Grants go long way to help­ing ath­letes

Comment News (Armadale) - - News -

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)

and

Visit www.aus­port.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion on the Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons grant.

in­ter­na­tional

com­pe­ti­tion.”

Burt MP Matt Keogh (back) with the Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons grant re­cip­i­ents.

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