$5K for horse trials through sports grants

Tumut rider Reese Keenan flying around the 80 jump off during the Bidgee Classic Showjumping event held in Gundagai in April.

Gundagai Horse Trials have been awarded $5,000 for showjumping wings through the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.

They join with sports clubs across the Cootamundra electorate who have received funding for new equipment, programs and facilities to get more people involved in sport.

Nine sports clubs in the electorate were among 836 sporting organisations across NSW to share in $3.9 million funding through the program.

A total of $50,000 was awarded across the electorate.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the grants would help local clubs to get more people involved in sports.

“Sport is a way of life in our country communities, with each local town and village having a strong presence in the pool, on the court, and on the field,” Ms Cooke said.

“These grants provide essential funds to our local clubs for programs, equipment and facilities that will enable more people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport.”

Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said bringing communities together through sport provided many social, heath and economic benefits.

“Getting together with teammates on a weekend or mid-week to play sport is so important for our physical and mental health,” Mr Ayres said.

“Projects funded by the Local Sport Grant Program will play a vital role in bringing communities together and give people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of sport.

“With community sporting competitions returning to normal following two pandemic-affected seasons, these grants will support both people returning to sport and those participating for the first time.”

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