27 March 2018

Wide Bay’s Sporting Champions recognised by Llew O’Brien

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Coalition Government’s popular Local Sporting Champions program.

 “I’m pleased to congratulate 13 sporting champions in Wide Bay who have been awarded $500 each,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“Wide Bay’s sporting champions come from all communities, they participate in a diverse range of sports, and they distinguish themselves in state, national and international competitions. 
 
“The cost of participating in these events can be quite high, especially where travel over great distances is required, so this funding will help to ease that pressure and assist them towards achieving their sporting goals.”
 
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.
       

Name 

Competition      

Community

Leila Steffen

2017 Pacific School Games

Maryborough

Teagan McGowan

Pacific School Games

Tewantin

Lilliana Bowrey

Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Tewantin

Tamatoa Stana

Pacific School Games

Tewantin

Taryn Knight

2017 Pacific School Games

Maryborough

Jonathan Curry

Fed Uni Australian National Road Championships

Gympie

Chantelle Chippindall

2018 Australian Junior Combined Event Championships

Pie Creek

Tiffany Mackay

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Sunshine Beach

Tannar Jenkins

Australian Junior Combined Championships

Tuchekoi

Francesca McKinley

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Peregian Beach

Charlotte McKinley

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Peregian Beach

Kai Thompson

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Sunrise Beach

Cooper Davies

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Noosa Heads

 
“These young sporting champions build on the Wide Bay region’s reputation of producing outstanding athletes and they all do a fine job of representing their sport and their community through their sporting endeavours.  I congratulate them on their success and wish them well in their sporting pursuits,” 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 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 please contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 1300 301 968.