Program trains future stars

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

AFTER months of trials, two Australind basketball players have been selected for the State Performance Program to represent country WA.

Shamus Trainor and Sydney Lewis, both 15 years old, have been selected for the program and subsequently the under 16s WA Country Team.

To enter the program both players took part in months of trials earlier this year against the top under 16 players in WA.

The aim of the program is to develop the State’s top young players to compete in junior championships in their given sport.

State teams are selected from the program and to take part in a junior championship players are required to take part in the program.

As part of the program, Shamus and Sydney take part in high performance training at Denning Boxing and Fitness Gym in Bunbury.

“It’s a program for elite players to develop their skills as a high player,” Shamus said.

Sydney has played basketball since the age of seven and competed interstate for the past three years.

“I’ve competed State before in 2014, 2015 and 2016,” she said.

“I honestly want to see how far it takes me and see how I go.”

This is Shamus’ second year in the program and said his aim is for his basketball to take him to the National Basketball Association in the Unites States.

“My aim for basketball is to get to the NBA,” he said.

“I’m trying to get noticed at the nationals and then get my name out there so college coaches in America hear about me.”

Their training will be put to the test when they represent WA at the Helloworld under 16 Australian Junior Championships from July 8 to 15 in Perth.

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