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Junior Sports Assistance Fund Donations

Junior Sports Assistance Fund Donations
21 December

Liam Delaney who has been selected in the under 15 state team to compete in the 2019 National Indoor Hockey Championships being held in Goulburn NSW in January 2019.
Liam Delaney
Liam Delaney who has been selected in the under 15 state team to compete in the 2019 National Indoor Hockey Championships being held in Goulburn NSW in January 2019.

The City of Mount Gambier Junior Sports Assistance Fund has recently made a number of donations to assist local sports people. Donations have been made to member organisations Mount Gambier and District Little Athletics, Lower South East Hockey Association, Limestone Coast Football Association and South East Women's Football Association. Donations were also made to Basketball Mount Gambier as part of the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier Lakes 'Assistance to Financially Disadvantaged Juniors' initiative, while funding for coaching clinics was donated to Blue Lake Y and Mount Gambier Swimming Clubs, South East Women's and Limestone Coast Football Associations.

The Junior Sports Assistance Fund is pleased to be able to facilitate these donations to assist young sports people to compete at national and state levels to gain valuable experience,
- Junior Sports Assistance Fund Secretary Barbara Cernovskis

Following the successful Blue Lake Fun Run, Rotary Club of Mount Gambier Lakes provided $900 to assist financially disadvantaged junior sports people.

"The Rotary Club kindly elected to donate part of the proceeds from the event to assist financially disadvantaged junior sports people with the costs of their participation in their chosen sport," Ms Cernovskis said.

The Junior Sports Fund Committee assisted with confidential administration processes to identify worthy recipients from member organisations who could receive financial assistance for a financially disadvantaged junior. The committee decided to provide $300 to Limestone Coast Football Association for one nominee, while Basketball Mount Gambier received $600 for two nominees.

The fund and its member organisations are very appreciative of the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier Lakes sponsorship of this initiative, providing a generous donation.

The Junior Sports Assistance Fund Coaching Clinic funding was awarded to Blue Lake Y Swim Club and Mount Gambier Swimming Club (joint application) to provide intensive swimming sessions to benefit swimmers in the lead up to the major competition season. South East Women's Football Association and Limestone Coast Football Associations each received funding also from the program to conduct clinics aiming to up-skill local juniors and junior coaches.

The commitment made to member organisations for coaching clinic funding totals $5,000 this year. The overall total payments since the initiative was introduced by the Junior Sports Assistance Fund on 1 July 1991 is now $90,383.

Donations were also made recently to member organisations for individuals competing at state level or higher. These include:

  • Limestone Coast Football Association on behalf of Connor Prior and Aayron Ghimire who have both been selected to compete in the under 15 state squad at the Ultimate Fiji Cup,
  • South East Women's Football Association on behalf of Ellie Seaton, Nadia Metzger, Kali Langley, Alexis Lunnay and Ella Doody who are competing in the under 15 and under 17 regional girls state team also attending the Ultimate Fiji Cup,
  • Lower South East Hockey Association on behalf of Liam Delaney who has been selected in the under 15 state team to compete in the 2019 National Indoor Hockey Championships being held in Goulburn NSW in January 2019,
  • Mount Gambier and District Little Athletics on behalf of Hannah Elliot who has been selected to compete at the National All Schools Athletics Championships to be held in Cairns, as well as Leila Croker who was selected in the under 12 School Sport SA Track and Field Team that competed at the School Sport Australian Championships held in Melbourne in November.

A discretionary donation was awarded to Jade Delaney who has been selected in the under 17 state team to compete in the Queensland Junior Tennis Tournament to be held in Brisbane.

The City of Mount Gambier Junior Sports Assistance Fund provides financial support for those junior sports persons who have achieved state selection or higher in a specific sport. The fund is a joint initiative of the City of Mount Gambier, the District Council of Grant and local affiliated sporting organisations.

See here for further information about the fund.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson, email awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

Leila Croker was selected in the under 12 School Sport SA Track and Field Team that competed at the School Sport Australian Championships held in Melbourne in November.
Leila Croker
Leila Croker was selected in the under 12 School Sport SA Track and Field Team that competed at the School Sport Australian Championships held in Melbourne in November.