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Supporting our local sporting champions.

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Federal Member for Wannon

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Federal Member for Wannon


11 June 2009


Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, yesterday recognised young local sporting champion, Sarah Lazzaro at a presentation ceremony held at Emmanuel College, who has been awarded a Federal Government grant to help her compete at a higher level in her chosen sport.

Sarah Lazzaro of Emmanuel College received $500 through the Federal Government’s Local Sporting Champions program to assist with travel to compete in national competitions.

Table tennis champion Sarah represented Australia at the Beijing Paralympic Games last year, and in May achieved victory at the Asia-Pacific Arafura Games in Darwin, taking home gold, silver and bronze medals. Sarah now has her eyes set on the World Championships in 2012.

Mr Hawker congratulated Sarah on her success and said the Local Sporting Champions program is available nationally for individuals and teams.

“We often find that cost is the biggest barrier for youth wanting to compete at major sporting competitions,” he said.

“The Local Sporting Champions program helps get young Australians, particularly from regional areas, to national and state sporting competitions. We want our youth to be active in sport, and distance or a lack of financial means should not be a barrier to participation.”

Mr Hawker said young sportsmen and women in Western Victoria can now apply for their share of the $1.6 million in Australian Government grants to help them to participate in sporting competitions.

“Individuals and teams are eligible to apply for grants of $500 and $3000 respectively. Grants can contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms and equipment to support participation in an official state or national sporting competition or national school sport competition. Recipients must also be between 12 and 18 years of age (inclusive) and travelling more than 250km return to compete at these competitions,” he said.

Mr Hawker said the Australian Sports Commission manages the Local Sporting Champions program on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Local Sporting Champions grant program is now open. To apply or for more information visit: .

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