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Two local junior sportspeople were presented with the Wingate Properties North Queensland Sport Encouragement Bursary Award at today’s Council meeting in recognition of their outstanding achievements in Karate.
Mayor Andrew Willcox presented Isabelle Graham and Liam Stephens with a cheque for $650, a medallion and tracksuit jacket on behalf of the North Queensland Sports Foundation.
“Each year up to thirty bursaries are distributed throughout North Queensland to junior sportsmen and women and each year, the number and quality of applicants is outstanding,” Mayor Willcox said.
“This is a testament to both the profile of sport across the region and to Isabelle and Liam who have been recognised for their achievements in karate and for their proven desire to further their sporting careers,” he said.
“Both Isabelle and Liam have been successful in winning various Karate State and National Titles in their sporting careers however both are striving for more with the aim of competing at the World Titles in Japan in 2017.
“These achievements do not come lightly as it takes commitment, hours of training and dedication.
“Living in the Whitsundays also means that to compete in most major tournaments, they have to travel to enhance their sporting careers. The bursary will go a long way to assisting them with their ambitions and help take their performances to the next level.”
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