Ath­letes ben­e­fit from travel grants

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

THE state gov­ern­ment has an­nounced $275,000 will be avail­able to 150 Vic­to­ri­ans as part of the 2018/19 Ath­lete Path­way Travel Grant Pro­gram.

The pro­gram helps as­pir­ing Vic­to­rian ath­letes, teams, coaches and of­fi­cials to re­alise their sport­ing po­ten­tial through grants that re­move the bar­rier of travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs.

The pro­gram recog­nises that in a coun­try as large as Aus­tralia, ath­letes of­ten have to travel sig­nif­i­cant dis­tances, of­ten at sig­nif­i­cant cost, to pur­sue their sport­ing dreams.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp said the grants would help young ath­letes take the next step to the elite level.

“The Ath­lete Path­way Travel Grant Pro­gram pro­vides a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our North­ern Vic­to­ria ath­letes to progress from com­mu­nity to na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive level — it is help­ing our fu­ture cham­pi­ons reach their goal,” Mr Gepp said.

Since the grants were in­tro­duced by the An­drews gov­ern­ment, they have sup­ported 950 re­cip­i­ents to re­alise their sport­ing dreams.

Those re­cip­i­ents range from foot­ball to ul­ti­mate fris­bee, from mo­tor sport to un­der­wa­ter hockey. Any sport or ac­tive recre­ation is el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.

The fund­ing is part of the gov­ern­ment’s strong com­mit­ment to sports and ac­tive recre­ation, and to en­cour­age all Vic­to­ri­ans to get out there and get ac­tive.

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