Joanne Ryan, Federal Member for Lalor, was pleased to present 15 young local sports people with their Local Sporting Champions certificates at her annual Sports President evening on July 1st.
This annual evening, held at Chirnside Park, was an opportunity for sporting presidents and committee members to come together to network, share successes and ideas.
An inspiring panel of sports experts, Steven Reaper, CEO AFL Victoria, Annie Hateley, Community Program Manager-Cricket Victoria and Tim Matthews, Performance Talent Manger- Australian Paralympic Committee also addressed the crowd and provided great insight from their level.
Sporting groups were also given information about various grants and the ‘We Pledge’ initiative from the Laverton Youth Foundation.
‘This year’s Local Sporting Champions are an impressive lot’ added Ms Ryan. ‘We should be proud they have represented our community in endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or at a School Sport Australia state or national championship’
The following young sports stars were acknowledged.
Ebony Biden Gymnastics Australian Areoskools Championships
Julia Bourke Athletics Australian Junior Athletics
Liam Cashin Athletics National Cross Country
Ebony Dodemaide Basketball Victorian Champions
Declan Lewis Athletics Australian Junior Athletics
Bailey Macaulay Taekwondo World Champions
Sophie McMinimee Athletics Australian Junior Athletics
Nicholas Masini Athletics Australian All Schools Championships
Christopher Paton Pony Clubs National Mounted Games
Challis Pene Touch Football National Youth Championships
Bailey Phillips Inline Hockey National Inline Hockey Championships
Maddison Rocci Basketball U18 Australian Junior Championship
Cartier Vasta Swimming Australian Age Championships
Paris Vasta Swimming Australian Age Championships
William Zheng Table Tennis Australian Junior Championships
‘I would also like to thank the Werribee Football Club for again playing host to this event’ said Ms Ryan.
We have a growing list of over 200 local sporting organisations that I regularly communicate with via email. If you would like your group to be added to the list please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Information about the Local Sporting Champions is available at www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/local_sporting_champions
And information about We Pledge at www.wepledge.com.au