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More than 70 of the City of Joondalup’s emerging sports stars attended the 2019 Sports Achievement Awards event, held at St Stephen’s School earlier this month.

The Joondalup Sports Achievement Grant has awarded over $500,000 to local junior and disability sporting talent over the past decade.

Emerging youth sports stars between the ages of 12 and 18, selected for state or national representation can apply for the Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grant. Furthermore, representative athletes living with a disability can apply at any age.

All athletes receive a grant from the City of between $100 to $300 to offset costs associated with competing at representative levels.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said that over the past 12 months the City has supported 263 athletes, donating more than $54,000 to help them compete across Australia and internationally.

“In that time, the athletes competed in 30 different sports. 23 athletes represented Australia in other countries including Ireland, Russia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Canada and the USA,” Mayor Jacob said

“This program demonstrates the City’s long-standing commitment to assisting and developing sports stars; and providing quality sport and recreation opportunities for the local community.”

The roll call of athletes who have received a Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grant is extremely impressive, including Australian female athlete of the year for 2013 Kim Mickle, West Coast Eagles key forward Jack Darling, World Para Triathlete Champion Sally Pilbeam and recent Major League Baseball All-star Liam Hendricks.