Champions in their sport

Young athletes Lachlan Blakemore, 15, Jett Grey, 14, and Eamon Gallaher, 16, were last week presented a Local Sporting Champions grant by Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Grant. Circular Head locals Jett Grey, Eamon Gallaher and Lachlan Blakemore have made an impact in their chosen field at a national level.

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay was in Smithton last Wednesday to present the young athletes with grants as part of the Local Sporting Champions program.

“The Local Sporting Champions program is all about helping young people who are excelling in their chosen sport to attend state, national and in some cases international competitions,” Ms Keay said.

The $500 contribution will be put towards expenses associated with attending national events and training in the lead up as well as new equipment.

Jett, a rising Smithton Basketball Club player, represented the state with the Under 16 side at the Australian Junior Basketball Championships in Sterling, Western Australia in July.

The 14-year-old says he is proud to have had the opportunity to represent his state, a goal he is once again striving towards, and thanked his family for providing the opportunity.

Devonport Bulls Rugby Union Club player Eamon, 16, competed at the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival in Queensland in July.

Playing with the Tasmanian Devils Under 18 side, the young star said he felt “privileged” to represent his state.

Circular Head Giant Lachlan Blakemore, 15, travelled to Perth, Western Australia to compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships in July.

Playing with the Tasmanian Under 15 side, the achieved footballer said the grant would help recuperate the cost of weekly trainings in Ulverstone and fortnightly trips to Campbell Town.

For more information or to apply for round two of the 2017-18 Local Sporting Champions program before Tuesday October 31 go to www.ausport.gov.au/participating/local_sporting_champions.

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