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The Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) has announced the first grant recipients in the 2015/16 Junior Sport Assistance Program (JSAP).

In 2013, the Junior Sports Assistance Program was created by the TTC to financially assist families struggling to pay for the expenses of talented young sports students who are selected to represent their region, state or country at interstate or international competitions.

“We value our long standing role within the community and recognize that many families require financial assistance when their child or children, in the case of the Stewart family, are selected for representative sport,” TTC Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers said.

Today, the TTC announced the first four grant recipients in the 2015/2016 JSAP which will receive assistance in funding for their representative duties in their selected sports; Megan Smith (Tennis), Jordan Collins (Futsal), Tatum Stewart (Hockey) and Fraser Stewart (Swimming). They are now attending high school on the Darling Downs while achieving their sporting dreams at an elevated level.

Currently ranked number one in Queensland and eighth nationally, 14-year-old Dably State High School student Megan Smith has the dream to use her established career in tennis to later own and operate a successful tennis centre.

Having only played futsal for 12 months, 14-year-old Centenary Heights State High School student Jordan Collins has already achieved national selection and aspires to play V-League Futsal and represent Australia.

With an already impressive list of sporting credentials between the two across several sports, talented siblings Tatum Stewart, a student of Fairholme College and Fraser Stewart, a Toowoomba Grammar School student are also Queensland representative honours in hockey and swimming.

“The sporting resumes of our successful grant recipients of JSAP demonstrates that the pool of sporting talent on the Darling Downs is exciting and one that our community can be extremely proud off,” Mr Odgers said.

Words by Jocelyn Garcia