Coaches - Athletes - Regional Programs

Three Basketball Athletes receive Athlete Financial Support

9 February 2016




The future aspirations of three young Albany basketballers in playing for the state at the Australian Junior Championships has been given a boost by the Great Southern Sports Talent Association (GSSTA).

Keanu Weeden (15), Matthew Leary (16) and John Murray (17) have each received a grant of $1000 to enable them to undertake strength and conditioning sessions under the guidance of a local coach at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre.

Kate Minter will supervise their strength and conditioning program provided and overseen by Basketball WA (BWA) head strength and conditioning coach Adam Wolski.

The young regional athletes will submit a weekly wellness survey to Basketball WA so that their training can be monitored.

They have been taking part in a home training program supervised by Grant Smith overseen by BWA High Performance Manager Brent Coxsedge.

The specialised training is undertaken at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre twice a week and they have attended several training camps over the last four months.

GSSTA chair Darrel Panizza said the young athletes had a great opportunity backed by the extra coaching to reach their full potential and reach  their goal of playing for the state.

“Through the GSSTA we have been helping young elite players achieve their dream with financial assistance” Mr Panizza said.

“The upskilling they receive helps them to reach state programs in their chosen sport”.

“Since the GSSTA began in February 2015, we have also assisted coaches to improve their skills and acquire further qualifications and remain in the region to assist young athletes.”

The Australian Junior Championships bring all states together for competition from U14s through to U20s, with this year’s tournament in Kilsyth, Victoria, from July 2-9.