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Slam dunk for women’s basketball

YOUNG female basketballers were given the opportunity to develop their skills when Basketball Tasmania’s (BTAS) ‘Macca’s On Your Team Basketball Camps’ held a girls-only camp at Elizabeth College in mid-July.

As part of a program, which was run in the school holidays, girls born between 2008 and 2012 worked on their basketball skills with a member of the Hobart Huskies women’s team.

“The girls-only camp is a good opportunity for the girls to work on their basketball fundamentals in an all-inclusive environment,” Basketball Tasmania’s southern development officer Nic Martin said.

“We’re working on our skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting, but a big component of what we talk about is listening and teamwork – those skills that don’t just apply to basketball, but to life in general.”

Mr Martin said it was important to provide young girls with a pathway into basketball to help them develop into representative sides.

“The more skilled we can get them, the more successful they’ll be on the court and the more they’ll enjoy it, so they’ll stay in the game,” he said.

“We want the girls to leave with a smile on their face having had some really fun experiences, so they want to come back and do more camps.”

Hobart Huskies women’s player Nikki Greene joined the girls at the camp to teach them a number of different skills.

“A lot of women are being advocates of paving the way for young girls to participate in the sport long-term, so it’s nice to see that kids are willing to learn the sport,” Ms Greene said.

“We have to spread women’s sports – we deserve to be acknowledged no matter what level you’re trying to participate in.”

Nine-year-old Paige Amos, who had been playing basketball for three years, said the camp helped her learn new skills.

“It was really fun because I got to play with people I know,” she said.

“It was great to learn from the professional basketball players.”

Caption: From left, Paige Amos, Neve Swain and Eleni Roussos at the girls-only basketball camp, held by Basketball Tasmania.