Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville recently announced the opening of the latest round of the “Athlete Pathway Travel Grants” Program, which helps athletes compete and participate without the burden of travel costs.

Some of Victoria’s most celebrated sports stars come from regional Victoria, where travel to and from competitions or training camps can be difficult.

The State Government understands getting to and from state and national competitions can be a challenge for emerging regional athletes. That’s why State Sporting Associations are able to apply for grants of up to $6000 for teams or $2000 for individual athletes to travel to compete at national events or training camps.

Clubs can also apply for grants of up to $750 to assist athletes, coaches, officials and teams with travel coasts.

In its first year, the Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program provided 256 successful applicants from more than 60 different sports across the state a share in $533,000 funding.

The grants are currently open and close on 22 September 2016.

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Quotes attributable to Lisa Neville:

“The Bellarine Peninsula is home to some great athletes with bright futures. We want to give them all the support we can.”

“Our star athletes have enough to worry about, so we’re removing some of the financial barriers to allow them to reach the top of their game.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren:

“This is our small part in helping uncover the next crop of champion Victorian athletes.”