THE SHELLHARBOUR Sports Assistance Fund has received a substantial boost after Shellharbour City Council reversed an earlier decision and reinstated their annual $10,000 sponsorship.
Sports Assistance Fund spokesman Don Briggs said he was delighted the council had a change of heart.
It will continue to be the fund's major sponsor, a role it has held since the formation of the fund 40 years ago.
"I am glad the council has taken a commonsense approach after what was probably a knee-jerk decision in the first place," Mr Briggs said.
"Their decision is a win-win decision for everyone involved and we are very, very happy."
Fund life member John O'Dwyer, who was the committee's chairman for 25 years, said he clearly remembered the first two grants awarded.
"I remember Joyce Parton and I attended Warilla North Public School to present a young soccer player named Peter Wilson, who had made the PSSA team to go to Queensland, with a cheque for $50.
"Peter went on to play for Australia," Mr O'Dwyer said.
"We also went to Warilla High School to make a similar presentation to a tennis player named Roselyn McCann, who represented the state."
One young man who has been a recipient of the fund's generosity is Warilla-Barrack Point ironman star Ben Carberry, who has just returned from Onjuku in Japan, representing the Australian development squad at the International Surf Rescue Challenge.
"It was a fabulous trip and I performed well, winning the ironman, ski, swim and taplin, and helping Australia take out top place," Carberry said.
He said the $960 cheque from the Sports Assistance Fund would help enormously with his surf lifesaving career.
He is eagerly looking forward to representing his club in the upcoming Sydney Water Series.
"This Sydney Water is pretty intense and certainly brings the best out in all competitors, and I really can't wait to get into it - it is a great start to the new season," he said.