September 2, 2016 1:17 pm

Five Fijians to compete in Pacific Youth Leaders Basketball Camp

Five Fijian athletes are at present taking part the first ever Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp in South Port, Australia from September 2nd-11. The camp will be funded by the  Australian Government funding through Pacific Sports Partnership Innovation Funding and is organized by  the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and will provide opportunities for youngsters to […]

Five Fijian athletes are at present taking part the first ever Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp in South Port, Australia from September 2nd-11.

Basketball Fiji athletes during a match. (Basketball Fiji)
Basketball Fiji athletes during a match. (Basketball Fiji)

The camp will be funded by the  Australian Government funding through Pacific Sports Partnership Innovation Funding and is organized by  the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and will provide opportunities for youngsters to learn from seasoned Australian basketball athletes and compete against some of the best young players in the region.

Basketball Fiji Chief Operations Officer Laisiasa Puamau says that the emerging Fijian athletes who have been selected to attend the camp hold leadership positions within the U18 teams. This

PUAMAU: “This training will build the capacity of our national basketball athletes who will in turn lead training in country upon their return to Fiji.”

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation are working closely with the coaches and FIBA to develop a curriculum to teach participants valuable life skills such as communication, team work, leadership, decision making both on and off the court, and how to handle adversity.

Meanwhile also joining the five will be Mr. Collin Lal, Mr. Josua Vugona, Ms. Tiyana Kainamoli, Ms. Vilisi Tavui, Mr. Esala Banuve who is the national U18 women’s basketball coach and participants from eight countries in the region will be exposed to elite basketball activities through a rigorous training program conceived and delivered by former Women’s National Basketball Association and Australian Opals coach, Carrie Graf and 3-time Olympian and former Australian Boomers coach, Phil Smyth.