Cassowary Coast Regional Council is on the search for this year’s 2021 applicants for the Youth Sportstar Bursary Grant. 

The grant was launched last year, as an annual initiative to encourage and sustain sporting opportunities in the Cassowary Coast Region, for youth aged between 8 to 18 years old. The young sporting talent in last year’s nominations exceeded all expectations in both in quality and quantity.

Cassowary Coast Regional Councillor and Community and Culture portfolio holder, Trudy Tschui, said the Council and community should be proud to have a region of young people demonstrating commitment and achievements to, in many cases, more than one sport. 

“Important values, such as boosted self-esteem, respect, teamwork, and improved communications skills are essential values, which children gain from being involved in both individual and team sports.”

“Participating in sport develops a strong sense of character and community. As modelled by last year’s athletes awarded the grant, many of them feel pride in being a role model or mentor to their younger peers. It is evident how nurtured their skills were in this region and they, in turn, are extremely proud to represent the Cassowary Coast region at state or national sporting meets.” 

“We want to continue to recognise the youth potential in this region by creating and sustaining opportunities for those junior athletes through the Youth Sportstar Bursary Grant,” advised Councillor Tschui.    

Last year, the grant for Senior Sports Female was awarded to Sasha-May Flegler, for her significant achievements in Touch Football, Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming, Softball, and Tennis.  Past recipients have included athletes from a vast selection of sports including Netball, Soccer, Athletics, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Rugby, and Triathlon.

The grant consists of seven bursaries and recipients for each bursary will be awarded $750 and a branded polo shirt. The grant aims to recognise significant sporting achievements in the following seven bursaries’ criteria:

•           Youth Disability Sports Person (Age 8-18)

•           Junior Sports Female (Age 8-12)

•           Junior Sports Male (Age 8-12)

•           Senior Sports Female (Age 13-18)

•           Senior Sports Male (Age 13-18)

•           Junior Indigenous Sports Person (Age 8-12)

•           Senior Indigenous Sports Person (Age 13-18)

Nominations for Council’s Youth Sportstar Bursary Grant are now open, and nominations will close Friday, July 30, 2021, at 4:30pm.  

To find out more information please visit: https://www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/our-community/funding-grants/sports-bursary-program

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