Nine young sporting stars from Penrith and St Marys have been presented with Local Sporting Champions grants worth $500.
The grants were handed out by Federal Member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott last week during a ceremony at Westfield Penrith.
The Local Sporting Champions program is designed to support young people participating in competition at regional, state, national or international level as an athlete, coach or official.
Ms Scott said the grant program was a great way to nurture talented local athletes and assist them in achieving their goals.
“Playing sport is synonymous with the Nepean Valley and it is excellent to see so many people from our region compete at a state or national level,” she said.
“I congratulate all winners and wish them every success in their chosen sporting fields.”
Westfield Penrith centre manager Paul Stonebridge also congratulated the rising sports stars.
“We’re proud to host this ceremony at our centre, to celebrate and support young people in our local community who are dedicated to reaching greater heights in the sporting field,” he said.
The scheme is an initiative of the Government where people aged 12 to 19 can apply for funding to assist with the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when participating in a nominated championship.
Receiving the grants were: Georgia Britton, Cheyne Easthorpe, Samantha Thrupp, James Dare (Softball); Emily Imber (Ice Skating); Amy Kellet (Touch); Elise Izzard (Baseball); Brennan Rymer (Basketball); and Aimee Carlin (Triathlon).
– Nathan Taylor