The Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, says young sport stars in Page will be able to apply for grants under the Rudd Government’s new Local Sporting Champions program.

“We have some great sporting talent in our area, but the cost of travelling long distances to major events can place extra pressure on our young sportspeople,” Ms Saffin said.

“Under the Local Sporting Champions program, there will be 13 individual grants of $500 each and two team grants of $3000 per team, for sportspeople aged 12 to 18 years in the Page electorate.

“The grants will help cover the costs of attending and competing in major sporting events.

“I am pleased that the Government has recognised the greater need we have in regional areas, and has allocated more grants in non-metropolitan areas.

“We know sport plays a significant role in the social life of our community and in the health and well-being of our young people.

“These grants are a great way of supporting our young athletes to realise their goals and inspire the next generation of sporting champions.”

To be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant, applicants:

Must be aged 12 to 18 years (inclusive)

Must be required to travel 250 kilometres or more, return.

Must be participating in an official national sporting organisation-endorsed State or national sporting competition or national school sport competition.

“Applications for the grants can be made at anytime throughout the year, either through my office or the Australian Sports Commission,” Ms Saffin said.