Grassroots sports clubs in Warrnambool have been given a boost to take their skills to the next level.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced seven local clubs would share in more than $290,000 from the latest round of the Andrews Government’s 2017/18 Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program.
The program helps aspiring Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials to realise their sporting potential through grants that remove the barrier of travel and accommodation costs.
This round will provide support to 206 recipients across the state.
In Warrnambool, recipients include:
- Warrnambool Springers Gymnastics Inc – $1500 to assist with travel for training and competitions
- Warrnambool Wolves Football Club Inc – $750 to assist with NPL talent opportunity travel costs
- Warrnambool Swimming Club – $1500 to assist with travel costs to Sydney for the Australian Age Swimming Championships
- City Memorial Bowls Club – $750 towards travel costs for Lawn Bowls State Representative, David Wells
- South West Academy of Sport – $750 to assist with travel costs to attend the National Championships
- Warrnambool Athletic Club Inc – $1500 to assist with travel costs to attend Noorat Fun Run and Forrest Festival
- Warrnambool Calisthenics Club Inc – $750 to assist with Calisthenics competition travel costs
The Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program recognises that in a country as large as Australia, athletes often have to travel significant distances, often at significant cost, to pursue their sporting dreams.
There are two categories of grants:
- state sporting associations can apply for grants of up to $6000 for teams or up to $2000 for individuals to travel to compete at national championships or trials;
- community sport and recreation organisations can apply for grants of up to $750 to help with travel and accommodation costs related to competition or training for athletes, teams, coaches and officials.
For further information on the awards visit: www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/athlete-pathway-travel-grants-program
We’re delivering the biggest investment in community sport in Victoria’s history.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $241.6 million in community sport across the state, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“We are proud of our local clubs and the vital role they play in bringing together our community.”
“The cost of travel and a place to stay can be a real barrier for emerging young athletes who aspire to reach the top of their game.”
“This funding boost will give our budding stars here in Warrnambool the chance to take their skills to the next level and reach their potential.”
“I encourage other local athletes, coaches, officials and teams to follow in their footsteps by applying online for the next round of Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program.”