One of the jobs we take very seriously at the Illawarra Mercury is supporting our local sporting heroes.
This region has incredibly rich history of breeding some of the best athletes in the world and our current crop of stars would be as good as any.
Take last week for example.
We had Caitlin Foord shining at the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Emma McKeon was blitzing the pool in preparation for the Olympic Games.
And our emerging tennis star Ellen Perez was being hailed as a potential champion by a great of Australian women's tennis Alicia Molik.
We love supporting these athletes and bringing you stories of their exploits from all over the world.
Last week we created a pretty cool front page which feature both a young and present day Caitlin Foord ahead of the start of the World Cup and that front page was shared all over the globe.
Caitlin herself loved it.
We spent some time with Caitlin's family in Shellharbour this week before mum Simone jetted off to be by her daughter's side in France.
Get behind the Matildas as they continue their campaign for world cup glory this week.