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Thursday, 13th August 2015
Inspiring Stories of Young Coasties Chasing Sporting Dreams
Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP has today congratulated in Parliament some outstanding young people on the Central Coast who are excelling in their chosen sport.
The speech revealed the latest round of winners from the Government’s Local Sporting Champions Grants Program, enabling recipients aged 12 to 18 to kick start their dreams.
“Many of us have had dreams of having a crack at sport at a higher level, but it’s often difficult for families to meet the significant financial costs and demands,” Mrs Wicks said.
“The grants deliver assistance towards the cost of things like travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when they are competing, coaching or officiating at an official state, national or even international sporting event.
“It particularly helps those who are living more than 125 kilometres from the championship venue, with grants of up to $500. Remember these names, because these may be people you see in the green and gold in years to come.
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“The winners included three basketball stars. Matthew Kenyon from Avoca Beach, who has had the opportunity to compete in the Under 18 national basketball championships in Ballarat, along with Terrigal’s Charlie Evans.
“Luke Cassidy from the great Gosford City Rebels had a similar opportunity in the Under 16 national championships in Tasmania.
“13 year old Hannah Murray recently competed as the only girl in her team at the Australian Little League Championships for baseball.
“Jacob Curcio from East Gosford has received a grant to represent his state in hockey, and has a dream to one day play for the Kookaburras.
“Mackenzie Penn from Avoca Beach represented the Coast in China last month, and will receive a grant for her outstanding efforts in track and field.
“In November, 12 year old Ashton Hurley from Terrigal will fly to Adelaide for the Pacific School Games football tournament. Ashton is a striker – and who knows, may be hitting the back of the net for our Central Coast Mariners in seasons to come!
“We have a golfer, Jake Eliasson from Green Point, who has a grant approved after his nomination for the State Championships in Wollongong.
“These are amazing achievements, and they also come in events like Surf Life Saving. Jemma Smith has achieved nomination to represent Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club at the Pool Rescue Championships in Queensland. Jemma trains 12 sessions a week and is a passionate local who deserves this support – which could one day save a life.
“Kincumber should be proud of Justin Lenkovic, after his recent achievements at the National Karate Championships in Adelaide. His grant will help get a new tracksuit and uniform.
“Sam Hutchinson from Avoca will receive a grant to help with costs after the Junior Worlds Sprint Canoeing Championships.
“And finally we have brothers Thomas and Paulo Baingan Cruise – boxers from Umina Beach who next week have the opportunity to go toe-for-toe at the National Golden Gloves event in Queensland.”
Applications are now open for the next round of grants. Details are available from the office Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 4322 2400
Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks
Telephone: (02) 4322 2400 Fax: (02) 4322 2499
Electorate Office (Principal Office)
Level 3, 69 Central Coast Highway
West Gosford, NSW, 2250
PO Box 577, Gosford, NSW, 2250
Article compiled by Gaye Crispin, Coast Times,
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