Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad said the program is essential for junior sportsmen and women who can often find it difficult to meet the ongoing costs associated with participating in state, national or international sporting championships.

“I think particularly for our country athletes and their families it’s harder, sometimes the cost of travel alone can get really expensive, let alone accommodation and food,” Mr Broad said.

“We are a nation full of sporting champions and to be able to foster our young, up and coming champs from the Wimmera Mallee and Mildura regions, and give them and their families helping hand is really important.”

“The Mallee is an electorate that is always represented well at National sporting championships, we have some very high achievers in our patch and because of that we’ve had a huge 25 successful applicants this round.”

The 25 successful applicants were notified of their success by mail sent on the July 31 2017.

Background on the Local Sporting Champions Program

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for junior sportsmen and women towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching, umpiring or refereeing in an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) state or national sporting championships, or national or state school sport championships and as a member of an official Australian team endorsed by an ASC recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.

Of the 24 , 16 are from Sunraysia. They are Alec and Brodie Carrigan (Hockey), Jasper Lord (Volleyball) Mele BePete (Rugby Union) Montana Beruldsen, Lachlan Robertson of Mildura (athletics)  Leah Graham, Isha Beasy, Maya Hardfper, Georgie Martin-Abbot, Mele Fonua, Montana Humphrey, Victoria Malaeula and Gabriella Alessi (all touch football)