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Support for local athletes

Two promising young local athletes have been given a boost by receiving elite athlete grants from Bland Shire Council.

Budding cross country runner Wynonna Lawrence and young Barmedman rugby league star, Liam Martin each received $250 under Council’s elite athlete program after being chosen to represent New South Wales in their respective sports.

Liam will travel to New Zealand as a member of the New South Wales CHS rugby league team from September 20-28 while Wynona heads to Western Australia next week (August 21-26) to represent New South Wales All Schools in cross country.

Liam began playing rugby league at the age of four and has risen through the representative ranks. He has represented Group Nine from under-15s through to under-18s, the Bidgee Bulls in under-16s and under-18s and the New South Wales Country Rugby League under-16s.

In the last few months alone, Liam has represented Bidgee Bulls at the country championships in Wollongong and the Western CHS open team in Newcastle where he impressed selectors.

Liam has shown a tremendous dedication to his sport, playing every weekend during the season in under-18s and first grade as well as training two or three nights a week.

However, Liam’s significant list of achievements has come at a high financial cost with the trip to New Zealand alone costing between $1500 and $1700 plus expenses.

Meanwhile, Wynonna Lawrence is making her mark as a future athletics superstar.

After claiming a resounding victory at the Canberra/Goulburn/ MacKillop cross country carnival, Wynonna went to the state carnival where she finished second amongst an elite field of 98 competitors.

The stellar performance was a deserving reward for years of dedicated training and earnt Wynona a trip to the nation’s west for a shot at Australian championship glory.