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Whyalla granted another two years as host

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HUGE SUCCESS: Participants in last year's South Australian Country Basketball camps in Whyalla.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Whyalla has had another events win with confirmation the South Australian Country Basketball Council (SACBCI) Development Camps will be going ahead for another couple of years.

SACBCI has announced the Under 13 and 14 Basketball North Development Camps will remain in Whyalla, thanks to the support of the Whyalla City Council and Whyalla Basketball Association, for a further two years.

The camps returned to Whyalla last year and were a huge success.

Executive Officer of SA Country Basketball, Julie Anderson said the camps will continue to provide an economic benefit to the Whyalla with an estimated 120 families, 90 players and 15 officials attending the camps over four days.

“Young Basketball players will have an opportunity to impress SA Country Basketball Coaches at the camps to be held at the Jubilee Park Stadium,” Julie said.

“Players participating in the camps will be identified to train and compete in the SA Country Development Programs with selection for the Australian Junior Country Cup in Albury in January 2020 and a centralised Development Tournament in Adelaide in July 2020.”

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TALENT ID: The amazing coaches at last year's basketball camp in Whyalla: Dylan Schlink (Port Lincoln), Jamie Petty (SAC High Performance), David Dickenson (Port Lincoln), Sarah Huxtable (SAC Community Development), Tyra Wigzell (Yorke Valley), Tracey French (Whyalla), Michael Quinn (Whyalla), Tia Bails (Whyalla), Jenna Edwards  (Whyalla), Jeorgia Eldridge (Whyalla). Absent from photo: Lucy Cole (Whyalla).

City of Whyalla Events and Tourism Development Officer, Rebecca Neilson said the extension of the camps was great news for local basketballers and the city of Whyalla. The camps received $5000 from Council through the Community Grants Program last year.

“This is recognition that Whyalla is a desirable and viable location for sporting events that draw people from all over the Eyre Peninsula and the state,” Rebecca said.

“It also acknowledges the wonderful community spirit here in Whyalla and the magnificent work the Whyalla Basketball Association did with the camps last year.

"This is the sort of work the association and its volunteers do virtually every day of the year in organising and promoting basketball.”

The Under 13 Camp will be held at the Jubilee Park Stadium from October 10-11 with the Under 14 Camp from October 12-13. Players can register via the SA Country Basketball web site www.sacbci.com.au

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RECOGNITION: Whyalla Basketball Association volunteers at last year's camp.

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