Bathurst R.S.L, Bathurst Panthers and Orange Ex-Services’ Club have provided a silver lining to the end of 2020 through their ClubGRANTS funding scheme, offering financial support to the incoming cohort of the Western Region Academy of Sport athletes.

All athletes accepted into 2021 WRAS programs will have an opportunity to apply for financial assistance through the initiative that helps disadvantaged athletes reduce the associated cost of their sports programs at WRAS.

The support by all three clubs has been a truly valued asset for WRAS, with their generous contributions once again ensuring that all athletes regardless of their financial situation can still have the opportunity to excel in their sport.

Successful applicants will have their ClubGRANTS funding cover athlete levies.

Ms Boggs said this initiative has been such an important factor in helping the continued support, development and growth of regional sport and its athletes.

“To have such amazing partners with the ability to continually help and support our regional athletes is truly an important asset. We are really committed to ensuring all our athletes have the opportunities to succeed, and to be able to remove any potential barriers for participation is such a meaningful part of making the programs succeed”

“I can not thank these organisations enough because their valued contributions have gone a long way to helping ensure all athletes, regardless of their situation, have the chance to achieve their sporting potential.”

These funds are made available to athletes and their parents through the ClubGrants scheme that has provided over $100 million dollars in funding since its inception in 1998, to numerous worthy causes across the state including not-for-profit groups, charities and sporting organisations like WRAS. Athletes will be notified upon their selection in a 2021 WRAS squad of how they can apply for funding.