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.