Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Federal Member For Mitchell -

The Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, en­cour­ages young lo­cal ath­letes to ap­ply for Round 3, 2016-17 of the Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons pro­gram.

The Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons pro­gram is de­signed to sup­port young peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level sport­ing cham­pi­onships as an ath­lete, coach or of­fi­cial.

“The Hills dis­trict has pro­duced some out­stand­ing sports­peo­ple over the years and it is im­por­tant that we sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian sport­ing cham­pi­ons, said Alex Hawke.

“Since 2008, the Mitchell Lo­cal Sport­ing Grants have been al­lo­cated to over 200 suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ents across a va­ri­ety of sports, in­clud­ing AFL, swim­ming, Judo and Rugby League. It would be great to have a broader range of sports, in­clud­ing cricket, net­ball, or hockey, rep­re­sented in this next round.

“Ap­pli­ca­tions for grants can be made to the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion on­line at www.alex­ (click on the Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons icon). Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be de­ter­mined by a lo­cal sports panel from the Hills dis­trict.

A grant of $500 per in­di­vid­ual is avail­able to help meet costs such as travel, equip­ment, uni­forms and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

In or­der to be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons grant ap­pli­cants must:

• be aged 12 to 18 years (in­clu­sive);

• be re­quired to travel a re­turn dis­tance of 250 kilo­me­tres or more; • be an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen; and

• be par­tic­i­pat­ing in an of­fi­cial na­tional sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion (NSO) en­dorsed state or na­tional sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion, or na­tional school sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

• Must com­plete and submit ap­pli­ca­tion to the ASC prior to the nom­i­nated cham­pi­onship com­menc­ing. “These grants help fam­i­lies in al­le­vi­at­ing some of the costs for their child to com­pete at an elite level in their cho­sen sport” Mr Hawke con­cluded.

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