They?re excited!

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

AN exciting year ahead for Coffs Harbour basketball is on the cards according to newly-elected association president Judy Smith.

There are projects currently in the pipeline that will see basketball in this town grab a much higher profile than the already healthy one that it enjoys now.

"We've been healthy for a long time," Smith boasted.

"I think we're getting a lot more media promotion and our numbers have risen this year.

"We ran 176 domestic teams that we run week in and week out and then we run up to 20 representative teams from state league down to Under 12s.

"I think also with state league the fact that we've now got men and women has given us an extra profile in the community."

Smith is looking forward to working with the new committee that has many involved with the sport predicting that another year of growth lay ahead for basketball in this town.

"The CHBA committee for 2006 is an excellent, experienced committee," she said.

"With 1300 members playing every week plus the representative programs, we are aware of the workload involved and look forward to furthering the hopes and aspirations of basketballers in Coffs Harbour."

Smith and the committee are looking towards making a long term dream become a reality over the next 12 months and the new president believes that the goal is attainable.

"The big focus for us is that we would love to be able to get a development officer for the association," she explained.

"We only have one staff member who works 20 hours a week and for the amount of administration and development that is needed it's not enough.

"We worked this year on being very conservative with our finances so that we had some money in the bank. We really haven't put a sponsorship proposal together yet to go into the community but that really will be the focus for us.

"If we can get one year's funding and get someone here then that position becomes self funding because the school visits and all those other sorts of things are on user pay."



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