Travel grants help young, sports champs follow their dreams

ABOVE: The Northern Rivers sporting champs with MP Kevin Hogan. Photo: Contributed

Some young sports champs ­have received financial support for travel costs so they can continue to follow their sporting dreams.

Sporty 12-18 year olds were given $550-$750 to finance the cost of their chosen sport.

Federal MP Kevin Hogan met with 58 Northern Rivers sporting champs at a Local Sporting Champions Award event today, Tuesday, October 4.

He presented the teenagers with a certificate in recognition of their achievements and confirmed their grants.

“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,” Mr Hogan said.

Local grant recipients included:

Kali Ainsworth, 16, North Casino, rugby union

Amalia Anderson, 12, Wardell, netball

McKinley Arnison, 17, Evans Head, swimming

Abby Bower, 12, Casino, swimming

Josie Carey, 14, Fairy Hill, netball

Lachlan Coe, 16, Casino, softball

Caelan Cooper, 16, South Evans Head, cross country

Christopher Elliott, 15, Caniaba, gymnastics

Noah Enright, 17, Coraki, hockey

Charlotte Gilliland, 16, Spring Grove, netball

Brady Graham, 16, Codrington, baseball

Sarah Green, 13, Fairy Hill, Swimming

Hayden Griffin, 13, Casino, swimming

Hannah Harris, 15, Kilgra, Hockey

Judah Heath, 12, South Evans Head, rugby league

Ella Keep, 16, Casino, softball

Maddison Keep, 14, Casino, netball

Milani Kerr, 13, Caniaba, netball

Sharmeeka McPaul, 17, Blakebrook, softball

Dustin Pound, 12, Doubtful Creek, netball

Layla Pound, 16, Doubtful Creek, netball

Alice Shields, 12, Casino, netball

Oliver Shields, 16, Casino, softball

Molly Walsh, 16, East Wardell, football (soccer)

Hamish Weekes, 15, McKees Hill, baseball

Grants can be applied for here.

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