Tak­ing tal­ents to in­ter­na­tional stage

North Shore Times - - GARDENING - SPORT RE­PORTER

BAS­KET­BALL

The na­tional 3x3 bas­ket­ball Quest Tour re­turns to the North Shore in De­cem­ber.

Build­ing on four suc­cess­ful tours over pre­vi­ous sum­mers, the event, which is open to un­der 15, un­der 17, un­der 19, and Open age­groups in both men’s and women’s cat­e­gories, comes to North Shore Events Cen­tre on De­cem­ber 16.

‘‘Peo­ple are flock­ing to the 3x3 for­mat. That’s been recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally through the Olympic Com­mit­tee con­firm­ing it will be part of Tokyo 2020. And FIBA’s in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions con­tinue to gain larger au­di­ences. Yet, the true strength of 3x3 lies at the grass­roots level. Peo­ple love it be­cause it’s in­for­mal, you just need a street hoop, it’s fast, quick and fun. So we are ex­pect­ing an­other great sum­mer sea­son,’’ Bas­ket­ball New Zealand’s 3x3 man­ager David Hux­ford said.

The tour once again has FIBA’s of­fi­cial ‘Quest’ sta­tus, which means that the win­ner of the Open Men’s grade at each event will com­pete at the World Tour Qual­i­fier Fi­nal in Auck­land. ‘‘Who­ever wins the last event at The Cloud will win an all­ex­penses paid trip to com­pete at the World Tour Masters,’’ Hux­ford said. ‘‘It’s a great prize and the ath­letes that go find them­selves play­ing in a glob­ally-elite 3x3 en­vi­ron­ment. They’ll be com­pet­ing against some of the world’s best tal­ent – it’s not easy with such tough com­pe­ti­tion, the ex­pe­ri­ence is in­cred­i­ble,’’ says Hux­ford.

All play­ers need to have an of­fi­cial play.fi­ba3x3.com pro­file when they play in the tour.

BASE­BALL

Joseph Kohlhase dreams of be­com­ing a Ma­jor League Base­ball player and now his hard work has landed him an AMP Schol­ar­ship.

Kohlhase is based at San Ma­teo Col­lege in Cal­i­for­nia af­ter mak­ing Base­ball New Zealand’s U18 team two sea­sons ago and one full sea­son play­ing for the North Shore City Base­ball Club, star­ring for the club’s se­nior and U19 teams at their re­spec­tive na­tional cham­pi­onships ear­lier this year.

‘‘I ap­plied for the schol­ar­ship be­cause the theme of ‘Dare to Dream’ re­ally res­onated with me, leav­ing all that I know be­hind in New Zealand and get­ting out of my com­fort zone to pur­sue the op­por­tu­nity to be a stu­dent ath­lete in col­lege in the USA, you re­ally need to branch out and dream.’’

SAM HEWAT

Joseph Kohlhase is chas­ing his base­ball dreams in Amer­ica with the help of an AMP Schol­ar­ship.

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