Promising Cockburn athletes helped by City’s Sports Travel Assistance Program

Pic:  l-r Ella Matthews (Cross Country), Liz Parnov, Amber Lawless (Athletics).
Pic: l-r Ella Matthews (Cross Country), Liz Parnov, Amber Lawless (Athletics).

CROSS country runner Ella Matthews and athletics star Amber Lawless were among 65 junior sports stars receiving a share of more than $25,000 from the City of Cockburn’s annual Sports Travel Assistance Program (JSTA) last month.

The recipients were part of the June and September 2017 round of funding, and received their grants and certificates from West Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games Pole Vaulter Liz Parnov.

Ms Parnov, a former Lakeland Senior High School student, is currently training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after breaking her leg in a training accident in April 2016, forcing her to miss out on the Rio Olympics.

The City began funding the travel program nine years ago, with grants of up to $400 per child to help local juniors, who achieve representation at either a State or National Level in their chosen sport, fulfil their dreams.

Sports represented in the latest grants included Irish dancing, ice hockey, wheelchair basketball, athletics, baseball, table tennis and trampoline.

Promising athlete Amber said the funding would help her to travel for competitions.

Mayor Logan Howlett said the City was proud of its continued support of local juniors in pursuing their sporting goals.

“We allocate $50,000 each year from our Budget towards the JSTA program,” he said.

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