Bank to support Oceania tournament

Westpac Coffs Harbour manager Michael Crossland with FIBA Oceania’s Steve Smith.
Westpac Coffs Harbour manager Michael Crossland with FIBA Oceania’s Steve Smith.

WESTPAC’S Coffs Harbour branch manager Michael Crossland has handed more than 300 water sippers to Steve Smith, of the regional basketball federation FIBA Oceania, as part of the bank’s support for the 2010 FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament.

Later this year more than 180 basketballers representing eight countries from around the Pacific will meet in Noumea, New Caledonia, for FIBA Oceania’s eighth Youth Tournament.

“We were approached by secretary-general Steve Smith to see if we could help them with their development programs across the Pacific,” Mr Crossland said.

“Westpac has a presence in many of the countries where FIBA Oceania operates and since so much of FIBA’s work is done with young players we looked at ways we can assist.”

Mr Crossland said the decision to support FIBA Oceania, which has its office in Boambee, was an easy one to make.

“As the local bank manager I run the local branch like my own business and this includes making decisions about which community groups to support,” he said.

“We have studied the programs run by FIBA Oceania and admire what they have been able to achieve on a modest budget and I am excited to be supporting their work.

“We have discussed with FIBA Oceania how we can help them achieve their goals and further co-operation is likely.”

Westpac’s regional manager Karen Carter was recently in Coffs Harbour for discussions with FIBA Oceania and has undertaken to assist the organisation to submit a proposal for greater support from the Pacific division of the Westpac Bank.