The grants can be used for travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at the event.
The local recipients have been awarded grants ranging from $500-$700.
Chesters has hosted an afternoon tea at the Bendigo East Aquatic Centre to celebrate the achievements of the electorate’s young sports stars.
QUOTES ATTRIBUTABLE TO MEMBER FOR BENDIGO, LISA CHESTERS
“Playing sport at competition level takes passion, dedication and hard work. It also involves extensive travel, training, specialist equipment and clothing, and as many parents have told me, all those costs add up,” Chesters said.
“For the families behind our young sporting champs it can be very expensive, especially for those living in regional areas like Bendigo.
“The Local Sporting Champions grants are about helping talented young men and women pursue their sporting dreams.”
“I’m delighted to be able to assist a number of local sporting stars; many of them have bright futures ahead.
“Bendigo has a rich and varied sporting history and it’s great to see so many different sports represented today – recipients of the grants include swimming, cycling, hockey, basketball and para football.”
Applications for the grants can be made at any time throughout the year, either by visiting www.ausport.gov.au/champions or by contacting Lisa Chesters’ office directly on 5443 9055.