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Mayor's weekly message: 28 October 2019

Released on: 28 October 2019

Released on: 28 October 2019

Helping our young Sports Stars

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Port Macquarie-Hastings Sports Awards, and presented the Wayne Richards Sporting Scholarship to our very deserving recipient, Luke Meier-Smith and our two runners up, Shania Madden and Lleyton Wall.

Luke, a Comboyne resident, has been training and competing in Mountain Biking under his own steam, building practice tracks with his brother as well as working on his family’s avocado farm, while quietly amassing success in national and international competitions. I was extremely honoured to present Luke with a $4,000 scholarship to assist him in travelling to compete during 2020.

Shania Madden in Dressage and Lleyton Wall in Triathlon offered such high quality achievements that the Mayor’s Sporting Fund Committee also awarded them $500 each to assist with future competitions.

The sporting talent in our community is truly inspiring, and we are delighted to financially assist our young rising stars. I congratulate all our nominees and award winners - and their supporters - on their hard work, determination and achievements, and wish them success, perhaps adding their name to the list of local sporting legends like Ryley Batt, James Magnussen and Lauren Kitchen!

And a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Mayor’s Sporting Fund, especially the MSF committee and this year’s sponsors - Eagle Insurance Brokers, MBC Recruitment and Regional Australia Bank, without you we would not be able to provide this financial assistance to our young sports men and women each year.

Our whole community benefits from living fit and active lifestyles, and Council will continue to develop high quality facilities with something for everyone from walking paths to competitive sporting venues.

For more information on the Wayne Richards Sporting Scholarship and the monthly Mayor’s Sporting Fund awards visit, pmhc.nsw.gov.au/grants