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MEDIA RELEASE - Council continues to support young athletes

29 June 2017

Young athletes in the Glenelg Shire will be able to get one jump, kick or pass closer to achieving their sporting dreams thanks to a scholarship program from the Glenelg Shire Council.

The Glenelg Junior Sport Trust provides financial support for individual athletes or teams who have been selected to represent at state, national or international level in their chosen sport.

Previous recipient Jordi Withers used the funding to pursue his cricketing dreams to compete at a national level.

“Thanks to the Glenelg Junior Sport Trust I was able to attend both the Cricket State Championships and the National Championships in 2016,” he said.

“The support was simply invaluable, by competing at a national level I have learned more about cricket than I could have ever before and my skills have improved enormously.

“The best part is that I have been able to pass along these skills and techniques to my fellow teammates. It also helped to encourage more of my friends to get involved and play cricket when they saw what opportunities were out there.”

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Anita Rank said the Glenelg Junior Sport Trust would help to put the region on the international sporting map.

“I can’t think of a better way to promote our community and our many achievements than by helping our youngest and fittest athletes to represent our region on a state, national or even international level,” she said.

“The fund will encourage our young people to continue to pursue their interests in sports programs and activities, which promote health and fitness and instil the values of teamwork and fair play.

“It is a great initiative for the community on all levels, not just sporting-wise.”

“I look forward to helping many young people to compete at a higher level in their favourite sport; we have a great pool of sporting talent here in the Glenelg Shire that deserves to be recognised.”

Applications for the Glenelg Junior Sport Trust for July- December 2017 are now open to eligible applicants.

Applications can be submitted online through the Smarty Grants Program via a link on the Glenelg Shire Website. Applications must be made at least three weeks prior to the activity or event.

The fund covers junior athletes up to the age of 18 years old.

For further information on the Glenelg Junior Sport Trust please visit http://www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/Community_Grants_.


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