Athletes benefit from travel grants
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.