FITTING FUNDING: A set of junior sporting grants has helped the Nymboida Canoe Centre to get back on the water.
FITTING FUNDING: A set of junior sporting grants has helped the Nymboida Canoe Centre to get back on the water. Contributed

Junior grants get club back in the canoe

SPORTING GRANTS: The devastating 2013 Nymboida River floods wreaked havoc on the popular Nymboida Canoe Centre, leaving the Big River Canoe Club (BRCC) with limited equipment and boats for the local community.

Even though the BRCC received kind donations of second-hand boats for their club, the club was still in desperate need of paddles to use the boats, which led the club to apply for the McDonald's Junior Sporting Club Grant.

Over 30 children use the club's facilities, and the grant enabled the club to purchase boats and paddles from a local supplier.

The local supplier offered to custom design the new boats to suit school-aged children, which proved a master stroke for the club, and member Sebastian Young gaining three gold medals in the NSW CHS Championships on the Nymboida River last year.

When asked what hopes the club had for the future of their local community, they said the local school children had shown a love for the sport and that they would like to be able to provide the schools with the option to take kayaking up as an in-school sport.

The BRCC were ecstatic to receive the McDonald's Junior Grant, as was another junior applicant, Ryan Kemp, who has a passion for music and will be using the McDonald's Junior Grant for his music tuition at the Grafton Music Conservatorium in 2017.

The McDonald's Junior Grants are a fantastic help to the youth in our local communities. To apply, or for more information, please go to www.maccasj uniorgrant.com.au.



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