FUTURE STARS: MP Kevin Hogan with (from left) Daniel Sawyer, 16, Remy Leonard, 16, Seth Mcclelland, Eli Gambley, 14, Jade Cusack, 16, Faith Pittman, 12, and Sarah Bransgrove, 15, who were presented with $500 as part of the Local Sporting Champions program.
FUTURE STARS: MP Kevin Hogan with (from left) Daniel Sawyer, 16, Remy Leonard, 16, Seth Mcclelland, Eli Gambley, 14, Jade Cusack, 16, Faith Pittman, 12, and Sarah Bransgrove, 15, who were presented with $500 as part of the Local Sporting Champions program. Marc Stapelberg

Young sporting stars get a boost with $500 grants

IT'S a long way from Woodenbong to the capital of Turkey, Ankara, and that will be just one of several global destinations archer Remy Leonard will be competing at this year.

The 16-year-old was one of 10 Northern Rivers sports stars who was presented with a $500 cheque by Page MP Kevin Hogan yesterday courtesy of the Federal Government's Local Sporting Champions program.

"Those who received awards have excelled themselves representing the Northern Rivers on the international, national and state stage," Mr Hogan said.

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport.

"Page has produced some outstanding sports people in the past, and it is important that we support the next crop of our local sporting talent," Mr Hogan said.

"Unfortunately succeeding in sport doesn't just take talent and determination - parents also often have to put their hands in their pockets to get their children to competitions. I'm very pleased to be able to help these families with financial support through these grants.

"Sport is important in the development of young people: it teaches them life-long skills like teamwork, keeps them fit and healthy, and allows them to excel in something they love and enjoy.

"I encourage any budding champions out there who have the opportunity of competing at a state, national or international event to apply for a grant by contacting my office or checking out the website ausport.gov.au."



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