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Friday, 12 October 2018

TRAVEL GRANTS HELPING BENDIGO’S ATHLETES EXCEL

Grassroots sports clubs in Bendigo have been given support from the Andrews Labor Government to take their skills to the next level.

The State member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today announced the Bendigo and District Table Tennis Association, Hockey Central Victoria, Crusoe Crusaders Volleyball Club and the Bendigo Senjuns Hockey Club would share in $275,000 from the latest round of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program.

The program helps aspiring Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials realise their sporting potential through grants that assist with travel and accommodation costs.

This round will provide support to 178 recipients across Victoria.

Each club will receive $750 in funding to support their athletes to compete in events across Australia including:

-          Bendigo and District Table Tennis Association – Statewide Travel for U18 athletes

-          Bendigo Senjuns Hockey Club – Australiawide travel for over 60s Athletes

-          Crusoe Crusaders Volleyball Club – Attend 2018 Australian Volleyball Schools cup

-          Hockey Central Victoria – North West Development Program – Travel for U13 athletes

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.

The Labor Government is delivering the biggest investment in community sport in Victoria’s history to ensure that people all over Victoria have everything they need to enjoy the sports they love.

Across Victoria we've already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and added almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport at all levels.

 “The Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program is a great way to help young athletes go from community sport to representative level – it’s helping our future champions reach their goal.”

“It’s a great example of how the Andrews Labor Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive.”

“We don’t want geography or financial restrictions to stop talented athletes from reaching their full potential and competing at the top level.”

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