More support for Sunshine Coast’s Local Sporting Champions

More aspiring young sportspeople on the Sunshine Coast than ever before will have Federal Government support to take part in State, National and International competitions in the current round of the Coalition Government’s Local Sporting Champions program. 

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace encouraged families on the Sunshine Coast to apply for the popular grants program by 30 September 2019.

“Since my election in 2016, we have already helped more than 100 local sporting champions to live out their dreams and attend a major competition outside our community. The Sunshine Coast has a fantastic record of producing sporting champions of every kind, and this year I hope we can help even more to make their mark on the biggest stages.” Mr Wallace said. 

The Morrison Government’s Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to aspiring young athletes, coaches and officials between the ages of 12-18 attending eligible state, national or international sporting championships.

Mr Wallace said Local Sporting Champions, managed by Sport Australia, was an important initiative for talented young sportspeople and their families.

“Local Sporting Champions provides an opportunity for more aspiring young athletes from the Sunshine Coast to take part in high level competition,” Mr Wallace said.

“This program supports families to meet the costs associated with attending sporting competitions including competition entry fees, travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment.

“It’s so important to support our young people to be physically active, so they can benefit from the social connection and development sport provides.”

Local Sporting Champions continues to grow, with the Morrison Government announcing a funding boost in 2018-19 of $11.8million over four years. Funding starts at $500 per grant, with additional provisions for longer distance travel.

Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said assisting families to engage in high level sporting competition would help meet the Morrison Government’s Sport 2030 plan to help more Australians be more active more often.

“Local Sporting Champions is about removing some of the barriers for children chasing their big sporting dreams,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Sport and physical activity is a valuable part of any child’s development, so this program is a great investment in the health of our nation.”

Local Sporting Champions has already delivered more than $30 million in grants to more than 52,000 young Australians.

Applications for the Local Sporting Champions program are open throughout the entire year, with four assessment periods. To be considered for the next assessment period, applications must be in by 30 September, 2019.

For more information on Local Sporting Champions grants, including the eligibility criteria and to apply, visit

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