Recognising our local sporting champions

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter has today awarded grants of $500 to eight young sporting champions in Pearce.

The athletes received the grants under the Local Sporting Champions program to help them pursue their sporting achievements.

“It has never been more important to encourage young kids into sport and help them pursue their talents,” Mr Porter said.

“Unfortunately it is often a struggle for families meeting the expense of attending championships. These grants are a way for the Australian Government to contribute some assistance in meeting the financial cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment for participation at these important events.

“These children have shown great dedication to their sports and, having met with them today, I am certain they all have great futures ahead of them.”

The Sporting Champions are:

Matthew Cox – Jane Brook – Men’s National Gymnastics Championship Nina Whyte – Two Rocks – U/15’s Girls Australian Lacrosse Championship Victor Paul – Stratton – 2013 School Sport Touch Championship Owen McCallum – Boya – U/15’s Boys Australian Lacrosse Championship Pearse McKee – Ellenbrook – National Soccer Schoolboys Competition Oliver Martin – Nowergup – Australian Orienteering Championships Aidan Johnstone – Lower Chittering – Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships Logan Hellmrich – Stoneville – U/15’s Boys Australian Lacrosse Championships

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance to young people aged 12-18 when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships. Applications are assessed three times a year.