Telethon star’s half­time hero­ics

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH Arena’s 14,000 spec­ta­tor sta­dium is a far cry from the bas­ket­ball fa­cil­i­ties in the Wheat­belt town of Cun­derdin, where the town has a pop­u­la­tion of around 1000 and bas­ket­ball games are played out­doors on one of two bitumen courts.

The dif­fer­ence in sur­rounds was just one of the rea­sons Lit­tle Telethon Star Jay­ton Carter was so thrilled to take part in a re­cent short game with his coun­try-town mates on the Perth Wild­cats home court.

Mak­ing the op­por­tu­nity even more spe­cial for sports-mad Jay­ton is that his whole fam­ily are Wild­cats mem­bers, and they make the trek to the big smoke for home games as of­ten as is phys­i­cally pos­si­ble.

Jay­ton’s on-court op­por­tu­nity – part of his Telethon ex­pe­ri­ence this year – al­lowed him and his mates to play a game as part the half time en­ter­tain­ment at a re­cent Wild­cats home fix­ture.

Younger brother Pa­trick (6) was the first picked, and an­other 10 young Cun­derdin boys rang­ing in age from eight to 12 also took part.

With the play­ers came a trav­el­ling tribe of mums, dads and sib­lings that took up close to 50 seats at the Arena.

“It was very dif­fer­ent for the kids to have a run on the hard­court with an in­door ball,” Jay­ton’s mother Lisa Carter said.

“For Jay­ton, just be­ing a coun­try boy in the big city – he loved be­ing in the crowd cheer­ing with his mates around him.”

Jay­ton (10), who has cys­tic fi­bro­sis, wrote to the half-time en­ter­tain­ment or­gan­is­ers Hawai­ian to thank them for the op­por­tu­nity.

“I liked it be­cause I watch the Wild­cats play on that court ev­ery home game and to get to ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing on that court it is awe­some!,” he wrote.

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Pic­ture: The West

Lit­tle Telethon Stars Jay­ton Carter and Alyssa Bogler with Wild­cats play­ers Greg Hire, Jesse Wagstaff and Damian Martin.

Jay­ton Carter (front left) and his friends from Cun­derdin on court at Perth Arena af­ter their game.

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