APPLY NOW: Previous sporting champ grant winner Karlie Swanson chats with Luke Hartsuyker.
APPLY NOW: Previous sporting champ grant winner Karlie Swanson chats with Luke Hartsuyker. Rob Wright

Leg-up for athletes in pursuit of glory

LOCAL junior athletes are encouraged to apply for local sporting champions grants to help cover the costs associated with participating in sporting competitions.

Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker is encouraging locals to apply now for the Federal Government initiative.

The program is designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged between 12 and 18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation, endorsed state, national or international sporting championship, or a School Sport Australia state or national championship.

Grants of $500 are available for successful individual applicants and are allocated three times per year, with applications now open for round three.

As grant funding is limited, applicants are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

"This is a great opportunity for young athletes to defray the considerable costs associated with participating in high-level sport," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"It is especially important when these champions are living in regional areas, such as the Cowper electorate, and have significant distances to travel and costs incurred to attend these sporting events."

For more information about the Federal Government's local sporting champions grants, eligibility requirements and application forms, go to http://www.ausport.gov.au and follow the links to local sporting champions.



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