Local residents who are selected to compete at State, National or international level may be eligible to receive financial support through the City of Gosnells Competition Sponsorship program.
The program has supported many residents in the past including Olympic and Commonwealth Games boxer Caitlyn Parker and Olympic athlete and 2023 WA Young Australian of the Year Peter Bol.
Mayor Terresa Lynes said the funding was open to residents and ratepayers of all ages, to recognise success in areas including sport, the arts, culture, education, music and more.
“The City is proud to support members of our community to achieve their goals through this funding program,” she said.
“It is a big deal to be selected to represent our State or country, but the associated costs can add up quickly. This funding will help reduce the financial burden of representatives by contributing towards travel and equipment costs.”
Funding is awarded in three categories – $150 for State-level representation, $200 for national competitions and $250 for international events.
The funding helped wheelchair ballroom dancer Danielle Stitfall compete at the 2022 Australian Dancesport Championships in Melbourne, where she won two events including being crowned the Australian Champion in the Latin category.
“My trip to Melbourne was an amazing experience and I am extremely grateful for the assistance from the City of Gosnells through the Competition Sponsorship program. The funds greatly assisted me in Melbourne, especially when I experienced some unforeseen difficulties the day before the competition as my dance wheelchair was damaged,” she said.
Gosnells resident Jason Dong (12) represented WA at the 2022 Australian Figure Skating Competition.
“Going to Nationals has been my dream since I started figure skating five years ago. I would like to thank the City of Gosnells for providing the sponsorship. It helped cover some of the costs of competing and reduced the financial burden,” he said.
Siblings Yonal (12) and Senudi (9) De Vas represented the Australian Chess Foundation at the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2022 in Bali.
“This tournament was a golden opportunity for me to represent Australia at international level. I met friends around Australia as well as internationally. I would like to thank the City of Gosnells for the sponsorship. This money contributed to buying my flight tickets to the tournament,” Yonal said.
The funding program is not restricted to sport, and the City has previously supported applicants who have represented Western Australia or Australia at international music festivals, educational tours and cultural exchanges.
Click here for more information on the City's Competition Sponsorship.