YOUNG athletes and sporting teams in the Blayney Shire are being encouraged to apply for funding to support them realise their sporting dreams.
The Gillard Labor Government's Duty Senator for the Calare electorate, Matt Thistlethwaite, said the Local Sporting Champions program is aimed at helping our junior sport stars meet the costs of participation at eligible sporting competitions.
Local junior athletes can apply for a grant to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment associated with participating in an eligible championship.
"The Gillard Government is commitment to promoting participation in sport and providing support to boost our community sporting programs," Senator Thistlethwaite said.
"This grant program is designed to help more families cover the costs of expenses associated with participating in sporting competitions and support our junior athletes and future Olympians.
"Individual athletes and teams who are participating in appropriately endorsed state school sport championships or international competitions are now also eligible to apply for support.
"I encourage parents, coaches and junior athletes to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help them meet the costs of their involvement in a sporting championship."
Senator Thistlethwaite said the government now provides $3.17 million in funding through the Local Sporting Champions program each year to support junior athletes perform at a championship level.
"This has been a very successful and popular program and the government is proud to help support young Australians achieve their sporting dreams," the Senator said.
The Local Sporting Champions program offers grants of $500 for individuals and $3000 for teams and applications for round two close on October 31.
For more information on the program visit the Australian Sports Commission website: www.ausport.gov.au/champions.