By DEBBIE HARDWICK
BRITTNEY Ainsworth of Kororo Public School has been selected in the New South Wales PSSA All Schools team for the Pan Pacific Games to be held in Melbourne in November this year.
At the recent State carnival the North Coast girl's team achieved its highest placing in memory.
Brittney was selected to represent the NSW PSSA after she played outstanding basketball, leading her team to fourth place.
The whole team played beyond expectations as they defeated the favourites from Sydney East, Sydney South West, Polding Catholic, North West and Barrier.
The Coffs Harbour connection in the team consisted of Laura Bamford (Sawtell Public School), Nicole Howarth (Tyalla Public School), Chloe Wighton and Temika Wright (Sandy Beach Public School), Brittney Ainsworth (Kororo), Erika Cross and Shauna Bastick from Urunga Public.
They were able supported by Georgia Evans, Courtney Hammond and Kirstie Salgram from the Far North Coast.
Gordon Kovacevic, Ebor Public School Principal, was once again the team coach.
He said that all the girls played excellent team basketball and proved to be a favourite with the referees because of their sportsmanship.
"Brittney played some outstanding basketball," he said.
"She took the ball up the floor and passed off at every opportunity, but when there was an opening to take the ball to the hoop, she did it with commitment and determination.
"She showed great leadership throughout the tournament and really deserved her selection in the State team."
There were more than 120 of the state's elite players from both the government and non-government schools participating in this event.
Coffs Harbour Basketball Association and its members would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Brittany and wish her well in her future accomplishments.