Seven young Port Stephens athletes have received financial assistance through the federal government's Local Sporting Champions program.
Presented by Paterson MP Meryl Swanson in Raymond Terrace on Friday, May 3, the up-and-coming stars received between $500 and $700 to help their athletic pursuits on the state, national and international level.
"It's so inspiring when our local sporting champions come in and collect their certificates," Swanson said.
"I can't wait to be watching the Olympics and seeing some of our local sporting champions coming through, and I told the athletes that.
"A special mention much go to the parents of these athletes. They are the silent heroes behind a lot of their success and it's important to congratulate them as well.
"I hope this grant supports these athletes supporting their dreams."
The seven Port Stephens athletes to receive funding were: Aiden Tyacke (Fingal Bay), Carly Jones (Raymond Terrace), Jack Kenny (Salt Ash), Kate Love (Corlette), Ebony Nix (Corlette), Joshua Lee (Medowie) and Grace Gray (Medowie).
They were seven of 22 athletes aged 12 to 18 from the federal electorate of Paterson to receive funding assistance.
Lee and Jones received $700 each. The five other Port residents received $500 each.
All successful applicants receive a base grant of $500. Applicants that have to travel 800km-1999km to their nominated championships receive an additional $100. For international travel, an applicant receives an additional $200,