TEN-year-old Tymor really loves basketball – and his new teammates are more than happy to have him on their side.
When Tymor fled war-torn Ukraine with his mother Larysa and came to Australia in May on a humanitarian visa, he refused to leave his old ball behind, deflating it and jamming it in his backpack.
After the family arrived in Hobart, the Eastern Shore’s Dominoes basketball club worked with the Ukraine Society to place Tymor on a junior team.
With a brand-new ball under his arm, Tymor was thrilled to play his first game at Warrane Stadium recently.
“Tym came along to training, and then decided to watch the first game sitting on the bench with everyone,” team coach Tristan Heffernan said.
“After that he was pumped. He played his first game the following weekend, and played as much as any of the other boys. He did a good job.
“He has fit in really well with the rest of the team. He has dived straight in and the other boys have been really good, looking to pass him the ball and give him a pat on the back when he gets a shot in.
“This roster is nearly finished but he’s keen to play again next season, and hopefully stay with these boys for that roster as well.”
The club plans to continue to support Tymor and Larysa, including looking to purchase him some new basketball boots ahead of the spring roster starting in September.