Schools com­pete in Slam

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Sport and Recre­ation

Kar­ratha pri­mary school­ers com­pete in the Bas­ket­ball WA School Slam at the Leisure­plex last week.

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