CONTEST: Bowler Cameron Pollard gets the jump on Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker in their Ten Pin Bowling duel. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
CONTEST: Bowler Cameron Pollard gets the jump on Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker in their Ten Pin Bowling duel. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Teen given grant to compete in Special games

TOORMINA High student Cameron Pollard's quest to participate in the Special Olympics Australia National Games received a funding boost from Cowper MP, Luke Hartsuyker.

Mr Hartsuyker presented Cameron, 15, with a $500 grant from the Local Sporting Champions program to compete in tenpin bowling.

"When I was Shadow Minister for Sport, it was inspiring to have the opportunity to meet with paralympians," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"I understand Cameron is a keen golfer and swimmer but it will be in tenpin bowling that he will compete at the games.

"His long-term focus is to compete at the World Games in Los Angeles next year and I congratulate Cameron on his commitment and past performances.

"Sport can assist disabled people to meeting the challenges of having a disability and Cameron a great example of that."

The Local Sporting Champions program is administered through the Australian Sports Commission and provides financial assistance of $500 for individuals and $3000 for teams.

"Attending sporting events can be very expensive for families of young people competing at state or national level," Mr Hartsuyker added.

"The cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms and competing can be particularly prohibitive for young people living in a regional area.

"Local Sporting Champions provides financial assistance for young people aged between 12 and 18.

"In order to be eligible to apply you must live more than 125km from the sporting venue and submit your application prior to the nominated championship commencing."



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