Grants success for 18 Wide Bay sports stars

April 1, 2019


Grants success for 18 Wide Bay sports stars

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 18 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state, national and international competitions.

“Wide Bay is home to some incredibly talents sportsmen and women, and I congratulate them on their success in this latest round of the Local Sporting Championships program,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The cost of participating in championships can be quite high, especially where travel over great distances is required, so this funding will help them travel to competitions all over Australia and even internationally to achieve their sporting goals.”
The following athletes were successful in Round 3:




Erin Barsby

SSA 12&u Softball Championship


Declan Burns

Nationals Schools Cup – Volleyball


James Hangad

2018 Mcdonald’S Queensland Championships – Swimming


Joseph Wikaira

Australian All Schools Championships -Athletics


Joseph Mcclintock

Junior Eight Ball Nationals 2019


Callum Thiess

2019 U17 Boys National Softball Championships


Finella Gibbs-Beal

2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships


Grace Dixon

Under 15 Australian Hockey Championships


Jack Herriman

Queensland School Sport U19 Cricket Championships

Peregian Beach

Daniel Mooney

Australian U15 Championships – Hockey


Diarmid Chappell

Thailand National U21 Volleyball Championships


Shayla Sinclair

QLD School Sport State Championships – Tennis


Thomas Roberts

Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships


Gabrielle Davey

NSW Pony Club State Sporting And Campdrafting Championships


Abigail Kerz

Water Polo State Championships


Aleiha Mcconville

NSW State Championships – Pony Club


Felicity Mawhinney

NSW Pony Club State Sporting And Campdrafting Championship


Lachlan Pliaskin

2019 QLD State Championships – Basketball


 “These young sports champions build on Wide Bay’s reputation of producing outstanding athletes, and they all do a fine job of representing their sport and their community at these prestigious titles,” Mr O’Brien said.
“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 Federal Government’s Local Sporting Champions program supports young sportsmen and women between the ages of 12 and 18, by providing grants of $500 to help meet the costs of participating in sporting events, including travel, equipment, uniforms and accommodation.

To be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, applicants:
• must be aged 12 to 18 years (inclusive);
• must be required to travel a distance of 250 kilometres or more, return.
• be participating in an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed sporting competition.

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 throughout the year, through the Australian Sports Commission’s website For further information contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 1300 301 968 or (07) 4121 2936.




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