Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien

December 6, 2017

Cloyna brothers Darryl and Richard Bridges were among 20 Wide Bay students to receive grants in the latest round of the Federal Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.

The boys, who attend Murgon State High School, each received $500 to assist them with attending the 2017 School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships, which were held in Tasmania in August.

Murgon State High School P&C and the South Burnett Regional Council also helped fund the trip to Tasmania.

The assistance seems to have paid off:  Darryl returned home with a Gold and a Silver medal, while Richard brought home a Gold.

Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien congratulated the brothers for being successful in the grants program.

“Wide Bay’s sporting champions come from all communities in the electorate, they participate in a diverse range of sports, and they distinguish themselves in State, national and international competitions,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The cost of participating in these events can be quite high, especially where travel over great distances is required, so this funding will help to ease that pressure and assist them towards achieving their sporting goals.”

The Local Sporting Champions program supports young sportsmen and women between the ages of 12 and 18 by providing grants of $500 to help meet the costs of participating in sporting events, including travel, equipment, uniforms and accommodation.

To be eligible, applicants:

  • Must be aged 12 to 18 years (inclusive)
  • Must be required to travel a distance of 250km or more, return
  • Be participating in an official national sporting organisation-endorsed sporting competition.

Applications for the grants can be made at any time throughout the year through the Australian Sports Commission’s website.

  • For more information, contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 1300-301-968.

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