Grants go long way to helping athletes
THIRTEEN aspiring sporting stars have received a grant to help them compete on the state, national or international stage.
As part of the Federal Government’s 2017-18 Local Sporting Champions grant program, each of the young athletes received $500 to help cover travel expenses getting to their competitions.
Among the recipients was Thornlie’s Jordan-Blaze ‘JB’ Lightbourn, who used the grant to get to last month’s Australian All Schools Championships, where he won a bronze medal in the under-14 boys 100m race.
JB’s mum Lisa Roberts said it was great to see her son represent WA in Adelaide and while the family had to make sacrifices to help him get there, the grant helped ease the financial burden.
Burt MP Matt Keogh presented the recipients with their awards at Huntingdale’s Sutherlands Park.
“Presenting the awards was my way of acknowledging the hard work and many long hours put in by the parents, families and the junior athletes themselves,” he said.
“Parents and carers are the
ones getting up early, driving around after school and crisscrossing the metro area each weekend to support their kids, not to mention the costs of participating in statewide, national ■ Phetchara (Anne) Mayoe (Langford) Patrick Murphy: (Kelmscott) Tahlia Bennett (Seville Grove) Aaryan Kapoor (Seville Grove) Chanelle Myburgh (Seville Grove)
Jordan-Blaze Lightbourn (Thornlie)
Visit www.ausport.gov.au for more information on the Local Sporting Champions grant.
Burt MP Matt Keogh (back) with the Local Sporting Champions grant recipients.