Top sporting talent recognised
FOUTEEN of the regions top young athletes have received assistance to follow their sporting dreams at a special ceromony on Wednesday.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan hosted a Local Sporting Champions Award morning tea and Hogan presented the 14 teenagers with a $500 cheque to help them on their way.
"Those who received the awards have excelled themselves representing the Northern Rivers on the national and state stage,” he said.
"The North Coast has produced some outstanding sportspeople in the past, and it is important that we support the next crop of our local sporting talent.,”
Hogan said the Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 years to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport.
"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,” he said.
"I'm very pleased to be able to help these families with financial support through these grants.”
Hogan said 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,” he said.
"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.”
In no particular order, the latest crop of Northern Rivers Sporting Champions comprises:
. Cassandra Hill, 12 of Tullera, who competed the NSW Primary Football Girls Championships,
. Georgia Brown, 13 of East Coraki, who competed in the National Under 13's Hockey Championships,
. Max Mulcahy, 15 of Wollongbar, who competed in the NSW State Age Swimming Competition,
. Bailey Crabtree, 15 of East Lismore, who competed in the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships,
. Charles Corcoran, 12 of Numulgi who competed in the National Inline Hockey Championships,
. Teykoa Harley, 15 of Kyogle, who competed in the NSW Athletics State Championships,
. Nathan Leslie, 15 of Rous Mill, who competed in the NSW Secondary Athletics Championships,
. Laquisa Khan, 15 of Goonellabah, who competed in QLD State Age Championships,
. Ziah Piggott, 13 of Roseberry, who competed in the NSW Athletics State Championships,
. Kye Duesbury, 15 of Alstonville, who competed in the NSW Chs Athletics Championships,
. Jonathon King, 15 of Alstonville, who competed in the NSW State Athletics Championships
. Caitlan Bargwanna, 12, who competed in the Pacific School Games,
. Maya McGrath,12 of Modanville, who competed in the Australian National Under 13s Girls Hockey Championships, and
. Alana Albertini, 13 of Chilcotts Grass, who competed in the Australian National Under 13s Girls Hockey Championships.