A number of young local sporting champions in Barker have received grants through the Federal Government’s “Local Sporting Champions programme” to assist them in pursuing their sporting dreams.

Tekira Hoffman of Berri, Riley Stasinowsky of Moorook and Georgia Pater of Renmark were three such recipients who competed interstate in their respective sports.

Tekira and Georgia represented Secondary School Sport SA at School Sport Australia Australian Football Championship in Perth, while Riley represented South Australia Country at Australian U16 Junior Basketball Championships in Stirling, Western Australia.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin met with each student last week to present the funding cheques and congratulate them on their achievements.

Administered by the Australian Sports Commission, the programme recognises the sporting achievements of young people who have represented their team at a state or national sporting competition throughout Australia.

The Australian Government initiative awards successful individual applicants $500 to assist with the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment.

The programme is available to young people, between the ages of 12 and 18, travelling more than 250 kilometres return to compete.

Mr Pasin said, “The program is a rolling application process and I encourage all sporting groups and individuals that meet the eligibility criteria to apply”

For more information on the Local Sporting Champions programme go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/local_sporting_champions


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