THE Bernie Regan Sporting Trust held its annual grants presentation evening on Friday, to recognise the efforts of the top Shoalhaven junior athletes over the past 12 months.
The Trust, which has now presented more than $370,000 over the past years, awarded more than $9000 on the evening, held at the Bomaderry Bowling Club.
The night saw 28 different athletes nominated for the grants, with 12 being presented money, taking the grand total of 220 grants.
The major grant awarded on the night went to Sussex Inlet swimmer Jasmine Greenwood, who received $2000, after starring at both the Commonwealth Games and Para Pan Pacs.
Shoalhaven Heads athletics star Karlee Symonds took out the other major grant, claiming $1500, after claiming 14 medals, including 11 gold medals in all competitions in the past 12 months – with a number of Oceania and Australian records to boot.
The other Shoalhaven athletes to receive grants were Culburra Beach duo Keira Buckpitt (surfing) and Sam Wright-Smith (hockey), who received $750, with Nowra’s Dante Hyam (motocross), Bomaderry’s Joshua Costain (basketball), North Nowra’s Nash Hay (triathlon), Cambewarra’s Jade Mustapic (athletics), Cambewarra’s Hannah Phillips (tennis), Cambewarra’s James Phillips (Australian Football), Cambewarra’s Cooper Thomson (athletics) and Worrigee’s Mason Hills (motocross) all getting $500.
The evening, hosted by former Shoalhaven basketball star Phil Lynch, saw more than 130 people attend.