Congratulations to 9 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien today congratulated nine local sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions.
 
The young sportsmen and women will each receive a grant of $550 or $750, to the total value of $5,550, 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. 
 
“Wide Bay has a strong track record in producing skilled and successful sports champions, and I congratulate these outstanding young athletes on their success in this latest round of the Local Sporting Championships program,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The cost of representing Wide Bay at state or national titles can be quite high, especially when long-distance travel and accommodation is required, so this funding will help to ease that pressure on local families, and help our young athletes achieve their sporting goals.”

The following athletes have been successful: 

Name

Suburb

Sport

Competition

Jackson Holland

Noosa Heads

Cricket

Queensland School Sport State Championships – Cricket

Finella Gibbs-Beal

Noosaville

Swimming

2022 Australian Open Water Championships

Mitchell Peterson

Noosaville

Surfing

Australian Junior Online Surf Championships

Oscar Rechtin

Noosa Heads

Swimming

2022 Australian Open Water Championships

Riley Woolmer

Pomona

Cricket

Queensland Junior Cricket Championships

Lola Gibbs-Beal

Noosaville

Swimming

2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships

Rory Ramsden

Tewantin

Cricket

Queensland School Sport State Championships – Cricket

Jacob Town

Oakhurst

Basketball

Queensland U18 State Championships

Patrick Hagan

Tinana

Basketball

2022 Under 18 State Championships

“There were 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.”

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 www.ausport.gov.au/champions.

For further information contact Mr O’Brien’s office on (07) 4121 2936.