OARSOME PAIR: Brothers Harry (left) and George Edwards receive their awards from Member for Page Kevin Hogan. The boys will be competing at a national level in Penrith next month.
OARSOME PAIR: Brothers Harry (left) and George Edwards receive their awards from Member for Page Kevin Hogan. The boys will be competing at a national level in Penrith next month. Patrick Gorbunovs

Sports talent rewarded with a leg up from Feds

FEDERAL member for Page Kevin Hogan is keen to give young sports people a leg-up.

Mr Hogan has presented 10 young sportspeople who are all set to play at an elite level with a $500 cheque each to assist them to pursue their dreams.

The Local Sporting Champions Program provides financial assistance to sportspeople between the ages of 12 and 18 to assist them with competing, coaching or umpiring in their chosen sport at state, national or an international level.

Two of the recipients were 15-year-old Harry Edwards and brother 13-year-old George Edwards.

The brothers are up and coming rowers who will be competing at a national level in Penrith next month.

Proud mum Jane Edwards said the $500 grants would help the family with travel and accommodation costs at next month's competition.

"We are always going from place to place to enter competitions when each state's season is on, so the money will really help us with flights and accommodation," Mrs Edwards said.

Harry said his goal was to one day row at an international level.

"My goal is to get to the 2024 Olympics," Harry said.

Mr Hogan said the Local Sporting Champions Program was a great way to support the young elite sportspeople who live in Page, and one of the greatest parts of his job was being able to hand out grants like this.

He said the grant would help those elite sportspeople with travel costs they may incur as a result of pursuing their dreams.

Mr Hogan also said it was important for young people to be involved in healthy sporting activities.

"It's so important for young people to have a healthy lifestyle and any small part I can play in assisting to help them become our leaders of the future is something I'm very happy to do," Mr Hogan said.

For more information about the program visit http://www.ausport.gov.au.



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