen and women are receiving this support through the Local Sporting Champions program to represent our region,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Wide Bay’s sporting champions participate in a diverse range of sports, they come from every community, and these grants help them meet the costs of competing in state and national championships which can be quite high where long-distance travel and accommodation is required,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This funding will help to ease that pressure on local families, and help our young athletes participate fully and achieve their sporting goals.”

The following young sportsmen and women will each receive a grant of $550 or $650, to the total value of $13,700, through the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Local Sporting Champions grants program which supports participants aged 12 to 18 to help meet the costs of participating in sporting events, including travel, equipment, uniforms and accommodation.  

Name Suburb Sport Competition
Chloe Jensen Maryborough Basketball QLD U18 State Championships
Matthew Town Oakhurst Basketball Qld State Championship
Gaje Helleur Maryborough Basketball Queensland State Basketball Championship
Lola Gibbs-Beal Noosaville Surf Lifesaving Queensland State Youth Championships
Samara Dryden Peregian Beach Golf Queensland School Sport State Championships
Olive Payne Doonan Athletics QLD State Little Athletics Championships
Diarmid Chappell Oakhurst Hockey Under 18 Men’s Hockey Nationals
Archie Shannon Jones Hill AFL State AFL Championship 2021
Oscar Rechtin Noosa Heads Swimming Queensland School Sport State Swimming Championships
Meka Crick Maryborough Hockey National U15 hockey championships
James Hangad Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Queensland Youth State Championship
Riley Laycock Tinana Basketball State Championships
Teagan McGowan Tewantin Swimming 2021 Age swimming championships
Kilian Carrel Noosa Heads Swimming Queensland School Sport Swimming State Championships
Harper Smales Peregian Beach Athletics Little Athletics QLD State Championships

“Sports are an integral part of life in Wide Bay and our region has a strong track record in producing skilled and successful sports champions, so I am pleased to help these 24 young sports stars represent our region with support through the Local Sporting Champions program,” Mr O’Brien said.

“There are always many applications for the Local Sporting Champions Program and only limited grants are available, but I am really impressed by the depth of talent, the level of commitment, and the ambition and pursuit of excellence, that the applicants demonstrated despite the ongoing uncertainty and challenges posed by COVID-19.”

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is responsible for the management and coordination of the program, with grant recipients selected by a local panel.  Applications for the grants can be made at any time, through the Australian Sports Commission’s website

For further information please contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 1300 301 968. 


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