Grants on offer for young sports talent - 28 January, 2014

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Call for Local Sporting Champions to step up and apply for grants on offer

Young people can find it difficult to meet the ongoing and significant costs associated with participation at sporting competitions.

The Local Sporting Champions program is designed to provide financial assistance for young people towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official sports event.

The ACT is one of the most active communities in the country, with a sports and recreation participation rate of 80 per cent.
We also have local champions such as Melissa Breen, Anna Flanagan and Caroline Buchanan competing on the world stage, and grants like these help young Canberrans to work towards their dreams.

Grants are worth $500 for individuals and $3000 for teams.

Applications for the next round close on 28 February 2014.

To allocate the latest round of funds for the Fraser electorate, I recently co-judged applications with Australian Dragon Boat President Kel Watt before heading out on the water for a paddle with Canberra’s Ice Dragons Paddle Club (pictured).

To be eligible for the next and subsequent funding rounds you need to be between 12-18 years and have travelled more than 250 km to compete in an endorsed state, national or international competition.

For more information on the Local Sporting Champions program visit the Australian Sports Commission website:

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