Simon Cross playing on the Country tour.
Simon Cross playing on the Country tour.

Coffs overflows with top talent

By DEBBIE HARDWICK

COFFS HARBOUR is overflowing with the natural talents of young basketballers.

Jessica Bailey and Simon Cross have impressed Basketball New South Wales coaches and been chosen to undertake Silver Intensive Training Centre Program Scholarships.

Both Jess and Simon have been identified as outstanding basketball athletes, aged between 14-17 years.

By undertaking the scholarship program, BNSW aim to develop their mental skills, individual skills and team concepts.

Jess is excited and perhaps a bit nervous about her selection but aims to work hard at training sessions and fitness as she hopes to achieve a gold scholarship status.

Jess has been rewarded for her efforts since her Under 12 status where her Coffs Representative team won silver at the State Championships.

From there, she has progressed to attend the Talented Athlete Program, been involved in Country Tour teams and most recently Jess participated as a member of the Under 16 New South Wales Country State team to compete at the Australian National Championships in Ballarat later this year.

Simon felt extremely lucky and proud to receive a silver scholarship.

Motion without screens, how to play and not foul, and just general team logistics has been a paramount plus in the program for this up and coming star who at the age of nearly 15 already scales 195cm in height.

Introduced by his brother to the sport in 2004, 'Crossy' has achieved well, attending the Talented Athlete Program a couple of times and involved in Country Tour teams winning gold in January 2006.

But the crowning glory for his efforts has been his recent inclusion as a member of the Under 16 New South Wales Country State team.

As each athlete prepares for greater achievements, they both approach sport for enjoyment and with an open mind.

With determination they work hard from daylight to dusk, training, schooling and more training.

The schedule is hectic, but neither would change their fortune for the world.

Coffs Harbour Basketball Association and its members wish Jessica and Simon all the best in their future endeavours.



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