Echuca-Moama regional basketballers will be well representated at next month's 2014 Victorian Winter State Games.LUKE MCMANUS June 25, 2014 3:49am
Basketballers (from back left) Kayden Tonizzo, Brent Thomas, Nat Tonizzo, Mark Hutchinson, Leigh Madgwick, Christian Leris, Luke Awty; (centre); Caroline Jones, Sara Douthat, Casey Spark, Krystelle Lloyd, Hayden Coyle, Corey Davis, Victor Leris; (front) Amelia Dean, Miranda Garner, Taila Martin, Jaymee-Leigh Upton and Tayla Mollusso
The Echuca Campaspe region will be well-represented at the 2014 Victorian Winter State Games.
Seven athletes from the Alison Morison-coached ‘D’ grade basketball team will travel to Pakenham and compete across two days at Cardinia Life Sports and Leisure Centre.
Down the highway, seven of the region’s ten-pin bowlers will compete in ten-pin bowling tournament at the Narre Warren Super Bowl.
The opening ceremony and the first day of events are scheduled for July 5.
Morison said her team members, who have a range of varying intellectual and physical disabilities, have been looking forward to the annual winter tournament for weeks.
So much so, new shoes have been bought just for the occassion.
‘‘Bennett’s Sports had a sale so they all came to training rocking some new shoes so they’re really excited,’’ Morison said.
‘‘It’s all about getting involved and having a good time and they sure do that.
‘‘Regardless of where you finish, everyone gets a participation medal.
‘‘We all celebrate a goal .
‘‘It’s very rewarding.’’
The occassion will mark Morison’s first Victorian games, with the regionals in Ballarat on June 2 providing the Echuca Basketball Association life member and her players with some valuable experience ahead of the state-level event.
Selection for the games was earned on the back of regular participation, training attendance and log book entries in which athletes had to meet certain requirements.
Those requirements increase marginally for athletes chosen to represent Victoria at the national games, to be held in Melbourne from October 20 to 25.
Coached by Margie Smith, 12 district athletes have been chosen in the state team.
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