Pumas to sport a new look

ARARAT - The Ararat Pumas will be sporting a new look when they compete in the next Tri State Games thanks to a grant that has allowed the purchase of 21 new track suits.

Graeme Foster will individually tailor and fit the new uniforms for each of the athletes at Pinnacle.

Program coordinator Daryl Baldock said the new uniforms are as a result of sponsorship changes and the need to cater for the growing number of young participants.

He said they were very grateful for the financial support from local employment agency Western District Employment Access (WDEA).

"We applied and thankfully we were lucky enough to get the grant," he said.

At Murray Bridge the Pumas brought home 48 medals - its highest tally in more than a decade of competing.

"When I told all of the guys they were really wrapped, you could see how excited they were," Mr Baldock said.

WDEA's Stawell and Ararat site manager Maureen Brady said WDEA was very happy to support a local organisation with the $2,548 grant.

"We are very happy to be able to make a donation to Pinnacle to assist with the purchase of new sporting uniforms for their amazing team of athletes," she said.

Ms Brady said the WDEA Charitable Trust was formed in 2004 with an objective to assist people with disabilities, or those highly disadvantaged by other factors, to achieve employment or access to employment opportunities.

Grants of up to $10,000 can be made to individual programs or projects that demonstrate the ability to meet the objective of the Trust. The total value of WDEA Charitable Trust grants is up to $100,000 each year.

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