Backing Hume’s athletes like never before

Young sportspeople in Hume could now apply for a Sports Aid Grant at any time of the year, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, has announced.

Cr Atmaca said athletes would no longer need to wait for a specific month to submit applications.

“Hume used to call for applications twice per year, but we want to assist our sportspeople when they need help most,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Athletes who have been accepted into a competition can submit a grant request ahead of the event, whenever it is held, and that’s a flexible change that will assist many.

“The Rio Olympics are less than 10 months away, and we want to back Hume’s young people who dare to dream on the track or in the stadium.

“The Sports Aid Grants are a way that this Council encourages talented athletes, and I hope they also motivate others to get involved in the exciting challenge of competitive sport.”

The funding program is available to people under 21 years of age, and is designed to assist residents who have qualified to compete in regional, national or international competitions.

Successful applicants must play a sport which is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission, such as archery, canoeing, cycling, fencing, hockey, judo, netball, and track and field athletics.

Cr Atmaca said he was proud that so many Hume residents took part in a sport.

“Young people who play representative sport are role models for many others, and we want to give them an opportunity to excel,” he said.

“It can be very costly to attend major tournaments, particularly when they are held away from Melbourne, and the Sports Aid Grants are sometimes the difference between competing and not competing.”

The funding initiative commenced in 1993, and 222 athletes have received a total of more than $71,000 in the past five years alone.

Hume invites all funding recipients to a Council meeting to receive their grant, and each athlete must provide feedback and photos after they have returned from competition.

Cr Atmaca called on every resident across Hume to consider whether they could play a sport.

“Hume supports local sport because we know how healthy some competitive activity can be,” he said.

“People who play sport enhance their fitness, make new friends, and learn how to work as a team.

“Council is proud to invest in sporting facilities across our great municipality, and it’s only several months since we unveiled a new 50 metre pool in the heart of Broadmeadows.

“We have plans to install a warm water pool in Sunbury, and deliver a first-class gym, pool, and athletics track to Craigieburn.

“Many top athletes started their sporting careers in the fields and courts of Hume, and I want our young sportspeople of today to know that Hume City Council backs them to the hilt.”

For further information and application details on the Sports Aid Grants, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 19 October 2015

Updated : 1:20 PM, 19 October 2015

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