Young sporting stars receive federal funding

Honoured: Back row, Keegan Brady, Christian Hliounakis, Lindsay MP Emma Husar, Kristen McCormack and Matthew Beach. Front row, Sarah Keenahan and Sara Cager.
Honoured: Back row, Keegan Brady, Christian Hliounakis, Lindsay MP Emma Husar, Kristen McCormack and Matthew Beach. Front row, Sarah Keenahan and Sara Cager.

A group of young sports stars has received federal government grants to assist them with the cost of competition.

Lindsay MP Emma Husar recently held a special morning tea to present six local champions with a grant of $500 each, as well as a Lindsay Sporting Award, and Australian Institute of Sport Commemorative Certificate.

Among those recognised on the day were Keegan Brady, who represented NSW in the All Schools Bluedogs Under 15s AFL at the School Sport Australia Championships in Perth WA in July, and Christian Hliounakis who is due to represent Australia in the Canoe Freestyle World Championships in San Juan, in November 2017.

Kristen McCormack represented NSW in the Metro Blues and U17 Girls team at the 2017 Australian Junior Indoor Cricket National Championship in Queensland in July, while Matthew Beach will compete as part of the NSW softball team at the 2017 Pacific School Games – Australian All Schools Championships in December 2017.

Cricketer Sara Cager also represented NSW at the Australian Junior Indoor Cricket National Championships in Queensland in July. 

World Dwarf Games gold medallist, Sarah Keenahan, delivered a speech on the day sharing her recent experience representing her country.

Keenahan was also recently awarded the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation’s All Abilities Award for 2017 after she clinched six gold and two silver medals in athletics, swimming and soccer at the Games.

“It was a pleasure to honour these young people from our community who are doing such amazing things in their chosen sport,” Ms Husar said. “They have made me and their community proud.”