The perfect pastime
THE chance to shoot hoops with mates after school, listen to some tunes and top it off with a barbecue at the end sounds like the ideal afternoon for most teenagers.
Such activity is gathering momentum to become a weekly Bundaberg ritual at the PCYC heading into 2010.
Aaron Wade, Compton-born basketball star and Bundaberg local, grabbed hold of the sport he loved and was a long-time player coach of the Cairns Marlins.
He hopes a new three-on-three basketball competition, to be held at the Bundaberg PCYC in collaboration with Bundaberg Basketball, will provide opportunities for children at risk to emerge like he did.
“I can teach them the fundamentals, the footwork, the skills, but to me it’s all about the mental aspect, getting these kids wanting to be involved week in, week out,” Wade said.
“There is lots of talent around. They just need the opportunity, so hopefully this is it.”
The program is currently being promoted to hit the courts early next year. A video clip is being shot over the next fortnight.
Bundaberg’s most talented MCs and dancers are involved, adding extra spice to the event.
Former New Zealand rugby league legend Sean Hoppe now manages the PCYC and will help introduce a three-on-three youth tournament, which will run alongside a hip-hop dance workshop put together by instructor Tam Dang.
Fresh fruit and vegetables and a barbecue, provided through funding from the Queensland Government’s Eat Well, Be Active grant, will complement the Friday night fun and games.
Ultimately they hope to lure the travelling Vibe Deadly 3on3 Basketball and Hip Hop Challenge to town.
“We’re trying to line up the Vibe Deadly crew to come here. They go all over the place and promote a healthy, proud lifestyle, which is what we are all about,” Bundaberg Celtics’ Anthony Parry said.
Hoppe hopes to nurture the emerging talent.
Membership at the PCYC will allow players to participate every week, as well as have access to the remainder of the complex’s facilities. Anyone interested in playing or dancing should be at the PCYC next Friday at 5pm.