Kian Blanchard, Holi Campbell and Imogen Hewitt.

Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters joined 21 local recipients of the federal government’s Local Sporting Champions grants in a celebration at Bendigo Stadium last Tuesday.

21 young locals have been successful in receiving grants ranging from $500 to $700.

“This round was particularly competitive, so I’d like to congratulate the successful applicants,” Ms Chesters said.

The grants provide financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged between 12 and 18 years to aid their participation in state, national or international championships.

The grants can be used for travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an event.

“Bendigo has a rich and varied sporting history and it’s great to see so many different sports represented today including volleyball, soccer, cycling, basketball, orienteering, gymnastics and more,” Ms Chesters said.

Grant applications are open throughout the year by visiting sportaus.gov.au or contacting Ms Chesters’ office.

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