Sports stars get chance for grants



ATHLETES who reside in country New South Wales can now apply for funding under a special scheme aimed at helping young sports people access training, coaching and sporting competitions.

Sport Minister Sandra Nori said the Country Athletes Scheme assists young athletes from the country enjoy the same sporting opportunities as their city counterparts.

"I acknowledge the challenges faced by some individuals living in regional and rural NSW in gaining access to appropriate training, coaching and sporting competitions," she said.

"The Country Athletes Scheme is one way the NSW Government can help athletes from country areas of NSW pursue their sporting goals.

"Under the scheme, grants are provided for travel and accommodation expenses associated with training, competitions, and coaching.

"The amount of funding available is generally dependent on how far athletes live from the Sydney metropolitan area."

Ms Nori said grants could range from $500 up to $1000.

"To be eligible for funding, athletes must be 17 years or younger as of December 31, and be competing at a state-age level in their sport," she said.

The application period for the Country Athletes Scheme closes December 31.

For an application form or for further information, contact NSW Sport and Recreation on 13 13 02 or visit the website www.dsr.nsw.gov.au.



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