LOCAL elite athletes were recognised at the City of Joondalup’s annual Sports Awards last month.
Emerging junior sports stars of any age living with a disability can apply for the Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grant if they are selected to compete at a state or national level.
Over the past 18 months, the City has supported 249 athletes and provided more than $46,500 in financial support to help with the costs associated with competing at representative levels.
“In that time, athletes attended events in 39 different sports,” Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said. “Fourteen athletes represented Australia at sporting events in countries including New Zealand, Portugal, France, New Caledonia, Canada, Japan, Fiji, Italy and Austria.
“It’s wonderful to be able to recognise those local legends who have put in a lot of hard work to reach representative levels and the City is proud to play a role in supporting them financially to fulfil their sporting hopes and dreams.”
Paralympic middle distance athlete Brad Scott was the Sports Awards guest speaker, telling his story from being born with a mild form of cerebral palsy to representing his country.
“Brad was undoubtedly an inspiration to our local sports stars and I’m sure they all took something powerful away from his address,” Mr Pickard said.