Youngster sees basketball as game for life
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-