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Monday, 23 October 2017

LOCAL ATHLETES SCORE FUNDING TO HELP GET THEIR PLAYERS TO THE BIG GAME

The Bendigo Academy of Sport and the Crusoe Crusaders Volleyball Club will be able to compete against the best of best thanks to four $750 Andrews Labor Government grants.

Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan today announced that Lachlan Hill and Matt Poulter of the Crusoe Crusaders Volleyball club were some of the successful applicants from over 45 different sports to share in funding from the latest round of the Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program.

Grants were also awarded to the Bendigo Bank Academy of sport for their Male and Female athletes to help cover travel costs.

Athletes, coaches and officials often need to travel long distances to competitions or training camps to reach their potential, and the Labor Government is helping them to remove the cost barrier of travel and accommodation.

Thanks to this funding, state sporting associations and community clubs can now support athletes, coaches, teams and officials to attend important regional, state-wide, national and international training camps or competitions.

From the latest round, state sporting associations have shared in almost 40 grants and community sporting clubs have shared in over 120 grants so athletes, coaches, officials and team can receive the support they need to compete at the top level.

The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is part of the Labor Government’s work to make sport more accessible and inclusive, giving more Victorians the opportunity to get involved and stay active.

For more information visit sport.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Jacinta Allan

“This funding boost will give more players and coaches at the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport and the Crusoe Crusaders Volleyball Club the chance to take their skills to the next level and reach their potential.”   

Quotes attributable to Maree Edwards

 “We here in Bendigo are proud of our local sports champions – and we back our clubs in to become the best they can be.”

“The cost of travel and a place to stay can often deter young athletes from playing the sport they love.”

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