Local Sporting Champions

The Local Sporting Champions Program helps young people pursue their sporting dreams. 

Successful applicants receive a $500 grant to go towards the cost of competing in a state, national or international competition. I had the privilege of presenting awards to these big achievers from Canning.

There are several rounds every year, so to find our more visit https://www.ausport.gov.au 



Angelina Good-Gerne

Angelina Good-Gerne has been kayaking with Champion Lakes Boating Club since she was 9. This year she had the honour of representing her Club at the National Kayaking Sprint Regatta in Sydney. What sets Angelina apart is her attitude. She hopes the national event will give her a greater appreciation of what it takes to succeed at the highest level. Good on you Angelina!

Katie Duncan

Katie Duncan is a keen basketballer. She trains everyday, and for many years has flown the flag for her school in local competitions. But in 2017 she stepped her game up a level, donning the Black and Gold at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. Katie is committed to seeing WA basketball succeed. Good on you Katie!

Chloe Betteley

2018 has already been a big year for Chloe Betteley – in January she had the opportunity to represent WA at the highest quality Softball Competition in Australia. Chloe loves the game and spends nearly every evening after school honing her skills. Good luck Chloe!

Jade Anderson

Jade Anderson is an exceptional surf life saver. Though a talented swimmer, she prefers the ocean to the pool because of the different challenges thrown at her, in rough or clear conditions. In 2017 Jade was the first member of the Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club to represent WA in the club’s 20year history. Well done Jade!

Regan Ashby

Regan Ashby is an up and coming swimmer, and knows how to work hard. She trains 5 times per week, and each session lasts 2 hours. In recognition of her talent, Regan was chosen to represent School Sport WA at 2017's Pacific School Games in Adelaide. When training and competing Regan gives it her best, and listens to her coach for guidance. Best wishes!

Kaea Hohaia

Kaea Hohaia has been a keen sports lover for as long as he can remember, but has been playing touch rugby for 8 years. He juggles his studies with a demanding training schedule to become the best he can be. In 2017, all his hard work paid off - he was selected to represent WA at the National Youth Championship Games in Caloundra, QLD. Good on you Kaea!

Tanaya Radecker

In 2017 Tanaya Radecker represented WA for the fourth time at the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships. A member of the EWA Rising Star Squad for WA’s up and coming riders, Tanaya did our State proud while over in Queensland. Best of luck Tanaya!

Melanie Lucas

Melanie Lucas is a determined young woman. Whilst studying for her ATAR exams and working a part-time job, in 2017 Melanie also earned herself the honour of swimming on behalf of WA at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. This is a fantastic achievement. Well done Melanie!

Hamish Van Dieken

In 2017 Hamish Van Dieken represented Football West at the National U14s Boys Football Championship. He travelled to Coffs Harbour, where his skills were put to the test against the best young talent Australia has to offer. To succeed, Hamish knows he must lean into his strengths and work hard to improve his weaknesses. Hamish has a bright future. Good luck!

Tristan Watts

Volleyball is Tristan Watt’s passion. In 2017 Tristian’s diligent training paid off when he was selected to represent WA at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championship in Queensland. Off the field, Tristan compliments his love for Volleyball by studying Sport Science and Exercise and Health at university. Well done Tristan!