Grant to keep ris­ing tal­ent Taryn on track

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Ali­son O'Con­nor

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.

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