New trustees wel­comed

Benalla Ensign - - Motorsport - By Geor­gia Smith

The Be­nalla Young Sportsper­son Trust wel­comed two new trustees just in time for the new year.

Karen Ed­wards and Craig Car­ley were named BYST lat­est re­cruits at their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in De­cem­ber.

Both new trustees have close links to the sport­ing com­mu­nity, with the new mem­bers also ac­tively in­volved in stu­dent wel­fare.

Craig is a soc­cer coach for the Goul­burn Val­ley Suns and a teacher at Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege, while Karen is a lec­turer at Mel­bourne Univer­sity’s Dookie Cam­pus and has only re­cently left her role as pres­i­dent of the Be­nalla Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Hav­ing heard about the BYST and the things the group has done dur­ing the past few years, Karen said she was keen to be­come in­volved.

Karen said she also knew first hand the ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with hav­ing kids in­volved in rep­re­sen­ta­tive sport.

‘‘It (BYST) pro­vides a won­der­ful ser­vice and not many towns have some­thing like this, so to help out in any way is some­thing I am happy to do,’’ Karen said.

‘‘It’s a worth­while char­ity be­cause the out of pocket ex­penses fam­i­lies have as­so­ci­ated with rep­re­sen­ta­tive sport can be quite a bur­den and we want those kids to live their dreams.

‘‘There will al­ways be some­thing like this.

‘‘The money can be a big bar­rier and ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.’’

The BYST dis­trib­uted $8500 to 20 re­cip­i­ents from a wide range of sports in 2018 alone.

Karen also called on any peo­ple or or­gan­i­sa­tions to get on board to help the Be­nalla Young Sportsper­son Trust in 2019.

‘‘Any sup­port from all peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions would be great,’’ she said. kids that need

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