Stars of local sport gain recognition

Stars of local sport gain recognition

Emerging junior sports stars or people of any age living with a disability can apply for the City of Joondalup’s sporting achievement grant if they are selected to represent WA or Australia.

Last year, almost 180 athletes received more than $25,000 in financial support to help with the costs of competing at representative levels.

Jonah Antonio was one of the athletes recognised after he received a full basketball scholarship with Sunrise Academy in Kansas.

The Currambine resident is completing his final year of high school in the US and has already received interest from some division one National Collegiate Athletic Association colleges.

Kingsley’s Jayden Cooney was a gold medallist at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Canada and at 17, she was the youngest competitor at the recent Senior World Championships in Florida, being placed 15th in the world rankings.

Riley Carter, of Kallaroo, won his division at the 2014 BMX World Championship in the Netherlands and Carter Dowling, of Marmion, competed in the Little League World Series Baseball and had the honour of featuring in the top 10 of ESPN’s Sports Centre’s ‘play of the day’.

World champion para-triathlete and former grant recipient Sally Pilbeam delivered the keynote address at the event.