Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, has presented Local Sporting Champions Grants awards to young people throughout Knox who have participated in state and national sporting championships.
At a presentation and afternoon tea, Mr Tudge said that the Local Sporting Champions program recognises the individual efforts and the achievements of young people in the electorate of Aston, who have excelled in sport and have been chosen from a large field of candidates, to represent their team at state and national sport championships throughout Australia.
Mr Tudge said, “It is a great achievement to have been chosen to compete at this level and I commend each recipient of this award for their dedication and commitment in their chosen field”.
“To compete at state and national levels takes a lot of work and no doubt, you each juggle study commitments, time with friends and family, and you also manage to maintain a schedule that enables you to train and compete. It is an enormous achievement and you deserve to feel very proud,” Mr Tudge said.
Mr Tudge presented the Local Sporting Champions award certificates to:
- Jack Edwards, (football) School Sport Australia Championships, Perth
- Natalie Haase, (volleyball) National School Sport Victoria Volleyball Championships, Canberra
- Shevaun Hayes, (hockey) Secondary Schools Hockey Championships, Western Australia
- Kent Pieterse, (gymnastics) National Championships, Canberra
- Laura Hart, (gymnastics) National Australian Championship, Western Australia
- Scott Gilmore, (table tennis) Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships, Queensland
- Jasmin Ziirsen, (badminton) 2010 Australian U15 Championships and Val Nesbitt Trophy, Shepparton
- Nicholas Hum, (athletics) Australian Athletes with an Intellectual Disability Junior Championships, Canberra
- Jarrod Turner, (baseball) 2011 National Youth Championships, New South Wales
Other recipients who received recognition but were unable to attend the special presentation are:
- Danielle Montague (indoor cricket) 2010 Australian Junior Championships, South Australia
- Kellie Arscott (softball) Australian Under 17 Girl’s Softball Championship, Queensland
- Brandon Wood (basketball) School Sport Australia Basketball Championship, Darwin
The Local Sporting Champions program is available to young people between the ages of 12-18 years, who participate and national and state level competition as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee. $500 is given to each recipient to assist them with the costs associated with competing at events where they are required to travel over 250km to attend.
Applications for the next round close on 30 June, 2001. For more information, contact Alan Tudge on (03) 9887 3890.