Ben Henkel will be able to compete against the best of best thanks to a $750 Andrews Labor Government funding boost.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that Ben was one of 179 successful applicants from 50 different sports to share in $269,000 from the latest round of the Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program.

Athletes, coaches and officials often need to travel long distances to competitions or training camps to reach their potential, and we are helping them to remove the cost barrier of travel and accommodation.

With this funding, state sporting associations and community clubs can now support athletes, coaches, teams, and officials to attend important regional, statewide, national and international training camps or competitions.

From the latest round, 39 state sporting associations and 140 sporting clubs are receiving support for developing Victorian athletes and others engaged in sport and active recreation to maximise their potential and opportunities to participate.

The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is part of our commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and create new jobs and volunteer opportunities.

For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au