Tony Burke Presents Local Youth Awards

Tony Burke, Member for Watson, today hosted an awards ceremony to recognise local sporting champions and finalists of the Watson Waterways Photo and Video Competition.

Mr Burke presented awards to local athletes who were recognised by the Gillard Government’s Local Sporting Champions grants program.

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide assistance for junior sportsmen and women.

“It can be really difficult to meet the costs associated with participating in state or national sporting championships,” Mr Burke said.

“That’s why the Government is investing in the Local Sporting Champions grants program to support young athletes and their families.

“I congratulate each of these young people on their sporting success.”

The Local Sporting Champions program offers grants of $500 for individuals and $3000 for teams for athletes aged between 12-18 years.

The grants can be used to meet travel costs, accommodation, uniforms or equipment and are also open to young coaches, umpires and referees.

Local winners include Lauren of Croydon Park whose sport is swimming, Karen of Greenacre  whose sport is Judo, Isabelle of Roselands whose sport is gymnastics, Amie of Strathfield whose sport is synchronised swimming and Michele of Strathfield whose sport is orienteering.

The next round of Local Sporting Grants are open until 31 October 2011.  More details are available at

Tony Burke also presented awards to the finalists of the inaugural Watson Waterways Photo and Video Competition, a competition that encourages local students to create short films and photography about the local environment.

“Our community is home to the Cooks River which runs through some of the most heavily urbanised and industrialised area in Australia,” Mr Burke said.

“Over recent years the condition of the river has improved considerably, in large part due to the efforts of our local community.

“Encouraging students to actively participate in capturing images on film and video of the Cooks River is a great way to promote awareness and respect for our natural local environment.

“This competition has been a great success with students from across our local community getting involved.

“Congratulations go to all the finalists but in particular to our winner, Darwin, who has received a $300 voucher for the Apple store and a $200 voucher for the school.

“Well done to all the recipients of this award.”

Students from a number of schools participated in the competition including the Australian International Academy, Strathfield, Canterbury Girls’ High School, Canterbury South Public School, Harcourt Public School, Rissalah College, St Anne’s Primary School, St Francis Xavier Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary, Belmore and Strathfield South Public School.