Local Sporting Champions

Nine young people and one local team have received grants as Local Sporting Champions.

Federal Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh today announced that the ACT Under 17 Girl’s State Softball team had received a $3,000 grant along with nine sportspeople who each received a $500 grant to assist them with their sporting endeavours as part of the Federal Governments Local Sporting Champions program.


Local Sporting Champions provides assistance to teams and individuals to attend national sporting competitions to help develop sporting talents of local youngsters.


Andrew Leigh, Chair of the Fraser Selection Panel, said selecting the recipients wasn’t an easy task.


“Canberra has a lot of talented young people and many of them live north of the lake. It’s good to be able to help them with their travel and accommodation costs,” said Andrew Leigh.


“This round of grants is helping the nine individual sporting champions attend national mountain bike, swimming, and athletics championships.”


“Attending national meets is very important in developing our sporting talent. You learn so much.”


“The Under 17’s trained hard and raised funds to get to the national titles. I’m pleased to be help to them showcase our local softball talent,” said Andrew Leigh. 


The selection panel for the round two included AIS swimmer Sally Foster.


Local Sporting Champions is a $3.17 million national initiative of the Gillard Government supporting sports in local community.


The program is available to athletes, coaches, and officials aged between 12 to 18 travelling more than 250 kilometres, return, to participate in a national sporting completion.


“If you know young people who need financial support to participate in a national sporting competition, please encourage them to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant,” said Andrew Leigh. 


More information about the program can be found by contacting Andrew Leigh’s office on 6247 4396 or visiting www.ausport.gov.au/champions.




24 June 2011           










Andrew Leigh and Sally Foster assessing funding applications

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