Coffs Harbour Basketball’s Matt Shanahan instructs coaches in New Caledonia.
Coffs Harbour Basketball’s Matt Shanahan instructs coaches in New Caledonia.

CHBA making impact in the Pacific

COFFS Harbour Basketball Association (CHBA) continues to make its presence felt around the Pacific Rim.

A group of local officials contributed to the success of the FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament staged recently in New Caledonia.

CHBA development manager Matt Shanahan and referee’s co-ordinator Sarah Mottram joined FIBA Oceania staff Steve and Judy Smith and Regan Kama at the eighth youth tournament held in Noumea and Kone.

They joined the international head of FIBA Yvann Mainini and FIBA Oceania president Bob Elphinston.

National junior (19 years and under) men and women’s teams from Australia, Fiji, Tahiti, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Guam, New Caledonia and American Samoa attended the tournament.

Apart from game play, the CHBA delegation assisted with player, coach and referee clinics, a 3-on-3 tournament, HIV and anti-doping clinics and selection of an All-star team and over 50 games of basketball.

FIBA Oceania secretary general Steve Smith said Shanahan and Kama helped Australian Institute of Sport’s Patrick Hunt deliver the player and coach clinics and the All-star selection process while Mottram was able to use her extensive refereeing knowledge to educate the 24 participating referees.

“We always recruit additional experts to assist with the programs that run alongside the games and having Matt and Sarah available, I was delighted to offer them this opportunity,” Smith said.

“I think that sometimes, because we see these people day in and day out we overlook the amazing talent they both have to offer in their respective basketball fields.

“They both have outstanding credentials which meant we were able to organise and plan the education program more than in previous years.

“Matt has already received an email from the national team coach in Tahiti asking for advice and assistance.”



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