HELP­ING YOUTH AND FUR­THER­ING ED­U­CA­TION

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

Q AWhat’s next on the hori­zon for you in 2018?

I re­turned home to Cairns from PNG last Oc­to­ber when my fa­ther passed and af­ter tak­ing some time off, have started my own con­sul­tancy busi­ness, called Hoop Dream­ing Man­age­ment. I’m pas­sion­ate about help­ing young peo­ple reach their po­ten­tial, so many of the ser­vices pro­vided are fo­cused on the youth sec­tor. I’m also big on com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and with all the neg­a­tive me­dia around the in­creas­ing youth crime lev­els in Cairns, I’m mo­ti­vated to help drive pro­grams that com­bat this trend. I’ve also com­menced study to­wards my mas­ter’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Aus­tralian Indige­nous Bas­ket­ball team claimed the trans-Tas­man Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship three-peat in Cairns re­cently. That must have been a great feel­ing to do it in front of friends and fam­ily?

AWe’ve al­ways been keen to see the se­ries against the New Zealand Maori na­tional team in Cairns. That be­came a re­al­ity at the end of last year and it was a sen­sa­tional feel­ing win­ning a third straight cam­paign in front of the FNQ faith­ful. I think the com­mu­nity re­ally en­joyed the ex­cite­ment of the games and in par­tic­u­lar, watch­ing lo­cal hoops he­roes like Deba Ge­orge (right), Kerry Wil­liams and Curt Ah Wang in ac­tion on the same team.

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