Funding to boost competitor

GYMPIE athlete Jacob Hawksworth is the latest from the region to benefit from the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.

Hawksworth, nominated for the 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards, received $500 in financial assistance to excel at All School Athletics.

Hawksworth was one of four successful grant recipients from the Wide Bay region.

Federal member for Wide Bay Warren Truss congratulated all grant recipients.

“I congratulate the winners and wish each competitor well in their events,” he said.

“It is pleasing to see so many talented and ambitious young sporting men and women in our region.”

A total of $12,500 each year is available in grants for eligible applicants from the Wide Bay federal electorate.

In order to qualify, applicants must be aged 12 to 18 years (inclusive), be required to travel more than 250 kilometres return to compete and be participating in an official national sporting organisation-endorsed competition, or national school sport competition.

Grants are handed out quarterly and submissions are welcome any time at www.ausport.gov.au/champions.

Gympie Times


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