Grant to keep rising talent Taryn on track
Seymour athlete Taryn Furletti was recognised for her commitment and achievement to running and athletics when Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell presented her with a certificate and cheque for $500 last week.
‘‘The $500 grant acknowledges that young people often find it difficult to meet the ongoing and significant costs associated with participation at sporting competi- tions, particularly those from regional areas,’’ Mr Mitchell said.
‘‘Not only is this recognition of the recipients dedication, but also the support by their parents and families.’’
Taryn emphatically claimed gold in the steeplechase at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in April, crossing the finishing line 50 m in front of her nearest competitor.
She is a natural distance runner, having competed on the national stage in various long-distance athletics and cross country events.
At April’s national championships, she also competed in the 3 km event and finished fourth with a PB time.
Taryn received the grant as part of the Federal Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.
The initiative provides financial assistance for young people aged 12 to 18 years, and goes towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.
Application information and forms for future rounds of the grants program can be found at www.ausport.gov.au
‘‘I’d encourage young people competing at the elite level of their sports to check out the information and put in an application,’’ Mr Mitchell said.
Promising: Taryn Furletti was awarded a Federal Government grant to go towards her athletics career.