Congratulations Levi

Levi McDermott

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Coalition Government’s popular Local Sporting Champions program.

“I’m pleased to congratulate 20 sporting champions in Wide Bay who have been awarded $500 each,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Wide Bay’s sporting champions come from all communities in the electorate, they participate in a diverse range of sports, and they distinguish themselves in state, national and international competitions.

“The cost of participating in these events can be quite high, especially where travel over great distances is required, so this funding will help to ease that pressure and assist them towards achieving their sporting goals.”

The Federal Government’s Local Sporting Champions program supports young sportsmen and women between the ages of 12 and 18, by providing grants of $500 to help meet the costs of participating in sporting events, including travel, equipment, uniforms and accommodation.

Name Competition Community
Ella Boot UK Hungary Boxing Tour Cooroibah
Caitlyn Taylor Australian Karate Nationals Tewantin
Alec Jardine Rugby League National Championships Gympie
Dominique Sandow State Rugby League Carnival Cherbourg
Kaitlyn Ryan Westfield National Youth Soccer Championships Maryborough
Shanelle Adams National Hockey Championships Veteran
Kaitlyn Walker Georgina Hope Foundation Swimming Championships Pomona
David Mostofizadeh Australian Open Karate Championships Gympie
Darcy Rankin BMX National Championships Yengarie
Levi McDermott Queensland Schoolboys Soccer Championships Cooloola Cove
Abigail Slavin Australian Boxing Championships Tewantin
Casey Payne Australian Athletics Championships Peregian Beach
Anniston Chappell National Hockey Championships Maryborough West
Diarmid Chappell National Hockey Championships Maryborough
Ben Buggy School Boys Rugby League Championship Gympie
Alfred Watcho School Boys Rugby League Championship Cherbourg
Selwyn Cobbo School Boys Rugby League Championship Cherbourg
Ethan Druce Victorian Short Course Swimming Meet Federal
Bella Smith Australian Football Championships Doonan
Traevonnah Fisher State Rugby League Junior Carnival Cherbourg

“These young sporting champions build on the Wide Bay region’s reputation of producing outstanding athletes and they all do a fine job of representing their sport and their community through their sporting endeavours. I congratulate them on their success and wish them well in their sporting pursuits,” Mr O’Brien said.

“There were many applications for the Local Sporting Champions Program and only limited grants are available, but I am really impressed by the depth of talent, the level of commitment, and the ambition and pursuit of excellence, that the applicants demonstrated.”

To be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, applicants:
• must be aged 12 to 18 years (inclusive);
• must be required to travel a distance of 250 kilometres or more, return.
• be participating in an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed sporting competition.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is responsible for the management and coordination of the program, with grant recipients selected by a local panel.

Applications for the grants can be made at any time throughout the year, through the Australian Sports Commission’s website For further information contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 1300 301 968.

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