Hawkesbury Local Sporting Champions
Each was presented with a commemorative certificate, and received a grant of between $500 and $700, under the Federal Government’s Local Sporting Champions Program.
“These remarkable young people and their families devote so much of their life to their chosen sport,” Ms Templeman
Ms Templeman congratulated Caitlyn Ferrier of East Kurrajong and Stephanie and Henry Chaseling of Kurrajong on their achievements.
“Caitlyn, a member of Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club won Gold in the 400 metres when she represented Australia at the Melanesian Athletics Championships held in Vanuatu in May - an extraordinary achievement!, Ms Templeman said.
“Siblings Stephanie and Henry – both members of Hawkesbury Martial Arts – competed at the Australian Karate Federation National Championships held in Queensland in August.
“It was wonderful to be able to recognise their accomplishments, and help them out with some of the costs associated with competing at that level.
“As a mum, I know how quickly the costs of these events add up - from petrol and accommodation, to flights, uniforms, team fees and all those last minute costs no one seems to tell you about,” she said.
Although not able to attend the afternoon tea:
- Josh Ferris, Ebenezer (Youth Olympics);
- Evelyn Haseldine, North Richmond (2018 Youth Sailing World Championships);
- Andrea Hollis, Ebenezer (Australian Interschool Championships – Equestrian); and
- Korey McMahon, Kurrajong (World Junior Motocross Championship)
also received grants under round 1 of the 2018/19 Local Sporting Champions program.
“The Local Sporting Champions program is open to young people participating in championships as an athlete, coach or official, and it’s a relatively easy application process.”
“There are three rounds each year and a wide range of sports are eligible, from roller skating, karate and fencing to football, equestrian events and basketball.”
“Students selected for Competitions and events organised by Official National Sporting Organisations (NSO) are eligible, as are School Sport Australia championships.
“Applications received for Round 2 of the 2019/19 program are currently being assessed. Applications for Round 3 are due by 11.59pm on 28 February 2019.
“I encourage each and every sportswoman or sportsman aged 12-18 who thinks that they might be eligible, to get into contact with my office for more information,” Ms Templeman said.
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