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 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 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!
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 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 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 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!
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 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!
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!
The people of Canning achieved a big win on Thursday, with the Minister for Health Greg Hunt annoucing that a headspace facility will be established in Mandurah.
The announcement comes after an extended campaign by local youth health service providers and federal MP Andrew Hastie.
Andrew Hastie said young people in Canning faced many challenges and this new service would provide a significant boost of support.
“The establishment of a headspace in Mandurah is a victory for the people of Canning,” Mr Hastie said.
“Eleanor Britton and the team at GP Down South have collected over 3000 signatures in support of a headspace in Mandurah. It’s thanks to this groundswell of community support that our efforts have been successful."
“The challenges we face in youth mental health are significant, but the inclusion of a headspace within the Peel Youth Medial Service (PYMS) Health Hub will be an important part of the solution.
“Early intervention is absolutely critical to helping young people with mental health issues. The Mandurah headspace will deliver front-line services and coordinate the right interventions for at risk young people.
“Today’s announcement shows the federal government is listening and responding to the difficulties faced in the Peel region. I thank Minister for Health Greg Hunt for being so receptive to our calls for help."
The Minister was in Mandurah yesterday to make the announcement, saying Mandurah was the third location in Australia to receive one of ten new headspaceyouth mental health services.
“I am committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it,” Minister Hunt said.
“In particular I want to thank Andrew Hastie for his unwavering determination in building the case for the Mandurah headspace.”
The Turnbull Government is investing an extra $28.9 million for ten new headspaceservices, in regional and rural communities, bringing the total number of centres to 110 by 2019.
headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25 year olds in four key areas – mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.
Mandurah headspace will now begin a planning phase with services expected to be available within 12 months.