Young­ster sees bas­ket­ball as game for life

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

BAS­KET­BALL never stops for Townsville’s Lilly Walker.

Lilly first picked up a bas­ket­ball when she was six years old and the sport has quickly be­come her great­est pas­sion, spend­ing up to six days a week on the court be­tween train­ing and games.

The 12- year- old is one of the brightest stars in North Queens­land and she’ll get to chance to show­case her skills when she trav­els to Ade­laide for the Pa­cific School Games in De­cem­ber.

Lilly earned her state se­lec­tion af­ter an eye- catch­ing per­for­mance at this year’s Queens­land Schools Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane where she fin­ished as the high­est over­all pointscorer and was named MVP for the North Queens­land team.

Lilly was the only fe­male player from north of Bris­bane to be se­lected for the Pa­cific School Games and she said it was a nice re­ward for the long hours she spends on the court.

“I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally ex­cited to go and kind of ner­vous, but it should be all right,” Lilly said.

“I’ve been train­ing re­ally hard. Last year I couldn’t re­ally make it be­cause I was too young, but then I’ve tried a lot harder this year and I’ve luck­ily made it. Now I’ll try and play my best.

“There’s a bit but I’ve played of pres­sure, against the other girls ments.”

Lilly hopes to forge a suc­cess­ful col­lege ca­reer be­fore play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in the US, but for now the tena­cious for­ward just loves play­ing along­side her friends.

“I just like hang­ing out with friends, learn­ing from dif­fer­ent coaches,” Lilly said.

“I’ve al­ways been very pas­sion­ate about bas­ket­ball and I want to play it for my whole life.” in other tourna-

PAS­SION: Ju­nior bas­ket­baller Lilly Walker, 12 Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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