Young athletes receive funding boost to further their efforts
SEVERAL Clarence Valley families have received a $500 grant to help ease the financial burden of allowing their children to chase their dreams.
Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan yesterday unveiled the nine local athletes to be recognised through the program.
"We don't know how far these young people will go in their chosen sport, but it's up to us as a community to give them as much support as we can so they can follow their dreams," Mr Hogan said.
"The champions have all performed on the state or national stage, but this means their parents have had to put their hands in the pockets to get their children to competitions.
"I'm very pleased to be able to help these families with financial support through these grants.
"I'm a bit of a sports nut and I have always believed sport plays an important role in the development of young people.
"It teaches them life-long skills like leadership and teamwork, and of course it keeps them fit and healthy as they excel in something they love."
- Kirralee Monkhouse (Hockey)
- Sarah Donnolley (Hockey)
- Amy Riddell (Indoor Cricket)
- Carly Leeson (Indoor Cricket)
- Sarah Kitcher (Netball)
- Joel Chevalley (Athletics)
- Hayden Ensbey (Cricket)
- Liam Davenport (Tennis)
- Kelsey Wilkes (Triathlon)