Fifteen local junior athletes have received cheques from the Ray Harvey Sports Foundation to help them further their progress in their chosen sport. The grants were allocated following successful applications to the Foundation. Mayor Bob Kirk, Cr Margaret O’Neill and Cr Sam Rowland presented cheques to the outstanding representative athletes before a council meeting earlier this month. Committee community representatives Conway Bogg and Michael O’Neill also attended the presentation. Fourteen of the successful applicants are new recipients. The recipients were: Equestrian – Mahayla Willoughby, Motorcycle Racing – Tom Toparis, Athletics – Evan and Ryan Goad, Joshua and Charlotte Kalozi, Hockey – Daniel Nicholls, Sophie Pagett, Joshua Skelly, Will Backhouse and Georgie Smithers, Netball – Ashley Blake-Dyke, Rugby League – Holly Deaton, Basketball and Cricket – Callum Smith, Cricket – Isabella Greig.
Ray Harvey Sports Foundation chairperson, Cr Margaret O’Neill was again impressed by the talent of athletes awarded grants.
“Goulburn continues to punch above its weight in all sports, and it’s great to continue the legacy of Ray Harvey, by providing help to these young athletes,” Cr O’Neill said. “We have a wide range of sports represented and it’s the first time we have given a grant for Mahayla’s sport. The committee and Council wish them all the best in their representative endeavours.” The money is to help with coaching fees and costs of representing outside the Goulburn Mulwaree LGA. The next round of funding will be advertised in the Post Weekly and on Council’s website in February, 2018.