Ryde Clr Maggio pushes for Return To Sport grant

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Keegan Oh Chee is a Return to Sport award recipient

The Royal Rehab’s Return To Sport Corporate Cup will be backed by Ryde City Council under a motion from Clr Roy Maggio.

The Corporate Cup will be held on Friday May 8 at Macquarie University Sports Fields and is backed by local corporations in support of the Royal Rehab’s program to encourage injured patients to recover through sports participation.

The motion by Clr Maggio seeks a $750,000 donation from the Mayor’s budget as well as participation in the event by Council staff.

“Council will then formally register a team in the Return2Sport Corporate Cup 2015 with the remainder of the fees to be paid via player contributions,” Clr Maggio said.

Royal Rehab CEO Stephen Lowndes said income from corporate and council participation will be exclusively used to support local sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities.

“Funds raised from the Corporate Cup will help support the development of opportunities for young people, in Ryde, with a disability to achieve in their chosen sport. In this next year we expect to announce 6 sports Achievement Awards that will provide support for these young Ryde athletes to pursue their goals, in partnership with the Ryde Sports Foundation,” Mr Lowndes said.

“The significant outcome to be achieved from funds raised at the Corporate Cup will be to develop the Achievement Award created through the partnership with the Ryde Sports Foundation to recognise and encourage young people with a disability living in Ryde who are succeeding at their chosen sport.”

Mr Lowndes gave an example of a Epping Boy’s High and Eastwood resident Keegan Oh Chee who represents Australia in Wheel Chair Tennis.

“Keegan is already a Royal Rehab Achievement Award recipient and will be presented at the Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Gala Dinner this Friday May 1.”