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 two such students this week in Mount Gambier to present them with certificates and congratulate them on their achievements.

Local Sporting Champions:

  • Master Harrison Opperman, Cycling – SA State Track Titles 5 Feb 2022
  • Master Jamison Buckley, Cycling – SA Junior State Track Championship 10 Dec 2021

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.

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

“The Local Sporting Champions Program 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,” Mr Pasin said.

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