P�tanque (meaning ‘feet tied together’) is a form of boules, similar to bocce and bowls, in which players aim metal balls as close as possible to a cochonnet (small wooden ball).
The City of Gosnells awarded Ms Fontanini the grant in April to help recover the cost of her trip to the P�tanque Interstate Challenge, which her team won, in November.
She was one of 12 P�tanque WA Veteran Players chosen to represent WA from its five clubs: Bayswater (in Embleton), Clochemerle (in Guildford), Maison de France (in Wembley), Rockingham and Subiaco.
The State team won a trophy, and its players medals and cash prizes and the the City awarded Ms Fontanini her grant at its Sports Representation and Community Recognition Sponsorship presentation night.
‘This support motivates me to keep improving my skills,’ said Ms Fontanini, who belongs to the Clochemerle club.
‘I am sure there are other community members out there who, like myself, have skills in various sports areas.
‘I would like them to pursue their interest in sports and work steadily towards a high standard of achievement ‘