Sports

Local sporting champions recognised

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan last week celebrated the success of local sporting champions from across the Clarence Valley at an afternoon tea.

Mr Hogan presented the six Clarence Valley teenagers with a certificate in recognition of their achievements and confirmed their grants from the Local Sporting Champions program.

“Those who received the Awards have excelled themselves representing our community on the national and state stage,” Kevin Hogan said.

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 years to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport.

“The Clarence Valley has produced some outstanding sportspeople in the past, and it is important that we support the next crop of our local sporting talent.

“Unfortunately succeeding in sport doesn’t just take talent and determination – parents also often have to put their hands in their pockets to get their children to competitions.

“I’m very pleased to be able to help these families with financial support through these grants.

In no particular order, our latest Sporting Champions are:

  • Mackenna Ensbey      Hockey
  • Ashleigh Ensbey         Hockey
  • Shaniqua Williams      Hockey
  • Martina Williams         Hockey
  • Krystal McMahon       Athletics
  • Melissa Davies            Gymnastics

“Sport is important in the development of young people: it teaches them life-long skills like teamwork, keeps them fit and healthy, and allows them to excel in something they love and enjoy.

“I encourage any budding champions out there who have the opportunity of competing at a state, national or international event to apply for a grant.

“With the Tokyo Olympics 184 days away, I want to ensure our local Sporting Champions are given every opportunity to follow their dreams and represent Australia in Paris 2024 or LA 2028,” Kevin Hogan concluded.

For more information about the program, go to www.ausport.gov.au

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