After receiving applications from far and wide across our community, I was pleased to approved grants of between $500 and $700 to 31 aspiring athletes to chase their dreams at state, national or even world championship events.
This included Tom Gillett who competed at the 10-12yrs National AFL Championships, Mercedes Siganto to compete at the 2018 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships and Zac Dos Santos to compete at the Under 13 State Hockey Championships.
Their dedication and commitment to their sport cannot be underestimated. Whilst juggling a full-time study load at school, many of these students finish their daily school routine only to complete hours or rigorous training before taking to the sporting field each weekend.
I commend each and every one of them for their endeavour, their drive and their aspiration to get the very best out of themselves.
But the talent in our community doesn’t stop there.
It is not just limited to sporting pursuits, but also the arts with local photographer and grade 5 student Luan Sejdi making a big impression in the Lord Mayor’s People Choice Photo awards.
Luan took an amazing photo of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens at Mt Cootha and is now in the running against far more established photographers for the people’s choice award.
Luan’s entry was the result of a ‘Bazil Grumble’ eco photography class and he now finds himself in the running for some further accolades.
Congratulations to Luan and all the local sporting champion grant recipients.
More information about the Local Sporting Champions Grant can be found at https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions