The City of Mount Gambier Junior Sports Assistance Fund has made a number of donations to assist talented local sports people to compete at state level or higher in their chosen sport in recent months. The latest donations have been made to member organisations Basketball Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier and District Little Athletics, Lower South East Hockey Association and Mount Gambier and Districts Baseball League.
"The Junior Sports Assistance Fund is pleased to assist such a broad cross section of athletes and congratulates each of them on their success,” City of Mount Gambier Junior Sports Assistance Fund Presiding Member Cr Christian Greco said.
$1800 was donated to Basketball Mount Gambier for junior players Mikaela Horrigan, Jaidyn Lawrence, Keryl Ousey, Oliver Thompson, Claire Hunter and Emily Close who travelled to Townsville during April to compete in the 2019 Australian National Junior Championships.
The athletes’ families expressed their appreciation for the donation which assisted with costs associated with travel for both training and competing at national level.
“The fund has been wonderful and the support received for our family for basketball trips has been greatly appreciated,” Claire's mother Lisa Hunter said.
Mount Gambier and District Little Athletics Association received donations of $500 to support junior athletes Leila Croker, Hayden Crowe and Guillaume Ros-Smith. Leila travelled to Hobart in April to compete in the Australian Little Athletics Championships as part of the Under 13 South Australian team while Hayden and Guillaume competed at the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney.
The Junior Sports Assistance Fund helps my family enormously as being a country athlete involved in a state team costs my family a lot of money due to the travelling that is involved. We have had to travel to Adelaide every weekend for team trainings and sometimes even during the week for team meetings. - Junior athlete Leila Croker.
The Lower South East Hockey Association received donations to the value of $900 on behalf of players Connor Grant, Charlotte Foote and Maddison Clark who competed at the Australian Under 18 Hockey Championships held in Hobart in April.
The athletes have been preparing for the championships for months and were excited to represent the Limestone Coast and challenge themselves on the national stage.
“It was exciting to play hockey in a new part of Australia and in a more competitive environment. I also enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends at the tournament,” Under 18 South Australian Hockey representative Connor Grant said.
Mount Gambier and Districts Baseball League received $420 to assist Brock Keding who competed in the 2019 Under 18 Australian Youth Championship held in Sydney earlier this year and Ethan Chuck who in travelled to Geelong in late April to compete at the School Sport Australia Baseball Championships.
“It takes a lot of hard work and travel to play at national and state level and we’re pleased to be able to reward this hard work with a donation to assist with easing the financial burden for these families,” Cr Greco said.
See here for more information about the City of Mount Gambier Junior Sports Assistance Fund.