Could 12-year-old Lincoln Chambers one day win Olympic gold for athletics? Or perhaps 13-year-old Ruby Dykstra will represent Australia in an international pony club competition? Maybe 15-year-old Jemimah Andrews will one day play for the Australian Diamonds netball team.

Only time will tell for these youngsters, but Federal NSW Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan is making sure that these young Northern Beaches sporting champions are given every opportunity to follow their dreams.

At a Local Sporting Champions Award morning tea, Mr Hogan presented the three local teenagers with a certificate in recognition of their achievements and confirmed their grants from the Local Sporting Champions program.

“Those who received the awards have excelled themselves representing the Northern Beaches on the national and state stage,” Mr Hogan said.

“The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 years to compete, coach or umpire in their chosen sport.

“The Northern Beaches has produced some outstanding sportspeople in the past, and it is important that we support the next crop of our local sporting talent.

“Unfortunately succeeding in sport doesn’t just take talent and determination – parents also often have to put their hands in their pockets to get their children to competitions. I’m very pleased to be able to help these families with financial support through these grants.

“Sport is important in the development of young people: it teaches them life-long skills like teamwork, keeps them fit and healthy, and allows them to excel in something they love and enjoy.

“I encourage any budding champions out there who have the opportunity of competing at a state, national or international event to apply for a grant by contacting my office or checking out the website ausport.gov.au.”