Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) has recently recognised Akira Barlow and Brook Hunter as the 2020 recipients of the TRC Sports Bursary.
The TRC Sports Bursary provides financial assistance for Year 11 and 12 athletes that are competing at a state, national or international level.
The successful applicants then use their experiences gained from these high levels of play to support the development of sport in the local community and their sports.
TRC Mayor Rod Marti said that he was honoured to present Akira and Brook their bursaries for their contribution to sport both locally and internationally.
“It was an honour to congratulate Akira Barlow and Brook Hunter on their success and to present them with their bursary,” he said.
“The two $650 bursaries are to assist with the costs of competing and developing their sporting skills.
“Both of these women are role models in our community and I thank them for their contribution to their sport and the region.”
Akira has received international netball recognition for her role in the winning teams for the Constellation Cup in Malaysia and Gold Coast International Carnival in 2019.
Deb Farrell from the Indigenous School Girls Netball Association coaches Akira and commends her for her achievements, values and contribution to the sport through her coaching and constant encouragement of other players.
Brook was involved in the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association Club Regatta where she won three gold medals.
Brook’s coach, Ralph Seed stated that Brook is an excellent role model who has a profound impact on less-disciplined teammates.
Applications for the 2021 TRC Sports Bursary open in January of 2021, to find out more information on the bursary head to https://www.trc.qld.gov.au/funding-grants-onlineforms/sports-bursary/