Recognising our Local Sporting Champions
Will 14-year-old hockey players Alana Albertini, Skyla Davis and Georgia Brown one day play for the Hockeyroos? Will 15-year-olds Gabriella Hill, Makeala Scott represent Australia and Faith Pittman one day represent Australia on the Olympic athletics track, and will 16-year-old Thomas Farragher and 14-year-old Tylah Crabtree and 13-year-old Mckinley Arnison swim for Australia at the Olympics?
And will 17-year-old Matilda Rolfe-Narvo take to the Olympic gymnastics mat? Will 12-year-old Jayde Williams Kolas be the next Craig Foster? Will 15-year-olds Grace Parsons and Matilda Elliott and 12-year-olds Laura Parsons and Sienna Smith play with the Diamonds? Will 14-year-old Caleb Swan, 15-year-old Cain McClelland and 14-year-old Curtis Cause play for the Australian Baseball team?
And will 17-year-old Domenic Lisetto play for the Wallabies and will Imogen Crampton be our next karate champion? Or perhaps, 17-year-old Charlotte Voss and Olivia Voss will one day put on the Baggy Green?
Only time will tell, but Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan is making sure that these 24 Northern Rivers Young Sporting Champions are given every opportunity to follow their dreams.
At a Local Sporting Champions Award morning tea today, Mr Hogan presented the local teenagers with a $550 cheque to help them on their way.
“Those who received the awards have excelled themselves representing the Northern Rivers on the national and state stage,” he said.
The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 years to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport.
“Northern Rivers has produced some outstanding sports people in the past, and it is important that we support the next crop of our local sporting talent,” Mr Hogan said.
“Unfortunately succeeding in sport doesn’t just take talent and determination – parents also often have to put their hands in their pockets to get their children to competitions. I’m very pleased to be able to help these families with financial support through these grants.”
“Sport is important in the development of young people: it teaches them life-long skills like teamwork, keeps them fit and healthy, and allows them to excel in something they love and enjoy.”
“I encourage any budding champions out there who have the opportunity of competing at a state, national or international event to apply for a grant by contacting my office or checking out the website ausport.gov.au.”
In no particular order, our latest round of Northern Rivers Sporting Champions are:
- Olivia Voss, 15, who competed in the Australian Indoor Cricket National Championships,
- Mckinley Arnison, 13, who competed in School Sport Australia Swimming Championships,
- Alana Albertini, 14, who competed in the Australian National Hockey Championships,
- Georgia Brown, 14, who competed in the Under 15 girls Australian Hockey Championships,
- Gabriella Hill, 15, who competed in the NSW Little Athletics Championships,
- Faith Pittman, 15, who competed in the NSW Little Athletics Championships,
- Makeala Scott, 15, who competed in the NSW Little Athletics Championships,
- Thomas Farragher, 16, who competed in CHS State Swimming,
- Matilda Rolfe-Narvo, 17, who competed in the Suzuki World Cup,
- Jayde Williams Kolas, 12, who competed in Nnswf Sap State Championships,
- Grace Parsons, 15, who competed in State Age Netball Championships,
- Laura Parsons, 12, who competed in the State Age Netball Championships,
- Caleb Swan 14, who competed in the Australian Junior League Championships,
- Charlotte Voss, 17, who competed in the Indoor Cricket National Championships,
- Matilda Elliot, 15, who competed in the NSW 15 Years Girls Netball Championships,
- Skyla Davis, 14m who competed in the Under 13 State Girls Hockey Championships,
- Sienna Smith, 12, who competed in the State Netball Age Championships,
- Tylah Crabtree, 14, who competed in the All Schools Swimming Championships,
- Imogen Crampton, 17, who competed in the Australian Karate Federation Nationals,
- Domenic Lisetto, 17, who competed in the NSW CCC State Championships,
- Cain McClellend, 15, who competed in the Australian Junior Baseball League Championships,
- Curtis Cause, 14, who competed in the Australian Junior Baseball League Championships.
For more information about the program, go to www.ausport.gov.au