Basketballers in state academy

Colac basketballers Lochie Rosevear, Adam Garner, Gabi Rieniets, Brooke Allan and Jess Montano gained selection into a Basketball Victoria Regional Basketball Academy program.

EVER the successful breeding ground of star netballers and footballers, Colac is beginning to make a name for itself in basketball.

Five young players successfully made a Victorian Regional Basketball Academy program after completing a skills day in Colac .

Trinity College students Adam Garner, Gabi Rieniets, Brooke Allan and Jess Montano, all 12, and Sacred Heart Primary School pupil Lochie Rosevear,11, were among 95 young players to trial at Colac’s Bluewater Fitness Centre.

Basketball Victoria official Bev Bauer, of Colac, said the sport was growing in the district after just three players made the camps last year.

As part of the program, labelled as “the envy of everyone in Australia” by head coach Rod Boone, the young players must train with a network coach, and keep a record of all progress, assessments and a diary of physical activity.

The achievement is not the first for the youngsters, after Gabi successfully made it through to the Gold Nugget Camp last year before representing Vic Country at the Albury Cup in January.

Lochie attended a two-day skills and games camp, Victoria Country Basketball Jamboree, at Echuca last year.

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