Fifteen local sportspeople are the latest to receive an Australian Government Local Sporting Champions grant after a ceremony at the Bendigo Mountain Bike Club Pavilion this week.

The program helps provide assistance to coaches, officials and competitors 12-18 years of age engaged in elite competition and events.

Successful applicants will receive a $500 base grant, with extra funds available to those travelling long distances to compete.

“The Local Sporting Champions grants are about helping talented young men and women pursue their sporting dreams,” federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said.

“Bendigo has a rich and varied sporting history and it’s great to see so many different sports represented today,” Ms Chesters said.

The successful applicants from the third round of funding in 2018-19 are: Harry Downing (Swimming), Ella Downing (Swimming), Emily Kearns (Swimming), Chloe Langley (Netball), Bohdan Hassel (Skate), Jorja Hill (Athletics), Chloe Hall (Water Skiing), Chelsea Hall (Water Skiing), Cameron Jordan (Swimming) and Jackson Haddon (Cycling).

Five mountain bikers also received a grant and they are: Lachy Warren, Isaac Fletcher, Liam Fletcher, Hannah Fletcher and Owen Fletcher.