Wednesday July 20, 2016
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, has congratulated the New South Wales Biathlon Association upon receiving a grant of $5220, facilitated under the 2015/16 Safe Shooting Program, to promote and increase safety at shooting facilities as well as club sponsored activities held across NSW.
Tanya Davies was joined by Association President, Toni Hulme, at the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Cecil Park, where the cheque was presented.
“The allocation of this grant to the NSW Biathlon Association signifies the Baird Government’s commitment to encourage and support current and future athletes as they safely engage with shooting related sports like Biathlon,” Tanya Davies said.
“Biathlon is an internally recognised sport that is an integral part of the Winter Olympics. It combines cross-country skiing with riffle shooting, it takes great stamina and accuracy to achieve great results. Biathlon is extremely popular overseas, particularly in Europe where is the second most popular sport after football,” Association President Toni Hulme said.
The grant will subside the cost of Firearm Safety and Officials Qualification courses, allowing for more people to become involved in the sport, as well as assist with costs of constructing biathlon target ricochet protective covers for shooting at the International Shooting facility in Cecil Park.
“This grant will not only help fund courses and upgrades to our facility and equipment, it will also help broaden the appeal of Biathlon to the wider community particularly young people,” Association President Hulme said.
President Hulme continued, “The association was thrilled and incredibly grateful when we received word that our grant application was successful.”
“As sport is an important aspect of the very nature of our society, it is important to recognise the achievements of our local sporting clubs and associations through sporting grants funded under the Baird Government, as they continue to develop the next generations of Australian athletes,” Tanya Davies said.