Schools compete in Slam
A schools-based Basketball WA competition has made its debut in Karratha on the back of the fastgrowing local interest in the sport, especially among young people.
More than 100 children from five primary schools in the Karratha area took to the Leisureplex courts last Tuesday for the Basketball WA School Slam Series, a one-day competition which promotes basketball participation among Year 3-6 students.
After a day of fierce competition, Baynton West claimed the girls’ title and Peg’s Creek won the boys’ division.
The winning teams now have the chance to play for a spot in the Champions Cup, to be held at Perth’s State Basketball Centre in coming months.
Sport and Recreation acting regional manager Morgan Mair said the competition capitalised on the exponential growth basketball had undergone within the City of Karratha and wider Pilbara in the past few years.
“The focus of the School Slam Series is to support that growth and continue to promote basketball participation in a fun and safe environment,” she said.
“This event helps to ensure all age groups in the community have the opportunity to experience the game at a quality facility such as the Karratha Leisureplex.”
The slam also featured a 3x3 streetball clinic and a staff and teachers development session from Basketball WA. Karratha Senior High School students also volunteered as officials, mentored by referees from Karratha Basketball Association.
Basketball WA participation officer Georgia Clarke said the organisation hoped the Karratha School Slam would become an annual event.
“This is the first year of the School Slam in Karratha and Basketball WA are hoping to have it continue in the Pilbara for years to come,” she said.
Karratha primary schoolers compete in the Basketball WA School Slam at the Leisureplex last week.