South Bundaberg State School Year 7 students reach for information about junior basket ball from Anthony Powell.
South Bundaberg State School Year 7 students reach for information about junior basket ball from Anthony Powell. RON BURGIN

Former Bundy Bulls star excited

IT takes a lot to get Bundaberg Celtics founder Anthony Parry excited.

But the laid-back former Bundaberg Bulls star cannot hide his excitement at the upcoming season for Bundaberg basketball.

Not only has Bundaberg Celtics affiliated with Bundaberg Basketball for the first time since its inception but Parry has been able to secure the services of a man with more than 20 years experience to help build basketball in the region.

“Basketball in Bundaberg is going to go off the hook,” Parry said.

Parry said the Bundaberg Celtics officially affiliated with Bundaberg Basketball giving his junior athletes an avenue into senior basketball.

The affiliation also gave Bundaberg Basketball a development program for children as young as five years old.

“Players that are going through our youth development programs now have a seamless transition into senior basketball,” Parry said.

“These are the players that are going to be the Bears and the Bulls of the future and we are giving them the best opportunity to succeed.”

Parry’s youth development programs have been a success for Bundaberg basketball since Bundaberg Celtics started two years ago.

Players are already feeling the benefits with Bundaberg catching up with Basketball hot spot Rockhampton at the recent regional representative carnival.

The development of basketball is about to get a boost in the region with veteran administrator and coach Doug Stuart announcing his intention to come to the region.

Stuart worked in the development of the game for more than 20 years and has started clubs in his hometown of Sydney.

“I was looking to help basketball in regional Queensland and the name Bundaberg was one that came up,” he said.

Stuart visited the region last month and was impressed by what he saw.

“The facilities and the talent is there but there needs to be a more professional approach from the top down,” he said.

Stuart is expected to arrive in Bundaberg early in the new year.



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