Nov 12, 2009

Young local sporting champions recognised

Young local sporting champions recognised

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 12 2009

Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Grayndler, today congratulated three young sporting champions on their receipt of Local Sporting Champion grants.

The grants are for $500 each and can be used to provide financial assistance towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment for junior athletes (aged 12 to 18) when competing at state or national sporting competitions. Young athletes often find it difficult to cover these costs.

Raymond Ingram of Enmore is an 18 year old boxer who will use his grant to go to the national titles in Victoria. He wants to be a good role model to other aboriginal youth and hopes to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.

Marlaina Kousoumis of Summer Hill is a 17 year old diver who will use her grant for her trip to the School Sport Australia Diving Championships in Western Australia. Marlaina was formerly an elite gymnast who only recently switched to elite diving.

Matthew Donald of Croydon Park is a 15 year old fencer who in recent years has won state level U13 and U15 championships. He is using his grant to go to the Oceania U15 Championships in Queensland. Matthew said the competition provided him with much needed experience at the national level.

Grants recipients were chosen by an independent panel comprising people from the local community with a range of backgrounds and interests.

Mr Albanese encourages other local sporting champions to apply for the grants. There are two more funding rounds available for this financial year.

“Sport is important for all kids and their families," said Mr Albanese. "It encourages a healthy lifestyle and community involvement.”

For full details of the program go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/juniors/get_involved/local_sporting_champions

Anthony presented Local Sporting Champion certificates to Raymond Ingram (left) and Matthew Donald (right).