Cash for sports stars

Holt MP Anthony Byrne with local sporting champions

By Taylah Eastwell

Casey’s young athletes can continue to kick goals after Federal Holt MP Anthony Byrne presented a number of grants on Wednesday 9 October.

The presentation at the Arthur Wren Hall in Hampton Park saw 12 competitors receive financial assistance between $500 to $700 alongside a framed certificate from Mr Byrne enabled through the Local Sporting Champions Program.

The grants will assist with the costs of competing in state, national or international championships in their chosen recreation.

Each recipient excels in their various fields, which includes tennis, basketball, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, rugby and karate.

“I was very proud to present these young champions an award for their sporting achievements. I would especially thank the parents and grandparents who attended and who offer so much support to these young stars”, Mr Byrne said.

The grants allowed Casey Cavaliers player Blake Shankland to compete for Victoria at the Under 18 Australian Junior Championship, and Shahd Mohamed from the Frankston Athletics Club to compete in the Athletics Australian All Schools Championship.

List of grant recipents:

• Aedan Nelson – Tennis

• Riley Simmons – Basketball

• Blake Shankland – Swimming

• Mia Foster – Swimming

• Shahd Mohamed – Athletics

• Wadah Abdelrahim – Athletics

• Zoe Nitsiopoulos – Gymnastics

• Andy Tapatuetoa – Rugby League

• Baylin Dixon – Karate

• Katelyn Faifili-Boon – Rugby League

• Alannah Gillespie – Basketball

• Jemma Reynolds – Basketball


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