Past pair give back to the re­gion

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT -

BOTH the Bellinger Val­ley Braves and Coffs Har­bour Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tions are thank­ful for the ef­forts of two out­stand­ing and gen­er­ous young ladies.

Ni­cole Howarth and Ash­ley Markham were a ma­jor driv­ing force be­hind the as­so­ci­a­tions’ col­lab­o­ra­tive Su­per League Pro­gram to give all of the kids a new ex­pe­ri­ence, one which proved to be a huge suc­cess.

Ni­cole started at Coffs and moved over to Bellinger, where she fin­ished out her ju­nior bas­ket­ball ca­reer.

She at­tended state camps and played for NSW Coun­try ev­ery sub­se­quent year. Af­ter her fi­nal ju­nior sea­son, she played on the Braves State League team for two years and then coached var­i­ous Bellinger teams. She is now the ref­eree su­per­vi­sor, en­cour­ag­ing and de­vel­op­ing lo­cal refs to help grow the sport in Coffs.

Ash­ley started when she was in year 3, played rep from the un­der-14’s and fin­ished out her ju­nior years for the Suns.

She played one year of State League with Bellinger and two years with Coffs. In her sec­ond year of coach­ing, her un­der-14 Girls’ team made Aus­tralian na­tion­als and won silver. She be­came the coach­ing di­rec­tor on Coffs As­so­ci­a­tion’s Board of Man­age­ment in 2015 and is now the ref­eree di­rec­tor as well.

DUO: Ash­ley Markham and Ni­cole Howarth.

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