SNAPSHOT: Parents line up their cameras to get lasting memories as Member for Page Kevin Hogan presents Tara Kelly, Naomi McDonald and Charlie Steele with Local Sporting Champion awards.
SNAPSHOT: Parents line up their cameras to get lasting memories as Member for Page Kevin Hogan presents Tara Kelly, Naomi McDonald and Charlie Steele with Local Sporting Champion awards. Adam Hourigan

Local Sporting Champion awards for Clarence kids

AFTER years of early mornings, long distance driving, croaky throats from screaming, consoling hugs and celebratory high fives, five sets of Clarence Valley parents watched their efforts pay-off as their children were awarded the Local Sporting Champion award.

Member for Page Kevin Hogan awarded the sporting kids their awards yesterday along with $500 prize money each for being winners in the competition.

"We have a very skilled sporting community in the Clarence Valley," Hogan said. "I think it is a fantastic initiative to be able to acknowledge these kids and the great things they are doing in their chosen discipline.

"The money also really helps the families out who have put so much on the line for their children to be successful. In the scheme of things $500 isn't going to pay for everything but it definitely goes a long way."

The five winners included local cricketer Naomi McDonald who recently won the juniors and seniors 2nd Grade premiership with her club Brothers; Charlie Steele, a local swimmer who most recently won a state bronze medal for butterfly; local equestrian rider Tara Kelly who went to the NSW State Show Riding Championships; Asian School's Championship tenpin bowling teen Shanita Clark and local rowing phenomenon Teagan McFarlane.

Swimming sensation Charlie Steele admitted the $500 would be going straight to his parents as a way to make up for the amount of money spent on travel costs.

"That money will definitely cover some transport costs we've racked up," Steele said. "With the amount of times we've visited Sydney and how much petrol chews up I probably owe them a bit more than that.

"I've been training six days a week for the past six years and I can see it is definitely paying off. With dad taking me into swimming lessons every day at 5.30am, I owe a lot to him."

Cricketer Naomi McDonald agreed her money would also be deposited into the Mum and Dad Bank.

"I think my mum and dad deserve the money because of everything they have spent and done for me and my sister to continue playing sport," she said.

"This has been one of my best seasons playing cricket and I have been so lucky to be successful this year."

Mr Hogan urges everybody who has reached state level for their sport to contact his office and learn how to apply for the funding.



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