Thirteen young people from across Indi have been assisted in achieving their sporting dream thanks to the announcement in December of Commonwealth funded Local Sporting Champions grants.
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated all the recipients who each received a $500 grant from the Australian Institute of Sport.
The grants assist people aged 12-18 with the cost of competing in regional, state, national and international sporting championships.
Joanna Garoni from Wodonga, aged 13, is in the Under 15 Victorian softball side and has been playing softball since she was seven. Joanna said the grant would be used towards costs for training, equipment, travel and uniforms. She has been training with the state side in Melbourne every Sunday in recent months ahead of the national titles in Perth in January.
“Congratulations to Joanna and our other up and coming champions,” Ms McGowan said.
“Indi boasts a wealth of sporting opportunities for young people through school and community programs.
“It can be expensive to take these opportunities to the next level, especially for young people living in regional areas.
“The grants help our young sportspeople achieve their best, and some compete at an elite level. They become role models for others, contributing to a healthier and more active community.”
The next round of applications for Local Sporting Champions grants closes on 28 February 2017.
All grants recipients:
- Joanna Garoni, Wodonga - U15 Girls Regional Softball Championships
- Sarah Whitehouse, Wodonga - Swimming Championships
- Carter Ramsay, Wodonga - National Youth Championships Boys
- Stephen Martin, West Wodonga - National U17 Boys Softball Championship
- Katelyn Russel , Wodonga - School Sport Australia National U12 Championships
- Zoe Deacon, Browns Plains - Victorian Age Championships
- Ethan Patrala, Leneva - U15 Boys' Regional Championship
- Jarrah Forrer, Mount Beauty - American National Championships/World Skiing Champs
- Declan Patrala, Leneva - Softball Australia National Championships
- Tasman Kearney, Beechworth - National Championships
- Jack Boulton, Wangaratta - Primary Schools T&F Championships
- Bridget Cole, Wangaratta - Victorian Age Short Course Champinships
- Tess Palubiski, Rutherglen - U13 Australian Hockey Championships