TWENTY young athletes from the Electorate of New England will receive $500 each from the latest round of Local Sporting Champions grants, the Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said.
Among the recipients are netballers, polocrosse players, cricketers, canoeists, a gymnast, a tennis player, a BMX rider, a touch footballer and a rugby league player.
Mr Joyce said the 20 individual grants would be well received by the recipients as they would help cover the cost of attending state, national and in one case an international sporting event.
“These grants will mean a great deal to these budding sporting stars of the future,” Mr Joyce said.
“Whether attending a sporting championship in the region, across the state, across the country or even overseas, every bit of assistance counts.”
The recipients from Tamworth included: netballer Heidi Baker; touch footballers, Brittany and Chloe Coe; gymnast, Caitlin Ham; BMX rider Daniel Morris; Rugby league player Tyrone Nean; and Tayla Parker competing in the AWD cross-country.
From Armidale was cricketer, Kareena Dawson; polocrosse players Samuel Finlayson, Jock Grills and Lachlan Holz; basketballer Mangarchot Maluach and netballer Jasmin Poulter.
Three athletes from Gunnedah, including netballers Deneka Jones and Amelia Small and tennis player Gabrielle O’Gorman will receive grants. As will Nemingha cricketer Lara Graham, Willow Tree hockey player Alice Arnott and Moore Creek netballer Stacey Thrift.