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

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin met with six such students this week in Mount Gambier to present them with certificates and congratulate them on their achievements.

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

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

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

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

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



Local Sporting Champions:

  • Jackson Bowden – Basketball – Australian U16 Junior Basketball Championship
  • Elijah Stratford – Swimming – 2021 State Age SC Championships
  • Vaughn Stratford – Swimming – 2021 State Age SC Championships
  • Jack Haggett – Basketball – Australian U16 National Basketball Championship
  • Lucy Edwards – Swimming – SA Short Course Swimming Champions
  • Jye Smith – Motorcycling – SA Motorcross Championships