22/08/2016

Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised by Llew O’Brien

Wide Bay has many young people with great sporting abilities, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said today.

“I’m pleased to congratulate 18 sporting champions in Wide Bay who have been awarded $500 each from the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Wide Bay’s sporting champions come from all communities in the electorate, 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

Kaitlyn Walker Georgina Hope Foundation Swimming Championships Pomona
Tiffany Mackay 2016 Girls National Club Championships Noosa Heads
Tate Clark QLD School Sports Boys Softball Maryborough West
Barry Tapau Fewquandie School Boys State Rugby League Carnival Cherbourg
Peter Langton School Boys State Rugby League Carnival Cherbourg
Erroll Simpson School Boys State Rugby League Carnival Cherbourg
Annabelle Collins 2016 Australian Hockey Championships Gympie
Elwyn Fewquandie School Boys State Rugby League Carnival Tablelands
Cameron Morris QLD Rugby League State Championships Noosaville
George Brown QLD Boys Football State Championships Bidwill
Alex Lobegeier QLD Football State Championships Gympie
Jack Payne Oceanic Melanesian Regional Athletics Championships Peregian Beach
Benjamin Mander Oceanic Melanesian Regional Athletics Championships Black Mountain
Hannah Karrasch School Sport Australia Volleyball Championship St Helens
Nicholas Hooper Oceanic Melanesian Regional Athletics Championships Tewantin
Roy Tucker Men’s National Hockey Championships Tinana
Ryan Wilcox National Hockey Championships Maryborough
Jayden Raucci Australian Karate Federation Nationals Gympie

“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.”

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 www.ausport.gov.au/champions. For further information contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 1300 301 968.