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Vic Country Teams Prepare For January Events
January 06, 2016

200 male and female athletes will represent Vic Country at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup and the Southern Cross Basketball Challenge in the coming weeks.

The “Country Cup” conducted in Albury Wodonga and in its 30th year, will have 12 Vic Country Teams competing across the under 14, U16 and U18 age groups against teams from NSW Country, SA Country, WA Country, Tasmania and New Zealand.

 

The “Challenge” event will be held at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South during January.  Vic Country will be represented by 8 teams across the U14 and U15 age groups and will compete against Vic Metro, SA Metro, SA Country, NSW, ACT, WA metro and WA Country.

 

An important part of the events will also include Referee development and Vic Country will have 22 young Referees and 8 Referee Educators at the events

 

“32 Country Basketball associations will be represented by athletes at the events, which is a sensational endorsement of the work completed by local volunteers across Regional Victoria.”  BVC Manager, David Huxtable commented.

 

It is not only the larger associations that are represented either, with some of the very smallest having athletes selected.

 

“Glancing through the list of athletes associations, it is recognised that some great work is occurring across the State and that the BVC programs are open to all”.  David continued.

Association

# Athletes

Geelong

22

Ballarat

17

Warragul

14

Bendigo

13

Sth Pen

12

Traralgon

11

Mildura

9

Bellarine

8

Moe

8

Horsham

8

Shepparton

5

Wodonga

6

Warrnambool

6

Maffra

5

Portland

5

Korumburra

4

Swan Hill

4

Wangaratta

4

Wonthaggi

4

Corio Bay

3

Hamilton

3

Echucha

1

Macedon

3

Seymour

3

Colac

2

Castlemaine

2

M/borough

1

Foster

1

Poowong

1

Wallan

1

Benalla

1

Phillip Island

1

                                       

Country associations are also developing coaches with 18 associations providing Coaches and Team Staff across the events.

 

The final week of the 2015 Basketball Victoria Country year saw all 200 athletes attend camps in Bendigo and Shepparton in preparation for the events. 

 

“BV High Performance Coach – Country, Justin Schueller, has been able to develop the Vic Country style of play and State concepts to these athletes and coaches,” Craig Hockley, BVC Participation Coordinator said.

 

Craig has the job of ensuring that all matters pertaining to the Vic Country attendance at the Cup and Challenge are ready and this includes uniforms, accommodation, catering and ground transport for the teams.

 

“The Cup is a weeklong event and it is important that we have quality people to assist,” Craig said. 

 

This is again where BVC come to associations for assistance and the Country Cup will again be led by Head of Boys camp, Kevin McLaren from Warragul BA and Head of Girls camp, Wendy Campbell from the Traralgon BA.

 

Head Manager at the Challenge at Wantirna will be experienced State Team Manager, Ray Henry from the Wangaratta Basketball Association.

 

Volunteers make a valuable contribution to society in both economic and social terms. Volunteers provide services which would otherwise have to be paid for or left undone, allowing BVC to allocate our limited finances elsewhere. The value of the work contributed by volunteers to non-profit institutions in Australia is estimated to be $14.6 billion annually.

 

In 2006 (Latest information available) in Australia, volunteers contributed 713 million hours of voluntary work, up from 704.1 million hours in 2000 and 511.7 million hours in 1995.

 

BVC is indebted to the work of volunteers across Regional Victoria for providing opportunities for local athletes, coaches, Referees and administrators.

 

 

 

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All Enquiries regarding this media release should be directed to;

David Huxtable, Manager, Basketball Victoria Country

 Phone: 03 54406300/0408 339 269

E-mail: david.huxtable@bvcc.net.au